Sketches

Motorcycle Movie Poster Design

Hello y’all! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (if you’re not tired of hearing it yet.) This week I’d like to share few of my sketches of movie poster designs about motorcycles. I watched Easy Rider and The Wild One specifically for this assignment.
SPOILER ALERT! I’ll mention the plots of the movies below so scroll down at your own risk, lol.

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Reference from the motorcycle that Peter Fonda rides in the movie. I simply let the shape of the handle bars dominate the layout and lead the viewers’ eyes.

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The alternative idea is inspired by the ending of the movie when one of the riders Billy, played by Dennis Hopper who’s also the screen writer of this one, got shot by a rifle. With the expectation of a typical American road trip movie, the ending of Easy Rider shocked me. It turns out, Easy Rider isn’t easy at all…So I have this image in mind, I want the viewers to wonder where the rider is while Billy’s cowboy hat blowing in the wind…indicating his death.

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The second movie is Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. Riding his own motorcycle on set and with the wardrobe of his own, Marlon Brando certainly created a fashion icon of the 60s which still remains classic today. So instead of depicting him, I let this classic look stand alone by itself.

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I’m intrigued by Marlon’s performance in the movie. Although I’m always distracted by his voice, I like how he added little details to the characters to enrich its life. Remember his character Johnny always likes to dangle the stolen trophy from his hand? I like this setting because it makes Johnny feel more boyish. Instead of holding the trophy firmly, this dangling gesture indicates Johnny’s personality and his mental status.

Have you seen the movies I introduced today? Let me know what you think!

Sketches from the Motorcycle T-shirts Design

Hello everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and happy Rosh Hashana! 

This week's post is to show five black-and-white sketches for one of my current school projects. I decided to do a series of graphic motorcycle shirts. I try to do something more unique and different from what I see in the current market, which the image is still and the idea is old. I try to revive some of the images I saw and add some fun and humor to it. Some of you might see this already on my social media, now you can see it all in one page and know my thoughts behind the design.

 The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

 The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

 The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

 In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

 Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

I hope you enjoy today's series. If you ever question, "Why skeletons, Jamie?" It's because a while ago I started liking the idea of blurring the lines between sexualities and ethnicities. I don't have to worry about how to depict the character when drawing the skeletons because underneath we're all the same, right? 

Celebrity Headshots

Hi guys, this week's blog is a 2-pages of small sketches of random celebrity headshots. It's a good late night exercise I'd say, when you're in a mood to sketch but you're indoors, just go on Google search and sketch random subjects. 
The way I did is without any preliminary sketches, just straight on ink, this way it'd save your time erasing things or being unsure about your sketches, because the purpose of sketching is not to be perfect, is to be loose, free-handed and preserve each brush stroke you put on that paper. That's also why I like to use ink, it's permanent and straightforward, its unforgiving nature doesn't allow you to erase mistakes or unwanted marks, but that's exactly my philosophy in life, I don't need to forget the mistakes or ugly things, instead I remember them, and perhaps make it better next time.
I hope you enjoy this week's post as usual. I always enjoy your feedback.

 Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

 Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

How many celebrities do you recognize? Let me know! And I wish you a good Labor Day weekend!

Reality vs Perception

Here are the concept sketches of the theme of subjective nature of reality. Sometimes what we see is not what things are; the perceptions might differ from the reality. 

 Sketch 1: A man's profile or mountain ridge?

Sketch 1: A man's profile or mountain ridge?

 Sketch 2: A beautiful desert or woman's body?

Sketch 2: A beautiful desert or woman's body?

 Sketch 3: A hidden tiger in the bamboo forests?

Sketch 3: A hidden tiger in the bamboo forests?

 

 

Recent School Works

After we entered the junior and senior year of college, there's not much of life drawing classes anymore, we focused on illustrating from references. So yesterday was a rare chance we got to draw from models again.

Each sketch is done around 15 mins using white charcoal pencil.

Lastly I want to show you the sketches I did for my oil painting class. I went to a Chinese buffet last weekend to shoot my own pictures. The crabs are delicious.

 From 1 to 4, which one is your favorite? =)

From 1 to 4, which one is your favorite? =)

Above are the reference photos. Hope you enjoy today's blog!

Surrealism

We were doing distorted human faces in class today and this is the fun I got! Hope you enjoy it

 My friend said the shape looks like Africa

My friend said the shape looks like Africa

 And this one looks like a bumper car

And this one looks like a bumper car