Thursday

Cats

My animator roomate and I were talking about our three cats.


And this happened.



There is a plot.   And we think we want to make a short out of this.

Crash = Strung out, non-neutered anorexic.
Frank = Tuxedo wearing, serious fat cat.
Ollie = Female, fluffy, cheerleader bimbo.


And yes, my two cats on the right were named after Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.


:D  The idea is great too.  I SO want to animate them now.

Wednesday

CTN Animation Expo

Well, what can I say?

It was amazing.







Sketches are always better.  :)



I got to meet a few of my living idols such as Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, James Baxter, and Tony Bancroft.

I got to see Eric Goldberg and Tom Sito again.

I met some new awesome people, all from the industry.  Handed out business cards, in the hopes that maybe someone will like what they see.

I DO need to upload more, though.   It's serious at this point.

Myself and the people I was with had always been wary of LA.  This was an unjustified fear.  LA is no different from any other place.  The people there were nice, and in some ways, even nicer than the people in San Francisco.  (We WERE in Burbank).  The weather was (once again) beautiful the whole time we were there, and there was plenty to do locally.  We even found an awesome bar called The Office.

And going there, and being surrounded by other people just like us, and so many industry professionals.....it was home.  It was just a convention.  But it was home for three days.

Point being, I'm more inspired than I ever have been in my life.

Tonight, my roomate and I had a Disney marathon (kinda), and watched Emperor's New Groove, then followed by Treasure Planet.  We sketched characters from the movie while it was playing, trying as hard as possible to keep them on model and do it quickly and proficiently.

It was a fun excercise.

I found it so neat watching Kronk animated too, after Tony Bancroft showed us so many demos with him!!!!!


:)


Life is so good right now.  There isn't anything else for me in the world.


Now I gots to prove it.

Thursday

Nudes

Some figure work. :)






Simba Walk

A quadruped walking across a log...



Who really resembles Simba from Disney's "The Lion King."


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^_^ 'Cos it is.

And Some More...

And on the topic of story panels, here are some music inspired ones.




Went to a Porcupine Tree concert, and had a great time.

So I tried drawing some of the band in a 16:9 aspect ratio!!!

Story Panels

Some of my story panels!!!




These characters are my own.



And some more...these are not sequential.







I love storyboarding so much!!!!

Shark Week 2009





I participated in Shark Week this year.
Here are some of the many drawings.

 





There were a ton of others, but I put colors in these, and liked them the most.

Squid

I felt like painting. :)

This was inspired by a local graffiti artist in San Francisco.


Gouache and colored pencils.

Stop Motion

For years I've had an interest in stop motion.

Always wanted to pursue it, but it's hard to do without a studio.

The Durability Test of my rig.


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And he DID survive the film.

Here is the same creature, in a paper stop motion test.

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Paper animation is so awesome. I can't even stress it enough.

Here is a second stop motion excerpt from my film....

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I love this character so much!!!!!!

Faces. Portaits. More Charcoal.


On the previous topic of portraits, here are three others.

These are quick hour drawings.


And my Tyler, downward view, watching Lost.


I love him. :) :) :)

Ink Wash Me.


Self Portrait with Inkwash.




Charcoal and ink!

Cat Skeleton.

The last post reminded me of a project I started this summer.

I was lucky enough to find a perfectly preserved skeleton of a young cat.



Unfortunately, this is as far as I got with its assembly. I need to figure out a base to put it on, and figure out how to reinforce it and wire it.

What amazing reference!


Abyssinian

I wanted to do a study of a cat skeleton. I love Osteology.

The cat here was an Abyssinian.


The cat render. Intos Tablet, Photoshop.



I liked it. :) Drawing kitties is what I like to do.

Wednesday

Border Collies

Border Collies!!! :) :) :)

I tried really hard to get the anatomy right in this one.

Skeletons are so much fun to draw!


And then the render. Done with intuos tablet on Photoshop!



Some life Studies....A border collie and a miniature Australian Sheppard.




A quick pencil test trying to follow the strange movements of my border collie Brigit. She has a very peculiar run, as she doesn't really bob her head, and the only things moving are her legs.

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Border collies are weird. Brigit is almost always rigid. Especially while she is "working."

(She has a career in 'ball getting.')



And the inspiration. :)





Finn (Top) and Brigit (Bottom)

Platypi


I want to animate these guys. :D



Platypi are seriously the coolest creatures ever. Especially when in cool colors.



Prisma Markers.

3D Dialogue Test

A quick dialogue study. Trying to figure out blend shapes for the first time.

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Now I have to figure out how to rig the head!!!!


Dialogue : David Cross, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind.