Monday, July 26, 2010

Nightmare Painting


Hey Everyone! I'm currently in LA right now, attending SIGGRAPH!! Admist all of the hustle and bustle, I thought I would upload a conceptual painting for the Nightmare Parade that I finished a few days ago. This will also be the main print I will be handing out to everyone at the convention.

That's all for tonight! Stay tuned for more SIGGRAPH adventures coming soon! XD

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Welcome to Bootwood


Or "Shoe City" or "Holly Boot" or any other kitschy names involving shoes. Those of you who took portfolio class with me may know what story this image is about. Those of you who didn't...well, the plot will be explained soon enough. For now, let's just refer to it as "The Little Old Woman" story. With a twist!! XD


Aaand bonus! I drew DOGGIES!! This was just one day's worth of doodles...but I'll be drawing some more later. Gotta come up with an adorable furball for this shoe story! Huzzah!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Nightmare Stuff


Just some new nightmare sketches. I had a lot of fun drawing these cage people! They are a quiet bunch...that is until you try to let a bird loose. That's when really horrible stuff starts to go down. Stuff that will be explained in full once I think it up. XD

I realized a few days ago that in my portfolio, there were no images of the aged "Ma Monde" couple. The original turnarounds for these characters weren't very dear to me...so I went ahead and drew up some "new" conceptual sketches. I always imagined the couple as staying elongated and brittle looking when they grew older...but this time around, I tried squashing them a bit. Just to see what they would look like.

I can't say that I'm extremely happy with the outcome, but it was a nice experiment to say the least. Way to flex those artistic muscles!! XD

SIGGRAPH is coming up soon!! What else do you think I should shove into my portfolio to make it stronger?

Let me know and I'll do my best to comply!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Drowned in Greed


"Look what just washed up on Wall Street..."

My second submission for the Sketchoholic contest! The theme was "Wall Street Cyclops" and for some reason, I kept imagining the cyclops as this kind of beached whale-type creature, made of dollar bills and choking on oil. (This is about the time when everyone begins to look at me strangely and I grow self conscious and thus...quickly change topics.)

Our host, Bobby Chiu, interviewed Pixar Artist, Nate Wragg, this week! He talked about his exciting work on Toy Story 3 and touched on the values of blogging and networking! It was such a great interview and this time around, there were even more awesome submissions! 61 to be exact! You should really check it out because they are all super amazing. I'm really loving these challenges. Because they really...CHALLENGE...for lack of a better phrase. XD

In other news...

I'm seriously considering starting an animation vlog. Possibly starting a project...a SMALL project and just documenting the epic journey. What do you think?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Morocco Magic

My winning contest entry for Sketchoholic! The theme was "Street Magic", and there were some really awesome entries! This sketch was completed in about two hours. (I know, because the website had a countdown clock and everything...STRESSFUL!) After my frazzled attempt to get the drawing in on time, I got to listen to Pixar Animator, Everett Downing, drop some really great advice about the animation industry. Everyone should definitely check out his 365 Supers blog, there's a lot of banging character designs there!

By the by, my friend, Zane,had a top voted entry in the contest as well! I'm loving his flying bum!

...And by "bum" I mean "homeless man"! XD

Also, just for funsies...here are some fire bird designs I've been messing around with for the Nightmare Parade. Haven't really settled on anything just yet, but it was nice to take a break from drawing pretty ladies all day and try something different. I'm thinking about leaning more towards a fat a chubby bird. That way, you could squeeze them like a stress ball to make the flames come out. Ha ha ha!