Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Warms & Cools - Nerdy Observations

So rather than going to analyze a specific movie or artist, I felt it was time to revisit some of the things I was taught by one of my teachers, Joaquim Royo - especially when it comes to color and warms/cools. This is what this post is all about! Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"The Jungle Book (1967)" - Nerdy Observations

A few weeks ago I rewatched "The Jungle Book (1967)" - and it was a lovely and entertaining rewatch. Here's a few things I wanted to point out after my analysis:


Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Santiago Montiel" - Nerdy Observations

This time it's the french artist, Santiago Montiel - which have been a great inspiration to me as of lately!


Sunday, June 8, 2014

"League of Legends Texture-Maps" - Nerdy Observations

Following up on the last post of mine, I didn't want to limit myself in what I wanted to analyze - and this time I've dug a little into some recent updated texture-maps of League of Legends, that a classmate of mine showed to me. We discussed it a little, but I wanted to dig deeper into what was actually going on - and personally, I find that I made a few discoveries. They may not be new to you, and several of these concepts I've heard many times before - but as I see these principles applied in artwork like this, it reinforces my knowledge and makes me aware of these things, for my own artwork as well.

For me, one discovery was how effective and necessary "Areas of Rest" vs. "Areas of Interest" is, to not to have visual clutter in a picture. Another discovery was how far one can take the concept of big, medium, small to. And how that also helps the eye focus on what one wants to show. Lastly, I find that adding "clues" in the environment to hint at what comes next, must be a great tool for artists.

I sincerely hope you enjoy my discoveries as much as I love to do them and share them.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Cory Loftis" - Nerdy Observations

I wasn't entirely sure where this "Nerdy Observations"-blog was going to go, since I, after initially having analyzed two animation movies, actually felt like analyzing indiviual artists' styles, but wasn't sure if it would fit. Now I've decided that whatever artist, movie, game or related really peaks my interest, can turn into a blog post. This time I wanted to dig into my absolute top-inspiration the last year, Cory Loftis, Visual Development Artist at Disney, formerly Carbine Studios making Wildstar. For a long time I've admired his works a lot - doing lots of copy sketches and trying to analyze the shapes and look of his things, in hope of absorbing a bit of it into my own style (which I think it definitely has). For this analysis I wanted to dig into the characteristics that his style have, both the major ones, but also the small tiny details. The big thing for me personally has been to really explore shape language in a more playful "daring" way - using straight->curves much more.

Also check out an interview with him if you're interested in that sort of thing

I hope you enjoy!


Monday, March 17, 2014

"Bambi" - Nerdy Observations

For a long time I've admired the background-paintings of "Bambi" and found them to have incredible draftmanship and delicacy. I've looked at them many times, but I haven't sat down and "really" looked at all of them, taken my time and figured out why they're working so well. First of all I want to mention that all of these background have incredible and solid layouts and valuestudies as seen here - so in my analysis I don't go too much into that aspect. The biggest realization for me personally during this analysis, was the way they make transitions: From dark on light, to light on dark, or from crisp->soft. In addition to this, paying attention to thin/fragile versus massive/thick. On a general note, I think what really works well in these backgrounds is just how controlled the edges is - soft, sharp, transitions - they all blend beautifully together.


"The Lion King" - Nerdy Observations

Occasionally I like doing a bit of analysis on movies or artists I like. Recently I was re-watching "The Lion King" for the first time since I was a child - and this time I couldn't help but notice all the color work in the movie.