I was posting some of my “in-progress” work over on my Facebook page, and I realized that I had left a significant number of pieces in that gallery in that state –unfinished.
Usually what happens is I get distracted by another project and forget about it or I lose interest in whatever reason I decided to do the piece in the first place.
I decided to list a few here and go over why I left these ones to rot in the graveyard of unfinished work.
1. Girl running from…something.
UPDATE: This one is now finished! Check out The Horror of the Corridor to see it in all it’s glory!
This is a 3D piece created using Daz Studio. If I recall correctly, I had just finished watching a double-header of Sigourney Weaver in Alien:
and the awesome sequel Aliens:
As the credits rolled and silent tears of triumph rolled down my cheeks, I decided that honor demanded an homage to both of these films.
Even though it was like 2 in the morning, it was time to fire up the 3D studio and create some art!
I got as far as you see in the image. The yellow opening of the hangar doors was supposed to contain some sort of monster. I couldn’t decide whether I should hand draw something and scan it in, or search through the available 3D models I had and try to cobble together a convincing enough creature.
In the end, I chose to sleep on it, and the piece never saw any more development since then. I threw it into my Facebook page gallery, fully intending to come back to it.
But I never did.
2. Squiggly Robin.
Here, I was on a Batman and Robin kick around the time of my previous Batman post. Except this time, things would be a little different.
I was looking into going all digital with my workflow. That would mean dispensing with pencil and paper, and replacing it with drawing straight into the computer with my Wacom Intuos tablet.
At work one day I decided to go for it. When lunch time rolled around my coworkers came in as usual and said it was time for lunch.
I yelled out “FOOLS!! I have no time for ‘lunch’! This is the time for ART! BEGONE!“
They stood there frozen for a second. Then they just rolled their eyes and walked away, never to be heard from again -at least in this story, anyway.
Back to me, I was in Photoshop, furiously drawing away with the Wacom pen, changing brush sizes, opacity, brush hardness and shape, doing my best to approximate the look of pencil on paper in a purely digital medium.
When I got done it looked like crap. Curses.
I can’t quite get the hang of the digital drawing, unfortunately. I have every intention of buckling down and devoting serious time and effort to doing so, but results like these are a bit discouraging. So once it was done I let it drop for now.
So even though this Robin was technically finished, what I dropped the ball on was going further and working harder at drawing with my tablet.
Damn you, squiggly Robin.
3. Brotha Sci-Fi Warrior.
I was on a sci-fi kick after watching an episode of Stargate Universe (oh man, it kills me that the show was cancelled!):
and I decided to come up with a black character to fill in the gaps in mainstream sci-fi.
This character would be some kind of a cybernetic warrior from the future, he’d have all kinds of powerful weaponry built into his body. He’d be a good guy but most of the time he would end up destroying stuff, just because I like to see stuff blowing up and people running and screaming in slow motion like “NOoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!”
So I was all gung-ho for it, but fate intervened once again.
By fate I mean I got bored with it and determined I would finish it later. Except later never came. Aw, shucks.
4. Nova Helmet Redux.
This piece will not go away. Mostly because I won’t sit down and finish it.
The helmet is created completely from scratch in Blender. I’m pretty happy with the modeling of the helmet, but it’s the texturing of the metal that upsets the apple cart every time.
Right now I’ve kind of faked the metal texture using a mix of cartoon shading and lighting tricks. It’s not really behaving as true metal would. This sort of thing is always disappointing to me.
This was the time to go back to this piece and update the textures with my new methods. Except I was too lazy.
I even have a new book on Blender texturing so there really are no excuses anymore.
The Nova Helmet will be completed one day soon or my name isn’t John “McLuvin” Garrett!
5. Maya from True Tales of the Soryan Order.
I was just in the mood to do a new piece for my online novel True Tales of the Soryan Order, so I once again fired up my 3D models and set out to create a stunning new piece to add to the story.
Well, then the mood passed, so this is all I did.
I know it looks “kind of” finished, but I meant to do a whole lot more with this one. I can’t remember what exactly happened but I know I had the idea for another 3D piece and I broke off work on Maya to begin the arduous “model collecting” process of setting up a 3D work in Daz Studio.
I think it was my Marie piece for The Bill Collectors that sidetracked me. She’s definitely the one to blame, not me.
Oh, all right. I guess there’s no one to blame but me. Unless someone out there would care to step forward and share blame?
Sheesh. It’s all on me, then.
6. Pete from Mad Men.
Here’s a rough drawing I did of Pete Campbell from the tv show Mad Men:
What happened with this one is that I wasn’t very happy with the accuracy of the likeness.
As most of you can no doubt tell, I’m trained more as a comic book artist than a realistic portraiture artist, but I feel I should still be able to get pretty darn close.
When I can’t do it then I get frustrated, and I might just drop a piece, never to be completed.
That’s exactly what happened here. Instead of completing this one, I might just start over on it with another reference shot.
Also, don’t get me started on the state of the show. I’m mighty pissed off that it won’t be returning this year. That I gotta wait until 2012 is a load of BULL*ishhhhhh.
I guess I’ll have to settle for True Blood for my tv fix this summer.
So anyway, hot tears of shame spill from my eyes as I write this. I’ve made a vow to complete these pieces and erase some of the dishonor from my name. Nothing short of hari kari will completely erase it, but I’m not going out that way. I’m willing to live with some shame, I guess…
My children and my children’s children can commit ritual suicide to restore the family honor if they want, but I must LIVE.
Well, aside from the stain on my family name, stay on the lookout for these completed works in the near future!