Hello, rather than the really long title of BrushwoodMutt I figured it would be easier with a shorter name like Finn. Why Finn? Because that has become the name of the character I'm working on.
Anyways, I'm a college student on the verge of graduating and while my professional goal is to go into Graphic Design my personal art goal is to become a webcomic artist, which to make a living off of is hard and a lot can't do so, thus the Graphic Design is a more stable job idea. I've been practicing art for 7ish years now, but this year (literally January 2015) I've felt like I was in an art rut and was getting no where. So I've been trying to start from scratch to try and find my own style and voice.
First I took my character idea of Finn and tried to draw him in other artists' styles as a starting place.
The artists I looked at were Tavis Maiden, Mike Krahulik, Katie Rice, Kris Straub, then my "old style" thing, Rick Griffin, and then Jonathan Ponikvar. And the last one was the style recommended to me to try, using Griffin's style, but Ponikvar's choice of when to use lines and when to leave areas open.
So here is my character concept sheet based on that.
Both done using Illustrator's Image Trace feature from a pencil sketch, so they are vectors.
Next I animated his expressions using Photoshop
And finally tried my hand at animating him.
So I feel like I want to use this place as a way to get critique, but also as a way to help me keep working. Sometimes I procrastinate too much and so I'm working on trying to better manage my time and motivate myself. As such my goal is similar to Mike Krahulik's and have a "sketchdump" of what I've been working on during the week on Sundays, that's the day I think I could upload everything easily.