Scott Flanders
Scott Flanders
Orange County, CA
Creative Director at Tar Pit Studios. I'm an artist and game developer. I'm especially passionate about sculpting, and character design.
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Hey everybody. I'm going to be shooting the first feedback video for the Monster Lab course on June 22nd. If you'd like an opportunity for your work to be featured in the video please finish up Assignment #1 and post in the same assignment channel by June 21st. Good luck with your ideas and drawings. I'm looking forward to sitting down and taking a look at your work. See you soon 😈👨‍🔬
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Yo!! Very nice work in here everybody. You should be feeling good. I can see the approach is working for you. Keep going. Feel free to make it your own. In fact I encourage you to! Because everyone processes information a little differently. My hope is to help you begin clarifying what kind of ideation process will work best for you. Use your native language when recording your ideas. Incorporate your own unique cultural/regional reference points. Mostly, settle in, put on some some good music, a film, or nature documentary and allow yourself to get into a flow state. That is where the magic is likely to happen. Keep it up :)
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Ted Kalamov
Hey everyone, here’s my ideation sheet. The character/creature is a mix between Legume(s) and 1920’s Gangster, called The Mean Bean. Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Scott Flanders
Trench coat peas are very clever. Nice work Ted :)
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itizjr
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Alright, 4 pages done of exploration. I'm going to have a hard time picking from these. SO MANY THAT I LIKE!
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Scott Flanders
Scythe-head for the win :D
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Wiktor Budzinski
I think that ideation is one of my weak points, I usually end up drawing my first or second sketch, so I am glad this assignment forced me to work some more on it 🙂 I managed to finish only two pages for now, as I am rather slow with drawing. I will continue to work on it, but I am posting it now in case I will not have enough time in the next few days 😅 I will add some more sheets when I will finish them. Also, maybe someone will have some critique which will help me with my next pages 🤞 While working on these pages I have written a short blurb for the concept: Every year the harvest spirits gather under the full moon to celebrate a harvest festival. But what happens when the family of spirits discovers an old spell letting them possess all living things? Yep, you guessed it! It’s a full-blown pumpkin infestation! 🎃🎃🎃 Hope you like it!
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Scott Flanders
You mentioned that ideation is one of your weak points, but I love these Wiktor. I think this approach is working for you. Very nice man.
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Kevin Holmes
Super fun organically moving from thought to thought. They bled together in cool ways I could not have anticipated. Tried to stick with one specific identifiable ("Apple") and then tried to just go wild with it!
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Scott Flanders
Exactly. You're seeing the potential. Nice work Kevin.
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Andrea
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This is so much fun! To write down the notes I had to think in English, which is not my first language. I wonder if that influenced me somehow.
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Scott Flanders
You don't need to write the notes in english! I would like you to use the primary language that you think in most naturally. You are likely to get more out of the process that way.
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Graciela Hinojosa
This was great! The subject was kinda tricky to me because the, let's say, popular harvest elements, is something I only have seen in movies and games. That season is different in my country, and the word "harvest" evokes something different than pumpkins, scarecrows and cold weather; is more like sweet bread, hard work, family reunions, oranges, tangerines, and the Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead). So I tried my best to mix and match what I've seen in pop culture and what I've experience.
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Scott Flanders
Graciela you should definitely feel free to explore your own directions with this. In fact I would like you to! Please! I'm a big proponent of drawing from one's own life, culture, and heritage. I think that is often how the most unique ideas come into being. I think the association you described as representing 'harvest' where you're from are perfectly suitable to this assignment. Good luck :)
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Nate
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Here are several pages of a variation on the Harvest Man Theme - The Blighted Ones - Spud people who are infected by a terrible sickness or combatting it. Apologies for the sloppy handwriting!
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Scott Flanders
I love these guys. 'The Famine'. Very clever. It's very clear to me that this approach is working for you Nate. Keep going :)
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Andre Camargo
Hey guys, I did go with the harvestman "theme" here. When I signed up for the course I planned on doing a monster I currently need for a story, but found during the first lesson that it wouldn't go well with the harvest/farming/halloween theme. With my visual brainstorming, I tried to go in a different direction that Scott did. I used this method before during my graphic design courses, but it was never nearly as much fun as it is with monsters :) I will do another sheet with follow up ideas. Can't wait to continue. I have some rpg troupes in my mind, some mythical monster concepts and some more machine/plant (cyberpunk) hybrids. I had little peeks into Sonjas, Teds, Gracielas and Nates work, because I was too curious. I will comment and try to give feedback but want to wait with my follow-up sheet. Otherwise I get too distracted and just feel jealous of all the great ideas and themes! Amazing start guys, looking forward to see the progress through the course. If you guys have any hints for me, feel free to hit me! All the best, Andre
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Scott Flanders
Looks like you're on the right track to me Andre. And it looks like you're having fun too. Nice work man :)
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Nicholas Geier
My initial ideation for a “Bee Kreeper” concept. Started out more as Hive golem/protector but branched out pretty far to other bee creatures like mind hives and buzz saws. Without realizing, I found myself drawing bigger for some, structuring the page seemed to help though.
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Scott Flanders
These are pretty rad. Very clever! I really like that names as well. Nice work Nicholas.
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Adrian Tomalla
Harvestmen Hiveminds Not sure if i went to crazy with the ideas but it was a lot of fun :D
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Scott Flanders
Definitely not too crazy. I think you could probably push further. I'd do another sheet, but this time draw smaller. No larger than 1-3 inches tall per sketch. And fill them in if you could please (for the sake of the assignment) the idea being to isolate the silhouette and make it easier to assess. Nice work :)
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Will David
Here's my homework for this weeks assignment. I found it good putting all my thoughts down on paper and practising my silhouettes and shadow shapes. However, I found myself rushing and not thinking about my designs for the last few thumbnails. Does anyone have tips or advice on how to avoid this, and any critique is welcome.
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Scott Flanders
I think these turned out pretty well. It is unlikely that every sketch will be a winner. My goal is typically just to ensure there aren't too many that I'm seriously dissatisfied with on the page at the end of a session. You mentioned struggling with rushing. I find listening to podcasts or nature documentaries can often help me settle into a flow state.
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Andrea
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I have added new guys to a Patrol Field crew. Guess it's time now to kill some darling and decide which one should go on with more studies. If I have to choose only one, I think I would go on with the scorpio grape, seems like something that could bring nice shapes to the table.
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Scott Flanders
Grape-scorpion for the win. Very clever. Nice one Andrea.
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crime index
Hi everyone! I have returned to drawing recently and I have started digital drawing recently. I am still trying to get used to the tablet and the digital aspect of it, so I thought this exercise would be the perfect start! Starting from the Concept of Cacti, then arrived at Cacti Killer as I did some doodles and then landed on the concept of Cacti Kaiju, since in June there is this challenge to draw one Kaiju monster for every day of the month (Kaijune). I feel like I stayed too safe by keeping close to the shape of sea creatures and cacti in general and not going big enough!
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Scott Flanders
Oh man I love these. Great work.
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