Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I'm longing for summer, when I had time to sit around coffee shops in SF and paint all day!

One more week of classes, then I'll have my pencil tests for my new short film ready to show, images of my latest works, and other good stuff. I also want to start a new, winter sketchbook, so that should be all kinds of good.

'till then, no sleep!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

One bit for the latest illustration...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Figure Drawing

Figure drawing... beautiful new model to SHM. Playing with pencil and watercolor.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Hello, this is Jamaica, broadcasting from San Jose..."

(shot taken from our weekly (Halloween Edition!) tele-broadcasts with ACME, where we present work over the air, get critiques and talk to Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar artists. Highly, highly professional.)

Two pieces for Barron's class, based on the mother and the Misfit from Flannery O'Conner's short story "A Good Man Is Hard To Find". The mother is done in a 1940's ad/candid style, while the Misfit is done in a woodcut motif, looking at Barry Moser for inspiration.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Kitty/Rat Sketches

These are some of my early character sketches for my next film. They're designed in the style of Preston Blair and 1940's cartoons, as instructed by John K, but they're kinda slutty and sleazy and are going to take turns hitting on eachother in a little dive bar. More to come!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

What Barron's teaching me

You'll regret it if you do it, you'll regret it if you don't.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


So after 2 years in illustration school, I think I'm finally learning construction. Yes, they've tried to teach it to me up till now. I've studied Vilppu, I've taken anatomy. It's made its way into my drawings but not strongly enough. But now I'm studying Weatherly's animal drawings and Preston Blaire's lessons and it's finally working for me. I've been doing enough animation lately that I'm realizing my original tactic of making my illustrations move is just too unreliable. The solution? Construction!

But aren't rhinos cute? I have this thing about their butts, but I'll tell you more about that later.

For those who may not have seen: photos from Ottawa!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I'm learning to do something new. Some things never change, I have the same characters flooding my brain, same wonky perspective and such, but I feel like things are starting to come together a little better. Still gotta learn more about layout, viz dev, lighting, contrast, character design... but, you know, that's what I'm here to do.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ottawa Sketches!!

Lots of time spent in airports, meeting tons of awesome animators, eating lots of Canadian pizza and fries, meeting some heroes, and lots and lots of drunken dancing. Oh yes, and animation screenings. Lots of those, too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Today I saw on John K's blog that it was Katie Rice's birthday, and I had to draw something for her. John K's been influencing me with his cartoons from a young age (probably too young), and Katie has been total inspiration over the past year, so I guess it's finally time to crawl out from my rock and introduce myself. Hi Katie! Hi John!

Also, my friend Wilfred took a wide-angle night shot of my workspace. check it out.

+ I created an account over at 1001 Journals.

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Under the direction of Barron Storey, I'm putting together a collection of 'bits' around the subject of women through history who've been writers and artists goign against rules of their time. That's a very broad topic but I chose to center it around Colette, beat female writers, and women comic artists. Here's the latest:

'In the shadow of Jack Karouac'

'Vintage Colette'

'Alison Bechdel'

... Fun Home lead me to discover Colette's writing, and around that time I was roaming the library and got involved in some beat writing. So... it all ties together, loosely. Speaking of tying, I started a new sketchbook:

Saturday, September 02, 2006

This summer I've developed an obsession for Colette and her life and writing, and now I'm using her as a subject for my first assignment in Barron Storey's class. Here's some shots of the progress I made on this portrait last night. (click for larger)

Gesso, ink, gouache on cardboard.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


So I've spent the past two nights working on this animation for the assignment "create a walk cycle":

Fish Don't Walk.

Here is my final film for intro to animation: Bird Drop.

I'm back at the animation table, so there will be more to come!

Thursday, August 10, 2006


pencil sketch soon to be colored! for comic project!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Character Evolution

I'm currently working on a short comic and I've been developing ideas for the main character:

The first headshot.

The drawing on the left is the right idea for what I want to do with the character, but the age isn't right.

Getting closer...

The finger instruments appear, that she'll use to make beautiful paintings.

And younger still...

Here, I almost have it. And I love the hat...

And here we have the fish hat.

more hats.

Here, I have come up with the final design for the character.

Finished character design.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Brown Paper Bag

I love drawing on toned paper, especially paper bags. My current sketchbook is made out of cheap, brown paper and I'm loving it.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

1st Page

To start off this new blog, I present you with some of my latest sketches. I'm going to be doing this a bit. Posting sketches. And ideas. And events. That sort of thing.

character and clothing design

to-do list


old friends come to play