Thursday, April 30, 2009
Zombies and Dragons (Sketching) - By: Christopher Taylor
Random Character Sketchings - By: Christopher Taylor
Style Adjust!- Working on the younger heroes(heroine ) of my stories - By: Christopher Taylor
Just though I'd post up some of my more recent sketches. Had a talk with my rival, James the author of ORANGE CROWS bout sketching, drawing, and making comics for fun. Sadly that that exact time I got to the chapter in Reinventing Comics that discusses over how artist will have to hit those many road blocks of just "this style isn't what I' looking for" and stuff like that.
It's a hard road out there guys. Find a friend or a so called "rival" and keep each other motivated! Keep drawing and keep that spark alive.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
OK, so with the coming of the lovely Orphan Law rearing its head to American creative persons out there, one thing has gone ahead and stood out to me more then usual and that is, the ability to refrain from stealing ones ideas for yourself. In other words, Plagiarism. Ever since I could remember I've been dealing with this a lot as I drew pictures all the time. It wasn't until later in 2000-2001 where one of the biggest cases of it showed up at my locker. In my Drivers Education class I had a friend. We'll call him Robbert. Robbert liked my original Manuscript for NEO|ARK when I still called it Glenn's World. Anyways, he liked it so much that he actually took the time to remember my style and characters, and redraw them over with slight alterations and new names. A week later a friend comes up to me with all the drawings he had, and told me "Its time to be more protective of your work." I still to this day have those drawings because first off, its one of the only "fan art" if you would call it that of my characters that someone decided to do without me somewhat involved, asking for it or trading. And two, because it shows me that people are bloodthirsty for something to call their own at times. Anyways, what brings this up is that Today I've been watching some of Adam Sessler's personal "BLOGS" or online video journals. Those close to me know that I haven't had the best relationship when it came to viewing him on television. I'm not sure EXACTLY what did it, but I know it has to do with something with a review over either a RPG, Sonic the Hedgehog or another game I like. Dunno. The point is, that as the internet become a part of my life more and I was able to READ those reviews and topics and see those special reports where he's away from the main cameras, and seriously talking about a given or set issue (I.E AOTS where he was on with Jack Thompson, Sessler's Soapbox, etc...) these little side steps in journalism for him gave me the perspective and incite not only on games, but on him and on the way I view things in life altogether. A game is just a game, If I like something then others opinions shouldn't influence that, etc etc...
Its mid-day. I come back home from Skating and talking with a group of interesting gay 50 year old Germans in the park. (Long story for another time) I turn on my PC and decide to actually USE MY FACEBOOK! and find the Sessler's Soapbox fan listing there. I become a fan because lets face it, I do enjoy hearing what that crazy man has to say, and to make matters worse or best, I left a message that I knew being on Facebook and not on the actual site, they/ he probably won't see but just makes me feel good for saying it. Here it is :
Christopher R. Taylor Sessler's Soapbox: I've been watching X-Play since it was broadcast on TV, and I hated you. However, that was blissful youth and the bad rating on a Sonic the Hedgehog game or some RPG, I don't really remember. Anyways, Years have past and I've heard many of your interviews with Game companies, critiques, and stuff like the Soapbox. I have to say, my view of you has completely change. Keep speaking your mind regardless of the fan boys out there. Your informative and I look forward to hearing some of your sides on topics out there for today's video gamers....or just yourself. Looking forward to more Soapbox! SKETCHFro!
6 hours ago
So yea, I then go off to rest and play Persona 4 and when I come back to the PC to start working, I see my Facebook has a little jumping mark. I click and follow and low and behold I find this:
Christopher Marchant Pascarelli Sessler's Soapbox: I've been watching X-Play since it's TechTV days, I would watch this show and The Screen Savers on a daily basis, and the one thing I remember the most when I watched X-Play was how annoying you were on the show, but also how intelligent you are when it comes to gaming, your reviews and your indepth research when you reviewed games helped me steer clear of bad games, that and I enjoyed seeing you get tortured by Morgan every few episodes... but when it came to review time on games you and morgan hit the nail on the head. *I still feel sorry for you that you had to actually play Drake and the 99 dragons or whatever it's called* Anyways I have much higher respect towards you now because your reviews and opinions grew on me, also you've proven to me time and time again that you are in fact a gamer. I also respect you when you have the guts to defend a rating of a game or a topic at hand ex (your defense of giving NO MORE HEROES a 5 out of 5) Keep doing what you do best adam.
about an hour ago
...look, I'm one that loves to rant. I'm one that likes that people can have things in common and stuff like that, however come on! Switch out a few elements here and there and you have almost the identical response that I wrote. Everyone has their views and more or less people will share the same opinion but this was just too close in time frame to rule out the questioning possibility that....Maybe you kinda wanted to jump on a bandwagon that wasn't there?
