Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Trying to learn how to draw

My drawing skills need some work, so I am going out to the woodshed for a while.

Started doing some technical drawings of interiors to strengthen my sense of perspective.

My rendering is for sh$t so that's up next.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

front-gabled classical italianate er something

I scaled down the windows and chimney and got rid of the porch entirely. I think it looks much cleaner.

I like the right side of the house although the windows are too big. The front side is way to cluttered. I am liking the way the pieces are fitting together.

good lord i can't nail this image down..

Friday, August 29, 2008

Saltbox house

JK's notes:
I would throw away the rulers though - lines are too straight-that makes things look mechanical and cold - give the house some weight and make it a bit more organic

and you still are filling up negative spaces

your tree in the bg has nice s
econd level leaf clumps, but the tree iis filling up the space between the house and the fg tree

the bush to the right of the house is eating the house silhouette - if you moved it a bity to the right and left space between it and the house, it would make a better overall composition

look at some of the comic examples I post for less mechanical lines and forms

Thursday, August 21, 2008

House and Yard

JK's notes (ouch):
way too flat and wonky

the opposite of what I've been asking for

look at the millions of examples I put up for ya

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

took a break from practicing background design today.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

my scanner broke... dammit...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


trying to find some way out of this stale, stiff rut I'm in...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Church composition steps

basic shapes

ROUGH value study

at this point i see that the right side of the tree has moved over and diminished the negative space in the center of the picture. also the shapes of the leaves are overlapping and not as clear.
i am having trouble settling on a shape for the bench. i dropped and bowed the eaves of the church to make it slightly more cartoony.

Now I am playing around with the scale of the church and the shape of the tree. there are a million possibilities for everything.

which is better? i think the smaller one is. it makes the composition less symmetrical.

Experimenting with different church shapes. Trying to make it cartoony but not wonky or cramped or too grafic.

The drawing has strayed considerably from the original shape design without really improving the composition. So I crop off the top and straighten the tree to bring it back to that first idea. I still like the more classical, less cartoony church so I am going to stay with that.

There. That is the basic design. It looks a little stiff to me so I am going to have to make the details look fun and spontaneous without being unclear or scribbly. This is the part that scares me. I'd be the first to admit that I am not great when it comes down to details. I don't yet have that caligraphic touch that makes cartoons so beautiful.

Ideally I would like the finish to look something like this harvey eisenberg panel: