Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Funny Face

I can think of a million "funny" things, until that's the topic I'm supposed to draw. I didn't want to waste too much time thinking, so my inspiration came from a little stuffed koala perched on my computer desk. I gave him a funny face. We had a little longer to work on this Chiu-Stream entry, and I had fun taking the extra time to play and push things a little further than usual. But for now, eet is bed-time!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Okay, this time it's not my fault that I drew an animal. The topic for today's CHIU-Stream was the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Definitely want to push this one more, but I was pretty happy with the initial drawing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I'm so ronery...

Well this was a pleasant surprise.

Thanks to Facebook, I stumbled upon another CHIU-Stream happening this evening and decided to participate. I apparently came in about halfway through the stream, giving me about 30 minutes to execute an image for the theme "loneliness". Aww shucks, that poor little fella. Think we've all been there.

I definitely want to play around more with this image. My goals for next Chiu-Stream should be to A): not use animals and B): not use a blue background.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fat & Scary

My entry for this evening's CHIU-Stream. I went into this one going "PanicPanicPANIC" due to a combination of a late log-in and then a comp restart (my tablet decided to go on strike for a bit).

I haven't quite found the painting formula that works for me yet, so I am loving these practice sessions. Some things I definitely need to experiment with are starting grayscale verses color, trying different brushes and settings, layering and what to do with my line art... just gotta look at some more tutorials and play around.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tall & Grumpy

This was my first drawing for CHIU-Stream, hosted by the amazing Bobby Chiu. One of the newest goals I've set for myself is working on improving speed, so an hour-long assignment like this is great practice.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This is a character assignment I was given to create the President of a bird-world. More details to come, I just wanted to get him posted right now.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


For reasons unknown, I was utterly compelled to draw this image after getting out of the shower yesterday. I haven't watched the movie, heard the theme song, or even caught that episode of Family Guy that parodies this scene for quite sometime. Why my brain suddenly produced an image of me riding atop Falcor the Luck Dragon, I simply do not know. Despite having several more pressing projects to work on, this was one of those times where an idea hit and I just had to get it done.

From rough sketch to final painted image, this took me approximately 3 hours. I used an Intuos 4 Wacom tablet and Photoshop.

Please press "Play" on the video below to enhance the above image's viewing experience.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Moleskine drawings

Here are some of the pictures from the Moleskine sketchbook I attempted to draw in once a day. It was a good run while it lasted. These were all drawn with a basic, Uniball ink pen.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Going Digital

So instead of a scanner, I splurged on a new Intuos 4 Wacom tablet last month...

The digital medium is something that I'm still very new to, and trying very hard to practice with. We never used these guys in school, so I've been browsing tutorials on various websites and just trying to play around with sketching.

The second newsflash is that I obtained an internship with a Burbank production boutique called Green House Studios. They weren't kidding when they said I would hit the ground running. My first week as an intern I ended up designing new business cards the company needed in time for their grand re-opening party. On top of that, I'm getting to work on character design for a film. Can't wait until I can post some of that stuff.

If I were getting paid at this place, I would be on cloud friggin' nine. I go in early, I stay late, and I work on art and design all day. I also have the pleasure of working with some very talented interns who offer great tips and advice, especially since I'm so new to working digitally.
Above are some practice sketches I worked on last weekend using the Wacom. I used the poor-man's reference of googling chicks in bikinis. I realize that I am becomming too dependent on using references in my work, which is something I'm working to break out of by simply getting back into the habit of practicing the human figure once more.

While in Barnes & Noble this evening, I spent time looking through "The Art of Disney/Pixar's Up" and "Drawn to Life", by Walt Stanchfield. These were great reads, and I'm sad that my current financial status leaves me to treat the bookstore as more of a library for now. I definitely want to pick up these books as soon as possible.

