Friday, December 19, 2008

Drink and Draw

finally went to the drink and draw
fun and merriment

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

1000 color

messing around with some different color techniques

Friday, December 12, 2008

1000 Renewal

 i did this sketch of an old character i created, her name is 1000
warming up before getting into the storyboards


both in one week who could ask for anything more?

Thursday, December 11, 2008


i had this simple idea after seeing this motor cyclist with a silver helmet
the look is a very typical Japanese hero type of thing but I was surprised when I watched red baron, an old Japanese giant robot show (live action) to see the villains were almost identical to this black suits, silver gloves and boots but they had a cooler more alien robot head

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Digital Brushes

i like this even though it's kind of creepy
just toying around with making some photoshop brushes, looking to replicate that painterly look and texture of colors scrubbed into and onto other colors

Monday, December 08, 2008

Nibs Pens and The Big Brush

this weekend while battling a cold just strong enough to keep me fairly foggy headed i went to the graphaids 40% off everything sale and spent too much money. those awesome nibs looked so cool with the old timey graphics I bought a whole bunch, for a dollar a box it was a steal, and they are awesome. Craig Nelson one of my painting instructors in school would always insist on using brushes you think are too big for the job, i've been using that approach with my inking and i like it.

the big piece was my scratch pad underneath my pages that ink, usually testing the line of the different nibs as well as wiping off excess ink before brushing. I tested out a fairly big Japanese calligraphy brush and this was the resulting sketch...painting with ink is very fun

Friday, December 05, 2008


a work in progress cardboard sketch. I usually paint these cardboard drawings but maybe not with this one, I'd totally lose all the detail not much room to paint the form

Thursday, December 04, 2008

some old sketchbook stuff and a wurmler of the west title illustration for the follow up I never got to for flight anthology

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Life Drawing

Titmouse my current workplace had a great workshop last night , Sylvain directed it. We had several short poses where we focused on continuous line never lifting the the pen(i was using pen) and finding where lines meet on the body for instance the arm meeting the torso. I hadn't done it in a while but it was a lot of fun from bottom to top is the general progression of the night the title of each piece indicates time and excercise

Friday, November 28, 2008

Forest Walker

it doesn't seem that original but i still like the idea, it was a character in a dream she had a white head with branches like bleached driftwood and a cloak like rolled soil with flowers and exotic plants covering the cloak and giving the character it's color and texture
i'm gonna try and paint it..

Monday, November 24, 2008

Painting Studies

Really trying to force myself to paint more and treat it just like I approach sketching. Get a lot of small thoughts and ideas out down quickly and work out some themes and techniques. these are acrylic on cardboard. Just bought some holbein acylic polymer gaouche which i'm interested in using trying to achieve a more lush painterly look without ever using oils haha

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tales of TMNT 56 color guide

This is the color guide I created for 56 since I'm not coloring the covers I wanted to do something that would work well in flat colors with very little rendering, it took awhile to get the color scheme right

Friday, November 07, 2008

New Pens and Paper

so i'm working on a really cool project doing boards, dave johnson is the character/concept artist doing some pretty damn sweet designs, sylvan who is a film board artist is art director. i'm really getting to do some fun stuff on boards..anyhow i've been getting some good inking tips from dave this paper and these very cool brush pens, japanese of course, are really nice. the ben can do some really nice dry brush especially on textured paper and stay sharp, i cant slather on the ink like my aquash pens but they will definitely work well together

Pieces of History

I was gonna talk primarily about these amazing maurice noble pieces I just bought , which are very important parts of animation history. These pieces some of which are from the Chuck Jones / Michael Maltese/ Maurice Noble masterpiece "boyhood daze", but how could I not mention the Historic election of nov 4 of which my girlfriend smartly bought a copy of the LA times ,most of the other papers thoroughly snatched up. I've never seen so much positivity and uplifted folks that seem to truly feel proud and connected to their country, possibly for the first time...I've came across some of the most amazing conversations in the past few days and they have al put a smile on my face.
Back to Noble. My love and adoration for the Chuck Jones masterpieces really made me take notice of the brillaint acompanyment that Noble was to Chuck. Chucks work just did not have the same impact without Noble's layouts. Together they are pure magic! Their work remains one of the most influential works of art on me to this day. Also just picked up the Noel Sickles scortchy smith book which showcase the comic strip and sickles simply amazing illustration work. You can see his influence on the amazing alex toth. Also picked up Chipp Kidd's Batmanga! the paperback has one of the coolest covers ever! what a great book.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tales of TMNT 56...inked

just finished the inks incorporating pens and brush
i'm really loving using the pens, the holbein drawing ink is amazing for the nibs

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

TMNT ink test

trying out the new ink nibs
a lt of excess ink scribbles


On a walk last night looking into dark living room I got this idea. Tis' the season to enjoy cold weather (fingers crossed in los angeles) and to look carefully into the dark corners from within the safety of the light.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Weapons New Scale

So after seeing one of my favorite artists new work jpleon ( I was inspired, and got some good tips about the nibs he uses. So I am once again trying to see if I can implement quill,nibs and brush together. Falling Oaks yes that's new stuff in that picture will be my new ink testing ground. It also is a really fun exercise in storytelling and coloring, I'll talk more about that later. Anyhow I've loaded up on inks and supplies I'm working on a new technique for the next tales of tmnt(56) and as you can see I'm trying to get a new sense of scale and physique between the different turtles. Hopefully you can see the little nuances in in muscle definition and size as I really thought about their weapons and combat methods and personalities. Can you tell who is who? If your a turtle fan and participate in turtle communities feel free to post it where appropriate, i'd like to see if turtle fans in the know can guess which turtle is which. and i kind of like the samurai sash en lieu of the belt.
p.s. that deleter pen holder is the ultimate! I just figured out it can hold any and all nibs as some of the other simple wooden and plastic holder are specific to one sizeand it has a more ergonomic grip to boot!