Great Goddess

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My mythology course required a sketch this week as commentary on the Great Goddess.  The topic was pretty interesting and discussed how at one time we saw many contradictory aspects in the Goddess and how it is an ancient idea that we lost with time and changing perceptions of women.  The contradictory nature of the Goddess traits made me think of the emotions in Pixar’s Inside Out because I was struck by how well rounded and dynamic the original version of the Goddess was–she represented motherhood & sexuality, civilization & nature, and tradition & transformation (the character I drew is also representing ‘clairvoyance’ which in this article went a long with transformation).  That is just a few of the traits that She embodied.

For the drawing part of this–I tried to get my sketch to show more character and not be ‘just a pretty picture’ as I’m often critiqued for.   I don’t think I’ve quite nailed that yet so I’ll have to give it another go in my next illustration/sketch–remember–specific characters Amber, specific characters with specific emotions/thoughts/etc!!

 

Warm ups — Turns Out They’re Kind of Important

Its been a pretty intense couple of weeks (midterms + my thesis have made me a bit crazy!) but I thought I’d make a post of some of the sketches I’ve been working on.

Recently I’ve started doing warm up drawings pretty regularly. I used to do them occasionally when I felt like I ‘had time’ but it wasn’t a normal part of my drawing practice.  I knew that warm-up drawings were ‘good for you’ but I never really understood what is was you got out of them until just now.  For me they’re a way to get out all my ‘bad ideas’ and ‘bad drawings’ so that I can start stiff and get looser and get lost in making an idea rather than just shapes or a ‘pretty picture’ (my most dreaded and most often told critique!!)  They also help on days when I’m feeling exhausted and pretty inspired–I can turn on a quick show and just draw sort of whatever comes to mind–like pictures of me drinking coffee or looking tired or scenes from books I’ve been reading or weird ideas and concepts I see on Tumblr. I’m learning that my best ideas are definitely NOT my first and often I’m not even sure what I want to do on my first drawing but they get better as I go…So far I think it might also be helping my animation –which has gotten more loose at the beginning and I feel like I can more confidently get my poses right or at least work on them until the ARE right.  So more warm-ups it is! 🙂

When you need to loosen up…

When you need to loosen up apparently you need need to draw on a bumby train–here’s a few sketches from my train ride home last night.  Usually the train is bouncy and too annoying to write or draw but the internet wasn’t working so I started trying to get more into story and character in a few sketches–some sketches are of me on a train, and from a medieval book I keep trying to read and a myth we just read for my mythology class–pretty fun! I’ll have to make a habit out of this.

Hopefully  I’ll be able to turn a couple of them into Inktobers and catch up tonight!

Inktober 1

Inktober 01

I’ve decided to participate in Inktober this year, or at least attempt to anyway.  My plan is to make some kind of quick sketch each evening in October and focus on character and storytelling.  For tonight’s sketch–I follow several Victorian and Edwardian image blogs on Tumblr and the people often look so solemn but a few photographs showed glimpses of real people and so I tried to capture a ‘behind the scenes’ version of Victorian photography subjects–no one can be that serious all the time!–I think I could explore this idea more and want to see where it ends up at the end of the month!

For tonight I’m just breaking into it after much animation on the same scenes so I think the idea could use some improvement–but for tonight–this is my Inktober #1 — enjoy 🙂

You can find my reference photo here.  (Can we still dress like this?!!??)

Storyboarding-again

Here are a set of presentation boards for this silly product called “Trunk Monkey” yeah its weird but its what we had to do for class this week.  I spent way too much time developing this and on the characters and poses and not enough time animating!! Must get that worked out….

Trunk Monkey-FIghting Kids Edition

With three sisters this is pretty much how I spent my childhood–just kidding! We’d have never survived the car ride like this—but the mom in the first panel is based on actual events–who doesn’t remember the evil eye through the rearview mirror??

Storyboard!!!

If you came out to 2nd Saturday last weekend and saw me in my studio, chances are you saw me working on this little sketch–

Actually none of you would have seen THIS board, because I redid it–but if you did you can see the vast difference in character and story telling from my last board–hurray! I’m taking a storyboarding class this semester and had to board a personal experience and I decided to board what happens when I work on my homework and other art work at home, I guess you all know the real reason I got that studio now! Just kidding…kinda….