Friday, December 23, 2011

catching up

hey blogger, how's it going? i feel like we don't talk anymore. i'll admit, i've been having an affair with tumblr, but i check in on you every now and then.

let's catch up, shall we? here's all the stuff i've done in the past few months

we cool?

Saturday, August 20, 2011


I watched the Sherlock series a little while back and really liked it and finally got my husband to sit down for two hours and watch the first episode. I did some doodles while we watched it.
top right looks like Beethoven.. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Celia, Moray Princess

I wouldn’t be surprised if no one knows who this is.
In 1992 Disney released a mini series of Little Mermaid comics, the first two of which was a great story about Ariel crossing a chasm in the ocean and coming upon the Moray people. This is their princess, Celia. Celia’s a biiiiiiiiiitch and I love her so much in the same way that I love Azula from Avatar. I still have these comics but they’re falling apart because I read the absolute crap out of them as a kid. 
you can see some scans from the comics here

Random Vesta and Juno sketches. They make for good subject matter when I'm bored/art blocked. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Got the new Sketchbook Copic app and did a little dooooodle~
Maybe if i get good at fake markers i'll break out my real ones..

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cleaning House

THIS four years of my life.

I cleaned out the closet today and this had been in the back of my mind for a while. I'm never going to go back to these projects. I'm never going to scan, rework, or need any of these drawings. I'm bad about amassing "STUFF" and being emotionally attached to too many inanimate things. 2D animation takes up a lot of space. All of this paper is going into the recycling bin.

I am keeping my senior film (for now; it takes up less space than I thought) and a few choice bits and pieces from various projects (like my very first bouncing ball assignment).

Feels like progress.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

La Dolce Vida sketches

I watched La Dolce Vida for the first time yesterday and kept pausing it because I wanted to draw from it (a very effective way to make an almost 3 hour movie even longer)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Paul Revere "The Truth"

Here’s a little short I helped animate on. I worked on a couple shots (the initial 1-4 lanterns and the nukes) over the course of ..jeez..a year? Well it finally got put out into internet land! Happy Fourth of July, my fellow Americans. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


If you haven't seen The Amazing World of Gumball, get off the internet right now and go watch it...unless you need the internet to watch it. in which case it's ok.


characters colored in photoshop. background photo is from a recent trip to Maui.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

red panda love

i looove red pandas. i want to have a red panda farm where they can frolic and be adorable.

i see lots of photos of red pandas sticking their tongues out. surely they would like popsicles, right? i really like how these came out. i've been wanting to animate red pandas for a long time now. maybe i can do something with this little guy..

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Little Pony Madness

I got bit by the pony bug.

Not being in a market with those neat plastic toys, I fell into the same thing that always happens when I don't like the toys for something...I make my own.

I did Applejack first because, honestly, she's my least favorite of the main cast and I wanted to work the kinks out with her. Glad I did because I learned a lot from working on her. Her face isn't perfect, but that was part of the learning process.

Quite pleased with how Pinkie came out, especially her hair. I learned to keep the tail detachable with the help of some wire which  makes painting sooo much easier.

They're both around 2.5" tall, made with super sculpey and painting with acrylic craft paint.

This is probably not the end of this...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Aerialist Life Drawing!

Last night Dr. Sketchy's had a life drawing session with a bunch of aerialists and hoops hanging from the ceiling. Very exciting! Also another chance to use my new pen and pencils! Double exciting!

1 minute warmups
10 minute (unless they couldn't hold it that long) poses

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

yay fanart!

there's always something to draw with fanart..

i got some new drawing stuff i wanted to break in and, when in doubt, there's always sailor moon.

I got several different colors of Pentel color eno 0.7 lead which I love. I really like drawing with colored lead, but those Staedler drafting pencil leads are so thick, it's nearly impossible to get any detail in. The Pentel hi-polymer soft eraser also does a kickass job of erasing those colored pencil lines which can often be stubborn. I also got a 0.4 Pilot Hi-Tec-C black pen which I adore. It feels so awesome to draw with and I love the loose line quality. Happiness is new art supplies!

Monday, March 14, 2011

vesta doodle

hi blog. still here, just not a lot of time for arts right now.

evening doodle of my kitty, Vesta.

Monday, February 21, 2011

11 Second Club - Feb 2011

Having to shelve this so I got it to a presentable state and submitted it. Probably for the best, some of the cleanup started getting away from me. Onward to bigger and or better things!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

just checking in...

an updated WIP of my 11 second club. simultaneously working on tweens, cleanup, and reworks. probably not the proper way to do things but it keeps things interesting :D

sorry blogger insists on making such crappy quality videos. i'm having trouble figuring out how to embed video hosted on my own site. any tips? i have it -> uploaded here if you want to see it prettier. <-

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

11 Second Club WIP Keys

Calling it a night but figured i'd do a WIP post. It's early on (in the process and the month) so feel free to critique. Just know I've barely touched the dude on the right, I just put him there to giver her a set spot to look at.

