Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You

Just a quick sketch for today's day to celebrate and thank all of our veterans who proudly and bravely serve and have served their country.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Drive

It's kinda interesting to see the various body postures of the surrounding drivers when you are stuck in traffic. Thankfully, in LA I get a chance to do that on a daily basis.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monsters among Us

On my way home yesterday night from work, I had the chance to listen to an deep and insightful interview with film director, Guillermo Del Toro.  Host Neal Conan moderates a call in chat with Del Toro and delves into Del Toro's beliefs on monsters, their origin, and definition in today's society. A must listen for Del Toro fans and fans of the monster genre.

http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=5&prgDate=10-24-2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 3 in Singapore

 The roof top pool deck of the Changi Village Hotel
 A Singapore Airlines flight coming in for a landing at Changi Airport.

The one thing I've been interested in doing since setting up our trip to Singapore is to arrange a tour of the World Famous Tiger Beer brewery. After breakfast and a rooftop swim, we headed out on the journey to the brewery. More photos on the way of the trip inside the brewery.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lunch in Singapore-Orchard Road

Ok, I admit it. I was pretty tired when we arrived and missed  taking a fancy snap of the hotel . Thank Google for the use of the image above. When I've stayed in Singapore, the place that is most comfortable and grand is the Changi Village hotel. It's outside of the main city of Singapore, closer to the beaches and secluded in the sleepy little are of Singapore called Changi Village (naturally)

The sleek modern design of the hotel is cool and relaxing. 

The next day on the taxi ride to downtown Singapore: Orchard Road shopping district. Notice on the overpass the flowers and hanging plants. 

So green around the highway and so radically different from the 405, 134, or 5 in LA.

 The downtown shopping district is still pretty green. Oh yeah, I forgot I'm on a tropical island city ;)

 Little cars at a traffic stop. Takashimaya shopping plaza is just around the corner.
 The huge interior atrium of the Takashimaya Shopping center. 5 floors above ground of shops and restaurants with an additional 3 floors of the same underground.
Walking underground from Takashimaya Center to another mall Wisma Atria shopping center we head into the Food Republic (food court) and line up for the local favorite Thye Hong Hokkien Mee. (Hokkien noodle dish).  But don't just take my word for it:

Each plate of noodles is served in the traditional leaf sleeve. Which was the original  "street plate" which the noodles sold.
Fresh prawn in a savory sautee sauce with chili over stir fried noodles. Squeeze with lime and bon appetite. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Welcome to Singapore-Changi Airport


Above we see a long Koi pond which stretches the length of a concourse I would typically find in LAX. But this isn't LAX, it's Changi International Airport in Singapore. Which is a HUGE airport in comparison to most of the airports I've traveled through.
 Some of the many Koi hanging around in the pond. It must get kind of the same for the Koi after a while. Same black tile all around 24/7.

When you get tired of looking at the Koi or strolling the pond, or having a drink at the Tiger Beer pub (off screen) you can relax in comfortable chairs in the cozy atrium. All they need is tropical birds....and after the welcome wall below we see......

 Tropical Birds of Singapore and Malaysia courtesy of the Singapore Bird Park!
Well, they were made of wood, but they added some great color to the palm trees, tropical plants, and    waterfalls in the receiving hall.
                                     
More to come soon as we get through the immigration check point and out into Singapore to get something to eat. ;)



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Traveling Over Seas

Above is the largest luxury liner in the Singapore Airlines Air fleet: the AirBus 380. It's a huge plane with a gentle ride. Which reminds me of riding in a cruise liner. When we departed LAX, I couldn't feel we had actually lifted off the ground until I looked out the window and didn't see the tarmack. We're on route to Narita Airport in Tokyo Japan, to lay over and then leap over the South China Sea to Singapore.
The line after disembarkation going through Japanese customs. It was a short line but with no a/c in the hall, it was HOT!
A welcome sign on our way into the main terminal to find the gate for the remaining 8hr leg of the trip to Singapore.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

AVAST!




One of my favorite comic moments from the first installment of the Pirates of the Carribean films, was when our novice buccaneer (played by Orlando Bloom) storms the quarter deck, shouting "Avast!"
I'm working on a pirate themed project at the moment and did this quick sketch to find one of the characters.
Viola!

Kamen is coming to network TV soon. Check your local listings in the US.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Robots are Cool!



Will.I.Am and Dean Kamen team up! To create the next biggest scientifically engineered pop band? To change the face of science and technology? How did this happen?

On my way home this evening, I was listening to the radio. I usually drive home each night and try to catch MarketPlace on public radio to get an update on the financial situation here in the US and the Globe. Today, what caught my attention and I found kind of inspiring was an article they were reporting about the team up of Will.I.Am (from the Black Eyed Peas) and Dean Kamen (inventor of
the artificial heart, the Segway, and other technological marvels)

It's great to hear a pop icon getting behind the cause of inspiring the next generation of kids to be not just "pop stars" and what ever else is currently the fashion on most media. There is a move to bring the "cool factor" to science and technology and change the way kids think about those subjects as areas of innovation, inspiration, and dare to say revolution.

Check out the MarketPlace transcript and audio links here:

Watch F.I.R.S.T founder Dean Kamen go head to head with Will.I.Am in a robot battle to the death! .............or not. ;)

Enjoy!

FIRST Promo:

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sketches

So as another episode winds down and the next ramps up in television animation I am increasingly drawn to drawing non cartoony things. Funny how most of the day is spent drawing cartoon figures and objects and when I look through my sketch books, I see mostly realistic type art.
I was looking through some old sketch books from when I was in college. It was like stepping back into a past life as most of the subjects written or drawn I had completely forgotten about.
The where and when may have been dated, but my memory doesn't register those, nor the act of drawing the subject. Funny how the drawings now are like messages from the past self to the future self.
One interesting quote I came across (not sure if I wrote it, heard it somewhere, or read it somewhere) from a sketch book page dated 5/3/95 was:

"The creative mind is like any other muscle in the human body. One must exercise it daily to keep it in top form. The only way this creative muscle grows it to "demand" more if it than it thinks it has the ability to do."

If you've heard this before let me know.
We can always do more than we think we are capable of. It's nice to be reminded of that at times. This time my younger self speaking to me through the years.

What treasures lay waiting your old sketchbooks?

Monday, March 21, 2011

EPIC Epicness!




For those of you who haven't seen this, it will rock you!
For those who have, rock on!

Bad AC/DC mangling aside, if you haven't seen this epic animation from France, check this out:


I went digging for more info and found the production site here:


The above artwork is a creation of Alex Alice and Mathieu Lauffray.

And lastly but not the least, great thanks goes out to Sandro Cleuzo for hipping me to this great inspirational work.

If you're not following Sandro's inspirational work and inspiration in general, check him out here:


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stage One


Long time since I posted.
I know. Here's the starting image drawn on a post it.
Next is stage two: Color Flats.