Monday, December 14, 2009

Has it been that Long?

So, it's been a while.
I know. I haven't been as diligent at updating this blog as posting artwork and links here:
That's right I've started a deviant art page, to which I've posted up some newer artwork.
I've been contemplating consolidating all my web activity as the new year approaches.
At the same time I am doing a massive cleaning in the home studio while production continues to crunch on at the Fox studio.
The Cleveland Show is doing well in the ratings and hopefully gaining a large audience. Production on the second season is pretty heavy compared to the first. Scripts are a bit larger to try and "out do the first season funny" which translates into more time on boarding.
As an Assistant Director, I get to share in many aspects of the show. I keep a close eye on continuity, asset tracking, and the general feel of the show by: story-boarding sequences, providing input on the visual structure of our shows, helping guide the shows sequences into animatic production, overseeing the board and revision artists, conferring on the timing of the animation, working closely with final check, and finally ensuring all aspects of the show are ready for shipping to overseas production.
Keeps me pretty busy. To say the least.
So I hope that in the coming year I can think up a challenge to get me posting on a regular basis.
Till then, Happy Holidays!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jumping into the New

Trying to take a different artistic path of late.
Attempting to stretch artistically by deliberately pushing my art toward new styles. Trying to escape "cute" styles. It can become a niche which I know I can continue to develop, however I feel by trying new "dangerous" styles it will strengthen what I already have attained.
Posted up new artwork on that path here:
Here's the Post-it that kicked it off.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Last Post It Patch for July

Here's the latest and last Post It Patch for July.
With the last show of season one for the Cleveland Show wrapping up in conjunction with the recent San Diego Comicon there wasn't much time to tend the yellow patch. I plan to cultivate another bountiful crop this month.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Post It Patch 2

More small warm up sketches I do before getting to the main creative tasks for the day.
This weeks crop above. Mixing it up w/ pencils, pens, and brush pens.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Latest Post It Patch

Prior to creating production art or my own art, it's necessary to warm up before with a quick sketch or two to get the creative juices flowing. Just off the cuff doodles just open up the doors to the imagination and shake away any trepidation to putting pen to paper or stylus to screen. They are also a fun way to start the morning. These are a few from a recent week of heavy production that prepped me for the major art tasks at hand. Enjoy.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It Came from the Toilet

Here is a one page comic/ Public Service announcement recently completed.
I went through whole process of writing the script, penciling the page (traditional), inking (traditional), coloring (digital) and lettering (digital).
This was pretty fun and challenging.
Not quite satisfied with the color, so there may be some tweaks down the road after I've not looked at it for a while. For now, it's on to other challenges.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Good Animation for a Good Cause

A little while ago I had the chance to work on a great project with a very talented crew of animation folks over at Warner Bros. Shout out to my talented director Chris Bailey and character designer extrordinare Stephen Silver. I was the board artist responsible for the two shorts, Lady D and Sean the Techie. Both were fun character relationship vehicles that were a blast to board. Side note for users of Safari browser, it may may not load the flash movie clips into the browser window. I tried FireFox and Netscape Nav. browers and the shorts loaded in... well... a flash. I've posted up some expressive loose boards from the Lady D short, you'll have to watch it to figure out what part these boards are from. All artwork is property of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Naturally. My boards were edited into an animatic for timing, and then translated into 3D animation. All the shorts are probably playing right now in Matatu's (private local buses) across Kenya. The Lefty short explores the nature of Matatu's and their economy w/ some pinache. Check them out when you can. More info about the project is under the KNOW tab. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Production Crunch Commeth

The production push is on for the latest episode of the Cleveland Show. It's going to be a busy few weeks as I bring the storyboards to full polish before animatic. I squeeze in what personal drawing time where I can. The current challenge, do one post-it drawing a day to warm up and keep the creative juices flowing. I will try to post them as I make them per day. Time will tell.
Until tomorrow.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Deviant Art Gallery

So I've joined the ranks of the many who have begun posting art on the Deviant Art site.
As another way to keep in closer contact with people I know in the arts, it has an immediate quality to it. You can see some recent postings there that haven't made it to my blog just yet.
Check it out when you can.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Portrait Test Final

So here is the final image. I have reached a point where I am ready to move on and let this one go out into the world. Sure there are areas in which I could tighten even further, but that wasn't the point of the exercise. Not to render a photo realistic image, but to continue to develop the discernment of values, observation, and engage in active painting.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WIP Super Close

Here is a test I've been working on lately. It feels very close to finishing up. 
It's an older sketch that I decided to take all the way.
Almost there, probably another session and I'll put it away.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

They Came from The Mall

As production on the new Fox animated  Cleveland Show episodes carries on, it's keeping me pretty busy. In a recent jaunt to the mall I had a chance to sketch some locals and stretch the drawing muscles. Here's the latest. I will be posting some images from our lunch time sketch sessions on the next post. 

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Long Days Short Time on Earth

It's been a while since I've posted some artwork. The schedule at the studio was pretty jammed through most of February, compound that with the funeral of my close maternal Grandmother,  for which I traveled 3000 miles, and a week or so for post mortem necessities, and what becomes a lack of posting. I am slowly on the way back to a more consistent posting pattern when the recovery process/ mourning is over.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2nd WAC Post

This entry comes as the second post for the WAC blog which has yet to go up on the web. 
There has been some delay due to family events in my life that required immediate attention.
I wish there was more time in life, but we need to make the most with what time we are given. 
This assignment was themed: Western Samurai as a Badly Photocopied Hand Out. 
For what it's worth. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Quick Sketch Concepts

So with production ramping up again, I've squeezed in a little time to ruff out these concepts for some battle bots. I was thinking about a side project I have simmering on the back burner and was just letting the images happen at a subconscious level. More to come soon.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

End of the Year Wrap up-New Begining

So I've been away from the blog for most of December unfortunately.
Production was fairly intense for most of the month before taking some holiday time to visit family. I am pleased to say that all the hard work in December made the January production launch quite smooth.
Having some time at the end of the year to catch up with family and friends was terrific and a pleasant way to recharge the creative batteries. Spending time with loved ones was the highlight to end 2008 and start 2009 with them.
I did create some new sketches at that time and will be posting them following today's post.
What I'm sharing today is my first entry in a small art challenge that I and fellow artist, Justin Ridge launched at the studio. (Justin just rocks! Great artist and person! Check out his link and you'll see.)
The Weekly Art Challenge premise: Each participating artist will create one piece of artwork per week based on a common theme determined by the group.
This weeks theme: Yakuza Sci-Fi Abstract.
Each artist is free to interpret the theme in any manner they imagine. Here's the link to see this week's exciting entries:
Will post more soon.