Thursday, December 31, 2009

In before 2010

Well, I certainly posted alot in December! ... *clears throat* Better luck next year I guess; least that's only in 7 or so hours (here in Boston that is).

As it is still December 2009 though, I'd like to just post up a couple things to end off the year.

A run from the Animator's Survival Kit (faster on 1s but a bit clearer on 2s)

And a very Happy New Year from me to you.

Not the greatest image, I know, but wanted to do something for the season since I missed out on the other holidays (a belated Happy Holidays as well!). Yes, though, stay safe and have a very happy new years!! :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

An update before I disappear from the internet for a week or so (woot thanksgiving!). I'll probably be able to check the interwebs from one of a family member's computers but I don't expect to be doing much surfing or updating so one for the road I guess.

First up is just a doodle I did in flash; still messing with line weight to a degree in it, but nothing too crazy. Sorry if the image is a bit large as well.

And at the insistence of one Mark Mullaney, I did some fan art of the great Sara King's Kevin and Hops (yay in-text links). Wanted to do some sprites so this is probably something of a WIP; might mash them together into a start screen image or something.

Crap it's almost December isn't it? I gotta start getting my act together. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here are some of the sketches I did from the Drink and Draw; the top image is pieced together incorrectly (need to remember to get a sketchbook that fits my scanner correctly next time I get one) but it's not too bad. Otherwise the ones show here are more my favorites; pretty much all observational stuff, but it was fun regardless.

And some studies of rhinos. Figured since I did the boxing rhino a little bit ago I should keep with them as a subject hehe. These were done in Flash; good practice sketching digitally as well as with line weight using flash's brush (to a degree at least). The two marked with asterisks are from reference (man I've been spelling asterisk wrong for a while).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hello, finally posting this month; been kinda crazy figuring out some life things, but I have started to draw more! Hopefully I can keep the momentum going and get some finished work done; yes though, on to the drawings!

Finished this image for my friends Drink and Draw get together (happening tonight actually); didn't come out exactly how I wanted it too but it was good practice. Much different sort of thing than I usually do, but I enjoyed it and hopefully I'll take another stab at it/make something along the same lines at some point. Sorry about the size of the image, forgot to size it down.

And these are some recent sketches, started off with some random faces then moved into environments. For some reason I've been obsessed with drawing rocks and rock formations lately (imagined ones I guess). Might be because of some sketches a friend from (Emily Su) did recently, and a couple of them had these really nice pen sketches of rocks. Also I'm a huge fan of Tom Scholes work, and his environments are always amazing. So yea just drawing some environments, trying to play with foreground-middleground-background separation as well as line weight.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

wow it's been a pretty slow month for posting on the old blog it seems....

STRONG FINISH! I hope it is at least. As has been my thing since school, I'm slowly giving my reel and animation abilities booster shots, hoping I can slowly move into the professional realm at some point (sooner rather than later preferably). So yep some animated thingies, many either works in progress or things that are just a bit too sketchy or simple to warrant an upload on youtube or vimeo. Tried uploading them with blogspot's video thing and they weren't really playing so I'm giving some direct links to them on my photobucket.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

In my continuing way of not posting finished things, I've got another doodle I did earlier. Always loved Patri Balanovsky's (aka Chuck,mate) work so I thought I'd give an attempt at the way he does his sketches. I don't think I really matched his at all (his have much more life to em) but it was alot of fun regardless.

I'll get something a bit more finished up asap!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I've got a couple of walk cycles I did recently but I'm having more trouble than I should getting them into decent animated gif format. Sooo I'll just hold off on em until I have a couple more to put into a youtube video or something. These sketches are for a sort of poster thing I volunteered to do for my friend's Drink and Draw gatherings. I was thinking something along the lines of a quill/inkwell tap pouring ink into a beer mug that is atop a sketchbook. Oh and some bluish, smoky patterns going on in the top background. The color comp was mostly just me getting my initial ideas down, and the composition would probably have more open space surrounding the image, centering it. I'm slowly working it up, so I'll put progress shots up as I go.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ugh, odd group of images this go around: got a more rendered doodle I did of the character design from below (just a portrait; gets progressively worse as you look at it from top to bottom, though it was fun practice), a wierd big-headed demon thing I doodled afterwards, and a, uh, bird sprite. I understand where the first two came from (the second started off as a potential baddy design for the helmet guy's short, no idea if I'll actually use it as one though), but I have no clue about the bird.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This guy is a character design I'm thinking of going with for a new short I'm gonna start soon. I was going to render him up a bit further but I kinda liked the simple colors under the lines; probably mess with a few more color palettes (especially thinking of how it'll work in his environment) but I'm pretty happy with this start. I also have another image of him with a texture from my pocket sketchbook that I'll probably overlay for the finished pieces. I kinda like the paper acting as his skin tone and as a unifying element for the overall colors... we'll see if it actually works in the end though.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

boxing rhino?

