Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blood Loss

Some very terrible things have happened to Ruth lately.
(This is faaar in the future from the animation, however)

Also, something conceptual from me?  What a surprise.  D:  (Though the composition later reminded me of something else - if you can guess what it is, you win a million cool points.)

Traditional sketch and ink drip, digital color.  Texture from Hibbary.  (Music - stuff like "Blood Roses" and "Black Dove" from Tori Amos)

For some more lighthearted work I've been up to lately, check out my tumblr.

Monday, July 18, 2011


As promised long ago, here's the cleaned up version of the walk cycle.
Now, to build from there!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Building Creek

Here's some of the concept work that should have been done at the start - so there was a hiccup in animation work, because this needed to get done asap.

It took me a lot longer than expected - first, I mapped out the town, and what buildings needed to be in it. I did tons of research to figure out what kind of buildings this town should have - and what kind of town it was. Our fictional Creek is a small-fry of a town in Colorado - no silver boom town, for sure. It also has families and children, not hordes of prospecting men - it was the place that Ruth's parents chose for a better life than the city for their family. Therefore it's probably an agricultural hub - a town where farmers get supplies and sell their wares. Such towns cropped up outside of the boom towns, to feed the growing population. So Creek has a all of the essentials, as well as a few of the non-essentials, meaning that it's met with some success. It lasted for at least 20 or so years, which was quite a feat, since many towns failed sooner than that.

The only thing I'm not entirely sure if it's accurate is the small houses at one end of town - I'd presume for migrant workers, farm hands, etc. I could find few resources on that kind of housing. :/ There's also a boarding house as well as a few other buildings on the side, not along this main drag, but they won't be making an appearance here.

Once the layout was decided, I went and researched the individual buildings. Every building here is based off of one or two real-life examples, found in old photographs and newer photos of ghost towns. INFINITELY helpful in this was The Townsmen from a Time-Life series on "The Old West", and Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps by Sandra Dallas (Photos by Kendal Atchison) I tried to give it some visual variety, even though many of the buildings share a similar architectural style (cheap, fast, build-it-quick-style that is!) They even made pre-fabricated buildings back then, only some assembly required (which the little houses are based off of.) But figuring out and drawing all of these structures took faaaaaaar longer than ever imagined. I have a newfound respect for architects and people who draw buildings often - as well as realizing I should probably do it more myself.

Once it was planned out, I put the map and the individual buildings (as well as their side views) into Google Sketchup, to make a rough model of the town. Despite the sometimes clunky/frustrating controls, sketchup is pretty intuitive, and quick for something like this. It even lets you set the direction, and the time of day - and will project the appropriate shadows, This is TERRIBLY helpful!

I was also able to put in little rough figures for Ruth and Virgil, to figure out the scale and frame up the shots, so I know where to make backgrounds from.

I took a series of screenshots from sketchup, zooming in to out, so that I could make a background with warped perspective - warped so that, when I zoom along it, it should look actually accurate. I printed it large scale, traced the rough outlines onto watercolor paper, then set to redrawing the buildings to give them proper detail. Then, I used ink washes for the shadows.

It's currently unfinished, but this is as far as I needed it to be for the certain segment I was working on.

Many more backgrounds to go, but you'll see them in the end!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sketchbook Work

Life drawings from my sketchbooks

Figure drawing at Society of Communication Artists, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

The reds and pinks in these last two, as well as the pink and yellow on the man above, were all painted in neon acrylics, that unfortunately didn't scan well.

Experimenting without using lines:

This last one, done digitally, was extremely fun and liberating. It was like getting to oil paint, but without the setup, and the ability to mix any color you wanted very quickly.

Ink washes at the Scott House:

Dr. Sketchy's, June 15th - The model was the lovely Muse!
Dr. Sketchy's is a monthly drawing session with alternative models, burlesque dancers, performers, and all sorts of folk - many cities have one, but this is the page for Richmond's chapter, hosted by Deanna Danger at Strange Matter.

Gesture drawings to start - I was really trying to focus on movement, and better, more confident inking with these, and creating good shapes.

The challenge was to draw her on a deer - mine turned into a llama deer. Yeaaah....

It was good to get out and do some life drawings again, I hope to keep doing Dr. Sketchy's, and possibly SOCA in the future if alumni can get access!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mannequin legs

Lighting exercise done this past fall in color theory - my dining room in daylight, by lamplight, and in blacklight and the orange lamplight filtering through the shades.

I learned so much during these about digital painting, with no small thanks to Reach for pointing me towards this tutorial. I hadn't experimented much with brushes before then, and simply adding an angle brush to the repertoire helped so much. Once I was able to figure out how to apply my traditional skills to digital work, it was like something just clicked. I really look forward to doing more digital painting in the future.

The Face

This is work from this semester in a class called "The Face." In it, we explored various media and approaches to one subject - our own faces. It was good to be allowed such exploration, and I'm definitely taking what I learned during the process into my other work.

Academic Drawing, Pencil line drawing

Studies of eyes, noses, mouths

Geometric forms, straight lines vs. curved lines in simplification

Tribal mask, Multiple Exposure

Veiled Face 1 and 2

Tattooed Face (Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian patterns)

Stencil - Iconography series 1 and 2 - spraypaint on paper for series 1, wood panel for series 2

Collage + conté crayon - sketchbook, drawing over collage, then pure collage

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Displaced Heart

Displaced Heart from Sarah Walker on Vimeo.

Final for my 3D Image and Movement class - made in Maya. I built the model, textured her using photographic textures I made myself (except for the one on the box, which is from Hibbary ), built the environment, and rigged an animated the model. There were quite a few challenges along the way, learning the program, and although Maya can be extremely counterintuitive at first, I'm really pleased with the finished result - what I can do with it.

I'd like to go back and fix the hair, which is an nCloth object, so that it doesn't collide as it does, and figure out a way for it to fall more properly. I'd also like to just play around with this character and her environment some more.

The title doesn't convey this quite right, but I'm not sure what would. This little character is a piece of unease and loneliness, it seems. She has no home.

Youtube link

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I've set up an art tumblr, for mostly sketches, studies, practices. This blog has more finished work, whereas the tumblr will be more informal.

So if you want to check it out, here it is!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Come and See!

My good friend Fran Rowan is organizing an art show for Comm Arts seniors at Realitea here in Richmond! I'm going to be in it, along with several of my talented peers. She wanted to put together a show of the work we liked to do, in a place we liked as well, and it's finally all coming together! So if you can stop by April 30th, 5pm to 8pm, we'd love to see you there!

Here's some of the posters we've created for the event!

This is my flier!

Poster by Erin Conley

Poster by Brit Austin