Saturday, June 27, 2009

Going Digital

So instead of a scanner, I splurged on a new Intuos 4 Wacom tablet last month...

The digital medium is something that I'm still very new to, and trying very hard to practice with. We never used these guys in school, so I've been browsing tutorials on various websites and just trying to play around with sketching.

The second newsflash is that I obtained an internship with a Burbank production boutique called Green House Studios. They weren't kidding when they said I would hit the ground running. My first week as an intern I ended up designing new business cards the company needed in time for their grand re-opening party. On top of that, I'm getting to work on character design for a film. Can't wait until I can post some of that stuff.

If I were getting paid at this place, I would be on cloud friggin' nine. I go in early, I stay late, and I work on art and design all day. I also have the pleasure of working with some very talented interns who offer great tips and advice, especially since I'm so new to working digitally.
Above are some practice sketches I worked on last weekend using the Wacom. I used the poor-man's reference of googling chicks in bikinis. I realize that I am becomming too dependent on using references in my work, which is something I'm working to break out of by simply getting back into the habit of practicing the human figure once more.

While in Barnes & Noble this evening, I spent time looking through "The Art of Disney/Pixar's Up" and "Drawn to Life", by Walt Stanchfield. These were great reads, and I'm sad that my current financial status leaves me to treat the bookstore as more of a library for now. I definitely want to pick up these books as soon as possible.

"Drawn to Life", in particular, was a very inspirational read. The four words that made the biggest impact on me were simply "Draw verbs, not nouns." Funny how such a simple statement can make a big difference in the way you think about things. This is something I will now be repeating to myself in my head whenever I sketch.