I feel horses are a good way to practice grey tones. The muscles give a similar feeling to humans, but still, its anatomy is more forgiving than drawing a nude. Even though it’s not much of a problem with traditional media, I’m not to the point where drawing a nude on the computer is comfortable, I’ll proceed by small steps. Shades first.
So I did this as a practice and decided to push it a little bit.
Since I started working in the new company, I’ve been working daily on my digital art before I can get some time for oil painting: now that I’m in China, I don’t have a studio anymore.
I’ll get my colors and shadings in order before putting it into traditional medias. So here is some of the showable drawings made in the last days.
The rest of the team are all amazing digital artists, so its inspiring Gotta get my skills up to par.
I’ll give the originals credits:
- original drawing by O O Joo (check on artstation)
- sculpture by Fred Fichet
- Original oil painting by Nicola Samori
I had the chance to be invited by SHVFS to give a lecture about concept art. I’m not going to talk about how nervous I was and clueless of what I could say. But, the best part was that I found myself in Shanghai for a week, with a lot of free time to go around and the chance to take some pictures.
Although I ate all the proofs of this: the food was awesome.
So I moved to Beijing,
I was invited to work on the Zhang Yimou movie “The Great Wall” staring Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Jing Tian, Lu Han.
After the project, I was invited to stay at Base-FX as a Concept Artist. They have given me the chance to work on a big variety of projects, both chinese and american movies. Things have been going very quickly this last year, and I’m looking forward for more, but it didn’t give me the time to post. I will try to share more eventually!
Here is some sketch made in Beijing in 2015…
I’ll post some photos soon also!
Here’s a quick updated of sketches made recently.
Loosening up with ink and a little bit of watercolors too. There’s a strong influence of Michael Lentz in those, but for the practice it was interesting.
So it’s been a while since I wrote something!
Lots of stuff changed since my last post, I’ve been really busy, but here’s the work-related news:
I spent the last year working on X-Men : Days Of Future Past as a set designer, and although it took all my free time for a year, it was a real blast.
It was hard to go to the studio at that time, but the project allowed me and the rest of the team to be really creative in many ways. We had the opportunity to design in all direction: sci-fi, 70ies, an ancient monastery, etc…. (That’s why in the movie industry, we all love time travel)
Had the chance to redesign some iconic pieces of the X-men world, like the Cerebro Console.
I’ll check if I can get some pictures cleared to post them here, otherwise, it’s mostly all over the internet at that time. It’s been out for…. like 6 weeks I think? And we are really happy here that the film is a success and a good movie (those two don’t necessarily go together).
I’m currently finishing work on another movie, The Walk by Robert Zemeckis
(staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Lebon and Sir Ben Kingsley) It tells the story of frenchman Philippe Petit that illegaly crossed on a wire the World Trade Center Twin Tower in 1974.
Too much work these days,
I’m really impatient now to go back to the studio to work on my own stuff,
but bills have to be paid (and I must say I’m lucky to work in that industry as a designer since its always fun)
JULY 15 1995 – SREBRENICA
ink (linocut stamps) on paper
15 sheets 20″x26″
complete artwork 108″x80″
Here is the first artwork of the new serie I’m working on, called Frontiers of Myths (Les frontière des Mythes in french).
it’s serie of the wars in Yougoslavia in the ’90. I was only ten years old at the time, and it was the first time I realized that not everybody was having a confortable childhood like me. The fact that genocides, systematic rapes or other methods of destroying a population were still happening in the nineties, and so close (in the middle of Europe!) was shocking for me.
It took me several years to go back to the subject, but I still feel strongly about those events, so I decided to do a serie about that subject. Here you can find the first artwork I’m releasing, the rest is coming in the next days!
Stamped 2361 times… one for each identified body of the Srebrenica massacre.
On July 7 1995, The Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić invaded the city of Srebrenica, located in a UN protected zone. During the whole week, the soldiers will capture and kill the population trying to escape the city.
We estimate between 6000 to 7000 victims, most of them males of any ages.
2361 victims have been identified to this day.
So I’m now back to my human being state,
There was a big art contest in Montreal from the art gallery Arsenal, which is for those who don’t know, a very big gallery in Montreal. (and as a former architect, I can’t help to notice that their space is AMAZING)
The contest is called “Les Ateliers” and give the chance to young artist to have two months workshop with big names in the art world, so I’m pretty excited. The deadline was yesterday though, but you can always check it here if you are interrested in the matter.
The other good news is that it gave me a very big boost to produce the ideas that I had in my head, so I know have a new serie coming up! If you did check my instagram account you saw some preview already. I should post it in the next days. Give me the time to arrange the gallery properly first. Like I said, my speed of production this month wasn’t human, it reminded me of my years as an architecture student.
In case you missed the preview, here they are:
Looking forward to hear back from them! hopefully…