Monday, April 02, 2012

Fight Comics!

Hey, just finished working on a 5-page story for a small comic anthology called Fight Comics! The writer is a friend of mine, Jason Mehmel, who wrote about the concept on his own blog here. Anyway, I'll update again when the whole thing is available. I believe it'll be available online, and in a small print-run for anyone who's going to be at the Calgary Comicon.

It was a lot of fun to work on! I'm pretty rusty with a brush, so inking was a bit of a learning curve, but on the whole I'm happy with how it turned out. Definitely looking forward to doing some more comic book stuff in future.

Monday, February 13, 2012

So some space dudes walk into a bar...

Happy New Year!! Is it...is it too late to say that?

This is a thing that I did!
This was mainly done just for fun. Possibly also for shits and for giggles. I really need to do more environments, I think. I spend a lot of time questioning my colour palette when I'm not just painting a single character in isolation, and I worry that I'm either straying too far from my general palette or that I'm being too slavish in my adherence to a set palette. Overall I think it came out pretty nice, and I think the eye direction worked out pretty well (which is to say that, hopefully, your eye goes where I want it to).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Am A Pirate Queen


And it is, it is a glorious....dream
To be a pirate queen.

Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan.

This was part of an art test I completed recently for a position at the Toronto office of Gameloft. The parameters were essentially to create a sexy female pirate in a threatening pose (without any kind of background embellishment). Anyway, it would be hard to come up with a test that fell more directly into my sweet spot; I think only lightsabers could have inched that needle up the scale a bit more. I played with a few options and ultimately tried to avoid an overtly aggressive pose, instead relying on lighting, perspective and expression to help sell the threat. Did I succeed? YOU DECIDE.

Anyway, I didn't get the position, whether because of this or another part of the test, but had a really good time doing it, so can't complain.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Some Art. For My Millions of Fans.


Man, the regularity of my updates are astonishing. I've been learning Maya, mostly, over the last year or so, and doing some work that I'm not allowed to post, which has meant that there hasn't been a lot in the way of paintings to throw up here. Anyway, here's something recent I worked on (assuming anyone is going to see this anyway). Was trying to add something a little more cartoony/comic book-y to my portfolio, and had a really good time drawing it out.


Also, I guess I never got around to posting this guy here. I was thinking about Han Solo and why all the cool, roguish dudes in science fiction are human, so this guy was meant to be a kind of alien answer to Han Solo: Ming Mono, captain of the Centennial Sparrow. His right leg is wonky and maybe....one day I will fix it.

One last thing, mainly because some of my friends back in Calgary might be curious as to what exactly I have been spending the last year of my life doing (I have heard some unsavoury speculating), my website has been updated and scraped clean of placeholder text. I also updated my demo reel, although all of the 3d segments are going to be refined a bit more (especially the lip synchs). Anyway, it's at www.robfinlayart.com. Very simple and plain. Just...just like me?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

HOLY CRAP I DID A PAINTING


Hard to believe it's September and I won't be going back to school.

I've been managing to squeeze a little painting in lately, when I'm not taking care of my daughter or reworking my demo reel (now in GLORIOUS 3D). For a while after school ended I'd open up Photoshop, doodle a little, lose interest, and go play some Dragon Age, but I feel like my enthusiasm has returned. I had a lot of fun painting this.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Stone Temple (Unpiloted)


Just trying to fill a couple of gaps in my portfolio. It's kinda scary not to be a student anymore. There's a fine line between 'student' and 'unemployed bum'. This was fun to paint!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

[PRESCRIPTION]

This is the film I made this year (or trailer, rather). It wasn't in the family day screening today, so I thought I should probably post it somewhere. The title really only makes sense if you see the whole thing, but since the whole thing isn't done yet....you'll just have to find a way to live with that. Anyway, enjoy. It was a difficult and at times frustrating year, but I didn't compromise what I wanted out of my film and I'm proud of the result so far.

Hard to believe my time at Sheridan has come to an end. And despite the all-nighters, absent social life, stress and challenge, there's no question that it made me a better artist, and that I learned a lot. I'll be sad to leave it all behind, not least because of the extraordinary people I got to know while I was there. It really was a privilege to work among so many incredibly talented people. I think a school is really only as good as its students; the bar set by those around you makes you push that much harder and doesn't let you satisfy yourself with ordinary or mediocre. Good luck to everyone. I honestly don't think I've ever been a part of a group so universally motivated, mature and hard-working.

Well, okay, maybe not mature. But definitely motivated and hard-working.

Edit: Oh man, for the love of god, watch it on Vimeo, not on the blog, until I can figure out how to make it larger. That is ridiculous.