Shinobi

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve seen painted art that anywhere resembles the Mirror’s Edge stuff and although the above isn’t nearly as colourful, I think it’s captured the style really well.

Russian artist by the handle of Shinobi (which Samurai Jack taught me means ninja) and has a line of skateboard decks I would definitely buy and ride / hang on the wall.

Check it out! Lots of awesome work there.

P12 Concept

May 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some sketches of the old P12 concept I did a while back. It’s pretty rough and some of those lines are utterly horrid. It’s a relaxing sunday afternoon thing…

MW: HDD

May 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Morning warmup: sketch something on my desk.

My desk is kept really empty, but I had this hard drive laying around from the Ubuntu experiments which I hadn’t yet put back in the closet rack o’ old drives.

It’s a little bit light. I’d probably do another layer with a digital Sharpie or something to make it pop.

MW: Sad Robot with Coffee

April 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Morning warmup gestural sketch:

The quiet diner was dim as the sun started to rise over the city outside. The robot was content to sit and stare into his warm drink and waste the whole day away.

In other news, it’s snowing again after it finally dried off yesterday. Although I don’t mind the bi-polar climate, I wish it would stay one or the other for any amount of time so I decide which board to use on any given day.

I’m excited to see the light at the end of the scholarly tunnel, projects are wrapping up and things are getting done! Life is good, unlike my poor robot’s. Perhaps I should teach him to longboard.

Mechanical Iris

April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

I feel bad for neglecting you readers, so I’m trying to post things as I’m working on them to assure you that I am in fact preparing for the last few weeks of school diligently.

The above is a basic illustration that I just made to demonstrate three positions of a mechanical iris such as the one in the shutter of a camera. I’m using four small ones inside the CMYK pen to control ink flow; the rotating sliders will be directly geared to the iris in such a way so that 100% open and 100% closed will line up with the slider’s inner and outer limits, providing a very direct and tactile control.

Ultimately, I’ve always loved mechanical irises (irisi?) and if you ever get a chance to play with old film lenses (they have the manual exposure tab sticking out) I highly recommend looking at the mechanism inside – it’s mesmerizing.

Rough Concept Development: CMYK pen

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’re working on a project in class making a pen for a specific demographic. I chose the artsy character designer profile we made up, and so far the design involves some sort of black-box mechanism for mixing CMYK ink (controlled by sliders) so you can draw in any colour. Other ideas include Wacom pen / capacitive touch screen stylus (iPad etc) integration. It’s a lot to fit in a small package, so I might have to leave those. You can’t have it all, I suppose. Well, the stylus would just be the pen nib without any ink, but the Wacom part requires actual electronics inside which might be a tight fit.

Anyway, sketch page 01, the very first and very roughest of drafts.

That claw-hand is kind of creepy. Maybe it’s designed for witch ergonomics as well?

Snarly Car

March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Morning warmup, really quick.

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