Sunday, June 26, 2011
Video after the break.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
You can Find the video after the break.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Got some new work to post. It's been a busy year, with lots of work to start sharing. This is one of two US ads I worked on at a52 for the new Nintendo 3DS. My responsibilities on it include Character Rigging for the Dog and Cat in the Nintendogs 3DS portion of the ad near the end. I also animated both the dog and cat, which was pretty damn fun. You can't go wrong animating an adorable puppy and his feline friend. I'll be posting the other ad shortly.
Video included after the break. Enjoy!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Long awaited by perhaps only me at this point. Anyhow the story goes that for the past few years inbetween jobs and during off periods I have slowly been working on my labor of love, a picture book. I haven't posted anything about it since the initial character designs long ago, so I thought I would post another image of some sort. Obviously the giant watermark of text isn't going to be there, it's just my way of avoiding internet trolls swiping stuff. I only have four pages to go at the moment as well as the task of finding a way to print the darn thing and then, well one step at a time dan, one step at a time...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
If you aren't familar with the website it is all about the lastest in Videogames and interactive media, it really is a fun site if that stuff is your jam, as the editors seem like a bunch of down to earth folks, who are witty with out being snobby (to snobby :) ).
The theme of the contest was to make some steampunk style Work. While I'm not into the whole steampunk scene I thought I would give it a go and crank out a steampunk version of their Mascot, Mr. Destructoid. It came out about how I expected it, although in the end, I would have loved to have had time to make a small animation and post that as well. Oh well, that's what happens when you don't budget enough time to make AND render something. That damn rendering... why's it always got to get in the way? Why do people always insist on seeing something finished? When am I going to show the pics?
Inspired by the game Metal Gear Solid.
A nod to futurama...
So there you have it folks, maybe if I ever get off my lazy butt I will finsh up that animation and render it out for all to enjoy. Maybe...
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
So enough with the excuses, lets get to some content. If you haven't seen my previous post about this then know that the premise for this whole affair is this. Work is boring. I don't care what you do, at some point it becomes old hat and boring. So to fill the time I draw, sketch, doodle, and otherwise occupy my wasted life with things that entertain me in the short run. I realize that sounds kind of negative but it really isn't. These time when my brain shuts down are some of my most thoughtful times. So here in no specific fashion is things I see.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
It's a great way to see how people think and make art. I think a lot more people are guilty of this than they would like to admit. There isn't anything wrong with it, I just think once you learn where you are drawing your inspirations from you can do a better job of controlling them.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
From the first one it's pretty obvious what was on my mind. As for the second one, I really have no idea why I would make a fig newton a transvestite. Oh well. I'm working some neat little pitch for work right now and using the rest of the time to finish that damn book and other personal stuff.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
So I've missed a week of posting and I'm sorry about that. I was a little lame, a little lazy, and mostly busy animating little cookies running around for Fig Newton. More of that to come.
Anyway this little guy is an idea I've had bouncing around for some time yet only now do I actually have the time to do anything about it. You see with the big glut of CG penguin movies such as Happy Feet, Surfs Up, and those penguins from Madagascar, I figured that this fad will end soon and hard. What will become of all those CG actors? Will they be left in a void? Perhaps a second wave of movies will hit and we will see their popularity return. Ecstatic Feet? Surfs STILL up? Those Penguins from Madagascar 2: Electric Boogaloo? I think not.
More than likely they will end up like every other actor in Hollywood, working as a waiter, in a coffee shop or staring in some sort of "Alternative" entertainment.
So I present to you all the first of The out of work cartoon actors. This first series will mostly be about penguins as I love drawing the little guys and there are so many great situations to place them in. So here he is, crying on the inside.
My final question is, if these guys were little vinyl toys would anyone be interested? I see a lot of what I consider junk toys out there but they get snatched up like crazy. I figured if I put a little more personality into them then well...
Would you buy one?
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
What to say... There is entirely too much going on at the moment, work is busy, tons of projects I'm trying to finish up at home, personal finance issues hang in the balance(taxes...grrr). But I've made a commitment to myself to post stuff at least once a week, and this shall be no exception. Just a little sketch I filled in from life a while ago. I took notice of how certain people around walk and idle. Everyone has there default pose, personal gesture, way of handling their selves. This person in particular either had really bad posture or just had an obvious way of expressing (I'm thinking the latter). I believe this particular pose was covered in the Richard Williams book "Animators Survival Kit". Anyhow, take some time to observe people, it will enrich your art, and even if you aren't an artist, it should enrich your understanding of people and hopefully make you appreciate life just a little more.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
What's my point with all of this? I really don't know. If you happened to be blessed with money or skill, do something with it. If you have to scratch and save and work for everything you get then that's great, but shut up and keep working. Nobody likes a whiner.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I wish I had a little more to post after a week of no post. Sadly much like the turtle, I've been a bit slow moving in personal things. Work has found me animating some curious little cookies (or are they cakes?) Until I can post about that enjoy this random shot from a short film I'll probably never finish.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Not much to explain here. Sometime when I get bored at work I create little drawings and scenarios around the water mark in our work stationary. I just took this one a little further.
