Thursday, September 29, 2011

Character Study Silhouettes

I have been in serious need of some inspiration lately so I bought some new art books. One of which was the Skillful Huntsman. This is a book of concept art that could either be inspirating or just depress the heck out of you. Are there really folks that talented out there?!?

One technique that I got out of the book was creating silhouettes to explore character design. And since I got a nifty new Pentel pocket brush pen, I thought I'd take a stab at a monkey character for an idea I've had banging around for a while.

It seemed like when I tried to deviate too much it immediately stopped reading as a monkey. It was an interesting exercise, and it really made me think about what makes a character recognizable as a monkey.

I'm loving the brush pen BTW. I like it way better than those felt tipped brush markers. This is actually a brush with bristles, very cool!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


It has been quite a while since I just did something for fun. Our First LEGO League team needed a design for their t-shirts this year. So I had all the kids draw up designs. Since I didn't want to just take one kid's idea, I merged elements from all the designs into one. I took the ultrasonic sensor eyes from one design, cape and crown from another and the lightening from another. (I couldn't resist spiffing it up a little in Photoshop.)

It felt good doing something just for fun. I hope the kids approve.