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(Don’t) Get Lost In Heaven

1 Feb

Aha! I chickened out. I got about this far on an environmental piece before I got overwhelmed.


Or at least, I realized I definitely couldn’t do it in the time frame I set out to. (yesterday. sigh)

So instead, I did a portrait of Jamie Hewlett to celebrate the return of Gorillaz and experimented with watercolor blooms. No photoshop either, booyah.



Get Lost

31 Jan


For 2015 I didn’t make any specific resolutions, but one thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is create a series of prints that could potentially become a show or an art book. I’ve been working on a series of portraits based on abstract concepts, so I thought I’d try one for this theme. Also, my environmental concept art skills are not so strong, so this was a sort of cheater-y way out on my part.

You can’t tell it from my scan, but in real life this is printed with eye-hurtingly fluorescent pink ink.

WIP: (Character Design)

1 Dec


Unemployed life is was surprisingly busy! I’ve been spending a lot of time lately putting together portfolios and resurrecting old pieces, and sadly I didn’t finish the little robot character that I was starting to work out in my sketchbook above.

I’ve been doing more research about character design, and lo and behold, it’s not just a single drawing of a made-up character (blast)! So I wanted to do a full character sheet of poses, silhouettes, rotations, the whole enchilada, and I’m still planning on it. I just didn’t get it done amidst the other applications I’ve been working on.

Speaking of which, hey! I’m not unemployed anymore! I start working tomorrow at LAIKA animation studio, and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope that goes without saying, ’cause holy crap, I’m still freaking out about it! Fun fact, the director of Rapid Prototyping (dept. where I’ll be working) mentioned this blog in my interview! He was going over my portfolio beforehand and said it caught his interest. So go team! You’re awesome and helped me find a jæb!

Hopefully I’ll post the finished character sheet soon!

Wir sind die Roboter

30 Nov


I originally planned on doing something based on old robot toys and their packaging, only to discover that I am absolutely horrible at drawing robots. I love drawing people and assumed some of that would carry over, and probably become even easier and more fun cos I’d be able to add springy arms or claws or weird-shaped bodies. Alas, no. Everything I produced was the pencil and paper equivalent of a foil-covered oatmeal box with juice caps hot-glued to the side. Which kind of seemed like the direction I’d have to embrace (and still seems like it would be fun to draw), until I remembered the music video for Die Roboter/The Robots by Kraftwerk and decided to combine it with my initial idea.

Hungry Hungry Robot

31 Oct

Dude, this is what happens when you try to buy a car AND a giant robot from craigslist!

So, one of my greatest challenges is deciding on one thing to draw and sticking with it. So I figured, why not try submitting one artwork for two different challenges? And thus, the prompt criteria for two different monthly art-sites The Ink Tank Engine and The 11 Second Club, provided enough creative constraint for me to develop one idea and see it through.

I definitely almost abandoned it many times over. It was a frustrating and painstaking process all for 11 measly seconds, but it was also super rewarding and taught me a lot about drawing in 3D space. Even as rough as it is. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually figure out the video encoding process quick enough to get it submitted to the 11 second club (they run on eastern time), so it’s exclusive to the Ink Tank Engine this time.

Also, I challenge you to think about this little green man the next time you play King’s cup.

Spambot Loves Craigslist

31 Oct


So this is my first post. I have a huge amount of anxiety posting any of the work that I do ever, so this will be a challenge. I get intimidated because everyone’s work here is so amazing. BUT WE ALL MUST START SOMEWHERE!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my spambot, it took me almost all month to come up with it, draw it, edit, and… Well, you know. You’re an artist, too. Happy Halloween.

Fun times on Craigslist

31 Oct

I need a logo

fur spun into yarn

Lotion guy m4m

Looking for musically inclined geriatrics for a gigging band

Avril Lavigne costume

Sensual Red Head in Liquor Store forest Grove

I decided to illustrate some of my favorite quotes from Craigslist posts I found this month, mostly from either creative gigs or missed connections. My main conclusion is that I need to be more on top of checking the creative section so I don’t miss out on another dream job opportunity, of course by which I mean the job of putting together an Avril Lavigne costume. I know it’s already Halloween and probably too late, but if anyone reading this is in need of similar services, please hire me. I won’t let you down!