Pardon the ghosting at the beginning. For WIP posts I'll only give Flash 15 minutes to stop being a bitch and export properly. I think I tried atleast 6 times with the same result. What's up with that, Adobe? Didn't have that problem in Flash 8, now, did we?

Audio is from "Garden State". If you dont' know what 11 Second Club is you can check it out here.

edit: holy crap the beginning looks washed out on that player. i'll fix it in the next post :/

double edit: there seems to be issues viewing the video in Safari. it works fine in Firefox and Chrome, though. again, something i'll look into for the next post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

11 Second Club - character design

I got really excited when I heard this month's 11 second club clip and immediately started brainstorming how to reinterpret it. I think a lot of times when you know the source material it can be harder to break away to do something different since you already have that preconceived idea of what the actor is doing.

Anyway, after a few scrapped ideas I came to this. I haven't even started boarding yet so the design might change a little, but overall I like her. I hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew with her design. I have to keep reminding myself that it's February so I don't have quite as many days as usual.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Daily Sketch Challenge K-P and Q-V

Continuing the DSC Alphabet Challenge, I'm splitting them up into two to make them easier to see. As always, click the picture for a bigger version. Again, these are all pretty quick drawings. Usually 15-30 minutes each.

First batch the assigned characters were:
Lady Death | Megaton Man
Obsidian | Polar Boy

And the second batch (I think I'm the most happy with how these came out) we have:
Quasar | Ronin
Superman (Kingdom Come) | Terrax
Underdog | V for Vendetta

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Animation Gold Mine

I haven't yet posted any outside links on this blog, but if only for my records in holding on to these i must engrave in internet stone the wonderful animation links I found the other day.

Scans from the out of print French book, Les Heroines Disney

Dailymation - the near daily animation exercises of Yoni Goodman, Director of Animation on Waltz with Bashir (also posted on YouTube)

Also this pencil test from Pinocchio (which apparently Dagny posted a while back but I am a terrible friend and missed it)

That is all for now. Hope to have my own animation to update with sometime soon :D

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Daily Sketch Challenge A-J

So the great Atlanta snow/ice storm last week kinda threw me off my groove. I worked at home all week which kind of altered my state of mind for working on personal stuff. There's a community at Outcast Studios and "simulcast" on deviantart called the "Daily Sketch Challenge". Every day they post a character (sometimes very obscure!) for everyone to draw. The point is less to come up with a finished work of art (though that's welcome as well) but for 15-20 minute sketches just to get you drawing every day. I figured a good way of jamming myself back onto the drawing wagon was catching up on the current run of alphabet challenges. So here's A-J!

(click for enlarged version)

A is for Azrael, B is for Balder the Brave, C is for Casanova, D is for Dead Girl, E is for Etrigan, F is for Flamebird, G is for The Great Machine, H is for Hourman III, I is for Imorrtus, and J is for Joker (Dark Knight version).

I'm not really familiar with most of these characters (except Joker) so it turned mostly into a fanart lifedrawing project. I'm quite pleased with Balder, Dead Girl, and Flamebird.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bjorn Gunndis!

There's a neat community on deviantart for designing characters based off prompts and shapes. This month there is a theme challenge:

"A heavy, grumpy viking who doesn't care much for combing his/her hair, has a smoking and drinking habit, loves to get into fights"

So here is what I came up with. I have named her "Bjorn Gunndis" which means Bear Battle Maiden. Totally looked up Norse baby names.

Week 01 Life Drawing

Made it the whole week! Lots of randomness, all drawn from reference of various types. 1/7 features the life drawing turned into Kristaia, my account namesake, who i haven't drawn in a very very long time. 1/6 has some bats because a friend told me to draw bats. I aim to please.

*click for a larger version* 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ladies & fabric

I've realized that when it comes to photographic reference for life drawing or posing, searching through stock photos on deviantart beats out any pose/reference books i've seen being sold out there. And it's free! so massive win there.

Keeping with the 'i suck at fabric' theme, found some really nice photos with drapery and dresses here and I know I will be back for many more.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1.1.11 Life Drawing

So I'm going for that oh so common new years resolution of artists to draw atleast *something* every day. Decided to start out with two things i suck at: dudes and fabric. Drawn from ref material from the Comic Artist's Photo Ref. Here's to 2011!