I suppose I'll have to upload what the original looks like, along with some others.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
You see in the 3d program Maya the keyboard shortcuts are case sensitive, meaning that pressing ctrl+b is not the same or ctrl+B, nor is w the same as W. Switching operations like rotation, translate and scale like the w,e,r keys are rendered useless by the evil caps lock key. Each key takes on a new and evil purpose. Up is down, good is evil, chocolate is peanut butter! The caps lock key, what with it's proximity to the shift button which is used quite a bit, finds itself in a position to be accidentally struck... all the time... completely screwing things up and preventing yet another fine advertisement from reaching your television screen.
How do we end this madness? Rip the little bastard off! Thats right, I grabbed a pen and popped that little sucka outa there. Think about it, when was the last time you ever used that caps lock key? When you typed a really important IM to someone and made your point by using ALL CAPS? or perhaps you sent a really nasty email letting them know what AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT THEY ARE? or perhaps the when forwarding some retarded email to 10 people you know so that they will BE BLESSED WITH THE LUCK OF THE IRISH? Well stop it. Nobody cares and nobody likes it. Just like you caps lock key, you've made my life difficult for the last time, and frankly I'm not sure I can stay in a relationship where I just never seem to get anything back. Good bye caps lock and don't be surprised if you friend scroll lock joins you soon.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
We have etch-a-sketch! I love silly old toys like this. I'm not one of those people who collects lots of old retro toys and things, come to think of it I don't collect anything at all, But I love having old classic toys like this around. they inspire such creativity. Play-doh, etch-a-sketch, magnadoodle, etc. That being said one of my co-workers was nice enough to pick me up this neat pocket etch a store. So I started sketching on it.
It's still on my desk and I still have odd time between renders, so we shall see what the etch brings.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
So here are some life drawings of pretty ladies. Can't go wrong with that right?
Seemed a little excessive for one little ol' bee. On second thought, I shouldn't judge, maybe he's allergic or something...
This is me lost at 6 a.m. and waiting for a very cranky van driver to pick me up. If you look at the next photo you can see that we went from cold and foggy to...
being backed so badly in the sun I think I actually saw a flying boat. Really? wow...
It's the money shot! Hide your children!
It will crush us all! Can you actually be crushed from the inside? (allegedly crushed from the inside...)
Sunday, April 23, 2006
One of my instructors use to encourage us to go out and experience as much life as possible. This was based on the opinion( which I agree with) that all of our art is based on the people and places we see. There is nothing new under the sun, only different ways of compiling it. So while doodling around sometimes I notice that my drawings tend to resemble people I know or have seen. At this point I either stop or try to avoid it. Sometimes (actually most of the time) I'm completely unaware that it looks like someone until I'm a good halfway through it. I really enjoy embracing the way the mind works, you have to let your mind wander around and stumble upon things that you knew, but really weren't aware of.
I'd also like you to think of this as sort of a meditation. I don't think letting a little thing like not being able to draw well stand in your way(because clearly I don't hehe). I think just next time you get a little restless make some little free scribble, and look very closely at it, and think about what lies within.
Just to make this thing a little more interesting I'll try and explain where these drawings started (first stroke, scribble sort of thing).
So above I just started with the spiral for the eye, that's when I noticed that the way the ink was blotting up, it sort of looked like an eye. Then I chased that idea trying to keep a theme of lines flowing from single points of origin.
Above, I started with the line that now makes up the bridge of the nose. I had no particular ideas when I started thus why there are little gnarly guys on top and the indication of some Ziggy looking guy by the left eye. Anyhow, after the nose I just started making spiral, maybe thinking of design more than actually making it look like something. While making the spiral again, I noticed it was looking like an eye so I just kept that idea of a spiral and on continuous line for each feature.Above, This one is less of an accident as I was looking at this guy who sat right across from me. Again, it started as a scribble that ended up looking vaguely like his posture. Then I built on that, but actually trying to make it look like him.
Above, If you've seen my marker mind blurb post you sort of know how this one works. I think I started just scribbling one line that now makes up the profile. Then I just started adding random features and more marker stuff. I think the key motivation was just working on a way of texturing the hair with the marker values supporting it, now I'm not taking credit for texture pattern, like I said this is all stuff I've seen before, I'm just trying to see how I can use it.
Above, now I pulled these images from all sorts of books and pads that I've worked in over the last 3 months or so, so this one is another drawing done in a lined notebook, and is buried in the middle of 20 or 30 some odd Maya xyz translation values. I think I was just limited by drawing the profile so heavily and straight, totally forgetting that I had to get a hand in there, so I just tried to make it look like I did it on purpose.
This is how most of my work goes, it's sort of the mind equivalent to "the right place, at the right time". Does it make me a fraud and/or a hack? Yeah, but I"m pretty comfortable with that.