Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Trek poster


I get towards the end of a project and I think to myself, "sweet, I'm almost done. All I have to do is put in the words and it's all finished." Then HOURS later I realize that typography is flippin' hard!! Overall, I like the way this turned out. I welcome critiques.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A step in the right direction.




again - click on the striped image for the animation.

Friday, October 23, 2009

blockhead

Playing with the new photoshop CS4 3D tool. Cool stuff, kinda slow still.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

cool Photoshop Tip

I just found an AWESOME feature about Photoshop that I have been looking for for years! I have always wanted to "solo" out a layer especially when I'm working with hundreds of layers but there was no indication that Photoshop would do that sort of thing.

The other day I accidentally came across this. If you hold down Option and click on the Layer's visibility all the other layers will turn off their visibility so you only see whatever is on that one layer.
Then if you Option+click the visibility of said layer then it restores back to whatever your visibility settings were before you made the change. Well done Adobe, now if you'd just make it known that you have cool features like this....

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GEOTRAX

My 4 year-old boy LOVES Geotrax trains and today called me up to ask if I'd draw him a picture of his favorite Team, Bull and Bruno. More than happy to oblige buddy! :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Hammy!!

A few weeks ago, I was playing first base on Sony's softball team and I pulled my hamstring trying to beat the runner to the plate with my impressive splits. It didn't work. She got to the base before me. Man, I should have stretched out first. Then I would have had her.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Shout out to the Moose Man

Last night on Wipeout, the guy who won it all could make this moose face with his torso. I salute you Moose Man.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

morning warm up



Been thinking a lot about how I need to focus more. These guys look like they are focused. I will try to be like these guys today. Oh, and I got a ticket driving to the Tetons last week, maybe thats still on my mind too.....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Legend of the Star

These are a few illustrations for a book that I have been working on. If it looks like they are a bit rushed or not very well thought out it's because there were a bit rushed and not very well thought out. This was a tough project for me. I don't feel that I ever "caught the vision" of this book. I was not happy with the overall story and the writing was not engaging. I never felt a connection with the project and the work suffered for that. I'm happy with the look of the illustrations but not the design. I think the whole book would look better if I would have gone through the entire process of painting an image in this style a few times to get it right and then work on the final images. I'm living and learning.





Friday, March 13, 2009

Toastmasters

I'm a part of Toastmasters and one of the roles is Grammarian. It's the role I most often volunteer for. As Grammarian, you get to count how many times people say "Um..." "like" or any other filler word, stops and restarts and any other distracting word usage. At the end of the meeting, I report for everyone's benefit how many times they messed up. So basically, I'm distracted by focusing on all of the errors people make. I get to flex my critiquing muscles.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Sketch Club post

here's my latest post on the Sketch Club blog. Check it out, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sketchclub post

I just posted on the Sketchclub blog. Click on the link to see the full image. Its a bit of a Jed Henry rip off, but his stuff is amazing and I want to learn anything I can from him.

I'll tell ya, this Sketchclub has been one of the coolest things that I've ever been a part of. I feel like a real artist when I go out with these guys to the local Greek cafe, we sit in silence and draw all the characters around us. It must make people very anxious to sit near us. I wonder if we drive away business. Then at the end of the hour of sketching, we head outside and pick out "the Mark". The Mark is anyone who stands out for some reason, someone that has character either in the way they move or what they're wearing. Usually its both. Then we commit to memory as much information as we can about them and go back to the studio and try to redraw them as well as we can from memory. Great exercise. And it's cool to compare what each other picked up on.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Evening Commute

Palm tree and telephone line silhouettes all the way home...

Thursday, February 05, 2009


It was just announced that

Pajama Gladiator has won a Student Emmy!!

There is a first, second and third place and we don't know which one it will take, but we'll know that at the actual ceremony that Ben Porter (Producer) and I (Director) will be attending in March. I'm very pleased that our little film is getting noticed and recognized. It's hugely gratifying and all icing on the cake. What's even cooler is the fact that we were up against Kites, which is the BYU's animated film after ours, and they won an Emmy too!


In other news, I found out that the show Wipeout is having a casting call this Saturday down in Anehiem by Disneyland. I'll probably have to ham it up, but if it means that I can take a run on that obstacle course then I'm good for it.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nosferatu

I just watched "Nosferatu" and enjoyed it way more that I was expecting to.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

FAMILY; isn't it about time?


Over the holidays my brother and his lovely wife went out to Chicago to adopt a beautiful little boy and I couldn't be happier for them. Welcome to the family little Kallen! We've been waiting for you buddy! I can't wait to meet you in person.