Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Monster in the Mud Puddle

This is a quick snapshot of my sketch for a painting I'll be finishing in the next two weeks for class. We're working on children's book concepts and it's a pretty fun project. Even though it's not my primary focus, I'd love to give children's book illustration a try before it's all over.

In my story, a boy named Preston Dupomp comes across a mud puddle with a pair of eyes starring back at him. Needless to say, this leads to some nightmares like the one pictured above. In the end, things are not always what they seem and the pair of eyes in the mud puddle is only a harmless frog.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Work in Progress: Pirate Bears in 3D!!!

First off, I have to say that I'm blown away by CCAD right now. I'm so thankful to have Mr. Hazlerig as my instructor; without him, none of this crazy project would've ever happened. Unfortunately, his web presence is just about nonexistent but I did find this great little blurb about him on James Gurney's Blog: link

Last semester I approached Mr. Hazlerig about a large scale sculpture project. Something that would involve a team of students building something huge for his dimensional illustration course. I really enjoy sculpting at any scale, however I prefer life-sized (or bigger) sculpture. In my opinion, it just has an overwhelming presence that the viewer can't deny.

So, I'd been trying to come up with an idea that would get a few other students involved and excited, but also the support from Mr. Hazlerig. Throughout Mr. Hazlerig's History of Illustration course it had always seemed that his ongoing favorite themes were bears and pirates. As bizarre as it sounds, pirate bears had suddenly made so much sense.

Now with 20 to 30 classmates lending a hand in the project, it has developed into something simply massive. We're in the midst of sculpting somewhere in the realm of ten life-sized, pirate, anthropomorphic-bears. We have people in charge of costuming, building weapons, sculpting, mold-making, the list goes on and on. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to play a role in developing such a large-scale endeavor, and very thankful that I attend a school that will actually fund such an expensive project based on a 3-dimensional, illustrative idea. It's still very early on but there's so much enthusiasm and dedication pouring into the project that I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's a sneak peak at the rough sculpting stages of the Captain I've been working on:

We have yard upon yard of fake bear fur to cover these guys in, but there's still plenty of sculpting to do. My captain will also have a long braided black beard. The captain character is a based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, the infamous Blackbeard the pirate, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, and (of course) a giant bear. I'll be posting more work in progress photos as the bears evolve. Here's a couple links to two of the other head sculptors that you should be sure to check out: Tyler Bolyard, Graham Erwin.

Hammond Piggins WIP

Wouldn't you be sad if you looked like a pig?

This is a work in progress, but I just wanted to give you all a glimpse of what I've been working on in the 3D illustration lab at school. He will be much nastier in the end!

The sculpture was made from Van Aken's Plastalina (oil based modeling clay). What you're viewing here is a cast of my sculpture in soft foam and latex. I'm primarily using thin acrylic washes for the paint job, but it may be time to break out the air brush soon. Mr. Piggins is only about a third of the way painted, and I'll post some updates later on down the road. Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jack Black Cat

This was called the "famous person as an animal" project. I ran across this photo: link while searching for a good celebrity to morph into an animal and just felt the man had a very cheshire cat look about him.

I used some modified techniques I learned from Dave Groff, starting with a fairly tight value drawing and then adding thin washes of color. It's basically a grisaille painting. Acrylics and colored pencil on illustration board. 9" by 13.5".