Character designs for Donovan and Royce, from Secret Identity. For these, the author gave me actors to reference for them, Steve McQueen and James Dean, respectively. I went with pretty basic “thug” outfits for their regular attire, but of course, then we have their “superhero” personas.

Designing Batman and Robin based outfits was fun and it was a challenge incorporating their birds (a raven and a blackbird) into their outfit while still keeping them colorful. At one point, the script mentions the outfits don’t necessary fit Donovan and Royce, hence Donovan’s slight belly there.

Designs by Fil Romero

Concept/Creation by Bobby Mort

I forgot to post this after I posted the comic back in April (?), so here they are, however long after the fact they may be. For Super Complicated, I only did very quick concepts for the four characters that appear and speak. The top image is just quick brainstorming, which got refined in the full body sketches below. The third image of course, are just some color keys I did up for all four of them.

Designs are by Fil Romero (me)

Concept/Creation by Bobby Mort

"Secret Identity"

Concept/Story by Bobby Mort

Art by Fil Romero

Another comic commission by Bobby Mort. I really enjoy these short comic commissions. They really challenge me and this much more so, as he wanted a style that was more like western comics. It was hard for me to make a full on jump though, so my usual style’s still there. I’ll be posting the main character designs for this up soon, as well for the last comic, as I realized I forgot to post them back when I said I would, haha.

Forgot to mention, I’ve updated my portfolio, so feel free to check it out here: http://filromeroportfolio.blogspot.com/ or by clicking on the image above.

Forgot to mention, I’ve updated my portfolio, so feel free to check it out here: http://filromeroportfolio.blogspot.com/ or by clicking on the image above.

Finished up work on Lemon today and decided to pose her. Here’s the resulting turnaround.

Some more WIP shots of Lemon.

Some more WIP shots of Lemon.

Today in class, I decided to start on a full body sculpt. The kids are actually moving quite fast in the program - which is very nice to see. I gave them the option that later they might get a chance to work with modeling a body if they wanted, so was showing them the run down of that this morning.

Anyway, decided to model Lemon, my chubby, little fairy character. I think she’s coming along rather nicely.

Today in class, I decided to start on a full body sculpt. The kids are actually moving quite fast in the program - which is very nice to see. I gave them the option that later they might get a chance to work with modeling a body if they wanted, so was showing them the run down of that this morning.

Anyway, decided to model Lemon, my chubby, little fairy character. I think she’s coming along rather nicely.

This week and last, I’ve been teaching the Character Design and Modeling for Animation course at the College for Creative Studies Pre-College Summer Experience. I’ve been doing ZBrush demos and for the most part, have been working on different models each class. The following are all heads, because I’m only really having the kids do heads themselves.

Each one of these are more or less just quick, three hours sculpts, just to show the kids how to work with the program; some of the designs were just done on the fly.

The top one is based of a knight character I sketched up the first day (will post scans later), the second is just random head, the third was done the same day I had all the kids sculpt skulls, and the fourth is kind of a realistic-ish take on Veronica, though I didn’t finish her hair.

As said, these were just quick little exercises done to show the kids some features and tricks in the program.

Decided to play with random colors schemes for that gardener girl doodle. Not really sure what I want and some of these are just all over the place (ie. the first one of the bottom row, haha), but I think I likethe first and third one of the top row.

Decided to play with random colors schemes for that gardener girl doodle. Not really sure what I want and some of these are just all over the place (ie. the first one of the bottom row, haha), but I think I likethe first and third one of the top row.

Some sketches I did while waiting for my flight a few months ago. I think I had seen a friend’s designs for a gardening girl on FB and I guess had gardening in my head, so I guess I did something similar. The little design on the dog is supposed to be a leaf, cause why not, haha.

