Saturday, April 30, 2011

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery Review

We just stumbled upon this wonderful game that looks oddly beautiful for some of us. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery is a side scroll-er that requires the gamer to tilt his/her iphone or ipad (depending what you own) to battle monsters. This pixel painted game is rich in its soundtrack and the mythical fantasy storytelling portion is simple and great. It has already won the Independent Games Festival Mobile award for "achievement in art", and if you happen to be an "old school" gamer then we believe you might like this. If our sales pitch ain't convincing, watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Human Anatomy - Skeletons and Muscles Study 2

This week is mid-term and the work load is cooling off for some of our classes. (Which is great for us because Editor's Day is around the corner and we need to pull together another new set of portfolios just for comic) We really enjoyed the intense study in Professor Dove's class in "Drawing for Sequential Art" and the word "great" is just an understatement of how marvelous the journey has been.

Before we depart to Atlanta tomorrow, we're like to share some of the great exercises we did in this short 4 weeks of 8 classes. (7 to be exact, first class was introduction) We can safely say that we're about confident drawing the human figure without reference on most angles from the skull to the fibula area for skeletons (memorizing the lists of bones which includes sternum, clavicle, ribcage, pelvis arch, humerus bone, scapula, radius, ulna, femur, fibula, tibia, iliac crest just to name a few) to the muscle groups ( pacs, deltoids, tricep, bicep, flexor capri, extensor capri, sterno mest., trapezious, serratus magnus, rectus abdominus, quadriceps, tibialis anterior , etc)  In fact, everyday we're drawing it over to drill it in deep into our sub-conscious mind.

Its a great program and we just can't have enough. We had no idea why we won't interested about skeletons and muscles earlier. We probably didn't think much of it back then.

(Ps. There are still 10 - 15 more detail studies of the ribcage, head, arm and leg that we didn't scan in. Wish we could show you guys the amazing stuff we learn.)

Week 1 study. Basic shapes and forms of human figure.

Week 2 - 3. Human Movement Studies. Skeleton and Muscles.

More Study

Yet More Study.

Week 3 - 4. Emotion Studies with Muscles.

Week 3 - 4. Detail Foot Study.

Week 3 - 4. Detail Hand Study.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Online Portfolio Site

We have just created our new portfolio site at deviantart. Our Digital Storyboard Flatbook is online for viewing at HERE.

Back to the drawing board!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Efficient and Simplified Anatomy and Skeleton Studies

Drawing for Sequential Art : Its been two weeks since we started our Spring Classes and they are extremely intense and demanding. One of them requires a high level of technical skills and it is our drawing class for Sequential Art. Within 2 weeks, we were able to draw the upper body skeleton and anatomy muscles pretty accurate at most angles without any reference. 

The majority of the work comes from self discipline and our professor's strong knowledge of the human anatomy. (Coupled with his crazy skills to draw almost any angle of the human in skeleton and muscle form without reference.) During the start of the class, the professor told us that one of the professors who is teaching this course requires the students to memorize the names of the skeletons and muscles. Guess what? It was his class and his reasoning is simple. 

Professor: If you guys are a professional basketball player and you were to go to a match and the coach were to tell you things like "rebound", 3 - 2 formation, one on one, pick and roll. Won't it be weird not to know those terms even though you knew how to shoot or bounce the basketball?

We really haven't thought of that and from today on we'll be drawing skeletons and muscles into our sketches. Why didn't we learn these stuff earlier? 
Here's a quick video in photoshop of our 2 week training.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Good Reads

A lot of us may be skeptical when we hear about freebies, especially online. Well, we have found one such website and we decided to give it a try. The main reason why we have that courage because it is partly sponsored by FirstSecond Books. (Which publish comics and graphic novels) So 2 weeks ago, we decided to enroll in the contest which is free of charge. The website was called GoodReads. And guess what? We receive this at our email last week.

We still couldn't believe the good deal until it arrive at our mail box yesterday. There is however ONE catch to the freebie --> YOU HAVE TO BE LOCATED IN US. SWEET!!!