I went to CTNx on Saturday with my grandmother, a veteran animator. Before we left, I had one last tour of the exhibit hall and left my tablet with her to draw on. Here are her sketches. I hope you don’t mind me posting them here, Omama. I really enjoy them.
I don’t often get into color, and given how slowly my work progresses in these monthly challenges, I probably should leave it out entirely.
However, along with my strategy for designing the characters before I figure out a story for the month’s sound clip, today I felt like I should try to peg the atmosphere a bit. Here’s a color sketch that’s supposed to be…well maybe I’ll save the description and see how many of you can figure it out.
Trying to put faces/bods to voices for this month’s 11 Second Club competition. I’m starting with the characters, and then I’ll figure out the story. I still don’t have a workflow ironed out for this kind of work. I should probably look up Aardman’s “overheard” series, or whatever those were called, like the police station and the magazine editor’s office.
These were drawn in MyPaint a free paint application for Linux, on a Lenovo X230 tablet running Ubuntu. The whole experience was pretty fun. I picked up the machine from UPS on my way to work this morning, and went to the figure drawing session on my way home. I hadn’t installed any paint applications yet, so I downloaded MyPaint over wi-fi at the studio and started drawing. I spent about half of the shorter poses figuring out a system to change brushes & save my work without leaving tablet mode.
In the end, I’m pretty happy with it as a drawing tool, and this is without much customization or any paid software.
Figure drawing right after work: my head and hands were all about programming. I thought I’d try drawing exclusively with my left hand, since it seems to break me out of the abstract, know-it-all mode. It felt right–pun not intended. As for the drawings…
Tomorrow’s the deadline for submissions…and I’m still working on character designs! Even so, this is the most work I’ve done for an 11SC submission yet.
I hadn’t planned to go to this figure drawing session after work, so I on my way there I stopped by the Blue Rooster in Los Feliz. I saw these on the counter and wanted to try sketching with them.
It was interesting, and I’ll definitely use it again, maybe with a larger brush, though. I started by loading the brush directly from the stick, but found I could get more consitently dark wash if I rubbed the graphite on paper first, and used it as a palette.