Saturday, December 30, 2017

Backlit Portrait


I recently tried my hand at some portrait photography, which I've been interested in doing for a while. Looking through 650+ photos with a virtual magnifying glass was a frustrating process, because it constantly reminded me that even though I had prepped myself on what not to do, I probably made every mistake short of accidently formatting my memory card. A large part of it was nerves, I found it hard to stay patient with less than 1.5 hrs of daylight. Relying on another person was also uncomfortable for me, even though I have to deal with other people at work (directors/editors/producers), storyboarding is ultimately a solitary endevour.

After 2 days of culling and editing I did end up with a couple decent shots and writing a list of everything I did wrong made me want to have another crack at it.

Watching: Baby Driver by Edgar Wright, L'Assassino by Elio Petri, Colossal by Nacho Vigalondo, Bridge of Spies by Steven Spielberg
Reading: Artemis by Andy Weir
Listening to: Peace - Black Power, Bernard Fanning Brutal Dawn, The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient, Something for Kate - The Official Fiction, Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black, The Decemberists - Long Live The King E.P

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

When Things Fall Apart

Both of the drawings above started out as decent sketches but ened up as somewhat disappointing drawings. I created the process comp in an effort to discover when the drawing starts to fall apart.

The lineart seems fine, I used a hard brush with no opacity variation which resulted in very clean lines.

The flat colours look okay, but I think this is where things start to go downhill. Going into the colour process with no plan always results in the same palettes. Also, having very little to no clothing details or accessories leaves huge blocks of undefined, flat, boring colour.

Finally, we come to the shadows. This has been one of my biggest weaknesses and I don't think I'm improving at all. Although I think they look okay over the lineart, they look awful over the flat colours. They are too evenly distributed over the whole figure and instead of helping to define form, actually confuse the eye. 

Watching: Funny Face by Stanley Donen
Reading: The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
Listening to: The Deep Dark Woods - Yarrow

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fedora Girls

The girl with the camera started out as a full body drawing, but after redrawing her legs multiple times I decided to just crop in and add a background. 

The girl with the tommy gun has been in my backlog for months. I originally intended to use hard black shadows and one grey tone, but I couldn't get it to work.

So.... I ended up buying a new camera (Fujifilm X-E3) and consequentially have fallen down the rabbit hole of researching lenses and other accessories.

I used a 24mm and 50mm on my APS-C Canon DSLR and thought about either going with a similar focal length combo or just getting a 35mm. I made my mind up on the 35mm, but the body+23mm f2 kit eventually swayed me and I now regret buying it as it's a bit too wide to be my everyday walkaround lens. I'll probably buy a 35mm soon to use as my main lens, then maybe get a 50mm or 52mm later on. And maybe replace the 23mm with a 16mm for landscapes...

Down the rabbit hole...

Watching: Youth of the Beast by Seijun Suzuki
Reading: Small Town Talk by Barney Hoskyns
Listening to: My Terrible Friend - I Tried To Be Kind E.P