Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Neighbors

I did caricatures of my neighbor's two little girls. The older girl likes to dress up and be pretty, and the younger one is more high-energy, and she loves princess dresses and rain boots. At first I went in a more extreme direction with the second portrait, but the girl wanted something more comparable to her older sister's drawing. The final one is more appealing anyways haha. Here are the pencil sketches I did before I colored them.

Friday, December 14, 2012

End of the Semester!

I took my first legit painting course this semester. The entertaining Marjan Hormozi taught the class, and it was a lot of fun. I worked in watercolor but I would like to work in oils at some point. The class was a strange mix of getting everything in your painting correct technically and also saying something about the subject matter.

I feel like I better know what I am doing when it comes to painting, which is nice. Here are the paintings I did. They are in order from beginning to end of the semester.

This one was the first week before she gave us any instruction on how to approach painting.

 Our first session with a model. I am fairly happy with this painting actually. I didn't mix the skin tone colors as well as I'd hoped, and I didn't get any great volume into the image. I like the left hand though.

 I made her look like paper. and too much yellow.

 We went and painted Fire Valley. I had a lot of trouble with trying to think of the trees as grouped shapes and not individual trees, and I should have brought more contrast into the closer elements of the space.

 This was the first week of a two week pose, and I ended up just restarting the next week. I still don't really know how to approach painting fabric folds, especially when the disappear and are replaced with a new set of folds once the model takes a break and comes back to posing.

 Here is the second week's attempt.

 This was the first time that I tried to make changes to say something about the models. I played more with wrinkles vs crisp fabric to represent the strength of the two 'candidates' in this little mock debate. I also included the light fixture to make Richard seem like a candidate who hides behind something. I didn't really think it through.

 I didn't try especially hard on this particular week.

 And the last painting. We spent 3 classes on this pose (about 8 hours, total). Still not happy with his pants but I think the image as a whole looks kind of cool.

Monday, November 26, 2012


This was an assignment for cinematography this week. We first designed a train and drew it however we wanted. The next drawing of the train was in a composition that made it appear mysterious or bad, and then we drew another version where it was composed to seem heroic or very positive.

I should really work on my perspective. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I tried to draw fast and simply, with each line in a single motion. Its fun when it turns out nicely. But here are a few from class.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

48 Hour 2012!

I See You from Jacob Streilein on Vimeo.

Here is a really adorable video and I hope you love it. Made for Calarts' 48 hour film. The theme was 'EYE'.

Friday, November 16, 2012


We are starting a longterm design project in Phil's class now, and we are supposed to pick a story and design the characters for it.  I decided to go with Roald Dahl's The BFG. Here are some preliminary sketches of some of the characters. I haven't touched some of the other characters, but this was just for an idea pitch for class, so don't be mad at me. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Alex and Brigette

Alex Hirsh came in to class today and talked about inspiring things. He seems like a cool guy. 

And also here is a pixel Brigette because Charlotte inspired me. Click her name to see her better pixel drawings. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Some Caricature

I snuck into Jonny's life drawing class on caricature day and only got a few drawings in, but here they are!


Mosquit- OH NO!

A little baby scale assignment. That poor little bloodsucker. Serves him right! He kept biting me all day today. I probably shouldn't ever go outside again now.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

David Weidman

So we were supposed to pick an artist and design a family of characters in their style. Phil wanted us to aim for a drawing that felt like that artist drew it themselves. Ryan Matias introduced me to David Weidman, and I ended up designing this farm family in his style. Fun project!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween is so close!

We already had the Calarts party, which makes Halloween seem like it has already passed. But it hasn't, so here is some Halloween layout!I wanted the light character to silhouette over the dark character! The colors in this one are kind of weird... 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Layout

If it gets too cluttered at my desk, I just work on the floor because I'm too lazy to clean my actual workspace.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Some More Photoshop Markers

I added some of that soft marker bleeding texture to the photoshop stuff. But maybe It will work for my film stuff. Here's a quick drawing for my film.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Testing some things out

I find I have a lot more fun in life drawing because I play with colors and shapes more instinctually instead of trying to calculate designs, and I want to try to have that same feel in my digital work. I went and drew a couple days ago and I tried to do another drawing digitally to match the feel of the drawings I did in class. I used Mepxy brush markers for the paper drawings, and I tried to make a brush in photoshop that resembles the marker quality, but I only got so far.

If anybody knows how to add that kind of dried out marker quality to a brush that would be really helpful to know!

Hopefully I can incorporate this kind of look into my character design work and other aspects of design, but for now here is a pose that says nothing about anything really...just testing out the brush.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Past Present Future

So for character design this week we had to design a character and then do a version of them if they lived in the past, and then future version. So I did a 1700s colonial firefighter, a present day firefighter, and a future one. I like the present and past ones but the design of the future could be much more interesting...mine is pretty lame. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

AAA and a Pig

Two layout drawings. The first was the first assignment we had in layout this year, and it was just a pig in a jungle. I tried to play with patterning but a lot of it was lost to the lighting, and some pattern choices just ended up looking like colored pencil strokes, so they dont read as pattern. But it's an ok drawing
This second drawing is an establishing shot assignment. We had to include a man changing a tire, a car with a flat, and a lady leaning on something, and we had to set it in a desert at a bowling alley at night. I wanted to make it clear that the characters did not know each other, and that the woman was afraid of the man changing her tire, so I pushed them as far apart in the frame as I could and had her contained to the phone booth. I think the drawing is too flat, though, and I did not draw either character very clearly. I need more colored pencil practice!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ice Cold

Layout work. Some penguins trying to get to a prehistoric sea worm frozen in ice. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Some observational drawings and a gif from my trip to Carmel with JasonDana , and Jeremy

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Some Jib Jab Work!

Here is some stuff that I've been working on at Jib Jab as an intern this summer. I designed all of the characters and props, and Ashlyn Anstee created all of the background loops!

 The Blog Post

Some animated pages to look at as well:

Actual Pages