Saturday, June 19, 2010

Papa Shango

I felt like drawing a wrestling character that I always liked, PAPA SHANGO. I may keep working at this, refine it, add details, that kinda thing. This rough sketch is just the start.

Friday, June 18, 2010

lightning effect

This is an example of a very easy, yet very effective, lightning effect. Step 1- Take the frame before the lightning is supposed to flash. Make it a png image and bring it into photoshop. Step2- In Photoshop; duplicate the layer. Step3- Use the Image-Adjustments-Threshold, to change the duplicated layer into a black and white image. Step4- You have two options. You can either duplicate the black and white layer and simply do Image-Adjustments-Invert, or you can duplicate the color frame again but adjust the threshold to make it look different than the previous threshold adjusted layer. Step5- Again duplicate the color layer and make a third threshold adjusted layer that is different than the other two. Step6- Export each of the three black and white layers as separate png files, import the png files into whatever program you are using, Flash, ToonBoom, or After Effects, insert the png's into frames, on two's or ones, or a combination, whatever works for the scene.
It ends up looking like THIS EXAMPLE from my earlier post.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

T-Rex front view

We see this T-Rex from two angles, a three-quarter front view for most of his scenes, and this front view for only one or two scenes. I added a bit of brush work to the tree in the background.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

mirrored shades

I like how I designed this angel character, with the tube-like body and simple lines. Here she is wearing mirrored sunglasses, like a cop. Call me retro, call me nostalgic, but I think mirrored shades are the coolest shades ever.

Monday, June 14, 2010

horse back ape

Everyone remembers the shocking ending of the first Planet of the Apes film, when Taylor sees the Statue of Liberty; but the film had more than one shocking moment, another being the first time the camera pans up to reveal the guy on the horse chasing everyone is an ape!