Thursday, February 28, 2019

Window Watcher

I've been very lax with drawing my own stuff this month. The series I worked on wrapped in December and I've been doing storyboards for a couple different shows since.

After work I stay in the studio and watch movies, churning though my backlog of blu rays. I shortened the list below to under half the actual number in the interest of brevity. It's definitely the best part of my day, but as a result I haven't been as productive with personal work. The drawing above was done in a frenzy and now my hands hurt.

Watching: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane by Robert Aldrich, La Notte & Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni, Cleopatra & No Way Out by Joseph L Mankiewicz, Gilda by Charles Vidor, The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit
Reading: The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
Listening to: Mandolin Orange - Tides of a Teardrop

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Moving Forward, Looking Back

My apartment doesn't have air-conditioning so I spent almost the entirety of my Christmas break at the studio. Most days I was alone, and uproductive, just trying to shake off the rust that I had accumulated by not drawing for five days.

During the night I rewatched La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2 and thought about the films I loved. I thought about wide angle lenses and gorgeous black and white cinematography. I thought about how empty my own work feels and how storyboarding for t.v has changed my own storytelling sensibility in a way that I find boring and predictable.

Well, this year I want to attempt to change how and what I draw in my own time. I want the films I love to be an inspiration. I'm sure I'll default back to drawing boring drawings of girls in cute outfits, but it's worth a try. 

Re-Watching: La Dolce Vita & 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini, The Trial by Orson Welles, Casablanca by Michael Curtiz
Reading: Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
Listening to: Death Cab for Cutie - Thank You For Today

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Periodic Tweaking


I started this drawing around March/April but got hung up with hair shadows so I put it on the back-burner.

Wanting to avoid my predictable old palette, I went against my instinct and made her a brunette even though I had planned for the girl to be a blonde. She initially had wings and a halo, but after months of periodic tweaking, I decided to make a drastic change so got rid of them, drew a weird background and considered it "finished".

 However, I couldn't just let it go. Remembering that I had initially wanted the character to have a sleeve of tattoos, I drew them in and at the same time took the opportunity to revert the whole thing back to how I wanted it when first drawing it. Probably way too much thought and effort for such a simple drawing, but oh well.

Watching: Il Bidone by Federico Fellini, A New Leaf by Elaine May
Reading: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Listening to: The Minus 5 - Dear December