Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whale Kids Playing - painting

Here is the second in a series of whale paintings I've done lately.  Below is a little bit of the process.  The sketch and subsequent color/mood studies were painted on the iPad in Procreate.  Once I was happy with the general idea, I too the sketch into Photoshop, increased the resolution a little, then painted the final.

I may paint it again in the light blue scheme because I couldn't easily decide which I liked better.  If you want to see more art from the same world, head over to  Hope you enjoy!

Whale kids playing - 3 studies from joe daniels on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Low-Poly Cloudscape

Just a quick low-poly doodle that was floating through my mind last night.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Head Study - warm-up exercise

The image on the left is a wonderful piece by Ty Carter.  As a warmup exercise this morning, I attempted to copy the basic lighting (without color dropping) on a slightly different design.  Fun exercise.  Looking at them afterward I see a lot of subtlety that mine doesn't quite capture.  If you've never seen Ty's work, check it out here:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Camping - in ultra low poly

Just reserved a spot at Yosemite this summer!  I've never been, so it's exciting.  The reservations filled up in less than 5 minutes.  This is gonna be good.

Here are a couple of quick low poly studies I did this morning.  At some point I will do a personal project in this style.  I've been tinkering with this type of thing for about a decade, so it's bound to happen eventually.  Just need the right combination of art direction and story.  Oh, and time.  Need some of that too.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Misc Art dump

Here are a handful of random studies and doodles from the past month.  Happy 2014 everyone!

The drawings below were created on my iPad using the Procreate app:

Sketched this out while watching Les Meserables (movie).

Monday, November 04, 2013

A Bird, A Plane!

superhero flight 01 from joe daniels on Vimeo.

I'm trying to animate something extra every day, whether part of a long-term project or just a quick pencil test.  Here's tonight's test, again with Maya's grease pencil tool.  Sorry, Edna.  I like the capes.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Samurai Jack - Grease Pencil test

Here's another digital pencil test, this time made with Maya 2014's new Grease Pencil tool.  I've always wanted to animate the lone samurai warrior and his magic sword.  Finally decided to give it a whirl.

Samurai Jack - GreasePencil test01 from joe daniels on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mashup: Beaku!

Don't know why this popped into my head.  But I had to get it out.

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Me me me me!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Animated Doodles - pt 1

Here are a couple quick warm up animation tests.  Straight ahead, nothing fancy, just playing around.  Gets the animation blood flowing.  I am going to try to do more of these.
Hand Stand:

Magic Trick:

When I plan and thumbnail my animation, I like to see the drawings animated so I can get some idea of timing before blocking in my key poses.  In the past I've used the open source app Pencil as a light weigh alternative to flash or flipbook, but with Maya's new Grease Pencil tool, I will probably do more of this without leaving Maya.

There's something relaxing, though, about sitting on my couch or wherever I am, animating on my iPad.  My favorite app is Animation Creator HD.  Other apps I've tried are too cluttered or sluggish for me.  This one has an interface that gets out of the way so I can just draw.  I sketch with a Jot Touch 4 (totally recommend any of their styli).

Hope you enjoyed watching!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Floursack animation test

Just a little something to stay loose.

The idea to have the box be light weight and start to tip backward came near the end.  Thank you inspiration fairies! ;)  I rigged this little guy up because I have not seen a great floursack rig out there.  If anyone would find it useful, I may finish it off and put it up on creative crash.