Whale Shark!!!!

I meant to upload this a few weeks back.   Oh well.

Whale shark.

Swimming with a whale shark is most definitely on the list of things I need to do before I die.

I would love to do more caricatures/pushed designs using these awesome creatures.  They're just so large.  It's kind of hard to fit such a large animal in a single frame!

I started drawing recreationally again as I finished an internship.

Also, next week is CTN.  I can't wait.

From Sketchbook to SAi

A character illustration.....

Here is the original sketch.   As always, loved more (by me) than the finished.

Done in SAi.    (I've been about ignoring my Mac/photoshop lately)


Bat Cave (Pt. 1)

Our breakroom at work used to be stupid.   

We're talking, a slapped on strange dark blue color (poorly painted) with no matching colors, spaces of white poking out of everywhere.  It was dark, it was gloomy, and no one liked it.

My caring bosses have given me full creative responsibility to paint this breakroom however I want it.  I design it, get paid to paint it, they supply the orders.   (Granted, supply orders are low low budget, but that doesn't matter)

The only disclaimer is that I do not put a "likeness" to any particular real life person, or especially employee of my company.  I do not display brand logos or point anything that may occur in real life out. 

That being said, there have been two inside jokes at my work for years. 

1.)  When it's slow in the summer and we need more business, whomever is "punished" has to "wear the yeti suit and dance outside."    There IS no yeti suit, and such a thing doesn't exist.  But it's somehow still a threat.

(Old art, Circa 2008)

2.)  Management was once assigned to read a particular book titled the "Energy Bus."  The weeks that followed consisted of many silly drawings of "energy" creatures.   The one that stuck was the energy bat.

(Old art, circa 2009)

With these explanations, here is the WIP of my first ever mural project!

The bat cave is in chalkboard paint.   :)
More progress to come in the near-future!

Sib the Peafowleo Pt. 2 (The Maquette)

A lot of learning went into the Maquette building process.   I felt for a first timer that this was a successful and sturdy character.  Baking gave me few problems, and he still stands, guarding my living room. 

Here is his lovely turnaround.   Complete, as he shall ever be. 

Sib, you will be animated soon. 

Scratch that.

Sib, your animation will be REFINED soon.

I can't even say how many times I've done this creature's strange walk-cycle.   It's quite prancy.

Sib the Peafowleo Pt. 1 (The Process)

Time to meet Sib.  He is a Peafowleo, and this is exactly how it sounds.  The looks of an owl and peacock on the proud body of a huge lion.   An intelligent soul, yet unsure of his own strength, and an ego to boast of.

(Click for Hi-Res)

More development:  Baby Sib (Peafowleo)

He was a character that I fell in love with, and the character I chose to take from 2-D to 3-D.

The following is post on how he went from the above design to my first Maquette!

(Click thumbnail for hi-res)

The next post shall be his completed turnaround.


I did this series a few months ago for a Mythology class...the object was to write an essay, but luckily in Art School relevant drawings are also appreciated.   Drawings in sequence, my take on the creation myth of Eurynome and Ophion (Pelasgians).

Born naked from primordial Chaos, Eurynome was the goddess of all things.

Since Eurynome had no where to stand, she first starts to dance, and this creates the sea
and sky. From her sphere, water pools beneath her, and vapors raise above her.  A great wind swirled behind her, getting faster and faster, until visible.


As the north wind swirled behind her, she seized it in her hands.  Eurynome started to roll the wind between her palms in such a way that it started to take the form of a serpent.
Once the serpent had become living, she named him Ophion.

Eurynome continued to dance (it is said to keep herself warm), and as Ophion watched her, he
felt lustful. Joining her in her dance, he coiled himself around her and made love to her as she
danced. Now impregnated, Eurynome transformed herself into a dove and brooded on the waves
where she would later lay the universal egg.

My thoughts on this:  SCIENCE!!!!!!!

But the drawings were fun to do.

Oh, and tools used, regular paper, marker, colored pencils.  All thanks to the Prismacolor! 



When the inspiration hits, you must hold onto it and nurture that for as long as possible!
Draw, baby, draw!

Anways.   I wanted to show off a current W.I.P.

I'm in the process of writing a 22 page comic book.   MY FIRST ONE!  YEAHHHH!

I am tremendously happy to finally be DOING IT.

These are my thumbnails for the first act.

Like a mad evil genius, I too, will stroke my non-amused cat and laugh maniacally.

Done posting for today.  I promise.


I have always admired my three border collies.  They belong to the family of my boyfriend.  Yes, they are all insane, they each have strange little quirks, and they are quite a handful 100% of the time. 

But they are wonderful creatures, and good friends.  Before you look any further, here are my dogs.

I've fallen in love with the breed, naturally living with them for so long.   Yet, I've rarely drawn them.  Drawing border collies from life is difficult, if not impossible.  They are gestural, blurry streaks on the lawn.  They only ever stop moving when they are asleep.

I spent the majority of my night drawing Border Collies.

I started out trying to do quick gestures.  Different dogs were used for reference here.

I've always felt jipped that there are very few borders in animation.  The only one I can think of is the Border Collie in Rover Dangerfield.  I realize now that it's because they're pretty complex.

I tried to do some character sketches, determining head shapes, eyes and muzzles for the males and females.  I like how these came out.

This came later on in the night after I had warmed up.  
These are some cartoon designs I came up with.  
I think that the left is the most simplified, but I like the one on the right the most.

Lastly, a couple sketches of Finn and Brooke. 
Brigit has a funny attention phobia.  
She hides from both cameras AND sketchbooks.
Needless to say, I didn't draw her this time.

She'll get over it.  :)
Enjoy, lovelies!


Blue Jays

I think blue jays are awesome.

This was part of my drawing-a-day attempt.

I'd say these guys are between 20-30 mins each. I wasn't as fast today.

I blew out all of my early energy on this:

Don't ask me why. I think it's a seal crossed with a mermaid, crossed with a unicorn.

It just happens sometimes.


Non-Derpy Birds

Hey all, long time no update.

Most of my work I can't show on here, and little of it I refine.

I have sketchbook full of quickstudies and thumbnails, yet I would feel strange uploading them here.

Anyways, I realize that I've gotten too comfortable with pencil and paper, and I really should be expanding my horizons a little bit, and working digitally AS WELL as traditionally.

So I'm going to try and upload a drawing every day or two. Quick things. Quick but good things.

I felt like drawing some birds today, since I'm more partial to mammals.

The bird on the bottom is the one that I failed to draw quickly, because I was so fascinated with it. It exists, and it's called an Amherst Pheasant.

They are SO crazy looking!!

The top two are really fast drawings. 10 mins at the most.

Anyways, glad to be back!


Linacal Run Cycle

I felt like uploading a rough test!!!

This is for a video game level I am creating right now. Picture something like the Lion King Game for Super Nintendo.

Hand animated character sprites, and lush backgrounds.

I was going to inbetween this, but I suppose for a small character sprite, this is more than enough! This character will also have a jump and stationary sprite. And eventually, it will be vicious and have the ability to attack stuff!

All in a day's work. The tail, and facial features/cleanup/color within the next week.

Basically, she's running for her life while carrying two kits in her mouth, and it's raining and scary outside. Woooo!!!!

My first big cat run cycle. I think it looks awesome for a first timer!


How To Train Your Dragon

I promise to keep fanart and copywritten content to an absolute minimum here, but I will admit, I have also been bitten by the Dragon bug.

This is a serious condition, as I've been reading up on it and seeing it plastered all over blogs, Facebook and Deviant Art.  Non-stop Fanart of Dreamwork's "How To Train Your Dragon."

But I understand now.

That movie was incredible.  I no longer resent that I may eventually turn to 3-D animation, because this movie showed me what I needed to see.  I felt like a kid again; I have returned over and over to the theater to see this movie.  Purchased the soundtrack, went to McDonalds for a Toothless toy.

Best movie I have seen in years.  My favorite 3-D movie so far, and I think that's saying a lot.

So here, before I ramble too much...

Toothless.  The show stopper, the cutest thing I have ever seen.

And I Viking'd myself heavily influencing the drawing based on artist Nicolas Marlet's individual style.

He is a huge inspiration.  And I'd love to draw like this more.

T-Square is my sword, Animation Disk is my shield.  I thought it was cute and creative.
I guess that's all for now.   Seen the movie three times now.   That number will increase, I'm sure.

Off to animate!