Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Theater Portfolio IV

This time working with simple staging- the Theater company is minimal, leaving much stage space for the dancing and acting of the performers. Keeping that in mind, had to think up of simple sets that utilized color and ethnic symbols in order to convey the said culture atmospherically.
Fun with colooorrrrr. Yum!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Theater Portfolio III

The third installment to my portfolio.
Like the Aztec outfit, the natural designs for the traditional garb of the North West Pacific Aboriginals accommodated the dancer very well- leaving him the flexibility and moving capacity that they needed to perform. With these, it was a matter of utilizing that, and then tailoring the outfits to be more contemporary.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Theater Portfolio II

The second concept for my Theater Design Portfolio.
This time, focusing on Aztec, and a semi-full outfit to relate the most prominent figure in Aztec culture- the Jaguar.
I've submitted this to the company already. Now it's the waiting game.
Pray people, PRAY!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Theater Portfolio I

I'm applying for a position in Theater Design and Costume Making. The actual company is Aboriginal based, and deals with world wide aboriginal stories- so my goal is to show them my capacity to design for various ethnic cultures, while keeping contemporary theater in mind.
Today's spread deals with the Ainu- The Native Aboriginals of Japan. Seen her, a "Kamuy" wildly known in the culture a "Supernatural Bear". This one is more puppetry meets costume. Left side concepts, right side the quick illustration how it would look on stage.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Matador

Part of my annual personal projects is making a calendar for the upcoming year.
This year, I decided to go the way of zodiac symbols, coupled with characters from a popular anime series "Hetalia" (the character's personalities would determine which month they would represent).
This was one of my favorites- the Matador [Spain] as "Sagittarius".
Fun fun fun!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Layout II

Just another layout. I've been on a layout binge lately, eh?
This time, it's based/inspired by an Austrian Castle Interior.
Gotta love the flamboyant European decor.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pretty Smart for a Hyena

The other day, me and and friend of mine were bringing up bad animal stereotypes believed to be true way back in the day.
I WANTED to say that "Hyena's were thought to be Hermaphrodites"... but somewhere along the trail of thought, "Hermaphrodite" became "Androgynous" became "Ambidextrous".
And so I said: "People used to think Hyenas were ambidextrous!"
Pretty smart for fellas who don't even have any thumbs.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beasts of Yore Portfolio

I was asked to join a portfolio a couple of years back that was themed “beasts of Yore”. After the initial round of images were completed, we decided to go ahead for another round, and I put dibbs on “Werewolf”.

Here’s my prelim sketch. I’m making it out to look like an old scripture drawing- so I’ll probably be breaking out my ink well and pen nubs for this one.

For the cultural info, and why I made it Hungarian based, follow the link to my Livejournal post:

I was asked to join a portfolio a couple of years back that was themed “beasts of Yore”. After the initial round of images were completed, we decided to go ahead for another round, and I put dibbs on “Werewolf”.

Here’s my prelim sketch. I’m making it out to look like an old scripture drawing- so I’ll probably be breaking out my ink well and pen nubs for this one.

For the cultural info, and why I made it Hungarian based, follow the link to my Livejournal post:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Landscape II

Another quick sketch paint. I wanted something a kin to the Swiss Alps- with the big frosty mountains and little mist-filled village bellow.
I really can't wait for winter. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Another layout which is the base of another commissioned piece from a client.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

R.I.P. Wicket

Yesterday one of my friends noted me that his cat hat to be put down. She was suffering from FIP and was only 5 years old. It's the second cat in the last 2 days that I heard passed away (both of them belonging to different firends). I'll be making a little artistic tribute to both of them respectivly.
This one is Wicket. My you rest in peace Wicket! And take good care of your human companion from wherevere you are!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Quick digital layout painting concept.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Werewolves I

I'm on another binge for the last little bit. This time, it's my favorite "Dark"/"Horror" concept- Werewolves!
I'm sorry, I'm on the Lycian's side. Always have, always been.
So I sketched out some werewolf concepts. After all said and done, the first group at the top looks more like a different "Rival" pack then the bottom ones.
Yes, there ARE female werewolves amongst the sketches, but I'm not keen on the ling eyelashes and "effeminate" style of drawing monsters/animals as they are nearly identical to their male counterparts in nature.
Also, I wanted to design a couple of werewolves with collars because 1) I love cutting into the main and having the indication of the actual neck thickness, and 2) the implication they could belong to someone... sort of like an ancient tribal symbol of being "taken" but with a modern twist.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Animal Caricatures I

I am having a great time here on the West Coast. Especially when my friend/s take me to the best hiking places- those that contain lots of animals for inspiration.
The Beaver, Seal, and Heron are from local animals, while the Bat and Lion were thrown in from previous zoo trips.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

"Yellow Moon" Concept I

I was hired by an Australian Music Band (8 Ball Aitkin) to create a music video for one of their songs. I decided to post some of the concept art relevant to the production.
Seen here: Crocodile concepts, story concepts, and color.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wedding Intro

I offered to do a short intro for a slide-show to be featured at a wedding.
I had VERY little time to put everything together- but those are the kinds of challenges I LOVE!
I'm very proud of the Seagull and that scene.
Layouts done in Photoshop, Ships done in Photoshop but animated in Flash. All the rest done in flash from start to finish.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Year Book Spread

My Year Book spread for the annual Sheridan "Flip Book" (Year Book), 2009.
Just some samples of my layouts- featured in my up coming short film, and to the left a "fake" pencil test of a scene not actually in my film... but it's a good promotion shot. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Film Poster

This is my promotional Poster for my Thesis Film.
Release Date: Late April!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dog-gone Toruble!

Two characters based off an article I had read some 3 years ago- about a Rottweiler Guide-dog who dialed 911 for their distressed owner. I made a storyboard depicting a similar- yet this time comical scenario- of a dog and their elderly disabled owner in the park.
I revisited the idea and designed it a-new for fun.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Opening Shot

The opening shot of my film.
Things are coming along nicely... but no doubt I'll be panicking by the end of this. For that is the way of things. Animated things.
Don't question, just understand. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Random sketch done after the daily animation quota. I do them just to clear my head and try my hand at something lighthearted an fun.
I also "broke in" a new Cyan pencil that I bought today. I love these pencils becuase they are extremely pale, and I use them for the under-construction on my animation before taking a darker Blue to them to refine them. Sadly, I can't seem to find them anymore- with most art stores preferring to stalk up on the darker "Light Blue" color as the lightest they have. I'll have to look for them still. :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thesis Film Project I

Decided to give everyone a peak as to what I'm doing.
My Film produciton is in full-swing right now, and I'm enjoying the experiance on all levels- educational wise as well as skill wise.
Seen here, a frame from one of my scenes. Since my film is based on the North West Pacific Indigenous styles, the characters are stylized based of the masks, designs and regalia of the local Native cultures out there.
I love this frame. It's literally Wolf's "Stupid puppy face". I'm framing this frame after production and hanging it my room. :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Film Layouts

During the course of my work, I was experimenting with my layouts. Specifically, finding out what setting would maximize the display when I scan them into the computer.
When I was scanning them in, I realized that in many scenes Raven will be holding the Moon in his beak... and figured that the close-vicinity area would have to be illuminated to match.
Not to mention, this might have to be animated as well... meaning, I'd have to find a way to animated my backgrounds or a separate light source.
Extra work, but a small detail that would make the film so much more.
So after some time playing around with it, I did it. I found myself a solution that gives a great execution and will demand the least amount of work given the situaiton. Of course, the former is more important to me than the later, but that's something that one has to keep in mind while working with deadlines.