Sunday, March 29, 2009

Movie Saturday

Last night I saw couple of movies: BLADE RUNNER and LITTLE CHILDREN.

I know it's an old old movie, but BLADE was one of the movies I only heard of by mouth and never got around to seeing it, and finally, after pushing it back and back I got the time out to rent it from a nearby video shop. I loved the design, which was brillantly planned out by artist Syd Mead, and I have to say, it was a movie that was definitely ahead of its time. I think it was made in the eighties or something. The story was somewhat slow and bit confusing, but it does make you think about the science and morale of playing God and creating machines that can think and act like human. And with the advent of cloning and robotics in this present age it leaves me wondering, how long before we can expect to see an actual humanoid walking among us, and when we do, how will we react to it? And how far as science is concerned is going too far when we attempt to recreate life? Will we experience the same thing as God did with Adam and Eve after they disobeyed him and became 'like the image of God'? Oh, and BTW I'd be terrified if I ever ran into someone like Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).
LITTLE CHILDREN was an entirely different matter. Think DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES but without the ridiculous soap opera plot and the unrealistically beautiful housewives with devious antics. I kinda sympathized with the Kate Winslet character even though adultery is a sin, in a way I also feel confined and tied down in my current situation like she was, and can somewhat understand the decisions she makes. The movie is also about the superficiality of the suburban life and the people that live in it, especially the wives who spend their days gossiping smack about children and others they deemed socially unfit like Ronnie the ex-convict, as if they're living the perfect lives but we can assume they really aren't. I cannot help but give kudos to the actors who aren't afraid to 'bare it all' in front of the audiences, as long as they got the bodies for it (ROFL).

When I was renting LITTLE CHILDREN I was also about to rent MAX PAYNE with it, but the movies at Blockbuster now costs 5 bucks each. 5 bucks! I can rent a newly released movies at a mom-and-pop store for 2 bucks. I only went there because the other store didn't have LC, but yeah. I guess I'll just stick to the good old mom-and-pop types, and go to the other only if necessary, and since they do have lot more selections. Maybe one day I'll rent a game there too.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Update on Last post

Some update. Did a lot of sketching and fine detailing. Took about 3 hours. Now I must tackle the sword and then do something about that bg. Then comes the harder part: Colors.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Project - Reimagining the Dark Avenger

I spent a few days scribbling away in my sketchbook and coming up with some new ideas, one of them being reimagining some of my old existing works, such as this one, my favorite Dark Avenger.
Someday I should tell you wee bit about my original dark hero, but right now I got work on the sketch. I got the base layout of the figure, I'm going for a composition known as the Golden Ratio using a Fibonacci Spiral (you position the main focus of a painting in a way the viewer's eyes are trailing in a spiral-like manner to the finish line; I don't fully know the def, so better you just Google it). I'm also trying a different body pose which I haven't tried yet.

Some quick line work with a Hard Round then block in the shape with an underpaint. I'll probably have to take some hard photo ref to get this position just right.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

More DSG moment


I'm not that great with drawing mechanical stuff, as you can see here, though I treated this as more of a speedpainting, done in 30 min flat.

Also I got back the computer running, and I've finished the first page of that HOTD comic that I told you earlier that I had lost when the comp went dead. I'm actually pleased it looks better than the first time.

Until next time...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Technology is a B!@#!!!

My comp freezes up on me, and I had to end up cleaning out the entire hard drive and spend painstaking hours reinstalling all the nooks and crannies of the system. And the worst part is, I lost all my files from before I had to wipe out everything, including that new HOTD comic. That's what I get for not having backups. Now I have to start all over. That's why I hate technology sometimes; you just can't put your life in its hands.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Daily Sketch Group @

Yeah, there's this great site dedicated to all things concept art ( and I've gone there regularly looking at bunch of inspiring artwork by very talented pro artists. There is a thread in the Forum section that's all about sketch groups. Every day a mod posts a topic and anyone can whip up their magic wands (pencils, brush, wacom, you name it) and conjure up their interpretations of that topic. Well it's been four years and I finally took up the nerve to join one, and so far, it's fun, and I learn quite a lot from it. I've done those challenges over at ImagineFX forums, but this is different; you have to draw something different and new every day, and it's not a competition. Now I can't guarantee I'll be in perfect attendance, but I want to try and make the effort to partake in it as often as possible and hopefully improve my ever volatile drawing skills.

Here are just a couple I've done so far:

And the best part is, I'm not limited to just Wacom and Photoshop, unlike at IFX. I can use whatever medium I darn please, whatever I'm in the mood for. And hopefully I'll be able to conquer my inner fears of venturing into other territories of concept art, namely, environmental and creature designs.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Street Fighter Galoooooooooree!

It just so happens there is a poster art contest for a Street Fighter IV that's now out on PS3/XBox (website: Somehow I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. It's been ten years since I even laid my eyes on any SF related machine in the arcades, but it still takes me back to the good old days of '92 when the whole SF madness started. And those were the good old days of 'smoke' filled arcades with bunch of nerdy and grungy adolescents crowded around the machine and pumping coin after coin trying to see who gets the highest score and whatnots. Hey I think I'll talk about that a little more later.

For now to debrief y'all on what I've been doing the past two weeks now for the contest.

I had several ideas about what I want to work on, but ultimately it was the cool artwork of the Original Seven members of the Justice League of America by artist Alex Ross that drew me to the final work seen above. Here I portray the Original Eight of the SF universe. Started out with meticulous pencil drawing then all the base color and shadow layout done with watercolor, before transferring it over to Photoshop for the finishes. I'm still working on it; the deadline is 22 of this month so I need to hurry.