Thursday, November 22, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Quick Update

It's been a while since my last update:
(maybe i should start all my posts like that, since it's a given;)
In recent news since my last update, I've been working steadily on the new show, my wife delivered a new baby, and we've been up late since;) Also was informed that a website for which I designed a mascot not too long ago, has gone live and can be found here:

The site looks terrific! Great job All-Connect crew!
Shout out to Kevin Graham on leading the art direction!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today in Celebrity Caricature Challenge History

Not too long ago on a day similar to today the Celebrity Caricature Challenge was launched.
Recently unearthed images have come to me and I will be posting art from the golden age of this challenge. Behold two entries from the past!
Brian Algier (Art Director, artist extraodinair, and all around swell guy @ Insomniac Games)

P.Allora (The grandfather of the C.C.C.)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Inspiration: Update

 So it's been a while since last dropping by the ol blog.
I have to say since starting at a new show at Nickelodeon in June, it has been a whirlwind of activity.
New storyboards and inspiration abound on the new show. Speaking of inspiration... this past weekend my sister was in town visiting my family and we took a trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
My sister, being a fan of Gustav Klimt, was in luck as they were hosting an exhibition of his drawings over the course of his career. Check out more here:
It was pretty inspiring show to see Klimt's early work in the classical representational style favored at the time and for me to learn that he cut his artistic teeth in the commercial art field of decorative painting. The following is by no means an attempt to represent the show or present robust art criticism. I am merely presenting artworks which I enjoyed and responded to while in the gallery.

Klimt's use of models and his continued practice  of drawing from life reminded me how inspiring, motivating, and necessary it is to devote time to the daily practice of drawing from life. The drawing below was a study for a commercial painting to adorn the walls of a new opera house. I was wondering how this study would be interpreted for the final painting. How much would he change?
What other studies had he done for the hands of the subject? I was also amazed by the classical style he executed so proficiently here as I had only known of Klimt's finished works during his "Golden Period".
These two images below don't do justice to seeing the actual preliminary sketches in person. The delicacy with which he applied the many fine strokes of graphite, rendering the forms of the figures, the planes of the faces, was a study in painstaking technique and keen observation.
I was drawn to the contrast he employed in the variety of strokes depicting different material and surfaces. 

Later in his artistic path, Klimt breaks away from the traditional "accepted" art society and joins the Succession movement.
He begins to experiment with various techniques of applying graphite to underscore the Symbolist themes of his art. I was drawn to this image below and was marveling at the fluidity of his brush work in ink. No searching, no corrections, and no scratchy hesitant lines. Just bold precise strokes.

I love how Klimt's directs viewers eyes to the strongest contrast in the pencil painting.
The subjects languid gaze at the viewer.
 He draws us in and utilizes various handling of the medium to depict the materials and control the focal point. A haunting and beautiful study.  

A study below for the Bethoven Freize which captures the allure of the sitter in delicate line work. This piece was featured through out the museums advertisement for the show. The original is only about 10x14in and just amazing.

 Later in his artistic journey he had traveled into the area of exaggerating and interpreting the human form with tactile line and subtle rendering. I really enjoyed observing how he still utilized his keen observation to depict the subtle curvature of fingers wrapping around a form or outstretched at the same time distilling the forms to streamlined sensitive shapes on the paper surface.

But there was so much more to see at the exhibit, in addition to a full size recreation of the Bethoven Frieze.
I really responded to two things:
1. His experience as a painter influenced his tonal approach to drawing for many years and then he broke away into the pursuit of a tactile descriptive line (following influences from Japanese and Parisian art) His art became increasingly more stylistic akin to graphic design: ie shapes dominate his figure depictions, compositions, and artistic motiffs.
2. His daily practice of drawing from life was a staple through his artistic career up to his final days. 
He also apparently had a voracious sex life to match his passion for drawing. 
The documentary describes his daily drawing and the models who were his muse.
The film makers do a much better job at getting to the man behind the mystique of his art. 
Check it out.
Keep on drawing!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Been a crazy bit of production these past couple weeks. I did manage to get out and sketch at lunch a little while ago.
It's something that takes the edge off drawing cartoons and my mind has a chance to switch gears drawing something different and moving quickly. All of these were done from memory as the subjects were all moving by quickly.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Adams Family Art Auction

Do you want to own original hand drawn/ painted animation art?
Do you want to own a piece of animation history?
Do you want your dollars spent to go toward helping a family in need save their children from a life threatening illness?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please head over to

Where your winning bids on an original piece of animation art can help the Adams family pull up from the harrowing family health/ financial situation which is still dire.
You can read more about it here:

I went to the first part of the silent auction on Thursday night.
The number of amazing originals presented was as large as the turn out of support from the animation community.
Please check in if interested on the auction for a good cause. Bidding closes tonight at 7pm PST.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

March Lion

So so March has come and roared in with much work and activity on my end.
I'm going to have to try harder to post more frequently.
Maybe for the next few posts it will be sketchbook pages as I've recently finished my little pocket travel sketchbook. For now here's a piece that I've tried to keep fast and not get too busy on. Keepin' it loose in line and color.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Internet and You.

Wow, it's already February!
I've got to get busy on posting more art! It's on it's way for sure.
Here's an interesting podcast that I caught on my ride home tonight.
It's all about the Internet and your worth $$ and how marketers are targeting you by inferring the data
that is collected on your surfing the Internet.
Check it out, I bet you'll be surprised how this is happening.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Miracle Mile Marksmen

What do you do during your lunch breaks?
When I first started in animation, I had been out of art school for a few years and was more familiar with drawing for illustration. Meaning that if I needed to draw people in a street scene I would find reference or shoot it and then draw from the ref. Reference doesn't move while you are trying to draw from it.

Entering into animation at the Disney Feature studio in Florida, I was surrounded by artists and animators of incredible talent, who would often draw from moving subjects, and do it well.
So I was curious as to how I could produce life drawings and quick sketches that looked as good as my drawings from a life drawing class where a model would "pose". I took on the challenge of going out to draw people in the theme-park in motion during my lunch breaks.

I remember my first drawings were just awful. Looking back at the drawings I can't tell if the scratch drawings are male or female. Some drawings looked like a collection of "sticks" jumbled on a page.
Fast forward to the present and now I can tell by looking at the drawings what is the gender and I still have more to explore/ capture/ and push in these quick sketches from life.

I've tried to continue on sketching on lunch breaks and bringing other artists and sketching enthusiasts along at each company I've worked for in my career thus far.
Recently, the group I currently sketch with, formulated a plan to make our outings more fun by starting a blog to share our drawings with viewers and members of the group.
Each week we pick a "mark" and do a sketch from memory to post on the blog.

You can check out some of the sketches here:

Drop by and let us know you've been there ;)