Setting up the scene in the garage studio today. Making sure everything looks cohesive and proportionate. Examining lighting, perspective, and composition.
I made a thing today! It was quite simple but I was outside wondering how to use three strings using one movement to create a slithering snake. I came up with this idea of using a dowel with three strings at different attachment locations so when I move the dowel the strings move vertical at different intervals. I applied this to my clouds and voila!
The creator of Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Craig McCracken, is also the creator of the Power Puff Girls. While I was building the houses I kept thinking back to PPG. I didn’t know why so I turned to google.
Their house! The color scheme is the same as one of the houses I painted without knowing it. Subliminally calling out to me, “cataaaliiinaaa, power puff girllls.” Mystery Solved.
I’ve been in southern California for just over a month now. I absolutely love the weather here and have no regrets about uprooting my life to come to the west coast. This past weekend I got the amazing opportunity to go to the annual CTNx animation expo. Everyone there was talented and yet so humble. It was a surreal experience that I will never forget. I got to meet with my favorite artist, Chris Sickles, from rednosestudio and hear Kent Melton,Disney/Laika sculptor, talk about the hardships he faced trying to make it as an artist.
Anyway, this week my focus has been on the word Tape. It didn’t take me long before an idea came to me. A young boy trying to repair his old fashioned red bike with some tape. I was drawn to this concept because I am one of those believers who fall into the category “Tape can fix anything.” In fact, I make a point to keep a roll of duck tape handy nearly wherever I go.
Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends has been on the brains recently. I like the playful corky asymmetry against the strong bold and somewhat monochromatic color schemes. I derived my composition from the top right illustration. The way the sky scrapers in the background created a forced perspective really stuck out to me.
A bike I found at Ashley’s Furniture while I was walking around looking for inspiration. Coincidentally, I had drawn out a bike just before finding this one.
Me attempting to keep as much of the wheel off the table as possible while the paint dried.