Tuesday, September 28, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Color Rough

Here is the in-progress of the Mustang. I didn't have time to start it up in Illustrator yet because of the Helldiver infographic (which will have some redo- namely the ships at the bottom), but will start this week. Here is the color rough for the poster.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Helldiver Infographic Complete

This was entirely done in Adobe Illustrator and took quite a long time! The most troublesome thing was the explosion and I've still yet to figure that out, but otherwise here is my intense work on the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver 'Dive Boming' infographic. It's my first official addition to the reboot of my portfolio.

Monday, September 20, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Preliminary Sketches (part 2)

Here are the other two sketches for the P-51 Mustang cut-away. In progress images should be up in a week or two.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Preliminary Sketches (part 1)

Here are 2 of 4 sketches I am doing for a proposed future cutaway poster illustration of the WWII North American P-51 Mustang. I decided to go with the Mustang over civilian modern aircraft as I have limited access to reference to produce a cutaway of a modern aircraft.
When sketching things like these I now work digitally using photo reference (whether mine- or in this case the internet) and after drawing perspective lines, some of those lines can easily be erased and when finished with the sketch I will project the image I based it on for the angle and see if all the proportions match. If some don't (which at times does happen), I will erase the wrong lines and match them up. I don't trace (I believe it to be cheap and a cheat), but I do use images in post as corrective tools as such things as a plane need accuracy even in the sketch phase. Hence why I now find digital sketching extremely efficient in concerning technical illustration. The trickiest part besides setting up the accurate perspective is also the fact that the inner workings are rarely in a similar angle to what I'm working with. For instance, the top view I based the inner workings on a cutaway scale model picture that was closer to the bottom sketch. In a day or so I should have the other two sketches up and on Tuesday decide which one to go with.

"Jesu, Shall I Never Be"-Charles Wesley Hymn

I've been reading a small book I found hidden away in one of SF's small random book stores. The book is a collection of sermons and writings and poems and songs by John and Charles Wesley. Just thought I'd share one of those songs/hymns called "Jesu, Shall I Never Be"

Jesu, shall I never be/ Firmly grounded upon thee?/ Never by thy work abide,/ Never in thy wounds reside?/// Oh, how wavering is my mind,/ Tossed about with every wind!/ Oh, how quickly doth my heart/ From the living God depart!/// Jesu, let my nature feel/ Thou art God unchangeable;/ Jah, Jehovah, great I AM,/ Speak into my soul thy name/// Grant that every moment I/ May believe, and feel thee nigh,/ Steadfastly behold thy face,/ 'Stablished with abiding grace./// Plant and root, and fix in me/ All the mind that was in thee;/ Settled peace I then shall find-/ Jesu's is a quiet mind./// Anger I no more shall feel,/ Always even, always still;/ Meekly on my God reclined-/ Jesu's is a gentle mind./// I shall suffer, and fulfill/ All my Father's gracious will,/ Be in all alike resigned-/ Jesu's is a patient mind./// When 'tis deeply rooted here/ Perfect love shall cast out fear;/ Fear doth servile spirits bind-/ Jesu's is a noble mind./// When I feel it fixed within/ I shall have no power to sin;/ How shall sin an entrance find?/ Jesu's is a spotless mind./// I shall nothing know beside/ Jesus, and Him crucified;/ I shall all to Him be joined-/ Jesu's is a loving mind./// I shall triumph evermore,/ Gratefully my God adore,/ God so good, so true, so kind-/ Jesu's is a thankful mind./// Lowly, loving, meek, and pure,/ I shall to the end endure;/ Be no more to sin inclined-/ Jesu's is a constant mind./// I shall fully be restored/ To the image of my Lord,/ Witnessing to all mankind/ Jesu's is a perfect mind.
1742 Charles Wesley

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Helldiver Infographic (In-Progress)

My last and final semester has finally kicked off and I am doing a nice overhaul to the ol' portfolio. Though I am not technically in the class yet, here is an in progress of an infographic I am working on of the Helldiver dive bomber from WWII done in Adobe Illustrator in Tom Elsworth's class. This is the small far right corner showing the bomber before it does its dive bomb run on a Japanese battleship. Should have the rest of the surrounding illustration finished in a week... hopefully.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trying out new techniques

After looking at some different tutorials, I'd thought I'd try out some of the techniques and experiment a bit as well. I'm not used to using Photoshop this way, but it will be handy for future technical illustrations (even though this isn't one). And if some think this is an awful design for a cell phone... I agree! It was more about the study so the design kind of suffered.