Schoolism Assignment 1

General / 04 July 2018

I acquired access to the schoolism curriculum and I'm following along with the Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo course. The opening lesson focuses on neutral diffuse lighting scenarios and how shadows soften and local color is more pure.  Here are my paintings for the first assignment. I tried to force myself to use only their brushes and stay fast and loose. I have a really hard time doing that, so it's been an interesting exercise.





General / 16 February 2018

I had a few minutes to doodle a few days ago and as I sat with my pencil in my hand poised above a blank page of my drawing pad that familiar sensation of panic settled over me. What should I draw? I shook it off like usual and the first thing that came to mind was "cat". So I tried to draw a cat character without any forethought or reference. It was horrendous. It looked more like rabbit with short ears than a cat. It was cute but it completely lacked something that communicated "cat". I immediately identified this as one of those moments of realization that accompanies growth as an artist, or designer. So I pulled up some cat photos on my phone and sketched one. 

After sketching this cat I thought about the handful of unique traits that cats have.  Since I had been planning to do some style experiments anyway with rats, I decided to do it with cats instead. I found that If you hit one or two of those traits it almost doesn't matter what you do with the character, it'll feel mostly cat-like. I'll post some more rats later too but for now here are some cats. 



Rat Patrol

General / 06 February 2018

I've been really into animal characterizations lately. I was drawing the other day and They Might Be Giants' Rat Patrol happened to be playing so I drew some rats.  I'm intrigued by how many ways an animal like a rat can be stylized and still retain it's rat-ness. Clearly this is far from an exhaustive analysis on the topic. Maybe later I'll do some more rats and see how much variety I can create.