Over the past couple of months I've decided to dedicate some of my spare time to sketching. Coming up with character designs for Steve the Cat proved unnecessarily difficult and I realised I needed to re-hone and practise my drawing skills. My feeling is you have to know how to draw something realistically before you can draw a stylized/cartoon version. I bought a cheap sketching guidebook, a pack of pencils, and looked through old pictures I've taken for inspiration. This sketch is based from a picture I took of a Canadian goose in Springbank Park, London, Ontario. Hopefully there will be more to follow. I also might update my progress on the Supermarine Spitfire, which has been on the back burner for a while. Here's the original photo I used for the drawing.
This is a fellow of my acquaintance called Steve. Steve is remarkable. I've known cats who seemed very intelligent, I've known cats who were quite dumb, but I've never met one who is both to such a high degree. Yes, Steve is the smartest and dumbest cat I've ever encountered. These peaks and valleys of Steve's intellect make him the perfect subject for a cartoon/comic strip (think Sylvester). That doesn't mean I'm going to produce one, since that would involve going through a ton of tutorials and re-learning Flash, but I can hone and practice my Adobe Illustrator skills designing a caricature. This drawing is my first go at creating a cartoon cat, and to be honest, I don't think I'm there yet. It's not "cartoony" enough and lacks a certain fluidity. The paws should be bigger and the face is too realistic. For my next drawing I will leave out the colour all together and focus entirely on the design and dimensions. As for Steve, he has a bad case of cabin fever waiting for this interminable winter to end so he can chase mice and birds to his heart's content.
UPDATEI traced the vector illustration in Photoshop and came up with this black and white drawing. While it still needs refinement I find this drawing has more life and dynamism then the vector illustration. The next step will be changing the pose of the cat to be more natural.
UPDATE 2Here is the tracing filled with colour. I'm pretty happy with how it looks, so the next goal is creating new sketches from different angles and positions using the same style.
Here is a collection of animations featuring my alternate USS Enterprise. I'm pretty happy with the 3D mesh at this point and don't see myself making any changes in the future. It was a fun exercise and I enjoyed experimenting with an iconic Sci-Fi design. If I have any regrets it's that the ship is not as detailed as I would like, but since I don't have a whole bank of computers and RAM at my disposal, this is the best the model will look if I want render times to remain reasonable. Read More