Thursday, January 21, 2016

Broken at 15

Alas, my streak is broken. I worked until 10:15pm last night, got home, packed for today's flight, practiced some vocal recording techniques, and climbed in bed... just to then remember that I had not sketched. ARG! I thought about getting back up, grabbing my sketchbook, and continuing my streak. Instead, I decided not to make this a chore that I could end up dreading instead if enjoying. I'm giving myself credit for the fact that this 15 day streak is the longest sketch streak I've accomplished in years,  and I'm very happy with that. I have some very important things that I need to focus on for the next few days, so I may hold off until Sunday to start my next attempt at another streak.   ~ www.theunbroken30.tumblr.com

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Unbroken 30: 14 Day Streak and more from Bodies in Motion

Day 14. Sketches from Scott Eaton’s “Bodies in Motion Project”. Mechanical, graphite pencil on sketchbook paper. Read and see more at The Unbroken 30.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sketches from Scott Eaton's Bodies in Motion

Day 10 of my current streak at theunbroken30. These figures are from Scott Eaton’s “Bodies in Motion”.See more at theunbroken30

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hand Studies from Handy Art Reference Tool


Day 7 of my current streak, and 3rd day drawing from the Handy Art Reference Tool. Using this app is really convenient, and as such, seductive to use. However, I’m mildly concerned about the fact that even though these are very well done 3D models there are some distortions and elongations that might lead to some bad drawing habits if I continue using it. Maybe I’m overthinking it. This page is a bit more than 35 minutes. I’m really glad to be sketching regularly again. I can feel the old skills coming back.

If you would like to see more I've been posting daily at www.theunbroken30.tumblr.com



Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Unbroken 30: A Daily Sketch Pact

Due to the holidays and a massive home renovation the end of 2015 got away from me and this blog fell through the cracks. I'm planning a complete overhaul of this blog and of patbollin.com early this year, but in the meantime I thought I would sure a tumblr that I'm participating in called The Unbroken 30. The concept is simple. Here's the header copy, written by my fellow TU3 participant, Jeremiah Clark, "We've made a pledge to sketch for 30 minutes every day, to keep us honest we post it here. No judgement, no competition, just an unbroken chain of 30 minute sketches".

We've been at it for just over 3 weeks. We have had varying degrees of success sticking to this pledge, but I'm currently trying to hit a milestone of 30 straight days. Come watch us try. I'll occasionally post excerpts here, but most of my daily sketch work will go there.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Goddess of The Woods: Character Design

I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. In honor of this wonderful holiday my wife and I spent the entire 3-day weekend laboring. We painted and installed trim (door casing, baseboards, crown moulding, etc), which will take a few more weekends on top of this one. 

Anyway, on to the art! This is little woodland goddess that I designed and painted for a multiplayer slot game called, Goddess of The Woods. It was painted from start to finish in Adobe Photoshop.





All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stallion of The Sky: Symbol Designs

You know those little pictures that fly past you on a slot machine reel? For anyone that isn't familiar, those are called "symbols". Each one has a specific purpose in the game, and each one has a value assigned to it. Like I said in the last post, I chose to use Mayan/Incan design language to help create a sense of time and place for the Stallion of the Sky slot game. 

For the bonus symbol (the symbol that might get you to the bonus or free spins screen) I looked at the designs of specific Mayan pottery that some say is proof of ancient aliens. I like the mysterious nature of those pieces, so I wanted to include that look. Do an image search for "Mayan Aliens".


For this mid-pay symbol I wanted a piece of magic pottery that spat a combination of electric arcs and flame, so I combined Mayan pottery with a spark plug. The blue flame in this still version was replaced in the final version with animated electric flame.  


Since I started working in this industry I've really enjoyed creating the letter art for the "Royals" in slot games. Although sometimes I start with a font, these were hand drawn from scratch and then painted digitally in Photoshop. I used some photo texture, but most of it was just painted.


All rights to this art belong to AGS: Cadillac Jack Games, an Apollo Global Management company.