Today’s twitter Sketch_Daily was a zombie. So that’s exactly what I did.
I was having a great time with the brushes from earlier I thought I would do more. I am not an animator, though I do work for Disney. What I do is design things for themeparks. It generally means drawing ride vehicles, working on scene timing, ride layouts, concept and pitch art for new attractions and beat boards showing what it would be like to experience said ride or attraction. I really love what I do for a living, I mean, get to travel and ride rides and collect a paycheck. Is it really a job!? Since most of what I do is such a fast turn around, there is very little time for rendered artwork or taking your time on anything. Occasionally we get more time for a piece (called hero art) and at best, you get two weeks to complete the assignment. As an artist, I have become very good at drawing quickly and communicating designs and intent… and as a consequence I am NOT a good painter anymore. I just don’t have the luxury of time. In addition for us here at Imagineering our creativity is limited by reality… meaning physics, what can be built and the material properties of building materials and paint. Our art needs to express these parameters, therefore the art at Imagineering is more akin to work you’d see at an architecture firm. It presents a set of challenges that video games or animation don’t face.
I thought I would try my hand at a more animation-y style. I can’t tell if it’s terrible or cute. I know the colors aren’t great. Maybe if I keep at it I’ll do better. Perhaps I should look at REFERENCE next time!
I downloaded some wonderful brushes from Disney Story Artist Shiyoon Kim. They’re very rough and sketchy. Perfect for that neat vintage 1960’s sort of look. I love the brushes, they’re very versatile and can aid in creating a modern, retro or more textural feel for your digital drawings- which admittedly is hard to accomplish at times. If you’d like to download your own you can find them HERE. They’re $10 which is a steal since an artists Photoshop brushes are their bread n’ buttah.
I did a HUGE amount of these Tombow marker drawings a few years ago. I finally got around to scanning them. If you’ve never used a Tombow marker they’re a bit like sumi ink or a brush pen, well, technically they are a brush pen. It helps a drawing be loose with several different line weights. Obviously with no ability to erase you have to commit to a drawing. I prefer to draw with the warm gray Tombow and then adjust the channels in Photoshop later so make it darker. Today I chose blue, because Mermaids that’s why.
This works best as a drawing. I tried to go back in and paint one of these guys today and it just sucked the life out of the gestural quality. I am a much better drawer than painter. I should work on that…
This program is really awesomesauce. You should try it out if you have an iPad.
Super quick drawing this morning in photoshop. Gotta get warmed up before I draw a new ride Big hair, big bellies.
Do you have this seasons clam bra?
I’ve always liked the ocean. It’s a neat place, so full of mystery. Some of the strangest alien life lives in it’s depths, so vast is it that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the biodiversity in the ocean. While I was working in Hawaii one of my all time favorite things to do in the mornings, on lunch break or after work was to go to this amazing place all the locals called secret beach. I swear that it had some of the most amazing snorkeling on all of Oahu. I think there were only three instances where I didn’t swim with a sea turtle. If you’re ever at Aulani- go towards the Campbell’s estate… follow the train tracks and when you see the giant banyan tree, stop there and go snorkeling . You won’t regret it.
I was just having a bit of fun with this. It didn’t take long, but I like the graphic quality of it. I work so often on things that need to be constructed it’s nice to play every once in a while and rediscover drawing. Drawing on a Wacom tablet (which I did this with) is soooo much different from my usual Cintiq. I feel like I have no control.
A very lovely friend of mine is getting married in a few months and I was helping her with DIY project. We made some really beautiful name cards for her seating arrangements. I was cracking up watching her measure and cut- a craftswoman she is not! I eventually relieved her of DIY duty and offered to take on the task of finishing them up. So now I get to try and rock out some pretty calligraphy! Excitement runs rampant through my veins (and not in a sarcastic way either!)
As a thank you she brought me some Urban Decay goodies. The Shattered Face Case, and a Brow Box in Gingersnap. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a makeup FIEND. I’ve loved makeup since I was a kid, raiding my moms stash of red nail polish and red lipsticks was a favorite pass-time. My makeup addiction is out of control and I am always happy to get more, it’s my version of a shoe obsession. Best “thank you” ever. I animated the purple smokey eye I applied with the palette just for fun.
Sources say no. Another Mermaid drawind done on Clibe for iPad. How fitting that All of these were drawn on the way to and from Hawaii while I was working on Disney’s Aulani. I couldn’t ask for a more interesting job doing what I love to do, draw, talk about design, play in the dirt and watch people enjoy their vacations. Being part of a families memories, even in a small way is pretty amazing.
First set of chubby mermaids were all drawn in Clibe for iPad. It’s a fun program with a lot limitations that will effect a drawing. For instance there are only about 10 colors, so you have to get creative as to what your skin tones and shadow values are going to be. The great part of the program is the neat line quality you can get. You get a nervous thick to thin line that pretty effectively mimics what it’s like to draw with a slightly dried out Sharpie. No joke, slightly dried out Sharpies are one of my favorite tools to draw with.