yea no idea what inspired this. trying to draw more animals lately (though not sure if this even counts), doodled this then decided to try rendering it a bit. through the texture of the sketchbook page over it as well, figured why not eh? hehe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

little sketchbook pages

just a collection of some sketches from my smaller sketchbook; trying to make carrying it around and drawing random things more of a habit. these sketches are from my trip home, while I was there, and the trip back up. most of these are observational drawings, mostly from life (a few while I was watching tv)... haven't sketched out in public for a while, lots of fun.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


I kinda skimped out on the background as is probably evident :P fun exercise though.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

simple walk cycle

ello, back with a walk cycle I did in maya recently. the rig is Max for Maya which can be found here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

didn't realize I'd posted the boat; ahh well here's some doodles and a foot (feet I guess) from reference.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

just a boat; nothing spectacular. I need to start painting more. ~1 hr

Friday, August 21, 2009

oh yea I can do blog posts with single things!

well here's a couple ball bounces I did in Maya recently; trying to get back into the program, its a lot of fun once you get going.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

another month eh?

some more recent things:

(going newest to oldest) depicting the word Supreme (supposed to be a supreme court judge?)




Those above 4 were for my friends weekly drawing group on Facebook. Fun, good practice.

and a recent animation study

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

pen sketch of sakaki

Here's a couple sketches of one of the cats (Sakaki) currently residing in our apartment. Rather happy with em, though the more I look at the right one the more I notice some things that are off (one of which is that her head is a bit too small).

Monday, June 29, 2009

Some more doodles

Trying to stay a bit more consistent with posts, so here's a few things I've doodles in the last week or so. Nothing spectacular but hey I had fun with em.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A little movement

Wee, almost another month down without a post. I HAVE been doing things... just been lazy with posting I guess. I'll probably try to put up a more as the days/week goes on, perhaps some figure drawings or more walk cycles or something.

Been reading through the Animator's Survival Kit again, and decided I should be doing at least one walk cycle/animation a day; figure it's good practice and if I'm doing it alot then I'll actually improve. So yep did a cycle yesterday and today. Also "finished" a stationary breathing cycle (I guess that's what it would be?) on a "sprite" I did in Flash (no idea if it's technically a sprite that way, but hey).

Fun trying to come up with unique walks... I apologize for the tearing on both of these, for some reason flash was showing a bunch of vector points when I had the color count a bit higher (lowered them to 4 colors each and it got rid of them, left the tearing though).

And this is the sprite I was workin on. For some reason I've had a tendency to draw variations of whales when I'm doodling; first one was a Whalespider, which I've yet to animate for some reason (probably because of 8 legs) and this one is an armored Land Whale. Still things I'd like to add, but this was a really fun experiment in using flash.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Some doodles and some youtube things

Hello, I'm back again with a few more doodles... I've yet to animate anything new (I started something but yeaaa, no idea if it'll actually become anything) but I have been drawing a lot more in flash. I'm starting to get more of a feel for the brush tool and drawing in it again... amazing what stepping away from drawing on the computer for a bit can do.

Been getting really frustrated with my drawing abilities lately... so I'm trying to find more of a solid style I enjoy and feel I could animate more easily in. I've also been trying to look at artists whom I would sort of like to draw like (which is never a bad thing to do); was thinking about Joshuathejames' work while I was drawing the fro guy (love his stuff).

And here's a link to my (re-edited) demo reel on youtube and a link to my youtube page for some more animation stuffs.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Slightly older things and one recent

Completely forgot that I had scanned these in; most of these are a couple weeks old at this point (at least one--the guy with the curvy arms pointing with one hand--is probably closer to 4 or 5 months old) but I like something in each of them at least a little bit. 

All doodles really; since I suck at more finished drawings I was attempting some more finished things here and there.. probably not all that successful but hey baby steps right? hehe The last drawing was done in flash... haven't used the program for a while and after finally trying Castle Crashers (which was alot of fun) last week, I'd been itching to use flash again. I think he came out alright.. good practice anyway. Didn't animate the guy, though I'll probably take a stab at another character soonish... maybe something a bit more along the lines of a game sprite.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

To get things started...

Hello everyone, how're things? I don't have a whole lot of things to show at the moment (at least from any larger work that I'm doing right now) but I figure that sketches are a good way to start off.  I'm hoping this will be a way to benchmark my progress within my work(as well as encourage me to keep doing things). Also I'm open to any and all feedback on my work; happy just to meet people too! 

These sketches are from semi recently (Monday  the 30th I think)  and they are of my friends in the animation department lounging around in the couch area outside of the lab. The first is more of a warm up page, though none of them are particularly good. Fun practice though; hopefully doing this m0re often will help with my line quality and confidence.