Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ARTScool Prep: Getting the RoseArt Color Blanks samples ready

Since the test run was so much fun, I picked up a few more sets of RoseArt Color Blanks 2-packs at Target for the upcoming ARTScool cartoon sketching classes. During brainstorming sessions, students will doodle and explore possible characters and creatures until finding a favorite that could then be turn into a 3-D model using the Color Blank figurines.
To save storage space until ARTScool starts, I condensed all the packages into two class tubs separating the blank figurines and the permanent marker sets. Each student will work on their own character throughout the week of the summer art camp, and the completed figurine could be used as a reference model for drawing custom comic pages. Picked one of the blank walking figurines as a second sample.
After doodling a few possible designs for a ninja dragon, I used a black Shapie marker to lay down some coloring outlines on the Color Blank figurine. Using the 5 available surfaces on the cuboid head piece, four different ninja face plates were drawn on the sides and a screaming mouth was drawn on top. This should offer students more ideas for their own character development projects. Naturally for a given character, it would probably be best to stick to a single face on one side of the cube and then work out the proper corresponding sides, rear, and top views.Additional views of the coloring outline drawn on the disassembled figure can be found in my Flickr photostream: photo 1 to photo 10.
Going to let the black coloring outlines dry thoroughly before putting the figure back together. Will probably keep it unpainted until the first day of class since I already got a finished colored sample.Update 24 hours later: put the walking ninja figurine together and took a few photos from multiple angles.Main tip would be to take the figure apart before drawing or coloring it for smoother lines and less chance of accidentally smudging the fresh paint before it gets a chance to dry.


Anonymous said...

so..... u can take these things apart?

B2-kun said...

With care and some moderate force it is possible to pop-off the head and limbs to facilitate drawing details and coloring of each individual piece. Yet a few of them broke during this process. So yes you can take them apart, but beware of breakage accidents.