Anyways, the comments are there and if Adam Sessler even reads it or not I'm not sure. I just hope that it won't be thrown out of perspective because of the later comment there and because of the context. (again jumping onto a bandwagon of I hate you but I like you now kinda thing) But then its also makes me more wary or voicing my opinion.....online....or in my Kitchen. I'm not a real sought after person, I've never been and I'm sure that I'll never unravel the mystery of why my Girlfriend loves me so much or why my Mother is such a supportive and reliable figure in my life. Don't know, don't care, just glad that they are there and they do care. The point is that I think that people need to have their own opinions and learn how to express it without a simple copy, paste, edit.
It wouldn't pass in school, so why continue doing it?
That's it, that's my rant. I'll have actual illustrations and news about art and comics next time.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
SHORT STORY Pg 6 - Drawn By: Christopher Taylor
Sketchings # 29 and 30 - By: Christopher Taylor
Practice comic 10 ( Strip comic: Idea and original by: Maike Vierkant) Drawn by: Christopher Taylor
Yea...April 1st. Dispite what I can think of, and how ingenious it is....it'll never work....ever...
I've yet to actually wake up but I've already seen Deviantart's in full swing.
☃ This is their April Fool's Joke.
Yea...what appears harmless at such a big state is really seen smaller....so small that it looks like a poop coil.
Good one there...
Anyhoo, I've been working hard on projects. From my Last post as Ms. Lucinda pointed out. I have been working on pages to one of her side stories. It was a rough start at first but the actual pages are now in full swing, but I would still show off some of the rough drafts that I liked.
If you go to http://www.ombouwnederland.nl , you'll see that this site is now littered with mascots created by me. The Netherlands based game selling company has asked for me to do a couple of mascots for them, and they seem to be fitting in pretty well around the site. So if you have time, check it out!
Also I need to get back on the ball and finish more pages for my short story (and think of a name too) as well as Riven. I really want the first chapter to a point where I can start trying to get some people behind me to get it published.....maybe.
Otherwise, Its back to work....on comic pages...and a doable April 1st joke...
Christopher R. Taylor - Illustration and Comics
Web Galleries: Portfolio Site
The Art Institute of Philadelphia/ The Art Institute of Phoenix July 2002 - September 2005
Major: Media Arts & Animation Degree: Bachelor of Arts for Media Arts & Animation
Graduated with Honors
Computer Skills: Flash (Good), Photoshop (Very Good), Premiere (Good), After Effects (Good), 3D Studio Max (Good), Maya (Good), Microsoft Office (Good)
Customer Service Skills: Good audible voice along with clear and proper grammar pronunciation, friendly, inviting, able to handle various situations as well as stressful encounters with customers.
Freelance Project History:
Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson- Pixel Characters for Browser Game
Description: Created villain and hero characters for a browser game. Designed characters on paper, then re-created pixel characters in Photoshop. Pixel sheets were created there and then animated by using FLASH.
Steven First- Texture Edits for Model
Description: Client had created textures for models that needed fixing. Readjusted texture and designs to fit the models. Editing was done in Photoshop.
Windmill Games- Sven- Concept Art for Online MMORPG
Description: Designed characters, starting clothing, Mafia clothing, villains and main city for studios use to develop 3D models of the concepts. Sketched characters, penciled, inked and then colored in photoshop.
Gameforge Studios GmbH- Internet Advertisement Banners
Description: Created a set of 7 web banners for one of the studio’s popular game series using stock imagery and FLASH to help arrange and design.
Illustration and Design:
DORMWORLD – Storyboards for short animation
Description: Created 8 page, 4 panel storyboards for use for a short animation. Drew pages and then scanned into Photoshop for final edits and text matching.
Mark Krasovicki- Russian Training Manual Comic
Description: Created a 55 page Comic detailing the tasks of a Waiter/Waitress at the Temple Bar in Russia. Drew comic with pencil, then scanned into Photoshop for inking and editing. Added Russian text and word bubbles afterwards.
James Kershaw – 2 Mascot Designs
Description: Designed and Created 2 mascots based off of clients descriptions. Drawn, edited and colored in Photoshop.
Ron Brouwers – Professional Gaming Logo
Description: Created 2 logos for a professional gaming group for RTS games. Designed logo on paper, then scanned final work into Photoshop for coloring and editing. Lettering was applied through Illustrator and edits in Photoshop.
