Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rise of the Scion - breaking ice


After having our 2nd meeting, the bossmen that we're working with at Animation Hero are letting us post our sketches for their newest project: Rise of the Scion! You can see a snazzy (yet generic) temporary poster for it here: Click Me.

Now I have to keep the plot of Rise of the Scion completely under wraps, so you don't get to read about any of that just yet. HOWEVER, I am permitted to post my sketches and John Pohlman can post his too! (as you can see, he is being very slow at updating his blog. Maybe if we all bug him enough, he'll hurry up! hehe. His sketches are beautiful!).

I'm excited to share these sketches and my process down the road of concept work for this project. I look forward to any feedback any of you wish to provide me with <3

And so - to the characters!

JOHNNY - She's the main character of Scion and has thus far, been one of the hardest to figure out. My initial urge was to make her African-American, but I think that's because I simply wanted to draw a giant afro and saw this image draw by Phillip Jackson over at deviantART. Then I tried going a bit Latin and then more Mediterranean. Ben and George (the creators of Scion) really liked the 1st and 2nd drawings in the 2nd image of Johnnys here. So far, it's her FACE that's giving us the most trouble - but we WILL figure it out. For reference, I was looking at Disney's Megara, Helga Sinclair, and Nani.

LUCAS - He is Johnny's younger brother...and he's a total hippie hehehe John got Lucas' design DOWN. But to see it, John will have to feel like updating his own blog :)

LYONEL - This kitty cat is going through a name-change right now (to keep people from automatically thinking Thundercats when his name is said). Lyonel is from another world than Lucas and Johnny, and these early sketches do not reflect that well. John and I have come up with some way cooler designs and I should be uploading some of those sketches soon :) However, I must admit that I am QUITE the fan of the design in the lower left corner (I think it's the fanning dreads).

TINMAN - also currently go back and forth on whether or not he will have an actual name or just be referred to as a tinman :) This robo is a war machine super droid. They were mass produced for different types of warfare (air, ground, water, ect) but we've been specifically working on the ground models :) This guy's design has also come a long way from these sketches and I'm hoping to post more soon.

Well that's about it for now. Now that we can upload our sketches,there will be more activity around here as we continue working on this project. We're hoping that it can turn into something big and awesome and amazing. I guess we'll see :)

Until next time!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Things are happening here! Working with Animation Hero, I'm not allowed to show you any sketches...yet. Hopefully that will change in the near future out :) It will be a big update when I can finally upload things :)

In the meantime, here's a pencil drawing of 4 of the main characters from Aviris: Duilio, Cirino, Eulalia, and Nikita:

Final designs and anatomy haven't been quite figured out on half of these guys :( Just decided to try and draw them out and see what happens :) Cirino's pose was completely unplanned so he looks like a Derp. Probably won't do anything more with this drawing because it's hideous haha. Hopefully I can re-draw soon and start a more finished piece <3

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Alum Choir Progress

Here's my progress for my latest freelance job. I posted the finished piece in my last post, but I thought I'd go ahead and do a progress post too :)

Here was the very first sketch - as you can see some of them need quite a bit of work haha. My original idea was to work with an animal called a binturoung/bearcat - which is the mascot to my high school. However, my client (aka my choir teacher) wanted me to focus more on "alumni". SO, after a couple of days of seriously pondering that over - I cam up with this - showing the choir as we are now - grown and walking different paths in life. Getting married,  having kids, graduating college, traveling, in the military, and budding professionals :) She loved this idea and so the next step...

...was to refine the design! I took all of the characters and began to draw the second draft. Here you can see that I changed the position of some of the characters so that there was more balance in the piece. I also changed some of the facial directions so add in some more variety :)

I decided to do that piece in Adobe Illustrator....which may or may not have been a good idea haha. I was not trained in Illustrator and I don't know it very well....luckily, I live with 3 people that do. I've done all of my freelance work these past few years (especially logos - including my own) in Illustrator. Vector just works better for printing unless you have fancy dancy super printer and beautiful cotton paper (which this will NOT be printed on) hahaha.  

Luckily, I only had to dook it out with Illustrator a couple of times before I got it to work just the way I want it. I was commissioned to only design the front of the pamphlet, so that's why the back is so blank. I DID, however, plop my name on it.

As I gift to the choir, I did not charge for this piece. The alumni choir show is being done to help raise money for the choir - which is need of some new uniforms after a freak dry-cleaning accident D:> I had some of the best friends in choir, so I don't mind helping them out this time :) And I will be part of the show next week - super excited for the little reunion.