Went for a different approach with the lines and overall coloring on this one. I At one point I was almost scared to color it, but I'm glad I finished it up anyway. It definitely looks different than the ones from last year, but it's cool in its own way.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Last year when I did these, one of the things that stood out to me about them negatively was how long it took me to do them. They looked fine, but between the undersketching and every other little thing in between they took too long in the end. So this season, I've figured out a few ways to streamline things. The biggest one, is killing the undersketching. This has its benefits of taking out an entire step, but on the flip side, it makes certain decisions a bit more difficult to execute and control than it would normally. Nonetheless, I'm really shooting to get myself NOT to chicken out on certain things regardless and go after them anyway, which you will see will have varying degrees of success.
He was a reject, though the way it went down was hilarious. Mom decided to let the second person run off and when it came time for her she went to go look for her... Never to return. The name was covered to protect the innocent.
Nearly successful head split here. just wish I didn't start it as a scrape.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
So last weekend, I was given one of what I feel was one of the biggest opportunities in time doing caricatures so far. A couple weeks back I got a message from Sean asking if I wanted to come down to the VA Beach Tattoo Festival this year and draw Zombie Caricatures with him and Nick. It was 7:45 in the morning when I first saw the message, but needless to say I went from half sleep to totally up in a matter of seconds. In the back of my mind, this was something that I always thought would be really cool to experience, but nothing that I didn't think I'd actually get the opportunity to do. So to get invited to do this was an offer that I couldn't refuse. I had to work some scheduling magic to pull this off, but needless to say it happened and for three days I traveled down to the VA Beach Convention center to have at it with who I consider some of the best at caricature and art in general.
I will say that I've learned a ton of stuff this weekend, not just about drawing zombies, but I'd say it was a lesson on drawing itself. I learned a lot from watching, some great critiques, and just drawing different people. It's real cool to see where I started at the beginning of the weekend to where I ended up. There's still plenty of room for improvement with all of them, but overall the weekend was a huge success. It helped me get a better grasp on certain things that stumped me for a while, and it also made me realize the importance of line work. When you're working on stuff with the kind of detail this has, it's important to really prioritize how you handle your line quality, as it can make the difference between an unreadable drawing, and one that's great to look at. Watching them use lines in their work was awesome, especially since there's a lot of small nuances to what they do that you're not going to really notice unless you're there watching it happen.
Whenever I get another opportunity to do these, I will definitely make sure to push the boundaries even farther than I did this time around. In the meanwhile, here's the blood bath from the weekend, all 16 of the unlucky dead.
No. 2. A little bit better than the first. Hair got a bit too stiff for my liking though. And like before, could've used some better lines in spots.