Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Sermon Series March 5th, 2017

Hello everyone! Last Sunday I listened to Pastor Dennis Fuqua preach on Jesus' last big prayer(John 17). While the main topic of the sermon was how Jesus prayed, the concept I focused on is visualized in the illustration below. I think a lot of us spend too much time thinking of what we can ask God for (myself included here), and not enough time recognizing God's grace, and God's glory. God's glory is revealed in His creation. What does that have to do with a giraffe you ask? Well, let's see.

We all know giraffes are tall. Did you know that the giraffe's heart is approximately 18 inches long? It has to be huge in order to supply the pressure needed to push blood all the way up that long neck to the giraffe's brain. If that pressure was kept the same for a giraffe who is standing upright as it is for when it bends over (to say drink some water) the giraffe's head would explode.

So God designed the giraffe with a system of blood vessels like sponges and tiny spigots in the arteries which close when the head is lowered to keep the giraffe from suffering from a hemorrhagic aneurysm (yes, I had to look that up to spell it right), or as I call it: Explosive Head Syndrome. Then, when the giraffe stands back up the blood is released back into the system at pressure so that the giraffe doesn't pass out from lack of blood to the brain.

The giraffe is an amazing example of the beauty in God's design, and God's glory is revealed in the creation of the giraffe.

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lbs. paper. It was scanned and then colorized in PhotoShop. I use the brushes created by Kyle T. Webster, and highly recommend them. I hope you are encouraged by this post. God bless, and have a great day! --Ryan

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weasels

Howdy folks! Today I have something that I don't usually share with you. Below you will see a short movie (21 seconds long) that is basically a slideshow of rough sketches of weasel characters I've been developing for a book project. The content I share here is usually finished work, and the sketches are very rough. But I wanted to share something different, and something new. So here you go.

I spent a lot of time getting to the weasel design you see here. My favorite depiction of weasels has always been the Disney weasels in "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride", this same design was also used in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?". So I began months and months ago drawing very long nosed, slanty eyed weasels that only looked good in profile. When I drew them straight on or from the front view, they looked hideous. I would like to say that I quickly came up with a solution and drafted it perfectly on my second attempt. However that is not the case. I spent months drawing the other characters, and just alluding to the weasels (in a very rough manner). Then finally I sat down and drew a profile that I liked and that I thought would work in the "front view". Then I used grid paper and tracing paper to exactly transition into the front view. It helped me to make sure I wasn't fudging the position of any of the objects (like the eyes, or the nose, etc.).

The result is what you see here. Again these drawings are not final drawings, and they are only a generic weasel. I'll now need to create all the different weasel characters from this template. The images with the blue on them are potential hair styles for our greasy weasels. I particularly like the handle bar mustachio.

Once I had a few faces roughed in I scanned them and brought them into photoshop where I created the slideshow animation you see here. The original profile and 3/4 view were done in my Pentalic sketchbook (70 lbs. paper) with a 7mm Pentel P207 mechanical pencil.

Anywho... I hope you enjoyed learning a little about my process. As always thank you for stopping by. I hope you are well, God bless and have a great day!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sunday Sermon Series February, 2017

Hello everyone. I hope you are well. My family and I just returned from a week long vacation in Phoenix, Arizona. The sketch you see here is from the sermon preached at our friend's church Harvest East Valley (harvestev.org). The main verses used were from the Sermon on the Mount, which goes from Matthew 5:1 through 7:29, but he specifically spoke on Matthew 5:1-10.

Losing ourselves to find Jesus was a theme I picked up on. There were many themes the pastor touched on, but this one grabbed me. Dying to self. Such an alien concept to most of our society. I don't see many people on the news these days denying themselves. In Luke 9:23 Jesus says "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Most of the interaction I have on a daily basis is with my family. I find that pretty much every time I have trouble it is because I am forgetting or turning away from this basic Christian truth. Whether it's with my children or my wife. It's something I work on every day.

Also from my notes: "Blessings can be a bi-product of faith, but it is not the target or goal." He seemed to feel that too many people expect blessings all day every day. I have to admit a lot of my prayers (but not all) are asking for blessings(mostly for healing of illness for myself and people I know). The goal is eternity with Christ, and doing what he asks of you while you're here.

The artwork here is pencil on paper, scanned and then colorized in Photoshop. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed this drawing and that you have a great day.

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 2016 - Sunday Sermon Series

Hello everyone!

Another post from my Sunday Sermon Series this time. Yesterday we discussed hope. Verses we read in this study: Hebrews 3:1, Peter 3:13-15, Psalm 71:1-16, Peter 1:1-9 and 13.

As Christians our hope is a product of our faith in God. Hope is not to be confused with wishful thinking. In our society today hope is used like this: "I hope you have a nice day." I have no idea what will happen to you today, but I wish that bad things will not happen to you, only good things. True hope for Christians is the assurance and conviction in God, and his promises to us. God created us, God loves us. Regardless of my (or our) situation in this fallen world, I have a promise from God that whatever I go through He will be there with me. I may not like the circumstances, and things might not get better for me in THIS world. But in eternity I know (have assurance and conviction) that I am promised life with God, an experience greater than I can even imagine.

