This was originally intended as blog designed so that Andy Norton, a postgraduate in Creative Digital Media, could discuss his influences whilst working on a comic for his Creative Portfolio Development module on that master’s degree.
Now, the blog is intended to share articles relevant to his interests, as well as his artwork (past and present), as an experience graphic designer, with a background in illustration and animation.
Did some life drawing on the bus today. Whilst the hair wasn't as rugged as it was in real life, and it was unfinished because they left for their stop, I quite like the minimalist marks on the seating.
Similar to how I did some research for my recent illustration work, I wanted to do some research for this potato film idea. So I sketched from an image to get an idea on how the hands work when doing this. Then I drew a quick cartoon just to get an idea on how it would look.
I tried to do some life drawing on the bus, but the trip was so wobbly, that I wasn't pleased with it whilst doing this. It's not too bad, although I would've liked some more definition with the trolley and her hands. There's always another day.
I decided to do something different today, so I took inspiration from the family garden. I was quite pleased at how this worked as a composition, although I might have gone overboard with some of the wispy mark-making for all of that plantlife.
Just wanted to play around with this potato character a bit more before developing some of the further scenes for this germ of a film. I quite like how this character looks like, so I might work on some of the other scenes featuring potatoes that I want to include next time.
I though I needed to do some research to develop my potato characters a bit. So I did a realistic study of one, via an image search, followed a cartoon potato with a face on it. I like how the 'tuber' can be made into a nose. I wanted to use a brush pen to draw it to achieve that thick-line 'manga' look that can be easy on the eye, and easy to animate - in theory! I might need to work whether I want to apply simple shading into my film or not; as long I don't try to colour it is like that with a brush pen it could give them some dimension.