Pierre-Yves Lapointe Brisson – End Smoking Mascot
Description: Created a personal mascot for a quit smoking campaign. Designed, illustrated and colored in Photoshop.
Channel M- Princess Lucinda Short Comic
Description: Created short 10 page black and white comic for use by Channel M for their ongoing Heroine, Princess Lucinda. Created rough sketches and full illustrated pages digitally through Photoshop.
Antoine Dillard - Website - Hardcore Animation
Description: Redesigned and coded website using Flash. Designed, illustrated and coded complete layout for website. Can be seen at www.hardcoreanimation.net.
Patrick Sessoms - 8 Paged Pitch Package with Cover
Description: Created a 8 page comic with cover for a pitch package. Drew pages with pencil, inks added and then scanned pages into Photoshop for retouching and adding letters and bubbles.
Kristopher Waddell - 5 Paged Pitch Package
Description: Added colors and set mood to illustrators inked paged for a 5 paged pitch comic. Coloring was done in Photoshop.
James Ives - Wedding Illustration
Description: Created Illustration based upon the Client and his wife for use on their wedding invitations. Drawing was created from photo reference, then brought into Photoshop to finish line-work, and color.
Alex - Console Dealer- Mascot Design
Description: Client wanted Mascots to help advertise their website for games. Designed sketches from descriptions, then made final line-art and colors in Photoshop.
Pinup Illustrations- Sexy Nuns
Description: Designed 2 illustrations for use in a collection of "Sexy Nun" drawings and illustrations to be sold. Sketched, then digitally inked and grayscale colored in Photoshop.
Curtis Lawson - History of Comics - Day of Comics Museum comic
Description: Created 2 pages in my style for used in a collected anthology comic of various artist about the history of comic books.
COZMIC- Tattoo design
Description: Design a memorable tattoo design from popular game Character Mario for the client. Sketches made, then pencil work and inked before brought into photoshop for color.
Marc Dahlem- Cartoon Book Project- Zeusinger
Description: Created illustrations to go along with a Germany Humor book to be pitched to publishers. Designed characters, sketched, penciled and inked illustrations before brought into Photoshop for final edits.
Celtic Minstrel- Web-comic- Trillium School of the Art
Description: Weekly web-comic for Drunkduck.com. Created characters from clients description and sketch and pencil pages for the web-comic weekly. Drawn then colors pages. Edits made in Photoshop.
Anthro-Furry Character- Action Illustration B&W
Description: Designed the clients character for use in story/website. Sketched, penciled and then greyscale colored in Photoshop.
Zach - Black and White Character Illustration- Collection Website
Description: Commissioned to draw clients character in my own style for presentation on a collection website gallery. Sketched, penciled and inked the illustration before final edits were created in Photoshop.
Tone Chambers- Dr. Dre Illustration for Inspired Music CD
Description: Illustrated a cover for the design of Music inspired by the music artist Dr. Dre. Illustration was drawn, and then imported to Photoshop for color.
Yann Lülfz – Logo for local Member Group
Description: Design and created logo for use of a Members group. Logo will be used for stickers, advertisements and other assorted material for use in the group. Designed fully in Photoshop.
Will Beatman- Flash Animation for Website/ Spinning Record on Projector
Description: Created a short, repeating flash animation for use on a new website called “VIBE & SYNC”. The projector and spinning reel were to match the logo for the site in colors. Transferred logo into Flash and designed 2 projectors for the client to choose from. Once one was chosen, I animated the spinning film reel and movie reel onto it and added the logo of the site to the record.
Alessandra Davola- Fairy Tale Illustration
Description: Created an illustration based on a description for personal collection.
Drew the rough draft, then penciled the image for scanning and colored on the computer.
Cory de la Guardia- Zuda Comics Contest/Pitch Entry- Minimum Wage
Position: Pencilist/ Inker/ Colorist & Lettering
Description: Created an 8 Screen Pitch entry to Zuda Comics for Cory de la Guardia’s Minimum Wage. Designed characters from reference photos, rough pages, pencils and inks, then scanned into PC for Color and Lettering layout.
Greg Wilkinson- Mascot for Website www.staticprogress.com
Position: Mascot Designer-Graphic Design
Description: Designed a Mascot for used on music web space from a design the client had originally created. Mascot was drawn, colored and optimized for use on the web.
