Friday, September 26, 2008


A little doodling while watching the season premiere of The Office (JIM AND PAM. AMG.)

I've had an animation idea swimming through my head for quite sometime, so I am trying to do some work for it. These guys are just some practice for the concept and character design stages. I haven't drawn many monkeys-type-characters, but they're kind of fun.

Ook ook.

P.S., I didn't mean the monkeys are Jim and Pam from The Office. I meant JIM AND PAM. AMG!! as a stand alone exclaimation.

Ook ook.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This piece was actually a bit of art therapy. In a moment of frustration during a heated IM conversation (no, not cyborz), I grabbed my sketchbook and my Prisma pencils, flipped to an open page, and just scribbled. It was a little reminder that everything I create does not have to be a masterpiece. A sketchbook should be a practice place for ideas, observations and experimentation.

The Prismas felt so smooth and nice gliding on the stretched skin of those little moles, that I did a quick doodle of an apple.

While failing to get all of the colors and shading to display properly from the scanner (which emits as much light as the friggin' sun), I played with the saturation and liked this warm gray version. You can faintly see a few more sketch lines where more color was applied. Still looks better in the book. o.0

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with my super-duper-bright scanner that washes out all of my drawings? The pages I draw on are actually cream-colored, but show up stark white once scanned (the brightness level is actuall brought down in the above scans). There isn't much I can do in the scanner settings, so I have to try to fix everything in Photoshop.

Gracias, amigos and amigas.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bernini at the Getty

On Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the Getty Museum for the first time ever. Sadly, my camera was left in my car, so I will have to go back and take pictures of the amazing Bernini exhibit I viewed before it's gone.

Once I heard about the Bernini exhibit, I immediately called my friend Nick (a former employee of the Getty) and demanded he take me to see it.. and to get us free parking.

The exhibit was amazing. Bernini is my favorite sculptor, and to see his work up close was quite an experience. The majority of the pieces displayed were busts done on commission, as well as several portrait paintings. However, the most surprising treat were a series of sketched portraits done with simply black, white and red chalk. Unbelieveable.

I need to go back and see several of the other exhibits as well, and also wander around the gardens. I won't forget my camera next time.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sketch dump

Was unable to access the scanner until today. Behold, the Moleskine insanity:

This is an odd montage of sketches. The arrow-headed-geese-like-things up top are something I made from notes on my legal pad. I somehow made an arrow into a bird and thought it was kind of neat. On the bottom right is a little tree-doodle of the fake tree in the waiting area by my desk. The final, weird, Pokemon/mouse looking thing was a creature put together from the abstract painting directly opposite of me on the wall. I slightly altered the placement of the painting's elements and got that little creature.

Here's a horrible webcam still of the painting I was talking about. If you squint at it for a while and drink a few shots of alcohol, you can kind of see how that little creature came to be. Kay, moving on...

I wanted to try a shot at Illustration Friday, and this week's word is "island". This is just one concept sketch, which again didn't turn out too well because of the lightness of my sketch lines. All those unidentifiable scribbles surrounding the girl are people walking by, going about their routine. I was going for a feel of "isolation" which I got from the "island" concept.. but I think it may have come out as "emo", I don't know. I like the girl anyway because she sort of reflected my mood at the time I drew her. Need a reference picture so I can fix her arms/hands.

This was my first attempt at the "island" theme. It was so generic I think I had to do it simply to get it out of my system. I hated the fact that such a boring sketch had it's own page in my book, so in frustration I drew a set of jaws coming up to swallow the stupid drawing. After a few seconds, I realized the gaping maw quite randomly belonged to a familiar character...

Speaking of stupid (as in stupid funny), I saw this episode of Family Guy last night and can't get the part Peter sings out of my head. Curse you, Seth MacFarlane.

"HehHehHehHehHehHeh, and then another HehHehHehHehHeh..."

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm somebody!

Sweet fancy Moses, I'm on IMDB!

IMDB Profile for Crystal Mora

As the link will reveal, this was obtained by working as a Production Assistant for a local/internet talkshow called "The John Kerwin Show". I got to show off my fancy logistical work and mad teleprompting skills during taping. I have a second credit pending from the last shoot, and hopefully will have another episode under my belt in October. Rock, rock on.

Here's a somewhat random sketch page from my Sunday morning at the laundromat. This was a really weird weekend all together with lots of strange people doing strange things. More sketches to come pertaining to my dining experience on Saturday night.

The scanner couldn't pick it up, but all of those words by the Pac-Man game are "AbbaAbbaAbba"... as in the sound Pac-Man makes when he's eating pellets, not the Swedish pop group from the 70's.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Secret sketching

Emily and I had a sketch night, which hopefully will become a weekly event now. We walked down to the little coffee shop by her place and discreetly leered at people while scribbling.

I wanted to try pastels again.. yeah.. rounded pastels not so great for small, detail work. Aw wells.

I really like this pencil sketch, even though the guy couldn't decide if he wanted to put his hand up or down or look straight ahead or turn slightly to the left. Finally my view was obstructed when another patron sat down in the way. People should really be more cooperative when they are secretly being sketched from across the room.

By the way, I hate my scanner.. that or I guess I need to draw much harder. A lot of the details and linework look so much nicer in the book. The sketch lines of the guy's hand by his mouth and stripes on his shirt were pretty much lost. Curse this digital age we live in!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Quick sketch

This was a quickie I did right when I walked in the door after my commute home. Had to play with the contrast a lot because I drew this with pretty light lead. o.0

This was a little scene I witnessed while sitting at a stoplight. It was just kind of sweet and I wanted to capture the basic scene into my sketchbook for reference, should I choose to do a finished picture in the future.

And no, I'm not a voyeur if it's happening in broad daylight at an intersection. >.<

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is it "Moleskine" 'cause it's made of moles?

Much to my sadistic disappointment, no. But I will pretend.

Breaking in my new moleskine sketchbook has been way overdue. I don't know what is so damn intimidating about a blank sheet of paper to me these days. This past Saturday, I went downstairs to thaw out in the blistering sun, by the pool. I decided it was time to learn how to draw again.

I need to finish the trees in the background once the temperature cools down, or I can get air conditioning outside.

My friend Emily inspired me with how she is also trying to fit more doodling into her hectic schedule. When I went over to visit, she had several small notebook pages (tattered edges from the binding and all) placed together on her wall. She had done a simple ink landscape of the buildings by her work, pieced together on 5 or 6 seperate pages.. like how people take individual photos of a landscape and piece together their own panoramic puzzle. She had tied them all together with a simple, yet lovely watercolor wash for the sky.

...So this isn't exactly a tryptych or anything (ten points for remembering Art History 101 terminology), but I was inspired to create something.. and I mean -something-, ANYTHING at all remotely artistic. That's sort of a big deal to me, and it shouldn't be. Life continues throwing transitions at me with a new job and new home, but at least these are good things. I am ready to get settled into a new routine while trying to incorporate my creativeness once more.

More doodles to come soon. Thank you to the little moles who helped make my sketchbook possible.