Friday, September 13, 2019

Gargoyles, Lightbox Portfolio, Continued

This is a panel from a storyboard for the Gargoyles tv series episode #18, “The Mirror”, first aired in September, 1995.
This is one of several images I posted to my profile on the Lightbox Expo 2019 website. 

Children of the Wind, Lightbox Portfolio, Continued

This is a storyboard panel from “Children of the Wind”, a proposed series for Al-Jazira Children’s Network. We ended up producing a 2 minute animated trailer. The series was still-born due to management turnover at the network. 

This is one of several images I posted to my profile on the Lightbox Expo 2019 website. 


Catwoman, Issue 9, Page 16, Lighthouse Portfolio, Continued



This is page 16, from Catwoman 9. I pencilled this page. It was inked by Steve Leiber and  colored by Matt Hollingsworth.


This is a cropped panel from Catwoman 9, page 16. I really like it, so I’m showcasing it.
This is one of several images I posted to my profile on the Lightbox Expo 2019 website. 

The Batman Animated TV Series, "On Leather Wings", Lightbox Portfolio, Continued

This is a panel from my storyboard for Batman Animated Episode # 1, “On Leather Wings”. This panel, as well as several others from this sequence, were inked by Bruce Timm himself, who wanted to “get it right”.

This is one of several images I posted to my profile on the Lightbox Expo 2019 website.

The Batman Animated Rogues Gallery - Lightbox Portfolio, Continued

This is one of several images I posted to my profile on the Lightbox Expo 2019 website. 
This piece is called “Rogues Gallery”. I drew it back in 1993, for the owner to 2 comic book stores on Cannery Row, where I and several other key members of the Batman Animated crew did signings. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

NEAL ADAMS AT THE CRUSTY BUNKER, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

The Comic Artists Professional Society, or CAPS, had its monthly meeting a day early and met off site at Neal Adams Crusty Bunker Comics and Toys, the recently established retail emporium in Burbank, California. Our group was hosted in style by Mr. Adams himself, who told stories, answered questions and told more stories for almost two hours. I got be in proximity to the artist who has influenced me perhaps more than any other. I purchased the Artists Edition of “Enemy Ace” which Neal graciously signed on the splash page of the story he pencilled (under Joe Kubert’s expert inks) for the titular character 50 years ago.

Waiting For What You Don't See at Lightbox Expo, September 6-8, 2019

I attended Lighthouse Expo 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center, in Pasadena, California, USA. The Animation Convention occurred from September 6 to September 8, 2019. 
While waiting in line for the mysteriously titled panel, “What You Do Wrong and What You Don’t Know”, I clandestinely sketched some of my fellow attendees who were also waiting in line to enter the assigned rooms of various panels. Here are some of those sketches.




Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Aspiring Animator at Lightbox Expo, September 6-8, 2019

I attended Lighthouse Expo 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center, in Pasadena, California, USA. The Animation Convention occurred from September 6 to September 8, 2019. 
While killing time, waiting in line, or just waiting, I clandestinely sketched my fellow attendees, the vast majority of which appeared to be in their 20’s or early 30’s. Here are some of those sketches.







Lightbox Sketches 2, Greg Baldwin, Designer of Peculiar Creatures

I attended Lighthouse Expo 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center, in Pasadena, California, USA. It  occurred from September 6 to September 8, 2019. 
While there, I attended a panel titled, “Designing Peculiar Creatures”, featuring game-industry designer Greg Baldwin. Greg has recently gone independent, forming “Lost Bear Studios”. Prior to that he toiled for years at “Creature Box” and “Insomniac Games”.

Here are my class notes:

PRIMARY TOOLS OF CHARACTER DESIGN

SILHOUETTE: This is primary. Characters must be “readable” at only 6 pixels high (in games).
COLOR IDENTITY: Generally speaking “good” characters get warm colors, “bad” characters, cool.
FUNCTIONALITY: Characters have to look believable, as if their forms could “work”.
FLOW: Hard to define, know it when you see it. Can be broken for effect in proper instances.
SURFACE/TEXTURE: Think in terms of juxtaposition, contrast both within areas and between.

THOUGHT PROCESS

DRAW FROM YOUR PAST: Even if you bore yourself, your past is what makes you unique, and therefore of interest to others.
DRAW FROM YOUR PRESENT: Always be aware and analytical of your present surroundings.
DRAW FROM WHAT FASCINATES YOU: Your interest will be contagious, if not immediately then over time. People will catch up to you
ANYTHING LOOKS COOL IF YOU PUT GOGGLES ON IT:
 Nuff said.
ORGANIC/SQUISHY JUXTAPOSED WITH MECHANICAL-CYBERNETIC/HARD:
One can’t go wrong by juxtaposing/contrasting disparate or contradictory forms/textures.

ARTISTIC RULES TO LIVE BY:

1) Draw everyday from life for 5 to 15 minutes.
2) Cultivate hobbies that have little or nothing to do with your livelihood.
3)Take time to really observe mundane environment. Example: mark off a square of ground and meticulously draw everything in it.
4) Attend museums, swap meets, thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
5) Never stop doing life drawing.

Greg illustrated all of the above points with examples from his oeuvre, pointing out how they were influenced by the principle under discussion.

Greg’s drawing program of choice is “sketchbook”.


Here is my sketch of Greg.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lightbox Sketches 1: Focal Point Concept Art School, Gdansk, Poland

I attended Lighthouse Expo 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center, in Pasadena, California, USA. It  occurred from September 6 to September 8, 2019. While there, I attended a panel titled, “What  You Do Wrong and What You Don’t know”. I was totally hooked by the title and didn’t bother to read the panel description. So I have only myself to blame when it turned out to be an hour long infomercial for the FocalPoint Concept Art School, an art academy in Gdansk, Poland, focusing on artists who want employment in the entertainment industry as concept artists. 


The Panel Presenters were FocalPoint founders and head instructors, Derek Zabrocki and Michal Kus. Here’s a link to their home page so you can check it out for yourself.

I sketched Derek and Michal as they made the pitch for their school. They were quite compelling. Not enough to go back to school and move to Poland, but if I were in the market, I would give FocalPoint Concept Art School serious consideration.

Derek Zabrocki

Michal Kus

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

FASTER CATWOMAN, KILL KILL: STARRING DIVINE AND ADAM WEST. STARTING SEPTEMBER 7 AT THE HIVE GALLERY

   
Here's my entry into The Hive Gallery's upcoming exhibition "Faster Pussycat, Kill Bill". The piece is called "Faster Catwoman, Kill Kill Starring Divine and Adam West". Come see it at the exhibition opening gala this Saturday Night between 8 and 11 PM at the Hive Gallery at 729 S. Spring Street, LA CA 90014.



“FASTER, CATWOMAN, KILL KILL!” STARRING DIVINE AND ADAM WEST”

Divine, as the evil sex bomb Catwoman, waits atop the crown of Lady Liberty, ready to lay down the lash upon Batman, admirably played by stalwart Adam West! The climactic confrontation is depicted by Bradley C. Rader, veteran Batman and Catwoman illustrator (in both animation and comic books).



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