Dino Battleship

Just playing with an on-going joke I have with a friend who keeps saying my stuff looks like a dinosaur, and when I draw dinosaurs, he says they look like battleships. So Boom. Dinosaur battleships.

Another one in my series of sketches and doodles where i'm taking inventory to see where i'm at with my knowledge and skills. I think this sketch is all done with one PS brush, on an Cintiq, and took about 5hrs. I didn't do a sketch beforehand, and just went ahead without a preconceived image in my head. Just figure it out as I went. Surprisingly liberating.

Water Margin

Finally got around to doing this. This was a small project I did over the course of my graduating term. It was honestly something I had to do to revisit my drawing roots and why I picked up a pencil and started drawing when I was a kid. 

The following are my re-imagining of a few main characters within Water Margin as animals indigenous to China.

But for a little background, Water Margin (also known as Outlaws of the Marsh), is one of the four great Chinese classical novels, alongside “Journey to the West”, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, and “Dream of the Red Chamber”.  

FYI, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Margin

The tale is a tale of brotherhood, corrupt governments, renegade justice, and honor among thieves. Imagine Robin Hood with a mix of Chaucer, in the style of Guy Ritchie & Quentin Tarantino, written in prose during 14th century China.

My goal was to marry the western ideologies in art with my drawing style, and most importantly, to the settings in which the story took place. I took generous liberties, but part of the challenge was to use my experience and knowledge of cultures to cater this "Chinese product" to a broader western audience.

More sketches and studies.

I want to make more.

LA zoo sketching

Here are all the little doodles I did for the day. They aren't great, and the models obviously didn't get the memo about standing still. They're not accurate, so don't base any facts on these drawings.

No lions, but there were tigers and bears.
Oh my.

I asked a friend to come draw at the zoo, and she said that she 'was not good enough to draw in public'. And then I wanted to tell her that neither am I, and how it doesn't matter what people think. But then I remember how I used to be, and how none of this would make sense to me two years ago. And then I made some silly joke on how only the animals would be judging us and how we will always hold our opposable thumbs over them; except for primates. But then they can never get their hands on graphite and paper, so I think we still got the leg up on those five-fingered apes. 

Had such a fun day hanging out at the zoo. It was such a great day just shooting the shit and remembering how much fun it is to just draw things.