Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Page sample.

I've been out of town for the past week (which is why I haven't updated in several days). While I was gone I tried pushing things by producing an entire full color page in one day. I achieved my goal, but it really highlighted a couple of issues I have. First and foremost is dealing with value (the progression from light to dark) and using it to bring things forward and dropping things back. I think this can be addressed by abandoning Sketchup for full color backgrounds and by reversing the working process. I like to flat in darker colors and then throw light over the top, cutting away areas for shadow. While this method feels natural for me I don't have the chops to pull it off effectively yet. What I need to do is work shadows in in gray tones and overlay them over the flat colors. This will enable me to familiarize myself with value. Once I have some work under my belt and can recognize what works then perhaps I can switch to the light over dark method.
The layout for this page is taken from an issue of Avengers Assemble I did and reworked with new characters and backgrounds.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This is a really quick panel. I  wanted to see realistically how quickly I could work. Also I was fiddling with the idea of not varying line weight. While the lack of line weight works fine for animation, it looks scratchy and unrefined for a comic. Also I'm not really feeling these Sketchup based backgrounds. They look cold and stiff. I will be using them now and again for detailed background work and reference, but not for everything.
So once again I've got an image I'm not happy with, but I've learned a lot from. While I hate posting these I do appreciate the input people have given. Hopefully it encourages others to try new things and share them as well!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Practice piece 4. This is the most successful piece so far. Line work, color, and background all combine in a way that I like. Still not there, but definitely better than the last 3. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Practice piece number 3. A very simple drawing because I simply wanted to try a little more line weight variation and see how things looked trying 2 levels of light. While I think this works for what it is, it's still not where I want to go. Adding a second layer of lighting makes things look overdone to me and also would take precious time that I cannot afford to squander if I want to meet deadlines. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This is my second practice piece fiddling with color and style. It's hard to post this because there is almost nothing I like about it. I learned quite a bit from my errors however so while I'm not happy with the work I can look at it for reminders on what not to do.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Direction

I'm currently transitioning into new and entirely different projects. As this happens I am trying to approach the work in a new way. Color has always made me nervous and doing full color work in a timely manner has been an intimidating prospect. I've found the best way to learn something is to just start doing it. This is the first practice piece I did trying to discover a new style and working method. I will continue to post these learning pieces daily. Sometimes they'll suck and sometimes they'll be okay, but each one will be a step further down the road. I wonder where it will lead.