Sunday, December 26, 2010

Back to character design

does this thing still work? been a few months since i've posted anything -_-

and speaking of being a while, it's been waaaay too long since i did some drawing, so i decided to dive back into trying to get this damn lady designed.

kinda like where these are going..she's a little older which i think works better with the story. playing some with colors, too.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FINISHED 11 Second Club

trumpets, fanfare, and unicorns throwing is done.

admittedly,  "done" with an asterisk that i would work on it more if i had more time, but this is the deadline i set for myself and i think it looks pretty good for the time i put into it. i'm damn happy to have a colored, finished piece to submit this month.

so here it is. i'd love to say i'll go back and touch up some things later, but that never happens. always moving on to bigger better things!

11 Second Club - Sept 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

More 11 sec club

Rufs just about done! just missing mouths then it's off to clean up land. whoo~

Also damn you, adobe for foresaking quicktime in every version of flash after fl8. Terrible ghosting issues making me bring swfs into after effects to get a useable file out of it >_<

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cat & Dog sketches and Animation update

After roughing in some key-ish drawings for my 11 sec club entry, I figured I should spend a little time doing some life (photo) drawing of some of the key poses and actions. Oddly enough, I pretty much always had a dog growing up, but I've always sucked at drawing them. For whatever reason, drawing cats came much more easily. Also I need to work on getting out of the habit of drawing animals' heads so tremendously big : /

and just for kicks, here's where I am with my animation. still have some timing/posing issues to work out. 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

story board v02

Got some feedback on my previous post and reworked some things. Added an intro of the cat getting on the chair and a couple more poses. I feel like it's a little busy at the end, with the cat finishing his line and the dog shaking his head...i might tweak that in animation to see how much time i really need for that stretch, if i can push the head shake later or see if it reads as an action to do while he's standing up. Feel free to critique more :)

I also thought i'd throw in a photo of my inspiration for this idea, my dog Misty and cat Vesta. Vesta is the most adorable little satan cat ever (as anyone who's met her will tell you) and Misty's solution to everything is to just walk away.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Alive and animating - 11 sec club

...or getting there atleast. Sorry i have neglected you, blog world.

I really like this month's sound clip on 11 second club and an idea came to me really quickly so i started my sketching and my boarding. here's my first pass story boards. comments and critiques onegai shimasu! again..first pass boards, so ignore any lack of cohesive character design.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fanart Explosion!

I looove doing fanart. So nice to just focus on the technical aspects of drawing and not having to come up with the design of what to draw.

There's a group on deviantart called Daily Sketch Challenge (which is linked to Outcast Studio's forum) that posts a character every day. Participants submit 15-30 minute sketches, with the emphasis being just picking up a pencil (or stylus) and drawing every day. It's a low pressure community that just encourages drawing and not on creating a polished finished piece. Here's a couple 15-20 minute drawings i did for the group:

Saturn Girl

Tomorrow Woman

aaand some personal fanart. if you're going to spend any time on my blog you should know that my favorite subjects for fanart are X-Men and Sailormoon. prepared for that.

Monday, July 12, 2010

the quest for the perfect character design..

I've got this idea for a short but I keep getting stuck on the character designs. She's...kind of a wannabe princess, but I think most of the drawings I've done of her make her look far too young. Before I had much of the story down i did these designs which i was happy with at the time but, once i started fleshing out the story, i think she's too young.
(done back in 2008)

After some time away from the project, I really hit the story side harder, fleshing it out and doing some ruf boards. After that I took another stab at the design. None of them really jumped out at me. Also I started watching Princess & the Frog towards the end of doing these (the ones on the left were actually last) and I think it's funny how much the designs loosened up.
 (April 2010)

I tried again today, this time with a much more traditional Disney-ish look to her. I like how she turned out but I still think she looks too young :/ Maybe I'll try playing it out and see if it's really as off as I think it is. Even if I don't use her for that, I still think it's a cute design :D

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Squidbillies sculpts

I did these a while ago (between june-december of 2008) but in an effort to keep updating this, i'll throw in some older stuff from time to time. We have Early, Rusty, Squid Jesus, and Herschel Walker. Early is about an inch tall and Herschel is 3/8" tall. They're all moostly to scale to each other.

Honestly, these started because I was kind of disappointed in the actual figures that came out (the Early one had a zillion legs). I was very proud that most views of of these show the "on model" number of legs. 

Anyway, new stuff coming soon!

Monday, July 5, 2010


I periodically like to scour deviantART for good photos to draw from, and I found some awesome action shots this time around. Check my posting at dA here if you'd like to see the photos I drew from.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Batman Again!!

Here's my overachieving second submission for the studio sketchblog.

If i had it to do over again i would do the composition much more dynamically, and put it together a little differently. oh well, live n learn. i'm still having fun playing with watercolors! these are from a cake set that i 10-15 years ago? i just bought myself some fancy tubes of watercolor so i can practice with those like a "real artist"

because i know someone will ask, the layout is:

                    Scarecrow | Joker
                  Penguin | Mr Freeze
Poison Ivy | Killer Croc | Bane | Harley Quinn
Catwoman | Riddler | Clayface | Two Face

Friday, June 4, 2010


My submission for the studio sketchblog (Batman theme, obviously).
i was definitely going for a simpler, more cartoony i guess style for him, but looking at it this morning it kinda looks like lego batman *shrug* unintentional. this is kind of a painted collage. the background is watercolor, and everything else is cut out from paper i painted with acrylic, all layered. the scan made it much darker than it actually is, but i think that makes it way better.

i'm hoping to do another submission before monday. here's to a busy weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

character design exploration

did some sketching last night, working on character designs for the comic i want to do. still exploring a style and design and all that, but i like how most of this came out.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

comic character doodles

Nothing too exciting, just some doodles i did the other day with the comic i want to do in mind. possibly drawn on squidbillies notes...who could say? 0:)

I'm hoping to spend all of tomorrow with my sketchbook, some tea, and perhaps 30 Rock on netflix, and knock out some solid ideas!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Super Hero Life Drawing

Earlier this week I went to a life drawing session featuring a model that dressed as Scarlet Witch and Ms Marvel! Super awesome! ...not as awesome is how out of practice I am at life drawing. practice practice practice!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Internet Wins

I held out for so long, but the internet has finally broken my will. After surviving so long on only a portfolio page and a deviantart account, I have fallen to the will of blogger. I figure here I can not only post my own art, but scrapbook other fun and exciting things and inspire me.

I am a freelance animator and amateur comic artist and sculptor. All of these things I will share with you! You are so lucky!

So let's bust through the lack of things posted by me throwing a bunch of things down here that i've done over the past year or two.

I hope we will be good friends, internets!