Looking inward, or seeking answers or hope from the wisdom of man proves fruitless (as we see time and time again throughout history). Nothing in this world lasts forever. That path leads to despair.

Whatever happens to us we must keep our focus on God. Carry on trusting in Him, and seeking the path he has laid out before us.

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lbs. paper. I hope you are encouraged by this, and that you all have a great day. --Ryan

Friday, August 19, 2016

Ink and Paint Chip Dugan

Howdy friends and neighbors!

It has been a couple months since I have had time to post something here. This summer has been a busy one. I have been working hard for a new client. The style is slightly different from my usual work, so I have had to put many hours in honing "inking and coloring" skills. Usually I do pencil drawings, and light color washes in PhotoShop which resemble water colors in the final piece. This is a style I have honed for years now, and am quite comfortable with.

The style this new client is asking for is pen and ink, like comic book art. I started using Photoshop brushes (which would have been ideal if they worked right). But I was never able to achieve the same results in the computer as real ink on real paper. After a couple of days of research I decided to delve into inking with a brush. I bought the supplies, and spent literally a couple of months trying to master a skill that takes years to hone. Not surprisingly I came up short of perfection (in my opinion). After working out the cramps in my drawing hand I switched to ink pens. There is still a problem of having to clean up the lines (removing the white of the page so I can color it). It is a time consuming process, although with some help from my friend Matt Strieby I was able to reduce my time spent cleaning up dramatically.

The drawing you see here of Chip was done with Micron Pens on Pentalic Paper for Pens. Then I scanned it, and in Photoshop (using the new selection tools they have) separated the lines from the page. Then I painted underneath the lines on a separate layer. I did this drawing to test out the new Micron pens and to practice cross hatch shading. I hope in the next couple days to post a black and white coloring page version of this art to TheSearchersWorld.com, and to The Searcher by Ryan Loghry on FB.

It has been a summer of learning, and struggling, and in the end success which is what we all strive for right? I hope you have enjoyed this post, and the drawing of our hero Chip. Thank you for stopping by. God bless, and have a terrific day.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Love One Another

Hello everybody! Today I have some rough sketches to share with you. The following sketch is a rough. I intended to do much more detailed drawings of these kids, but I've been quite busy lately. I couldn't keep from sharing them though, as I feel we could all use some encouragement.

It seems our culture is getting more and more turbulent, darker by the day. The media drives us farther apart time and time again with one pointless, insane argument after another. But is that what you want to be, part of another crazy argument? Is that what you want for our nation? Can you be a part of making the world a better place?

Share the hope that you have. Hope that despite the condition of the world God still sits on His throne. He is still in command. And though nations may rise and fall, God still loves us. Share the hope of Christ Jesus. Choose this day to encourage people around you. Take a break from complaining, griping, and self. Help someone out. Look for a need, and be the solution. Love one another.

Love one another. As always I hope you've enjoyed my work, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for stopping by, God bless, and have a great day!--Ryan

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 28th Walk This Way...

Howdy friends. Today I give you three more characters strutting their stuff. We have Mort Felinestien, Hank Tembo, and Mrs. Topeka. I trimmed the sections that you have already seen, so that it doesn't get monotonous. As I have stated in previous posts the first section contains the rough pencil animation I have used as the basis for all the other walk cycles. When I drop these characters into scenes in the final animation I'll stagger their walk cycles. In English that means they won't all walk in unison in the final. ; )

As you can see to the left here, Mrs. Topeka doesn't have much up and down in her walk cycle. I tried to match the suggestion of girth/weight (no offense Mrs. Topeka!) that I had in Mr. Topeka's walk a few weeks back. I have a feeling that as they approach you on the sidewalk you can feel these two characters before you see them. The concrete would tremble.

Speaking of trembling concrete, Hank Tembo (Swahili for elephant, according to Google) is sporting a stylish plaid Irish cap (which can be purchased in the gift shop on your way out). His toy/gift bag originally had the name Finnegan's on it, but it was too hard to read so I took that out.

And then of course there is Mort Felinestien looking oh so sharp in a grey suit which matches his bowler, the band of which matches his tie and socks! Mort is carrying a rolled up newspaper, which he plans to attack and shred once he gets back to the office.

One again that's the Marine Corps belting out "Up In The Morning". It seems very fitting with all the exercising going on around here. It's also one of my favorite cadences, and one I loved to run and ride to back in the day.

Next time I will try and drop a city sidewalk scene scrolling by in the background for next time. Something that loops, like the old Flintstone's backgrounds did. Something simple though. I want it to be interesting, but I don't want it to detract from the main purpose which is just showing off the walk cycles.

Walking Characters from ryanloghry on Vimeo.

As I have stated before my work flow is pretty basic. I draw the characters in my sketchbook. I scan the drawings and "cut them out" in PhotoShop so I can move the pieces. Then I pose them on each frame of the walk cycle (still in PhotoShop). Then I render it out as a Quicktime movie. I use After Effects and Premiere to composite everything together. As always I hope you have enjoyed my drawings and this animation. Thank you for stopping by, God bless, and have a great day.