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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Walk Cycle

I've recently aquired a number of tutorials on animation and
drawing in Flash. I always thought that the drawing tools in Flash
were weak until I went through one of the tutorials and realized I
didn't know what I was talking about. they're in fact pretty cool and
simple to use.

At any rate, I was doing some tests and after sketching this guy
and scanning him in, I colored him in Flash and did a simple walk
cycle, you can see by clicking on the image. there's no preloader, so
give it a few seconds.

Monday, February 20, 2006

...Everything's Better Now

Well, a virus has swept through the Foster household last week. Everyone was layed up with fevers and a case of the chills including yours truly so very little drawing got done. So unfortunately no Monday Monster today.

I was however handed a drawing from my three year old son this morning as I headed out the door. A simple little drawing of a very content looking face. It's almost saying, "hey we had a rough week, but everything's better now". It's hanging up next to my desk at work and I thought what the heck I'll share it with others on my blog. :)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

In The Margins

One of the best illustration teachers I had in school was a guy by the name of Charles Rowe. He would stress the importance of drawing, sketching, and doodling everyday, everywhere and anytime. If you want to get better you have to put in the time.

To drive home his point he came in one day with about three large tabloid sized envelopes that were obviously filled to capacity and dumped their contents on to a table. They were filled with scraps of paper, napkins with coffee stains, envelopes, pieces of cardboard, receipts, you name it. Everything had drawings on them. These were his thoughts, his observations, his ideas. And the kicker was the three envelopes were only a week's worth of doodles. We got the point.

I strive to sketch everyday for myself outside of work and in between jobs. The following sketches are just a few of those little doodles found in the margins of sketchbooks, notebooks and scraps of paper.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tuesday's Toons No. 4

The Marching Bandits

Everyone loves a parade or at least that's what a group of bank robbers that call themselves the Marching Bandits are counting on. Dressed as a marching band they rob banks and in order to give the cops the slip, simply march down the middle of the street doing what a marching band does best, putting on a parade. Hey a parade! I just love a parade! The police hold back the crowds forming to watch the parade and The Marching Bandits get away yet again.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday's Monster No.4

Okay, so I cheated a little bit with this one. It's not that new, I did it last fall, but it is a monster! Things have been a bit busy lately with work and freelance so I didn't get a chance to finish a new one all though I have a number of them started. But hey, if you've never seen this monster before then it is new to you. :)

Keep an eye out for tomorrow's Tuesday's Toon though. It's a little different, but it's still fun.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Starsky & Hutch

hello. Just a quick post for today. I did this last fall, but decided to post it here. I just love 60's and 70's TV shows. The hair styles, the clothing, the cars, simply unforgettable, just like Starsky & Hutch. Now these guys were cool. I just loved watching this show.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Tuesday's Toons No.3

Reject Robots On The Run

It happens to every business that manufactures products once in a while. A shiny new product reaches the end of a long assembly line and low and behold, it's missing a part. What to do? Stop the workflow and fix this one product or simply scrap it and keep moving?

At the largest and number one robot manufacturing plant in all the world this is never a dilemma. SCRAP IT!!! Period! No incomplete robot will ever hold up the works or worse slip through the cracks and actually be shipped!! Oh the horror.

Well, in a perfect world this would never happen. But as the day shift workers are departing and the night shift workers file in three incomplete robots reach the end of the assembly line. One's missing an arm, one's missing a leg and one, well, he's missing a whole body. They quickly realize that they're gonna be scrap metal for sure and decide to make a break for it. Alone, they're doomed, but working together they had a chance. Hiding in the shadows creeping through conveyor belts they escape but not before being spotted by a worker.

The alarm is sounded! The hunt begins. The inferior products must be captured and srapped! No exceptions!

Thus begins the tale of, Reject Robots On The Run!

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Monday's Monster No.3

I was drawing with my 3 year old son the other day and he sketched this really interesting shaped creature. I asked him what it was and he looked up at me and said a monster! followed by a growl. errrrrr!!!!

Later on when I was cleaning up the crayons and markers I took another look at his monster. It was a really neat shape. So I decided to do my own rendition of his monster. It just proved to me that inspiration can come from anywhere even a 3 year old little boy. :)

Now keep in mind my version is loosely based on my son's, but I think the shape is there. Plus he made his monster lifting it's leg like a dog and gave him a willy. I guess even monsters have to go. :)

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Going Ape

Quick posts today.

I recently watched the box set of The Planet Of The Apes and of course I had to sketch some of them out. I love these films. They progressively got worse with each sequel, but I couldn't turn them off.

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Superfan

I did these sketches some time ago and have posted them on a few forums, but I decided to post them here on my blog as well. They're pretty silly, but it proves that Superman fans come in all sizes. :) I expect I'd see someone dressed like this at the next Comic con.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Party Animals

Just a quick post today. I'm currently working on Zoo animals. More specific, Party Animals. These are a few sketches. Once finished and rendered they will be mounted on huge sheets of Styrofoam and be part of a wall decoration for a Party Store. So the elephant will more or less be the size of a real elephant, the giraffe will be the size of a real giraffe and so on. It should be pretty cool.

I'm also finishing up a point of purchase display which I hope to post sketches and images of soon.

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