Sunday, September 30, 2007
To test myself, I went through some old drawings in my sketchbook and 'fixed' them. Drawing over the top, I fixed the figures. And I could see my problems, what I was doing wrong and more importantly, how to fix it.
I would recommend 'The Structure of Man' video series to anyone struggling with the figure. I'll be honest, it's long and the instructor has kind of a flat tone that can be tiring to listen to. The series is WMV format, so you'll have to watch it on your computer. Also, since the series build on top of itself, if you don't watch all 43 hours, you won't get the full benefit.
But if you're to commit the time and do the work you will learn the figure from this series. I think I leaned more from this then I would from a college figure drawing course.
If you are commited to learning to draw the figure, have exhausted all the books and are still lacking something, give 'The Structure of Man' a shot. You can watch the first few videos online and pretty quick you'll know if this is for you.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Here's the first drawing. I grew up on route 66 and I love old cheesy motels with neon and wood paneling. Well, at least I love drawing old motels.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Speaking of work, today at break there were a bunch of emergency vehicles in front of the other building.
Not trying to make light of her situation, but this is a reminder that we never know how much time we have. I doubt she left for work thinking she would end up in such dire straights.
As a Christian, I would urge you to consider this in a spritual light. However even if you have no spiritual beliefs, you should still consider the fact that the end can come sudden. Life is very precious. Are you spending it well? Are there unsettled issues in your life?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Don't Get Chumpatized!
I am a video game kid. When I was a kid we had a Pong game (battery operated!) for our TV. I clearly remember when my brother and I saved up our half to buy an Atari 2600 (it was $150, Mom and Dad paid half) . I was a teenager in the heights of the '80s videogame boom.
The King of Kong is the documentary of the rivaly between two men over the title of world champion of Donkey Kong.
Owning the world record in Donkey Kong may seem like a trivial 'geek culture' goal, but The King of Kong is more than that.
The story starts off with Billy Mitchell, current holder of the Donkey Kong record and undisputed 'Gamer of the Century'. Confident and successful, the mullet-wearing Billy has it all. He even has his own brand of hot sauce!
"If all this can happen to me," says Billy "I know some poor bastard out there is getting shafted!"
Enter Steve Wiebe! Steve is a guy who just never got a break, always came up a little short. When Steve was laid off his job, he turned to video games, specifically Donkey Kong. When he heard of Billy Mitchell's 20 year old record score, he thought, "I can beat that!"
So He bought a Donkey Kong machine and started to practice. And practice. Until he beats it!
But that is just the start, this film has so many twists in it you will be constantly suprised. This is a rivalry story on par with any Rocky or Karate Kid. You will find yourself enjoying an interesting cast of characters, including someone called 'Mr. Awesome'.
And in the end you'll have to remind yourself 'This is a documentary.' You couldn't make this stuff up!
So if you're a video game kid or just someone who enjoy a good rivalry, my suggestion is to save up your quarters and go see The King of Kongs!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Yesterday I finished lesson 74 of the Structure of man series. This is significant because this is the final lesson on the skeletal structure.
This is a huge milestone for me. Already, when looking at other artist's work, I can see guys who know their skeletons and guys who don't. Looking at my own work I can see problems. Mostly little things like not knowing exactly where bones stick out.
I have just started the muscles sessions and I am very excited to see where this leads me!
I'll scan some images soon!