Monday, July 27, 2015

Modern Librarians!

Had so much fun designing a bunch of Librarians for Nate Wraggs CGMA Character Design Class!! A bit more of a modern take. From left to right, we have the not helpful rude lady, the artsy snob in the middle and the quiet and happy girl.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

3 Litte pigs storie continues in the forest

It has been awhile but i am still making progress on the 3 little pigs story. Here is the Little pig alone in his stick hut in the forest. This low key painting was hard but love the challenge of the limited palette.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Observational studies are so much fun!

Here is a bunch of observational studies I have been doing for Schoolism's class, Painting with Colour and Light by Dice Tsutsumi & Robert Kondo. Taking the time to see how and why values, colour and lighting change between diffused and direct light, has been a real eye opener for me. I recommend this class so highly! More studies to come!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ready to meet the Big Bad Wolf!

Just finished up CGMA Character Design for Animation Class with Nate Wragg and can not wait to share all the designs, so far my favourite was finishing the Big Bad Wolf!

Friday, March 27, 2015

3 Little pig character design update

Learning so much about character design the last month I decided to update the 3 little Pigs and push them further. More moment paintings to come with this update too!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Designing Monsters is fun!

Taking my first Character Design Class at CGMA, Character Design for Animation with Nate Wragg and loving it! Here are some fun monsters from week 1.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Finding and painting diffused light

Here are some diffused lighting observational paintings I have completed for the self taught Schoolism class, Colour and Light by Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. Week 1 and I have already learnt so much! Note finding diffused light outside in Australian summer is really hard!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from the 3 little pigs!

Wishing everyone a very merry christmas and exciting happy new year!
2014 you have been awesome, very busy, inspirational and one of a kind! I can not wait for 2015!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

back from CTNx & painting colours on walks

Walking at the beach and walking around my streets, I had to stop and paint the pretty colours.
Painted 5-10mins on Brushes iPhone app

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pig Brothers watching TV

As always, last minute rush to get CTNx portfolio together and I ran out of time to share everything here on the blog. I promise to upload more cool development pieces and share what an amazing year 2014 has been for my artistic growth. Let me know if you will be at the conference, would love to say hi!

one little pig waiting for his brothers return

CTNX is almost here!! 3 little pig update!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This little pigs last match

It has been an amazing year of study for me. About a month ago I finished the CGMA course Colour & Light, lectures by Ryan Lang, and taught by Tyler Carter. This is one of my final pieces.
If you are looking to improve your colour knowledge and get a break down of how colour and light work, you'll love this course! One of my takeaways was learning how to use fill light, ambient light and bounce light properly to create form. But my biggest break through was understanding and applying local colour, and I owe a big thank you for Tyler's advice and paint-overs for this!
If your interested in the course here is a link: Tyler Carter CMGA Colour & Light

Ready to meet the 3 little pigs?

Left we have the little pick who used sticks, middle is bricks and lucky last is straw. Can not wait to share the world I have been developing for these 3 little guys, all should be posted by next Tuesday as it's crunch time for CTNX! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sunset Boulevard Colour Script

What a year of learning! 2014 has been amazing with so many assignments and working on my fundamentals, I can not wait to share everything I have learnt!

At the start of this year I studied once again under the guidance of Chris Oatley at the Oatley Academy and kicked the year off with a bang! Focusing on learning everything I could about colour, the class was simply amazing. It opened my eyes on how much you can achieve with a limited palette, support from a mentor and amazing group of very talented students. Chris set the challenge to create a colour script for a black and white film to apply all the principles of the course. I was given the film noir classic, Sunset Boulevard. I had never seen the film before and loved it! It also started my new addiction to watching black and white classics to learn about compositions and clever use of limited values.

This colour script has evolved throughout 2014, returning to the piece again and again, to apply new knowledge and adding more colour keys from my collection of screen caps.

Hope you like my interpretation of the classic. I have included my favourite 4 colour keys. If you would like to see any of the other keys bigger please just post a comment to this post.

If you want to learn anymore info about the Oatley Academy here is a link to Chris's site 

Sunset Boulevard © Paramount Pictures

Friday, September 12, 2014

Colour studies of my worldly travels

Went through the old travel photos and painted some colour studies for my CGMA course. Painted with 100% opacity brush and no colour picking. Was tricky and now I just want to travel the world again!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

the forever challenging foreshortening

The latest life drawing sketches, proved so challenging I put the marker down and tackled these foreshortening poses with graphite, mapping the lighting first and then finding the lines. Also this is my first post for SPRING!!!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

graphite and marker combos

My cool grey marker dieing half way through a drawing was a blessing in disguise. I didn't want the detail of greylead and found a chunky flat graphite pencil and observed the lighting with rough block-ins followed by black marker. It forced me to observe more precisely and be confident with the each marks I made on the paper. Think i will continue this next week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's a sunny day to build a straw hut

2014 has been super busy but an amazing year so far! I am learning how to push the limitations of colour in my paintings and I am slowly finding my digital brushwork voice. Many more 3 little pig pieces in the works, and I can not wait to share them with you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Will attending CTNX improve your art?

So yep, this CTNX post is about 6 months late, haha! I've been a little busy, but it might be perfect timing for anyone contemplating travelling to LA for CTNX this November. 2013 was my 4th year attending, sounds crazy when I say it like this, but I think my life would be very different if I didn't accidentally find this amazing conference as a backpacker, I would still be clueless to this amazing industry of artists.

Over the last couple of years I have been studying everything I can after learning about visual development, completing online courses and countless life drawing classes. But nothing compares to the direct personal feedback you can receive over the 3 days at CTNX, you just have to have the guts and self belief to show your work. 

To list all the amazing artists and friends I met at the expo, would be a blog post in it's self. But instead I thought I would share the feedback I received. I collated all the notes from many portfolio reviews on my Sleeping Beauty's kingdom piece and drew over the piece for you. All of this specific feedback was extremely helpful, and being face to face you can ask any immediate questions for clarification.
Hope this post helps anyone deciding to go to CTNX! I can say quite simply the expo has changed my life, and below it has definitely made this portfolio piece stronger. :)

Also here is a link to my CTNX 2012 review: