New DSLR


A few weeks ago I lost my lens cap, while having an EPIC BATTLE, with a one day old Harbor seal!   I swear his cuteness made me drop my lens cap…

Anyway, I went to the camera store to get a new one and BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA…. cause that is what you do with your tax return…Invest it in your future!  I picked up the Nikon D7000 with a 18-105 lens, I love it so far.  Here is a taste of what it can do, this is the first test picture I took…

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I should be doing photoblog posts more regularly again 🙂

-TheGrav

The MOAR Monster…


An artist, an 18 month old, a sketch book, and a stack of crayons.  I was acting as a nanny to my roommates kiddo a few months back, and as an artist myself I liked to encourage him to take crayons to paper and go nuts.

We ended up doing a hybrid form of collaborative work.  I would sketch a line, he would scribble, only stopping to choose a new color and pointing to where he wanted me to place my next set of lines.  It was an exercise in showing him, how and where to color, but it became a freeing experience for me.  (As in not on the walls!)

As artists we lose a certain amount of boundless artistic freedom the more we attend any sort of formal training.  You always have a teacher or peer telling you how “that doesn’t work”, or “that is not atomically correct”, or my favorite “you have to learn the RULES before you can break the rules and be artistic.”

WE ARE MAKING ART, not doing brain surgery.  There isn’t supposed to be a “wrong” in artistic expression, it is a way of letting emotion and feeling leak from your soul into the world.  Going through formal training I spent a lot of time learning rules and concepts, and they have made me a better designer, a better painter, a better marketer, but not a better artist. Art School did more to teach me to lock away my creative urges in a cage of technical rules.

Sketching with a 18 month old, unlocked all that bullshit.  It helped me free up my talent,  and then let that talent flow through the techniques and tools, to become something awesome.  Our combined doodles led me to do this sketch, which I later applied to canvass.

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The MOAR! Monster.  pretty simple idea, just a monster I might have sketched in 4th grade, on the corner of a  math homework assignment.  Going to an art school is a good idea, and experience, it is the teaching that needs to change.

Jay, one of the best and most influential artists and teachers I encountered while attending formal classes, He had this rule.  if you ever had to defend or come up with a reason for something in your art, just blame aliens.

“Why is this guy floating?  That isn’t physically possible and so it is just bad execution of this assignment…”  ..because it matter what the subject of the SHADING assignment is doing when the assignment was to shade a scene of the artist’s choosing. My physics professor, liked a lot of the odder sketches I did, because I kept a good concept of the PHYSICAL world in mind when I create Science Fiction and Fantasy Art.

When the physics teacher says “yeah if we could float it would look like that…”  the art teacher who didn’t take advanced science or math classes can STFU.  Anyway Jay’s rule: aliens, the dude can float cause of aliens.  Here is a teacher that attempted to unlock all those rules and let students do whatever.  However Jay was the One good teacher, we need more like him.

I am not alone in having creativity stifled by formal education.  Not because we are incapable of executing the given assignment to the fullest ability of the techniques taught; but because the professor, personally, would have chosen a different subject matter.  It would be like me teaching a class on color theory and telling a student her execution was bad because I, personal, don’t ever choose to paint puppy-dogs and sunshine.  Then turning to another student and telling her she did a good job because she painted Zero Suit Samus killing a metriod.  The Subject matter of the painting has NO impact on the use of COLOR!

On the subject of color… here is the finished painting:

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The entire project was very freeing, and inspired me to continue with a series of “my little monsters”  trying to capture that cute and simple style kids sketch.  Everything I learned in 4 plus years of different art classes, and it takes an 18 month old to show me how to grow as an artist and painter.

Yeah education in America might be broken.

-TheGrav

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MOAR! Monster is an original, 10.5 x 14 acrylic painting on canvass, numbered and signed.

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Teaching an old painting new tricks…


So a few years ago I started trying to paint an underwater scene, some of you might remember this…

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We are just gonna do the TL;DR version here.  Don’t like it, wasn’t for me, needs to be finished/changed.

Being that Octopuses are one of my favorite animals, and that I wanted to play a lot with color and form I decided on a blue ring octopus as a subject.  In case you aren’t familiar with these guys, here are a few pics!

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Here is my process on teaching this old canvass new tricks…

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Here I have used sharpie to mark out where I want to octopus to be, and with that done I have laid in a lot of the background coloring.

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Next I paint out the area that will be the octopus with white.  Paintings is about layering, and as the background is dark already, I don’t want to layer a light color like yellow, as my final painting will end up darker.  Here I am making sure that I get a nice solid, light yellow color2013-02-02_14-46-13_650

 

Not quite done yet, but here is where I am as of this morning!  More to come soon!

-TheGrav

 

The Entic, Creature and character Development


The Entic are another race that occupies the Universe of Savaged.  Original I had no idea what I wanted them to look like, or how they were going to function.  I wanted them to look as alien as possible, having as little comfortable similarities with humans as possible.  They are dangerous, driven and very enigmatic race.  This first sketch is really just a collection of ideas, which led to how they developed even further.   EnticEarlyConceptFiguring out the how and mechanics of how the Entic would move helped a lot in the final outcome of how they looked. Three fingered hands and feet, an insectiod like configuration, allowing them to move swiftly and efficiently.

 

I wanted these guys to be able to tackle a human, and wrap their fingers around a humans neck, and hold them down.  A terror tactic that works with their anatomy and savage society.  I have yet to really design their culture or worlds, or technology.  Entic

More to come.

-TheGrav

The Sage, Spacecraft Edition


It seems to be a heavy theme in my last few posts but here is some more stuff from the Savaged Universe!  As mentioned in my last post about concept design for the Sage, here are their ships.

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I designed all the Sage ships around the basic idea of “UFOs” we have now days.  I may or may not have been watching Ancient Aliens when it occurred to me…

Since these guys have been cruising around the universe stealing and stock piling knowledge for years, I figured they were perfect suspects for the sightings we have had, and so I used that as a design base for their ships.

Traditionally Sage spacecraft are very light on weapon systems although since aligning with Humanity and the Jarn to run the Empire they have been forced to retrograde several of their century old ships, as well as redesign their new ships with weapons.

More to come soon!

You can follow the Novel of Savaged on my other blog 100 Words.

-TheGrav

ARM Naval Weapons


More work on the Savaged Universe.  Still working on the political and governmental structure with the help of Freemind, but one of things I have figured out is most of the military structure.

The Imperial Navy is supported by the ARM Marine Corps.  Ships of the Imperial Naval line are patrolled and guarded by ARM Marines.  Most ships transport at least 3 full platoons for ship to ship combat and foothold actions(Planet side invasions) as well.

Lower ranked Naval Officers are often placed in charge of ARM Marine patrol and platoons, and so most are trained in and use ARM weapons.  Here are a couple quick sketches.

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Both weapons are specifically designed to be used by unmodified Naval and Marine personnel, during ship boarding and ship defending actions.  The single fire Long Pistol fires a small full jacketed round, designed to cause massive damage to organic material only.  Capable of being used either full auto or semi-auto, weapons training normally stresses that officers and troopers fire only one round at a time.  The small size of the round was designed to not puncture the bulkheads and internal system of a spacecraft.

The Kinetic Force Stun Blaster was designed to be slung around in a few quick motions before discharging energy in a blast that was designed to stun or knock an opponent out.

More to come!

-TheGrav