Categories: "Drawings and Stuff" or "Uni work"
Well our groups were given to us a few days after the pitch day, I have been grouped with Debbie, Duncan, Scott and Chris. And we were given the Toy Invasion project, no work had been set, so I felt I should carry out a bit of research into certain toys to get a feel for what should go into the project. I started by going to the library at the university, where I found some good examples of clockwork toys and a few robots.
From the books that I found in the Caerleon library I photocopied what I felt was approprate to the project. And stuck them up on my wall for inspiration.
I then sketched out a few rough concept ideas, although the only really finished image was of a cuddly character
I then decided to go to the library in Newport, where I found a very good book with robot images called : Yesterday's toys: 734 tin and celluloid amusements from days gone by
Author: Teruhisa Kitahara
Which I must say was a lovely book, with full colour images, only annoying thing was it was in the reference library which means I had to photocopy the pictures, which was a hefty £1 per colour copy.
But even though at £1 per image they are really amazing looking robots.
So for the run up to the first group meeting I carried out visual research, my favourite image has to be this one though.
*Mature content warning, naked pictures*
Ok so after the mentioning of life drawing from my lecturer Dave, and I also saw some posters up too. So of course with my love of life drawing I had to sign up, it did end up costing me like £70.50 for life drawing, but then also an added £13.50 on Japanese too XD.
But yes I managed to head down at about 20 to 19:00 which was a little later than I had planned, agreeing with Charlotte to head down at half past 6, but well it took a while to dry my hair, anyway enough about that, I managed to pay it all well and made my way to the room, where I was pleasantly surprised to see Debbie and Duncan there. As I didn't really expect anyone to turn up. And then a little later Caryn and Rob appeared.
Instead of giving a complete commentary though I will just go on with pictures and a few words.
Firstly I would like to say that Julie the tutor seems absolutely lovely, ok she is no Mr. Wadwell so far, but she seems great, she's nice and polite and helpful too.
We started with a few quick sketches, and also myself trying to get into the swing of life drawing again, as I've been kinda neglecting my drawing.
I apologise for the angle of the pictures, just otherwise my big ugly shadow was in them.
Then we went onto 30 second poses...I don't really like any of these that much though.
Then some more 30 second poses.
This image is just a closer shot of one of the others but I just wanted to emphasise on the coolness of it as I may of not drawn it too well, but as our model is quite skinny you can see his muscles really well (which is utterly amazing and great) and he had lifted his arm and I could see the strings of his muscles that had moved so he could raise his arm and it was like wow. Ok the picture makes him look like a bit of a machine but I just had to get it in a picture.
OK this was then the hour long pose, although we had a bit of a break in between, and from the break onwards I drew the next picture, but yeah I'm real happy with it, and that I drew it quite well, considering my last life drawing session was a while back now.
After filling in a registration form that needed to be done I decided to draw a larger picture of a part of his body which ended up being his leg cos I just love seeing the muscles and stuff. Although I must say next time I want to sit a bit closer as it felt like I was a bit too far away and couldn't see as much detail in his figure that I would have wanted to.
Overall I'm happy with how it was, and can't wait till next week...and of course my Japanese lesson as well
Ok well in honour of having work to do, I'm getting into the mood of drawing again, so I've just been doing a few pictures to keep myself busy. Now I know they ain't perfect, but this is just to speed up my drawing a bit.
Click on the images to see a larger version.
Whatcha think? comments are welcome, I'm always wanting to improve them ^_^ bunny bunny guy was like a 5 min sketch where as I spent a little longer on the other two. And couldn't be arsed with perfecting the strawberry (mouth yellow bits etc) as I was being HASSLED to play a game :P.
EDIT: added my freaky cow, it's kinda cool but it's scarying me O_o.
Ok well yesterday, being Tuesday I had my first flash tutorial type thing, ok well for 3 hours or whatever it was, it was kinda a waste of time, as they guy was explaining all the tools, which is just photoshop common knowledge mainly, anywho I'm sure it was useful for some people :) and I learnt how to use flash, bar action scripting (main thing I needa learn :P). As there were more people than computers I shared one with Duncan, and we made this together
I did the drawing part, and he animated the sun, as he was busy making a gun in flash at the same time ^_^. Yes it may suck, but for my first thing, it's pretty cool looking :).
And yes I know the sun doesn't get smaller as it goes up ^_^.
Well I'm completely new to the whole university grading system, but I just got back my first piece of work, which was ironically the last piece I had given in. Anywho it was an essay on how digital games can produce play unlike that in pre-digital, in other words what do video games have that board games can't do.
And amazingly I managed to get a B13 which I am really happy with :) I thought I'd do really bad ^_^ so it was well worth spending all that time on it then :p.
Can't wait for all my other results...or can I :(
Ok well after what is it...7 weeks of life drawing (I think) we have had a model today, and one two weeks back. And finally I've been able to draw slowly, as opposed to 10 second and 30 second sketches.
Anywho more to the point, the two models we've had (Bill and Barry if I remember right) have both been guys (a first for me) but I've really enjoyed it so far, I'll post up a picture I did today, we had 15 minutes at the end of the session so I tried my best.
Altho his hand sucks, other than that I'm happy with it :) since I'm so used to drawing women it's good to have a change :).
Ugh I hate the fucking hand!
I wish I had taken a picture of him now though, so I coulda finished the picture.
Ok, just like last year myself and Charlotte wanted to make a pumpkin, took her a while to figure out what to do, but we have just finished it.
Gaze in it's glory...or um something ^_^.
Also a very creepy thing, the light shadow that Mario casts, looks like Bowser *OMG* if you can't see it, think of how those bowser levels look on Mario 64 when the level starts.
Ok well as I'm doing an art course on game design at the moment you'd expect hordes of drawings coming from me....well they'll come later when I like them, but at the moment I've drawn one picture I'm happy with, which was just a sketch of me. But it's from a reference pic which I can't seem to do without, but hey great artists like Alex Ross use references so maybe I have hope yet ^_^
Anywho feel free to comment on my picture, I realise I've yet to draw eyes but I like it how it is :).
Expect more pictures soon, unlike Debbie I'm not a picture machine O_o