Daily Drawing Week 2

Art

Here is the collection of daily drawings I did this past week. As I mentioned in the previous post my goal this week was to try out a creativity exercise I had read about that sounded like an interesting challenge. The basic idea was to draw five random starting lines and then see how many original drawings I could create each day given those same lines. It ended up being a lot of fun for me. I’m always amazed how wrapping something inside constraints can provide a unique direction or focus. I found I was really looking forward to each day’s drawing and seeing what I’d come up with. By the end of the week I was quite familiar with the lines. I think my favorite from the series is “Hold On Tight”.

I also created an animation of the five drawings called “Five From Five” as an interesting way to present how all the drawings relate to each other:

You can click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.

Five Random Lines
Here are the starting lines
Yellow Dog
“Yellow Dog” – Oct 10th, 2011
Southwest
“Southwest” – Oct 11th, 2011
Horncordion
“Horncordion” – Oct 12th, 2011
Hold On Tight
“Hold On Tight” – Oct 13th, 2011
Just Keep Swimming
“Just Keep Swimming” – Oct 14th, 2011 
Fall
“Fall” – Oct 15th, 2011
Eggplant
“Eggplant” – Oct 16th, 2011 

For Saturday and Sunday I decided that five days of using the same lines was enough and just drew whatever I wanted. I’m trying to experiment a bit more with light and color as demonstrated in “Eggplant” above and I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I’ve spent so many years mainly drawing in black and white pen or pencil that I’m really excited to finally be pushing my color skills and learning.

Not sure what this week holds for the daily drawings. It was really nice to have some constraints or guidelines so I may have to think of something to provide a bit of structure. We’ll see!

Expect the Unexpected

Art Games

unexpected

Just a little drawing I did tonight while I was taking a break from a game project I’m working on.

I’ve been drawing a lot of variant image styles and slice types to use with the new puzzle game I came up with last weekend during the mini LudumDare #7 friendly competition.  I’m trying to explore the potential space of the game mechanic I created since it seems fairly original so far from what I can tell. It was also pretty well received by most people who have played it so far.

As opposed to a lot of the other image puzzles out there this one seems more rare.  I have searched around and I have found jigsaw piece image puzzles, find the difference image puzzles, and spin the 3d object till it matches a silohette type puzzles.  I have not found any slice based image puzzles yet.  I would guess they are out there but who knows?  My searching has yielded nothing so far. Perhaps one reason they are not as popular are they take a lot of work.  For the current version of the puzzle I have to first draw an overall image in Photoshop.  Then I use four more layers to break that image down into different image slices that will eventually interlock to form the original image again.

I am currently exploring all the ways I can vary the styles of the art before moving onto more slices than four.  I have been listing possible image genres as well for helping to inspire various drawings.  So far I have listed things like food, animals, people, places, scenes, machines, and architecture. It is a lot of fun to create these sliced images and then see them come together as people play the puzzle.