Another commission from the same guy who commissioned the “Super Complicated” comic. He wanted me to cartoonify a photo of a group for a Star Trek-based parody. The top image is the final product, edited to look like an old VHS video feed. I used a very nice tutorial for it that you can see here: http://mikeyjam.buzznet.com/user/journal/12237761/tutorial-getting-vhs-tv-effect/

The bottom image is the clean version and my inspiration was around the pop art styles of Roy Lichtenstien’s comic panel paintings. They wanted the image done in my style though, so I had to mainly play with the image’s line weight, especially with the hair.

Character designs I did up for the recent Nickelodeon Animated Short Pitch Submission. I actually only JUST found the response email and unfortunately I didn’t get picked, buuuut whatever, I did try, hahah.

But yes, character designs. The first three were featured in the pitch, though I included the fourth design, because I really did like how it turned out. From top to bottom, we have:

Nina – A rambunctious, imaginative 9-year-old, Nina spends most of her time daydreaming about taking over the world. She actively tries to accomplish this, but finds her exploits constantly thwarted by her nemesis and babysitter, Ellen. Nina is a brown-haired, brown-eyed girl, usually dressed in a red sweater and a black shirt. She also normally wears a rather puffy, green raincoat and bright red rain boots. She frequently tries to be intimidating, but due to her short stature, finds her efforts wasted.

Archibald Aardvark – Nina’s plush aardvark. In Nina’s mind, he is her ever-loyal sidekick and butler, who’s always willing to lend a claw in her quest for world domination. Archibald is a large, plush aardvark, dressed in a collar and bow tie and wears a monocle. He rarely leaves Nina’s side and speaks in an elegant British accent (at least in Nina’s mind).

Ellen – Nina’s babysitter. Even though Nina’s antics are generally small-scale, this full-time college student has to deal with them constantly and finds them quite tiring after a while. Ellen is a dark-skinned young woman with dark brown hair, usually worn up in a pony tail. She dresses in a white, button-up shirt, purple sweater vest, and blue jeans. Despite her calm, academic appearance, she is quite athletic, which is helpful in keeping up with Nina and her various schemes.

The young boy included at the bottom is Simon, who was either going to be Nina’s friend or cousin, who would visit regularly and assist her in her schemes. He would create random little gadgets and devices for her to use.

I was going through some old folders the other day and found a worksheet I had been given to me by one of the storyboard teachers from college. I had gone in before I had graduated high school to sit in on a class and they were doing an exercises where you had to draw a common object, but render it to resemble different textures. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while now and finding the page inspired me to actually sit down and do it. So here’s a few fun wrenches for you all.

Top row: Transparent glass, oak/wood, black lacquer, melted wax
Middle row: Balloon, cloud, jello, poured concrete
Bottom row: Dirt, on fire, frozen, sponge

I was going through some old folders the other day and found a worksheet I had been given to me by one of the storyboard teachers from college. I had gone in before I had graduated high school to sit in on a class and they were doing an exercises where you had to draw a common object, but render it to resemble different textures. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while now and finding the page inspired me to actually sit down and do it. So here’s a few fun wrenches for you all.

Top row: Transparent glass, oak/wood, black lacquer, melted wax

Middle row: Balloon, cloud, jello, poured concrete

Bottom row: Dirt, on fire, frozen, sponge

"Super Complicated"

Concept/Story by Bobby Mort

Art by Fil Romero

A comic commission I just finished up recently. The story, as noted above, is all done by the person who commissioned it, Bobby Mort, and I of course, did all the art for it. I’m rather proud of it, as this was my first time working based off another person’s script for a comic that was longer than a page. It turned our rather nice, if I do say so myself, and I really enjoy the character designs I came up with for this project. I’ll be posting the sketches and color scripts for those later.

Some more doodles of the character I came up with when I did my random costume exercise. I decided the character is a scavenger of sorts, and traveled around like what I imagine is the like…a  European countryside or American forest area and picks through abandoned items for random stuff.

I did these up last week during the comic class I was teaching, sort of examples for the kids, and I even ended up starting a comic. I didn’t even finish the first page, but still, it was fun. Also, it was neat to work in pen, which all of this is done in black and orange pen.