"Drawn to Life", in particular, was a very inspirational read. The four words that made the biggest impact on me were simply "Draw verbs, not nouns." Funny how such a simple statement can make a big difference in the way you think about things. This is something I will now be repeating to myself in my head whenever I sketch.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


First off, I can't believe that's actually a word.

On April 3rd, I purchased a new little pocket-sized Moleskine to always have on hand (that won't take up so much space in my purse). My goal was to draw something everyday--even if it was just for 2 or 3 minutes--but to at least create something on a blank page. Two weeks later and I've got 14 pages of little drawings to show for it, so I need to give kudos to myself for setting a goal and sticking with it so far. I also need to give myself a Peach Perfection from Jamba Juice. Mmm...

The original inspiration for this goal came from a few people who participated in some kind of "365" project on Flickr (or one of them photo sites), where the goal was to draw something everyday and upload it to a gallery. Sadly I am still missing out in the scanner department, but hopefully I can upload these drawings to my own 365 gallery in due time.

For some reason I decided that all of these sketches have to be in pen. For one, the image will already show up better when I scan it. Secondly, I think it's a great way to forgive yourself for any mistakes you make while drawing. "Oh crap, now that line's there and I can't move it. Oh well, that's what it's going to be!" It makes me stop and think a little more about my line placement and plan what exactly I am going to do. And I'm just over it that much quicker if something doesn't turn out exactly how I want it.. or I get creative in finding ways to fix it.

Friday, February 27, 2009


I really cannot say enough times that the scanner I use does absolutely NO justice to the actual sketches in my book. I can't make any adjustments to the scanner itself, and lots of my sketch-lines are placed so lightly on the page that they just get lost. Oh well. I doctored these three up as well I could for posting.

I found out about a really cool open figure-drawing session that's not too far away from me, but unfortunately it's during bowling night. Granted I don't really bowl, I am there for moral support and Newcastle, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and bring along the sketchbook. Problem is, everyone is looking over my shoulder and making comments. Not my ideal scenario when I'm trying to doodle. Next time I'll meander around inconspicuously while hunting targets.

To make the scanning process easier, I went over this page with a darker pencil, a Palomino brand to be specific. It was a gift from someone whose father worked where they made the things, and how I wish I had tried to mooch a few more. The thing draws like butter across the pages of my Moleskin. It's a beautiful thing

A note on the page above, there wasn't anyone THAT portly at the alley, I think I was just inspired by a bowling ball. Or maybe she chewed some of that whacky gum from Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

This bottom page was an attempt to do a charicature of a certain TV person, which I hope will end in a final illustration (10 points if you can manage to guess who it is). I don't feel that charicatures are one of my strong points, which is something I need to remedy and improve upon. Granted I chose someone who doesn't have super-unique-facial-characteristics to emphasize, but the final picture I have painted in my head is funny. I gots ta try.

By attempt #3, I felt like I was finally getting on the right track. I'm really going to keep playing around and do several attempts at a charicature and push until the result is satisfying.

I picked up two new books this week. The first I found at Barnes and Noble, "The Alchemy of Animation", which is a great book breaking down the processes and positions held by people within the animation pipeline. It has sections that go into specific details regarding 3D, 2D, and Stop-Motion.

The second book I ordered and am awaiting anxiously at my mailbox. It's Stephen Silver's newest book entitled "Life". The description on the site describes it as: "a book on the subject of drawing from life; how I caricature the model that is in front of me and create a character design based on the drawings." I'm a big fan of Stephen's work, and this is the exact goal I am trying to achieve with my own artwork. I can't wait until I get this.. also because it's supposed to include his signature and an original sketch. :D

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

El Chupa

This is from a project I've been toying around with in my head for some time. The bottom doodle on notepad paper was the original. I'm trying a few turn-arounds in my sketchbook, as well as tweaking the character a bit more. Oh El Chupa, what adventures lie in store for you?

Friday, February 20, 2009

The C-Man

Just a little late-night doodle. I had fun with this one, but that's a given considering the subject.