Saturday, September 8, 2012


Last night I attended Ringling's digital painting club, Dipsy.  There was a demo presentation done by the awesomely awesome Matt Howley and I also got to compete in a design challenge.  The competition was definitely intimidating, being only a first year going against multiple upperclassmen and the fact that I didn't know the competition was starting until halfway through the time limit, but go big or go home, right?

This week's subject was "The Fastest Dwarf."  I thought dwarves have such little legs but big arms, so I wanted him to move like a gorilla - combining speed without sacrificing his brutish strength

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ringling: Chapter 1

It's rolling into the third week since I've started school here at Ringling.  After years of perseverance, it's been the most rewarding thing in the world to finally find a place where I feel I belong, that I can call home.

*queue Disney music*

Anywho, being back in the classroom is such a breathe of fresh air.  One thing I really like is how the curriculum is structured, particularly how all the classes synthesize and ultimately weave into one another.  Just based off understanding the general assignments, I'm already feeling an increase in my drawing quality and speed.

But with being back in school, gotta shift gears in work ethics.  Working hard is important, but it's just as important to know yourself and apply how you are wired to learn.  I feel like my skin has been shed in trying to draw to impress others or to be the best for the sake of it - I realize that when I draw to learn, the good drawings will naturally be born.  But more on that later.

Personal notes I wrote to myself...

  • Warm up by doing classwork first, always draw to learn.  Then apply what you learned at the end of the day for my own personal work.
  • Look at the figure - observe it.  Then decide what is the best way/method to approach drawing it based on its most visually important information.  Remember that there is no one formula that will work for every situation, only applied and interchangeable tools and techniques.
  • Don't just haphazardly draw out the gesture - have a balance of observingthinking, and feeling.

But yeah!  I'd feel weird if I made another post without any drawings to accompany it, so here are some gestures I've done during my time here.

PS - Writing and uploading stuff for the blog is also somewhat time consuming for me, so I'm probably going to be posting much more infrequently during the school year.