Saturday, December 12, 2009

Negative Space Exercise #1

For this exercise I had to draw the negative space around an object. After I drew the space around the chair, I filled in the chair details. I did this kind of quick while watching Home Alone 2, so I may do another.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Modified Contour Drawing of Hand

For this exercise I had to use a hand drawn on transparency from the last exercise, transfer it to paper and render it. I redrew a hand on the overhead transparency. Taped a piece of paper to a drawing board and with a ruler marked the dimensions of the transparency, including the horizontal and vertical lines. I toned the paper with a 4B graphite stick. I looked at the transparency and did a rough sketch of the hand onto paper. After the rough sketch was finished, I posed my hand in that position and drew it for the next hour and 20 minutes. I focused on the lines of my hand like I did for the pure contour drawing exercise.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Figure Drawing at ADG

I did these last night at the Art Directors Guild.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Modified Contour Drawing

For this exercise I made a frame out of foam core and taped a overhead transparency sheet over the whole in the frame. Here are photos of what I made:

I clipped the frame to a table and put my left hand underneath and with one eye closed I traced what I saw with a felt tip marker.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pure Contour Drawing Exercise

For this exercise I had to draw my hand while not looking at the paper. I squeezed my fingers together and stared at the lines in my palm. My eyes scanned my palm a milimeter at a time and my hand traced what I saw. This caused my hand to draw very slowly and precisely. I set an alarm for 5 minues so I didn't think about time (a left brain activity) for my first drawing, which was only a few lines when I was done. The drawing I posted below was done in 10 minutes and I was happily surprised by the results. While drawing my mind was in full right brain mode and I noticed the music I was listening too sounded like familiar sounds but I couldn't make out the words being sang.

Recreated Childhood Landscape

For this exercise I had to recreate a scene I would have drawn in my childhood. This exercise was meant for me to reflect on old symbols I used. I think I simplified my shapes more than I would have when I was younger. I had fun drawing this.

My next exercise is to do a "pure contour drawing." I have to look at my hand and drag my pencil across the paper to record my perceptions. I am not allowed to look at the paper as I draw for 5 minutes. The exercise is meant to keep me in thinking on the right side of my brain.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Upside Down Drawing Exercise

I had to look at an upside image and draw it upside down for this exercise. The point was to no longer think of the parts of the image as a hand or eye, but to look only at shapes and draw them in relation to each other. By drawing in this way I used my right brain almost completely. I know I was using my right brain because I no longer was hearing the music I was listening to and I lost all track of time. When I did switch to my left side of my brain I made mistakes in the drawing. I know I switched because I started thinking about the hands and the eye and how they function and fit on the forms. To think in that way is a left brain activity and since the drawing was upside down my left brain didn't understand the forms and the proof of my error is in the drawing.
First, I will post the reference below, a drawing done by Picasso. The next two images are my 1st and 2nd tries. Below them is a photo of Einstein and my drawing. Just to clarify, The Picasso and Einstein photo were upside down on my desk and I drew them upside down on my paper.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Vase/Face exercise

This exercise was to help me feel my brain switch from thinking on the left side to the right side. I had to draw a face on the left side of the page while naming all the parts of the face as I drew. As I drew I said outloud "forehead, brow, eyes, top of nose, bottom of nose" and so on. After I was done the first face, I had to draw the same face on the right side, but looking at the other face. This creates an illusion, in my design class they called it gestalt, and if done correctly the image changes from a vase to two faces. The effect that it had on me while I drew, was that when I got to the forehead my pencil stopped and I had a strange conflict in my brain. I then continued to draw the face while not naming the parts any longer and my pencil didn't move as fluid as the first face I drew. The best way to describe how I felt was that my drawing didn't feel natural and I was trying harder. The version below is my 7th try. I added the black circle in Photoshop for clarity.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pre-Instruction drawing from Memory

This exercise was difficult for me. I'm used to using reference while working. I probably did 15 different versions of Alison. The top drawing I thought was successful until I looked at a photo of her for comparison. Once I saw her I had to start over and make the second version. For the second version I made a sketch, used tracing paper to trace it and drew different noses and mouths until something began to work. I think I cheated.

Time to start on the next exercise.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pre-Instructional Hand 1 and 2

For my second pre-instructional exercise I drew two hands. I wasn't happy with the first one so I drew another. After looking at them both, I kind of like the first one more. Though, I had more fun drawing the second. On the second drawing, I stuck a small pencil between my ring finger and pinky to hold that pose.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

My quest for drawing improvement hit a road bump this week because Art Center no longer has figure workshops till next term. For the past 2 months I have spent almost every weekday drawing at Art Center. The only drawing workshops I have now are the Art Directors Guild workshop on Tuesdays from 7-10pm and Bill Stouts workshop on Sundays from 10am-1pm. I hear Nucleus has a workshop on Wednesdays, but if it is more than $10 count me out. To fill in my practice gap, I started reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. Friends of mine told me to check out this book, but I would ignore their advice because I was already paying a large amount of money to attend art college and didn't want to admit a $17.95 book could help me. After I finished reading the second volume of "Drawn to Life" by Walt Stanchfield (BTW the best drawing book I have ever read) his word became gospel and he mentioned Betty Edwards often. I started reading her book last night and I am going to do all the drawing exercises she teaches and post my progress here on my blog. Here is my first drawing for her self portrait practice:My facial expression may not reflect how intent I am about taking her book seriously, but I really am. If I can improve half as much as her student examples than I will be a happy man. The next two exercises I will post by tomorrow. The exercises are to draw my hand and draw someone from memory. Drawing my hand will be fun because I have always loved drawing hands. Drawing a person from memory sounds like it will be difficult. I know in the past whenever I try to describe someone to somebody and they don't know who I mean, I can usually sketch the person and they know who I am talking about, but the way I draw is with basic symbols and caricature. I'm not sure how I will handle drawing someone from memory but I imagine it will be embarrassing to post.

Updated Portfolio

I've updated my portfolio website with new figure drawings and website layout. Che..che...Check it out!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


CTN is over and I had a great time. The panels were very cool and informative. I would like to thank the exceptional artists that gave me a critique and helped me set goals to improve my drawing. Thank you to Glen Vilpuu, Fabian Molina, Bobby Chiu, Ed Gombert and Joe Haidar on your very helpful advice. I have a better idea on what I need to focus on in order to create better work, and (hopefully) reach a new level.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


My mother started college before I was born. She is now about to graduate. We all move at our own pace. CONGRATULATIONS MOM!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

sketch sketch sketch

I've been reading an awesome book called "Drawn to Life" by Walt Stanchfield. It's two volumes of hand outs that he gave to his Disney drawing workshop students. I highly recommend it!

LA Zoo sketches

Disney studies

Friday, October 16, 2009

Left hand figure drawing

Did this ol' squiggly tonight with my left hand.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

My place

This is a birds-eye view of my place so far.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"The Lifter"

I made this short animation in Maya:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Maya environment in progress

This is an environment I am building in Maya. This is my 1st time using textures. I love this program.