Saturday, January 30, 2010

Shadow Shapes

In approaching this drawing I started out with the basic contours of the figure, making sure to draw everything at once. I was attempting to avoid focusing in on one spot. Next,I started laying in the shadows with large flat areas creating specific shapes that brought out of the form of the figure.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Old Wolf boy 3

Here is another old wolf boy image.

This image was colored digitally, in Painter I believe. For a lot of the images I also cleaned up the black lines quite a bit in Photoshop. For example, the last image I added the cross hatched border. The original was in black and white and was not framed in that round border. Using the copy stamp tool and cutting the cross hatching from my other drawings I was able to convincingly place the drawing into a framed format. It looks like it was physically drawn in that manner. This saved me lots of tedious cross-hatching and ink.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


My latest weekly assignment for Animation I. The challenge was to animate 3 balls falling into an environment and interact with at least five objects.

Hungry from NATE on Vimeo.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Figure Drawing

I finally had come time to get to an open model session this past weekend. I am realizing two things: I am really out of practice in figure drawing and all of my drawings look the same.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Old Wolf Boy Process

For this series of images I drew them out on a heavier printmaking paper using a Staedtler 0.3 pen. Once they were all drawn out in black and white I photographed them and edited them with Corel Painter X, making slight changes and adding color.

Friday, January 15, 2010


My very first animation! Its about a week's worth of work for an assignment for my animation class. Modeled and animated in Maya and textures created in Photoshop.

Curiosity from NATE on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wolf Boy

Every once in a while I have mentioned a story book or multimedia comic book. back in 2005 at William and Mary I made a print of a wolf creature standing under a tree on top of a mountain. This image was the beginning of a story that I hadn't created. Since that print I have made many images featuring that character. Its been an evolving process. At various points in 2008 I actually set out to create a definite plot and images to follow along with that plot. I got pretty far and ended up with over fifty images of different qualities. I started compiling them in 2009 then abandoned the project for a couple of reasons. I didn't really like the quality of the images. Only a very few of them held up to what I had envisioned. The story also had never been outlined clearly enough. I had been focusing on the images almost exclusively.

I've come back to the project several times since then. While I still have yet to get a solid collection of images the story is starting to solidify in my mind, and come together on paper. For a class this quarter here at Drexel I'll be looking at multimedia storytelling and comics on the internet. I'll be starting a concept of a project that will use pieces of the "Wolf-Boy" story line to demonstrate certain principles of this medium.

I have had this collection of art from the false starts sitting around that very few people have seen and I thought that I would start showing it. There is a narrative and I'll post it on this blog in the narrative order. This is all abandoned work, I won't be using this in the final wolf boy (whatever that may be) but it is worth checking out.

Patch Design

A couple months ago I submitted some patch designs to a contest. I didn't win but I did get in the top 20. You can see the top entries here.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pirate Nyssa

My sister Nyssa graciously posed for a portrait over winter break back in VA. I painted myself as a pirate earlier in 2008 and I thought I'd continue with that theme. The pirate thing is just for fun and a way to use my imagination. I get bored painting simple portraits. The pirate theme gives it a story and another point of interest. The palette is the same as this.