Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Experimenting with Sai.... Zelda Redesigns!

Hey hey!

Recently I was gifted with Sai, the mysterious Japanese painting program (thanks Roxanne), and oh my... J'ADORE.

It's infinitely better than Photoshop (in my opinion), and that's coming from someone who's been using it for the better part of 4 years. The lines and colour are much more organic than PS, though not to the point of Corel Painter. I've always been confused by Painter... and anyone who knows me knows confusion leads me to rage.

Anywho, I decided to paint my Link and Zelda redesigns from a while back. So... the demon of laziness did not prevail this time!

I plan on making a Ganondorf sooner or later, but I think I'm gonna take a much-needed break from drawing for the next week.

After all, what is the Triforce without the Triforce of Power?!

- Dave

Monday, 18 April 2011

Emo Cheerleader in the Third Dimension!!

Christoph, a good friend of mine from high school, rendered my Emo Cheerleader character in Zbrush! He surprised me with it after it was mostly finished and I was blown away. How close it resembles the original model is pretty friggen' sweet.

Here's the original drawing I made.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Link Redesign

Here's the Link I made for the Weekly Challenge at Seneca a couple weeks back... I tried to imagine him more tribally and... for a lack of a better description, Monster Hunter-y.

I actually tried designing the way I read in the Skillful Huntsman, and it definitely helped make the character more memorable, in my opinion.

I only lament the legs... I might fix em later, unless the demon of laziness possesses my mind of course.

- Dave

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Tales from the Filthkeeper 2: Sketchbook Sampler

Yo yo!

Here's a couple of my choice cuts from this semester's Character Design sketchbook.... in roughly chronological order, no less!

I regret not colouring but.... oh well.

- Dave

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Character Design Finals...

Yo yo!

Here be the characters from the assignments of Character Design, the Emo Cheerleader and the Pro Wrestler.

I named the Leotard because it's a triple pun. I had so much pun drawing this one out. By the time I was finished, I almost ran out of pun juice!

Rosemary I had fun with, but it took waaaaaay longer than the Leotard... drawing more graceful faces and bodies always is a pain for me to draw.

In the end, I was happy with the result, I really feel character design as a class forced me to branch out beyond my normal topics of  "swords, guns, capes, and sorcery".

- Dave

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A Helpful Handful of Hands

The first one is the midterm assignment, the second is the final I handed in a few days ago...

Not much to say.

It's a lot of freakin' hands.

- Dave

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Tales from the Filthkeeper: Ghetto Sketchbook Adventures

Hey hey.

WHOA! As I typed this I realized it just became my birthday!

Just like every year.

Anywho, I just wanted to post up the drawings I made from my ghetto sketchbook. I made it outta normal Xerox paper after my normal book ran out, and the store was closed (FRIGGEN' WEIRD HOURS FFFFFUUU-).

Also, I used the mysterious Brian Lemay pencil, which was really awesome, until it ran out.

Really should'a wrote the name of it out (or even read the label) before I wore it to a fine, unreadable stub.

Later that week I tried playing around with anatomy during life drawing, and ended up with these unholy monstrosities.

Alright, I'm gonna go head off to dream town now, my eyes are crusted over like a honey cruller.


- Dave

(note: bithday pic is from the cesspool of internet scum known as

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Baby's First Post!

Hey hey, everybody!

I've been told by someone in my class that "all great artists need an art blog" so I managed to squeeze this little posticle out of the Filth Factory today. 

The first thing I wanna show is the portfolio I handed into Seneca for animation, since it took a painfully long time to make.... Not that each piece took forever, but the fact that I redid each part over the course of four months (I know... I am a ridiculous creature, like an aardvark). 

Generally I took the long way around from what I've been told, fully inking and rendering a lot of stuff that shouldn't have been.

Like I said. A ridiculous creature.

Like an aardvark.



These salty little bastards took the longest, mostly because my room is a filthy place where the vermin of the world congregate. Took about 3 days each, but that's also because I fully inked each one (another unnecessary that filled my portfolio...).


Well these two drawings certainly are a commentary on how I generally feel about my work. Why? It's 'cause if it's older than a week I practically disown it. That's why I scrounged these two "favourites"; assuming I would like them.

The first is a self portrait, complete with a fat disgusting guy in the background (the highlight of any day). The second is playing to my strength (at the time) which was grotequely ugly people in heavy shadow. 

Since they're past their weekly expiry date... I HATE THEM. Well... not really. Moving on....


Commonly known as hands. The funny thing is these two poses were nearly identical, so I pulled a filthy trick when I handed in the portfolio... flipping one horizontal.

Pretty smart, eh?

And yes... I know I have the hands of a 12-year old girl.


These two came from my self-imposed exile into the Toronto School of Art over the summer, a time filled with non-stop unabashed displays of nudity. All-in-all, a good time. These two were the strongest in my opinion, and this was back when I had a crazy method of drawing with conté.

Pencil gesture.
Rough outline with charcoal.
Pencil in muscles.
Fill in with conté.
Hard outline with charcoal.
White conté.

I know it's insane, but when you grow up fighting on the streets like me, it's the only method you got.


I learned a valuable lesson the day I drew the camera. And that lesson is never attempt to draw a perfect circle under any circumstance, ever. It only ends in tears and violence. Mostly tears.  It burns my soul looking at it. Anyways...

The helmet I thought was way better than the camera, especially since it had a much more organic shape. My ineptitude at drawing anything geometrical translates into my work even now... oh well, just another hurdle.