Another late night nite inking. This is a character I sketched in pencil 10 days ago. I inked this digitally in Adobe Fresco and will eventually ink it with real ink.
Andrew, the photographer/videographer who's been documenting the Eastridge Mural asked me to send him the time lapse video of me drawing the mural design. The time lapse is automatically generated within the drawing app on the iPad. I exported the video, cut some of it out and sped it up. I think I sent Andrew a 5 minute version but I also made this 30 second cut.
The yellow backgrounds are done! It took over 8 hours tonight and I had help from a fellow Local Color artist/photographer/sign painter, and all around cool guy, Andrew Sumner. He came to take photos while I worked and helped fill in the letter G. After I was done painting I laid down a plastic sheet across the floor in preparation for the community paint-day on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it all goes well and makes the rest of the job easier!
I was planning on only working a few hours tonight but instead zoned out and painting for almost 7 hours straight. The hours just flew by. I'm hoping I can finish the yellow tomorrow, and prepare for the community paint day on Saturday afternoon.
I stopped at Home Depot before going to Eastridge and bought a darker shade of brown for the mural background. It looks a lot closer to the brown I used in my sketch. It took me 8 and a half hours to do most of it. I still need to go back and fill in the gaps inside the drawings of the Raging Waters waterslide and picnic pavilion at Lake Cunningham. I think tomorrow I'm going to start painting the yellow inside the arrows and letters. Hopefully I'll finish those before the community paint day on Saturday. Wish me luck!
After 4 days of painting the green background I finally finished it tonight. Afterwards, I started painting the next color, brown, but soon found out it was too light and it's not going to work. Tomorrow I'm going to Home Depot to buy gallon of darker brown and more supplies.
Tonight I went in hoping to finally finish with the green paint. I did a some small details then went in with the roller but they're going to need a second coat. I originally thought I was going to knock out all the green in one day. It's taken 3 days and going on 4 now.
I outlined all the letters but I'm still not done with the green. Only a few things left to outline before I can use the roller to fill it all in. Then it's on to the brown background at the bottom.
Tonight I went into Eastridge and painted the light blue sky on my mural. First I went in with the brush and did all the edges then I used a small roller to fill it all in. It took me almost 2 hours to prep, 3 and a half hours to paint, and one hour to put everything away afterwards. I took time-lapse videos of the whole process but it all kinda looks the same so I only included one segment below where I'm outlining what will be the the James Lick Observatory.
I finally ordered all the blanks for the 1.0 reprints, pre-orders & customs. I'm afraid by the time they arrive and finally get printed it'll be after the First Friday Street Mrkt event on August 6th. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I'll have them finished before then. We'll see.
In other news... I sketched this thing below. There's also a time-lapse video below that.
I finished editing the Hail Santa video tonight. I ran into some issues and learned a few things while working on it. First off, the DSLR camera (overhead) stopped recording and I had to start it up again. There was a notice on the display saying it stopped recording. Luckily I caught it after a few seconds. After Googling it, I learned that I need a faster SD card. My current card is too slow and can't keep up with the camera as it records video. The other option was to record at a lower resolution but I ordered a new card instead. After importing the DSLR and iPhone footage (side angle) into iMovie I learned the two videos didn't sync up. It took me a while to figure out that one video was slightly faster than the other. That shouldn't happen. My guess is that the slow SD card is the culprit. After doing my best to sync the two videos and cutting the hell out of it, I sped up the video from 18 minutes down to 40 seconds. I want to keep my videos short since most people on social media have little or no attention spans. But after speeding it up I realized the quick cuts don't look good at such high speed. I might export a version that's a little longer so the edits aren't as jarring. Either way, next time I edit, I need to mindful of the original video length and how much I need to speed it up.
I recorded myself doing a quick drawing using a GoPro Hero 3+ that I'm borrowing from a friend. I'm still waiting on parts to mount my DSLR overhead so I figured I'd test a different camera while I wait. The GoPro has three Fields of View and I used Narrow in this video because I didn't want to distort the image. The downfall is that I can't fit the entire page on the screen. After recording myself draw I edited the video in iMovie to speed it up (from 10 minutes to 30 seconds) and added some transitions, titles, & stock music.
One of the design projects I'd been working on over the last couple months was finally revealed Saturday night. It was the album artwork for my buddies' band The Wet Bandits. They finally released their new album, "Elysian," on Halloween and made it available to stream on Spotify & Apple Music and purchase via iTunes. My friend, Adam, the guitarist, asked me to design a beat up version of the Warner Brothers water tower. I think it was originally going to be a sticker but obviously turned out to be much bigger. Below are the original sketches from Adam's stick figure drawing to my detailed sketch that eventually turned into the digital illustration. There's also a timelapse video at the bottom of how I began the building out the tower then beating it up in Adobe Fresco. I eventually moved it into the desktop version of Adobe Illustrator to finish it. I also did the CD layout which is currently in production and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy
It's been a few weeks since I'd drawn on the iPad so today I picked it up and did a few "quick" doodles. The timelapse videos were exported from Adobe Fresco and sped up in iMovie.
The updated Coronavirus guidelines & rulings are requiring gyms to close for a few weeks. Lately I've been going 3 times a week to use the treadmill. Luckily I can go run & walk outside, as long as it's not raining. Here's the time lapse from the Adobe Fresco app, with some music, of the drawing I inked last night.
I took a bunch of photos while I was working on my first Cells painting years ago. I knew I wanted to make something with the photos afterwards so I made a time-lapse of the cells multiplying from the center out (starts at the 1:22 mark) Everything leading up to that is the painting process, cans I used, my workspace, feral kittens, and notes that I scrawled everywhere including the cans.
Here are a few details about the piece: The red can of MTN 94 is only used once as a 5 sided shape in the center. Everyone other color was used multiple times to make 5 & 6 sided shapes until they bled off the sides. I made sure no shape was touching, or too close to the same color shape, so they're all spread out evenly. The 2nd large scale Cells painting I made (Cells MK2) looks very similar but I used a completely different process. For the second one I mapped it all out on my computer first then painted one whole set of the same color at a time.
I originally posted this on an old YouTube which is still up bit no longer active. Before using the alias Frankie Mcfly I used the handle I Draw Weird Stuff. The song I used is "Singing' In The Rain" by Mint Royale (used without permission) and it synced up almost too perfect.