Saturday, 24 April 2010

Minor Changes and Kratos

Made some changes mainly to the girl's face and there's another Kratos design i forgot to post a week ago. Haven't done much on the Kratos thing lately, uni has been nuts!

More Life Drawing

The top one isn't finished, i'm taking a break from it to come back to it with fresh eyes. The other two are just quick scribbles of buildings in Cardiff, nothing to write home about.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Digital Life Drawing

None of them are great, but it's got to be done. My favourite is the top one.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

I Live In A Robot

Many of my non-existant die-hard fans may remember a post i did a while back called 'Warrick's Home' (16th of Feb, go refresh yourselves). Where to begin. This is that idea, slowly coming to light. I've been moaning to alot of people lately that i am getting sick of working on my film and during that 'sickness' i've been coming up with tons and tons of new ideas i want to work on, and i always want to start work on the most recent one. If i continue like this i'll never get anything done! So a few weeks back i put my foot down and said 'This is the idea i am going to follow through to the end (besides my film)'. It's called 'I Live In A Robot' and it is going to be a webcomic. It has evolved over the last few months from something that i was playing around with, then titled 'At War'. It's coming along quite nicely and at a calm pace. I have plotted out the entire story and today i have been working out the functionality and anatomy of the robot, so he can actually move and these movements make sense. This image was the last study i did of him today and i thought i'd make it into a rough little teaser poster. Nothing in the image is finalised, but it is on it's way. I'm kinda just blabbering away now, but this project will see the light at the end of the tunnel and will be the first large scale, personal (aka. non-uni related) project of mine to do so. I'm still going to be chipping away at other things (how many of you are sick of hearing of the 'Dream' project, ey?) but this is priority at the moment. I need to at least do it for myself.

They're closing up uni now, so i gotta go.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Portrait Attempt

I needed a break from animating so I thought I'd try a portrait. I think it took me about 45 minutes and it was fun!

Saturday, 10 April 2010


Lately i've been taking a lot of advice and tips off of the concept artist, Darren Fereday. He graduated from the same uni i'm at now and is now working in the industry. I bugged him a couple of days ago for some help and guidance and thankfully he's really gone out of his way to help me. He came into the studio today to have a painting sesh and we ended up working on the same image. He did most of the heavy lifting but i learnt alot about lighting, colour and how to use it to show form, etc. He came up with the inital sketch (top image) whilst me and John shouted silly ideas to put in. John came up with 'a giant robot fighting a flock of terrordactyles (spelling?) that are being summoned by a wizard. Then Darren tightened it up (middle image). I added the lava and made some changes to the robots design and made the wizard more tech based. Then i passed it back to Darren who tidied up the lava, added more detail, form and lighting to the robot. Then i added legs to the wizard and tried to pimp up his staff, and that was all we had time for (bottom image). It was great fun and i can't wait to do it again!
Oh yeah, the terrordactyles went by the wayside in the end.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Kratos The Cuddly

I'm a fan of the God of War games. I really enjoyed the first one have put off the second game until now. I'm hammering through it so I can get to the shiny new third installment. I mainly like it because it's a good mix of platform and puzzle action. It reminds me of Jak and Daxter (ace games!) at times and that got me thinking how it could be a cool game for younger players if they tamed it back a little. Take out all the horrid blood and gruesome kills and replace it with more cuddly designs and just have the bad guys puff into a cloud of coins or orbs when you kill them, tweak the story obviously (maybe even the name too) and the developers could have a recycled game for a whole new audience. Anyways, i am babbling. What i am trying to say is i have set myself a mini-project of redesigning the mighty Kratos (God of War's main character) if the game were for kids. It's mainly to give me something else to design since all the pre-prod on my film is long behind me :(. I may re-work some of the game's bad guys too if i find the time. The above is my first crack at it.
More on this soon.
P.S. As for those other images i promised to post today, they're still not exactly how i like them and i am thinking i'll hold back on them for a little while and post a whole bunch of stuff about the idea all at once.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Water Studies

These are my attempts at painting water. The need to paint water well is related to the post below too, which shall remain shrouded in mystery for now, mwahahahahaaaa! But yeah, i painted the top one first and bottom is last, so theoretically they should get better, but in my opinion they all suck equally as bad as each other.
I should also have another batch of images related to these last two posts up tomorrow and if they keep going as well as they are now, i'll be very proud of them.
Speak tomorrow, gang!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Dream Time

More on this soon.....