Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Marisol: Turnaround

Hallo again!

Another portfolio addition! This is the turnaorund design for Marisol from Somni. I've drawn her turnaround before with the same pose, but found later on that it needed editing. Here's the latest version:

What do you think? Ever drawn a turnaround for a character? How did it go?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nephele: Portfolio Update Sneak Peek


Currently I'm working on updating my portfolio some more. here's a little sneak peek. One of my favorite characters that I've designed is Nephele, from the fairytale Somni that I *cough* haven't finished writing *cough* created. She's 4'10" (shorter than me yay!) and often lets her inner child make decisions for her. Here's the process from sketch to final:

I wanted to keep her design simple because I imagine her being the kind of girl that throws on whatever clothes are closest to her in the morning so she can start the day. She's the opposite of her best friend Marisol in that respect. Nephele is all about the accessories; Marisol usually wears the same ones but is all about the clothes.

Do you have a favorite character that you've designed? Leave a comment and / or a link below and tell me about it!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Studies from the Pros


So, I started taking an online class a few weeks ago at the online school CGMA. I'm taking a digital painting class. I've only ever taken one class like that, so I felt like taking another will help me improve even more. So far, it's definitely helping.

Here's some of my assignments so far. They're pretty straight forward but I'll explain each one. I'll probably go back to some of these and make the changes my professor suggests.

Week 1 - Film Composition Studies
I had to find 3 film stills and create value studies. The range of gray tones I can use had to be limited. The film stills, in order: Ratatouille, Life of Pi, and Maleficent.

Week 2 - Textures
3 different textures had to be found and mimicked digitally. In order: Tree trunk, fluorite crystal, and an old bell. 

Week 3 - Master Copy
A painting created by a master artist had to be replicated digitally as close to the original as possible. I chose the artist Mead Schaeffer. I love how you can see his brush strokes and wanted to learn how to paint the same way digitally. Can you guess which one's mine and which one's the original painting?

That's what I have so far. The next project is going to take a few weeks. I'll post the assignment once it's complete. What do you guys think so far?

Monday, December 26, 2016

Romani Vardo Thumbs

Hi Again!

My continuing efforts to show my prop designs some love lead me to design the exterior of the Romani Vardo layout in my portfolio. In my research to inspire my designs, there were so many beautiful and intricately designed vardos! The level of details in each one that I saw was simply gorgeous. I wish I could see one in person and see it for myself. As a result, I couldn't design just one, so I drew thumbnails! I'm still trying to decide which one to go with, but maybe you can help!

I numbered each thumbnail design below. Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment with your favorite number(s) below! And if you know any places on the east coast where vardos can be seen then let me know too! I'd love to see one myself.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Muñecas Limé

Hello All!

The prop designs in my portfolio need more love! I decided to go back to the designs and render them digitally. I didn't stop there though. It isn't enough to just design a prop---I wanted to include their inspiration, especially since they're personal to me.

A few of my designs are inspired by Dominican dolls called Muñecas Limé. They were named after an artist named Liliana Mera Limé, who designed clay dolls without a face. They were made that way because the Dominican culture is such a vast melting pot of different cultures, so to pick one face is almost like picking one culture.

They were designed in the 1980s, and gained so much popularity over the years that they're one of the most collected soulveniers of the country.

Being Dominican myself, these dolls are all over my home. They're little pieces that remind me of where I come from. Below is a work in progress of the prop dolls for my upcoming webcomic Somni:

And here is the final version. It includes reference images and a short description of the dolls' inspiration: