Monday, August 15, 2011

"Spirit Rappings" Concept Art

I found a couple of character concept paintings for "Spirit Rappings", the story that Vin, Bonnie May, and Abby come from. As I develop the story more, I will try to upload its artwork on here.


This was done a few months ago when I was wrapping up "Belles and Dandies" and visited Savannah, GA. I was trying to build on the sketchy, old fashioned look I wanted for the film with this and also used it as practice with working in sepia tone.


This simple marker drawing was done more as a tribute to the great Disney animator, Freddie Moore, than for real concept art for my story. I'm not going to lie. I am very heavily influenced by Moore's work, particularly his pinup girls.

Sketches

No matter what kind of artist you are, I think it's so important to keep a sketchbook. It's the quickest and easiest way to express yourself. You can make your work as rough or as refined as you want. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have mine. It's where I keep almost all of my thoughts and it's my escape. I have books upon books filled with doodles and tiny notes from over the years. It keeps my thought process going and referring back to older books is a good source of inspiration to me.

Every month on my deviantart.com page, I update with a compilation of the previous month's sketches. Below are some of my select sketches and doodles from this past February through July. Many of them are concept doodles for stories for school or my own personal ones, particularly "Spirit Rappings". So far, this year has also been an experiment into trying new styles and techniques for my artwork. There's also some fanart sprinkled here and there. Sometimes, it's just nice to show appreciation for the works of others.