Saturday, November 15, 2014
Over the past two months I have been working rather tirelessly on a ton of new stuff. As of now the plan is to revamp my entire blog sometime during the month of December, thats when I'll have crazy amounts of free time and I'll probably get back to a place where I see the light of day every now and again. What does that mean for the two people that actually look at my blog you ask? It means NEW TOYS! In other words, a ton of new artwork and character designs from my work on The Pixar Detective, and a collaboration with my friend Joel Coleman who happens to be an amazing photographer. I know I'm excited, and I hope you are too!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Today in one of my art classes, we were given a bunch of quotes to pick from and two hours to convey a convincing concept. I took this time to do some frozen color studies. I did however use color picking (the eyedropper tool) because time was very limited. I learned so much, and I plan on doing a lot more of these in the future.. without color picking of course.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
So, a lot of crazy things have been happening in the past couple months. I'm busier than ever and although I'm super excited to share everything I've been working on with you guys, I just can't yet. In other news, I'm officially making my first trip out to California in october. I'm more excited for this trip than I am for food, and I can't wait to meet up with some amazing talented people, and explore what I hope to be my future home.
Lately, I've been using an iPad to do some sketching and explore some new media. Rogue is one of my favorite Marvel characters so I included some early stages of the process. Enjoy.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Almost four months ago, I did a "just for fun" digital painting of a mermaid in a Starbucks cup. Today, almost a million people have downloaded pictures of my work, because of my association with Jon Negroni and the Pixar Detective. I owe so much to my wonderful, supportive friends who thought this little mermaid was worth sharing. Its because of you guys that and the right people saw my doodle.
Ive since then decided to continue the series and give it the oh so appropriate title: "Mermaids in Cups"
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Another sea critter in a cup I started this past week. Something I've been stressing over lately is composition as a whole. I'm so caught up with questions like "do the shadows make sense?" and "Am I'm mixing warm and cool colors correctly?" that I forget about whats really important to show in my work. I recently read a conversation between two of my favorite animators, Glen Keane and Ollie Johnson. When Glen was showing Ollie some of his work in Tangled, he pointed out how far technologically they had come in aspects like the reflective fabric in Rapunzel's dress and the subtlety of her freckles, Ollie replied with this statement "Oh, Glen, what I was wondering is; What is she thinking?" this statement basically slapped me in the face. I can have the greatest sense of color and light reflections in the world, but if I can't correctly get across what my character is thinking, then I have failed.
Friday, March 7, 2014
I love Starbucks and I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds the delicious coffee and cozy atmosphere endearing. As a former graphic design student I've always admired their use of type and logos, but as embarrassing as it is for me to admit it, I only recently had the realization that the Starbucks logo is a siren. That in my opinion, was extremely clever of Starbucks, because if you know anything about sirens you know they appear appealing on the outside, until you're within their grasp.. then you can't escape. Coincidentally Starbucks has done this very same thing to me, and now I can't go a day without coffee.
You should also know that I still consider this piece a WIP (work in progress) but I feel like it would be really cool to release the final piece in a "mermaids in cups" series.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Felix is a character I designed and developed for my sculpting class. In designing this little dragon, I got most of my inspiration from foxes. It was particularly challenging to get him to look like he had the potential to be sleek and graceful, but in his adolescence move more clumsily, like the qualities of a puppy.