Monday, April 30, 2007

First page layout

I sorta started doing page layouts as I have a whole script of the Berlin comic in my head...sort of.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Arms and hands study

I need to assemble a portfolio of 30 decent pieces. I hope this one will qualify.


I's thiking of doing a comic on my trip to Berlin last year. Started storyboarding and the like.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

More Developed Sketch

Here it is, played around with it in Painter

Steam Wars

I got intrigued by a thread on CG talk inviting people to try to rethink Star Wars in a Steam Punk Context.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The night was...

I'm in noir mood, so I tried out some old school shadowcasting in the background of this Dick Tracy-like character.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sketches for a new comic

I thought of creating a short noir comic story, so here's an initial sketch of how the first page should look like.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Happy Monday

I'll start off this post with a portrait of a man sitting, that I made on my last class at the prep-school for the Academy. I have just finished one semester, and I'm not thinking of continuing, because I need to focus more on other requirements of the entrance exam apart from portrait and figure drawing, which is sequential art, character development and drawing human figure in different position from imagination. It is the Department for Animation and New Media after all, and they'll be interested in things other than portrait/figure drawing, despite it nevertheless being an important part of the exam.

The rest are just doodles.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Pine Tree Bay

After an eventful and somewhat stressful trip to the States the earlier week, this Easter Weekend I decided to rest in my summer retreat on the Croatian Coast. I found the place very inspiring, and finally could catch up with some drawing en plein air. I refer to the many pitoresque towns and fishing villages in the area as a "Pine Tree Bay" - an all-encompassing term that is to capture the impressions childhood innocence and a sense of all permeating security, which is how I feel about this place.
I started doing a picture of the harbor from my balcony with acrylics on canvas. Here's me throwing some initial markings in charcoal. I still haven't finished it, so I left it there and will complete it next time I go back there.

Next, I did couple of them sketches of local boats that to me combined impressions of both stubborn endurance and elegance.

The following two pieces I combined in a comic-like introduction that one day I might further develop.

Trip to the USA

The week from 24-31 March I was in the States. I was mostly in Cleveland, but the first two days I spent in New York City. Mostly on airports, since my flights were rerouted. I did manage to tour the Manhattan. My photo camera batteries were dying, so I wasn't able to get many decent shots, but here's one: Time Square.

It's mad and hectic, rich and down-and-out at the same time. I bet many things have changed since '98 when I last visited Manhattan. When riding in a cab in Greenwich Villaga, I could swear Harvey Keitel drove pass me. Whaddya know!

My trip to the States wasn't too productive, since I had a tight schedule with conferences and the like, plus the time lag, and many times my darn flights got rerouted, so I could only do some sketches on the airports and in the conference halls:

I cannot produce any of the photos from Cleveland, since I still haven't developed the photos from a disposable camera I had bought earlier in New York. I can only say that in Cleveland I did two interesting things. First, I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where I've learned a lot of important stuff about Rock music, and have seen original musicians' items on exhibits, ranging from wardrobe, instruments, documents and original lyrics. Second, I went to this art supply store and purchased a long list of interesting articles, ranging from cartoon nibs, palettes, a t-square, many different pencils, rapidographs, and a set of Prismacolor cool grey markers. I employed the latter in this test sketch of a WWII fighter that I copied from a book on the subject that I had also bought in Cleveland:

What can I say about Cleveand? Well, it was alot different to New York, and more down-to-earth. Llower income Black population inhabits the downtown, and far more afluent Whites occupy the subburbs. Blacks use the public transportation, and Whites almost not at all. I felt the racial segregation is still omnipresent in America, not by a virtue of laws, but by a virtue of real estate market. It made all the "Equal Opportunities Employment" talk sound puny in light of what really goes on in there. The whole area belongs to the once famous Manufacturing Belt, that had since decayed into a "Rust Belt" due to job losses overseas.. The City's many industrial sites testify to Clevelands rich airplane and automobile manufacturing history. I should have photos developed soon, so I'll just slip them in here.