Todd Guilmette- CD Album Booklet Artwork
Position: Graphic Designer for Album Book
Description: Designed Music CD album artwork for the client’s second music cd. Booklet included Visible Cover and back cover containing the client’s personal character. Style Matched main character into a created BG from description, inked then scanned into PC for color editing. Client ended up not using in the final product, however services were paid for.
White Eye Studio-Lawrence White- Colorist for Comics
Position: Flatter and Colorist
Description: Flatted and added color detail to comics being published by the Indie Comic label White Eye Studio. Preview of Comic can be seen here http://www.whiteeyestudios.com/our-comics/final-hour/
Cotton Snourth- Maglenda’s Errand Girls-Manga Comic Pitch
Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color Grayscale & Lettering
Description: Created a 6 page pitch comic for Louis Badalament’s Maglenda’s Errand Girls. Created Character Designs, layout pages, penciled and inked pages, then scanned into the PC
Mark Krasovickis- Sample Colored Comic for Website
Position: Pencilist/Inker/ Color & Lettering
Description: Created a 5 page sample comic in color with cover for use for a freelancing Comic artist web space. Comic will be seen as an example of what the website is set out to do, which can be seen here www.craftycomics.com .
Sebastian Blasiak- Kidslab- Character Designs and Illustration
Position: Character Designer- Illustrator
Description: Created and Designed Characters for use in an Educational Project about water aimed for Children aged 7-9. Characters were then set in a illustration that would be used for the final presentation of the project.
Broken Souls Press-Short Story Comic- Donald Black
Position: Pencilist/Inker/Toner/Layout & Lettering
Description: Based of a story from a writer under BSP label, Curtis Lawson gave me the script to fully illustrate 10 comic pages to be used in an Anthology devoted to Horror stories as well as a magazine for horror comics.
Brian McKee- Book Cover
Position: Illustrator/ Cover Design
Description: Designed cover for book of short stories entitled “At the Gates of Heaven and other Short Stories” and for “Krishna in the Park- Selections from the diary of Carol Sheaves”. Books can be seen here: http://stores.lulu.com/raydude
Christopher Rama Rao- www.LoveandBetrayal.com Web-comic
Position: Concept Artist/ Pencils/ Inker/ Colorist
Description: Work on comic panels for online comic. Design Characters and backgrounds while applying them to script that was provided. A panel every week.
Rob Giorgio- 360ep, Inc
Description: Worked on two projects within the company and designed characters for use on t-shirts and websites.
Antoine Dillard- Hardcore Animation.net (Website)
Position: Web Designer
Description: Designed and created interactive website for display at Hardcore Animation.net. Website designed and created in Flash.
Mark Tioxon- Getting Girls the Anime Way (Book and website)
Position: Concept Artist/ Lead Artist
Description: Designed and created the cover image for the book in use of sales. Also will be used as graphics for the website.
Mangamix Studios- Team MAXIMUM
Description: Redesign characters for use in a poster to advertise for their comic. Designed poster for production and distribution for promotion purposes.
Arizona Independent Animation Project
Position: Concept Artist/Lead Artist
Description: Designed characters within one of the studio’s main animation projects. Also designed promotions and album covers for distribution at Conventions.
Sean Allan: Music DJ
Position: Album cover designer
Description: Designed an album cover for his next music collection album.
Willow Cottage Studios
Position: Lead Artist
Description: Character Design for lead character in production. In process of working on Storyboards for script.
Description: 8 Paged pitch comic for Ken Faggio. Created Character Design, penciled and inked pages, toned and texted pages.
Position: Character Artist
Description: Have drawn various characters for use on web space on BBoyBunker.com.
Glen L. Down Elementary School Festival
Position: Caricature Artist
Description: As the day progressed, I was hired to draw paying customer’s
portraits in my style of art.
2 publication pieces in DOT, DOT, DOT magazine 2001-2002
Best of Show: Phoenix Anime Convention
Awarded for digital Artwork: A man and his Gun
Books and Publications:
Künstler und andere Nervensägen : Written by Dr. Michael Dahlem
Link to page: http://www.michaeldahlem.de/
Final Hour : Various Artist and Writers
Link to page: http://www.whiteeyestudios.com/our-comics/final-hour/
Mysterious Visions: Volume 3: The Essex- Story by: Curtis Lawson, Illustrations by: Christopher Taylor
-Link to page: http://www.dimestoredistro.com/mysteriousvisionsafterhours3-p-1033.html
Manga/comic: NEO|ARK Volume one
Link to page: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=555055
Endless Journeys: Book of published photographers work published.
My work: “The Falconer” ISBN: 0-7951-5247-7