Monday, May 29, 2006

pencil comps

I'm always sketching.... more than I realize. These comps were done with a black prisma color pencil .They were idea sketches for a series of oil paintings I am doing. I love prisma because , like markers, you really have to plan shapes carefully otherwise you will have a mess. The goal with these were to capture an old feeling.... possibly from the 40's. I always do this type of sketch before a larger painting but as is usually the case, once I put this much love into something I have a hard time reproducing it again. It's for that reason that I have hundreds of small sketches and only a few larger finishes. I did so many tight renderings at Disney when I was in Layout that I burned out on them... that was over 10 years ago! I guess I try to take a sketch as far as I can, give it as much detail and hope it can pass as a fisnish. I've been doing this for years and so far so good.
I really am lazy when it comes to rendering. I guess it's more important to get the idea across than play with a tight finish. You will constanly see me do loose color or black and white gestures for that reason.


Andrea Blasich said...

Ciao Sam,
I remember you!How are you doing?
I heard about your baby, congratulation!!...about your work, what to say,It's great as usual.

Gabriele Pennacchioli said...

Beautiful sketches! These have I kind of nostalgic feeling that I like very much.
The lighting is excellent!

william wray said...

Nice. Do you know Richard Bunkall's work? You might dig it.

than said...

awesome stuff, I dig it alot.

Samuel Michlap said...

Hi Andrea,
Thanks for the quick response and the kind words. I'm great and just trying to stay honest. I love the Blog community and can't get over how much is going on out here.... I was at DW for so long that you lose touch. how are you? Where are you now? Thanks for linking me.

kookiejar said...

welcome to blogworld...... with your kind of talent u should have been here much before......

A. Riabovitchev said...

Great sketches!:O)I like it very much!:O)

Patrick said...

Sam i added your fantastic blog to mine.I still have to give you a calendar of great locomotive painting that I kept for you.
take care

aymrc said...

I don't know what to's just amazing!I Love your sketches

Mark McDonnell said...

I think those sketches seem more appealing and free . . . much more appeal and honesty in them. The next stage is the hard one, the sketches seem like pure joy. Wonderful work here, I'm really glad you have a blog. . . .it's a nice thing.


martin wittig said...

What a beautiful blog! I am so glad that i discovered it!! Thank you for such wonderful work:)

martin wittig said...

Thank you for the link!! I linked you as well:)

UrbanBarbarian said...

Talk about inspiring! So much diversity my head is spinning!

cdeboda said...

Cool comps. Your previous posts are equally cool. Welcome to blogging...i'll be visiting again. :)

orange said...

hey sam

Great work .I got your link off kristen and steve...been loving your work since i first saw it first in the prince of egypt book. thanks for sharing the lovely work

thanks for the comments as well. linked you as well.

best regards

Hans said...

Hey Sam,

Thanks for stopping by and of course for the link, wow, what an honor! I'm a big fan of your work and am thrilled to see you've made a blog. I've seen and admired a lot of your work, both paintings and concepts from various "art of" books. Such a shame there's not more of those from DreamWorks, would've loved to see some artwork from SharkTale, Madagascar etc. The lighting and mood in your images is just incredible. What are you working on now and are you still at DW?

Thanks again and have a great day:)


P.S. I have of course returned the favor and linked you to my blog.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! beautiful inspiring sketches!! Love the period style feel!

donnachada said...

Beautiful images Sam. I really look forward to visiting here often. What a great blog you have started.

Dave Pimentel said...

Nice work Sam! I got cha back on the link! I hope to see more!

Lee said...

your stuff is totally rockin!!

rupesh said...

hi sam ,awesome stuff,I like it very much!:
I have linked you !

Anthony M Lovett , (Tony) said...

Hi Samuel,
Really like your blog, and your artwork. I think it's great how you can cover various styles so well. Great tonal work and compositions. I am going to add a link to you from my own blog:

which I've just begun. Hope you have time to check it out some day.

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