Sunday, December 28, 2008

More Lilith!!!

some more character designs for Scully's "Lilith" story- he's almost finished the first chapter I think; here's the website the pages so far can be read on:

so here we have kid lilith, purgatory lilith and lilith when she has to go to a party and obviously doesn't want to. mostly costume/hairstyle ideas. it'll be a while before he gets to the part of the story where these occur though. :)

(yes, these last few are photos. lack of scanner = crap.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


some more quick sketches of my fellow animation students :)
and then, after the quarter ended in France, my mom came over and we did some train riding over to Hungary where friends of the family live. the other two pages are sketches from the church I went to with them, the last day before that 26-hour plane-hopping fiasco back to Cincinnati. oh well. an awesome trip, to be sure. hope I can go back someday!

Monday, December 15, 2008


oye, the madness! too bad I decided this isn't a photo blog, because I've got TONS of pictures from europe. well, anyway. thought I'd share some of the sketches from my cute red moleskin. it has a great deal of character- pages torn out, broken binding, oil stains from being dropped under the metro train in Paris. yup.

these are all quick on-the-go sketches from around Lacoste and Paris and my brains.

yes, that is my big annoying futura-font name. if I ever hear of anyone stealing my artwork it'll be a big annoying WATERMARK, people!!!!! don't listen to those orphan-works prigs. :P

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Indiana Zelda in the Catacombs and a massacre in Arles

a long title, but highly appropriate.

this is the LAST PROJECT for my character/Layout class!!!! *insert applause* you can see all stages of it up there. all drawn in graphite.

ok, so this pan shot started as a simple hallway from the arena in Arles, but after we went to Paris and saw the catacombs Jacques suggested i make the hallway like the catacombs. so i did.

those bones.... never mind. i shall not complain. my fingers are sore though. all those BONES!!!!! that lighting was darn difficult too. putting Zelda in was relatively easy after that. drew her over top on tracing paper. CHAAAARGE!!!!!

ok, so this one is really my crowning glory, i guess. finished it yesterday evening. another scene originally based on Arles and then distorted and warped beyond recognition. this one is based off of a photo; actually you can see the original sketch in one of the previous posts. but, i thought it was boring. i wanted to do something to the scene, and i wanted it to be something that was out-of-character for me in particular, so that nobody can say i always draw the same things. because i hate it when people do that.

so the first thing my genius brain thinks of? dead people! let's strew some dead people around in the streets! :D yay!!! ok, when i first started re-drawing this in blue line it looked absolutely horrid; i couldn't get the bodies to look dead, and drawing it all on a larger scale, and trying to get the inking to have the similar sketchy effect as my original drawing on a larger scale, etc. but through the inking process i was able to fudge and tweak enough that i got it to look pretty nice. and it looks sweet all framed and hung up for the gallery show that starts tomorrow. i'll have to take some pictures. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Rooftops of Lacoste

another ink drawing. i drew this sitting up on the terrace behind Brett's house. HB graphite first, and sketched it all out, then i started inking but i got so cold i had to stop because i couldn't hold my hand steady. that was a few weeks ago, and i just finished inking over the sketch a little while ago. turned out pretty nice. (the perspective of the luberon valley is forced though.)

i am very much tempted to change the layout of this and make it vertical, with a lot more space up into the sky, with a big silhouetted ninja descending upon the town. really, the rooftops of Lacoste were made for ninjas to be running all over them, i know it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chateau de Sade

a lovely day up at the Chateau de Sade. 65 degrees F, and there are some lovely sculptures around to accent the slowly crumbling edifice.

no, the castle isn't actually falling down anymore. just it looks so bad because it was abandoned for a couple hundred years. what's left of it has been reinforced so that it won't fall down anymore. hurrah for Pierre Cardin! :)

drew this with teh brush pen again. i like that brush pen.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


the last day to have a model in class!!! sad day. but, i did get a GREAT crop of sketches, so i suppose it's somewhat ok. :)
i was rusty at the first for the gestures but warmed up after a page or so... i think cuz i missed the gestures monday with florent. but it got better. above is 15 seconds...

these are 2-minute poses (zelda's idea) and i really love how these got out too. guess my ballpoint pen was in a good mood.
more odd numbers. this was a 7-minute pose- no underdrawing! :D
and THIS is my favorite! 15 minute pose. i shall not rant. i shall not. ballpoint and brush pen. peace out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


florent with pants. jacques had us studying folds, and NO SIMPLIFICATION!!!! all contours. verrry complicated things, pants. i liked doing this though, because folds are one of my weaknesses.

we did some more block shading as well, and this is still the only one that turned out well, including the ones from last week. blarg. oh well.
last i did a portrait of florent since it's his last week. but he said he'd come to Vernissage, so that'll be cool. :) another ballpoint. i haven't drawn a real portrait in a good while, so i thought i may as well.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Helix Construction

continuing work on Helix Strafflegrass's design. thought it might be interesting to see some of the craziness that this is for animation.

this is a construction drawing; basically you show the character's proportions and build him out of basic shapes because this makes things easier when drawing from different weird angles. it has to be very detailed- as Jacques says, if you handed this off to an animation team in Korea would they understand it? :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Layout Thumbnails

thumbnails for my layout class! these are all from photos i've taken here in france, except for the pan shot, obviously. brush pen.

some old people caricatures out of my head... drawn during one of the faculty lectures. these are fun.

annnnd some random things from Arles. street accordion player and an epic house.... thing. :) ciao!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


this page of gestures is my favorite for today... these are only 10 seconds. bic again.

and this one is by far my favorite!!!! straight pentel, no underdrawing, less than 5 minutes. SHAZAM!!!!!!

now, i need to get better at caricaturing and exaggerating and interpreting. sigh.

Monday, October 20, 2008



more contours!

annnd... more...
all bic! wheee. all 10 minutes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ly'rae Clack

Ly'rae Clack is her name, musical theater is her game. also cashier at Walgreens.

Jacques had a lot to critique on these, but a LOT more for the Helix Strafflegrass designs i did as well; and Helix is the one i'm gonna keep working on i think so i'll just post Ly'rae for the moment. :)

Friday, October 10, 2008


feets for J00. best from the homework assignment, pentel :D those are all my feet, except for the black shoes bottom left, those are Jon's.

annnnnnd blind contour drawings of 5 hands. spiffy. i actually like those. bic.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

more gestures of Carol! getting better. these are 15 seconds (drawn with good ol' bic). i'm gonna re-draw a buncha these big for vernissage, methinks.

another digitally bastardized HB 5 minute sketch. think i'll enlarge this one too.

Monday, October 6, 2008

floront more!

getting better with guy gestures, somewhat. these still aren't much special, but they're better than before. it says 15 seconds up there, but floront holds for more like 2o or 25 i think.

contour lines! Jacques had us drawing all in enclosed shapes, or as many as we could, to describe the 3D form. that was interesting to do, to see all the different planes.

and this last one turned out nice. pencil and pentel, the pose was either 5 minutes or 10, i can't remember. but i like this one the best of the day; a couple of those gestures run a second. ^__^