Wednesday, December 21, 2011
As you might have noticed I thought Drive was a pretty cool film. I especially liked the whole 1980's vibe of the film. I also think that Ryan Gosling's jacket is pretty cool. I had this image of the Driver as a comic book character; the jacket is really not unlike a superhero's costume, it even has a logo on it.
The image of the Driver as some kind of comic book hero inspired me to the illustration above, for the awesome Cornered Blog. Some of you might remember that I did another corner for them back in March. (That one was also based on a film, btw.)
I really hope you also like my Drive Corner!
Ink on paper, digital colors and lay-out.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Another drawing of the Driver. The color is based on an effect I saw in The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke, it is not completely similar but that also has a lot to do with my lines, Darwyn Cooke left more open space and also draws with color; he does the inking and coloring of the Parker comics himself. The colors are also done tradiotionally with a PITT artist brush pen.
This drawing of mine was done with ink on paper and digital colors. I will try to do some colored drawings the way Mister Cooke did his, might be a cool exercise.
Recently I'm experimenting a lot with different halftone effects. I have always liked halftones and had a tough time to find out how to recreate the old fashioned print effects in Photoshop. It feels like I'm getting closer, though!
That line is from the book by James Sallis btw, which is also pretty cool.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I went to see the movie Drive. I had read quite a lot about it on a number of blogs. Unfortunately it took a while before Dutch cinemas picked it up, but I guess we are lucky that they showed it at all.
Anyway, even though I had high expectations, Drive did not disappoint me. This is especially surprising since the plot of the film is in no way spectacular, it's the atmosphere of this film that makes it awesome. Ryan Gosling is also great as the silent Driver who makes a living as stuntman and getaway driver for thieves and robbers.
Ever since I saw Drive I have been doodling the Driver. My first attempt were pretty far off, but I believe I'm getting closer. This is a compilation of different driver doodles I did the last few weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if there will be more of this...
Ink on paper, digital colors.
Monday, December 5, 2011
This drawing is a typical example of one of my doodles, although I have to say that I usually won't leave so much empty space on my doodle sheets. I've got some marker brushes in photoshop that I really like so I gave this some quick color using those brushes, as way of exercise.
Papermate Flair on paper, digital colors.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
And again more than a week between posts, and again I had skipped town. I spend the last week in France, far, far away from modern things like internet, television or even cell-phone signal.
The drawing above is a sketch of the house where I stayed, together with a good friend of mine,. The house is owned by his parents, I did this sketch as a gift to thank them for letting us use this place. It was great, the weather in Amsterdam wasn't too great when we left but in France we had sunshine almost the entire week!
After the hectic graduation year it felt good to take a break from everything, I got some good rest and feel ready for the next step. I did some more sketches that I will shre with you later this week, I wanted to upload this one now though, since I'll be giving it away tonight.
Ink and color pencil on light grey sketch paper.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
As I mentioned in previous posts, last Saturday Daan Jippes and me gave a workshop on storyboarding at the special edition of the Klik animation festival, here in Amsterdam. Daan of course was the main attraction, my role was mostly a supporting one.
During my internship with Daan I heard him tell many great stories about his experiences as a storyboard artist over at Disney, Warners, Dreamworks etc. At the beginnnig of our workshop we sat down and I asked Daan about some of those things. We hoped that these experiences would shine some light on the differences between storyboarding as it is done at the major (American) animation studios and the way storyboards are used in Dutch productions.
After this little chat we got down to business. I had prepared a storyboard based on a scene from a book by Elmore Leonard. I had worked it out digitally in Photoshop and pitched it from a computer. It is quite cool to see your boards up on the big screen. Of course I was a bit nervous, (I think there were 40 to 50 people at our presentation, including some very talented artists) but it was a lot of fun!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
But at the same time I quite like Tumblr as a way to share stuff. I've always liked to keep scrapbooks with all kind of influences, and Tumblr is a real easy way to share somthing similar with the world.
So I started a second aapstra blog, it will in no way replace this existing blog. Instead it will be the place where I will post the stuff that inspires me. As you might have seen I have added a permanent link to my Tumblr on the right. Please check it out, if you've got the time: aapstra.tumblr.com
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
After seeing awesome Dr. Sketchy drawings pop up on blogs from all over the world I finally had the chance to experience this fantastic drawing event first handed. Because there is now
Friday, September 30, 2011
Hi there! No, this is not some mistake or digital error. After almost three years of blogging I have decided to start all over again.
The past months there have been almost no updates here, because I was all tangled up in my graduation project at the HKU. It really hurt my pride because I have always tried to update regularly, but there just wasnt anything to show you.
It wasn’t for nothing, though. I am now a Bachelor of Animation and a Master of Design! When I started this blog it was a student art blog, and I was finding out about blogging as I went along. Now I am no longer a student and I feel that there are some changes I want to make to this blog. I have decided to remove all previous posts and make a clean start. (And of course I will take the right to repost some of my old art every now and then.)
There will probably be more changes here the coming months, but for now I just wanted to start on a clean sheet of paper: and get back to posting! When I started Aapstra I had no experience with blogging but I really love it. I really want to thank all you visitors for sticking with me the past months, I intend to show you lots of drawings, doodles and storyboards! (And if you ever wonder what all that old stuff looked like there is always my Flickr gallery where quite a lot of it can still be found.)