Thursday, 17 August 2017

Harpy Concept and A Heck of a lot of Bird Anatomy

All the bird anatomy stuff has led up to this!

Final Harpy Concept

Head Detail

Initial Head Sketch & Inspiration

Front of Wing Details

Back of Wing Details

Skin Pass

Skeleton & Muscle Anatomy
I'm really stoked on the result, and learned so much in the process! It was a bit of a compromise attaching a human head to a bird body--since birds don't have sternocleidomastoids or a trapezius, which are fairly defining for human necks, I agonized a bit over adding them. Ultimately I felt it was important to blend the human head with the bird body (keeled sternum, rigid shoulder blades) so I needed just a bit of human anatomy to make that organic.

I feel like I've come away a lot more comfortable approaching bird and bird-hybrid anatomy :3

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Been digging into bird anatomy lately, here's some feather pattern studies & a comparison between arm anatomies

Random Sketchess & things

Here's a bunch of random work over the course of July:

I did some logo design work for my pal Cameron over at Ranged Touch

Some process work on the logo

Logo Banner

Final Logo

some pose sketching

and learned how to make cloth in Blender so I can use it for reference :)

Not Dead Yet

HI It's been a while!

Did a whole whack of commissions to try to make some extra summer cash, here they are in no particular order:

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Gurney Book Club Week 6 & Other Studies

Some more colour and lighting studies this week, out of my comfort zone:

Did this study of Tom Van de Wouwer's work, looking at what happens when two coloured lights are simultaneously lighting a surface. Also trying out a more brushy um.. brushwork

I never paint environments, and I actually think I'm starting to enjoy them! This one was focusing on using warm and cool colours in a painting, although I think I could have pushed the clearness of the shadows more.

Some practice rendering fabric and form, in monochrome

First painting in a long time that wasn't just at study! Quite proud of that hand painted wood ^_^

 A Loish study, I've always admired the way she uses limited but super punchy palettes.

Discovered Anatomy360 and downloaded the Head Pack! Super impressed so far.

Some sketches done to study lighting

Also! been doing some 3D modelling in Blender for work:

Last but not least, I was really mystified by this breakdown of a horse's walk, so I decided to hand-animate it to try to visualize it more easily for myself:

AND I think I've finally settled on my grad project idea: Dune. (and House Atreides). So you'll be seeing a lot more of that soon. Here's a first pass at Jessica and Leto!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Notes on Gottfried Bammes' Animal Anatomy

I've owned Gottfried Bammes' The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy long enough that I don't even remember where I got it. I can't fathom why it took me so long to get into it, it's excellent as heck so far. Been jotting down notes:

also did a quick horse anatomy study in VR using Oculus Quill: (click for Vimeo link)

Here's the book:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

More Lighting & Colour Studies~

Did some more studies for Week 5 of Gurney Book Club:

Local Colour study (from The Sartorialist): still trying to nail down a skin colour that doesn't get too grey with the blue sky light, or too brown in the shadows

Notes from Sam Nielson's Schoolism class

felt like a bunch of things really got demystified! especially why there's a warm highlight above the cool specular highlight, and why white & very dark hair don't usually have this

still gotta take a swing at painting iridescence >.<

the first time I've studied anisotropic reflection!