For the past two nights, I’ve been working on creating a semi-accurate replica of the Guy Fawkes mask in V for Vendetta out of paper mache.  These are just a couple pictures I took to mark my progress.  I first sculpted the mold out of ordinary, run of the mill modeling clay:

The next step, as is obviously seen in the next picture, was the apply several layers of paper mache, made with a mix of water and carpenters’ glue:




And this (below) is just a quick doodle I did in class tonight of Pablo the bird.  He’s a bit strange, perhpas even psychotic, and he’s apparently madly in love with this bird feeder.  More to come on Pablo.


lady elf

October 28, 2008

This is just a quick sketch I made of an elf lady whilst in the computer lab this afternoon.  Her name is Rowena, and the reason she is sad is that she misses her man, who is away at battle.

mermaid #2

October 18, 2008

I was so excited about my mermaid from yesterday (and seeing Jimi’s new post, in full living color), that I just had to paint her.  This was a pretty big step for me, because, as previously stated, I’m simply not experienced at digital painting.  I did this in Photoshop Elements 3 (sadly, I am a college student and cannot afford the real deal right now.  And I’m no crook.), using the newly discovered (well, for me at least) wet media brush tool.  I’m not a big fan of how her left hand turned out, and I don’t like how busy the right side of the rock is, but overall, I’m pretty satisfied, what with this being pretty much my first non-drawergeeks (er go, non rushed) digital painting.  It took me the better part of out of class time today, and I’m pretty stoked to keep experimenting with digital painting.

That’s all, folks.


October 16, 2008

I sketched this mermaid out during chapel this morning.  Mermaids are probably my favorite of all fairy tale characters; I don’t know why, there’s just something especially magical about them to me, more so than any other mythical creatures.


So I had my first run-in with a 24-hour comic yesterday, Monday, October Thirteenth, in the Year of Our Lord Two-Thousand-Eight.  I have come to the conclusion that doing a 24-hour comic is much like eating fifteen bowls of Fruity Pebbles—oh so good, but such a wretchedly bad idea.  ‘Twas a lot of fun, but by the end of it, my brain was sludge.  Now, before reading it, you should probably know that I in fact did NOT use all my allotted 24 hours.  I worked on it for a solid 14 hours and 56 minutes, only taking breaks to eat and watch a movie, and, as I did not want to be completely dead for the last day of fall break, and then went to bed.  When I woke up, I had ten minutes left, so I brushed back through with some finishing touches.  That being said, thus begins the first adventure of Colt, Private Eye.  Enjoy.  If you dare.


by the way, it’s probably a bit small to read.  I was having trouble uploading it at a size that’s readable, so I did the best I could for now.


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This is the 1st Pass lighting of my Willy’s Castle scene.  There’s still quite a bit that’s not finalized, like the matte painting in the background, and some of the textures, and the lighting itself.  But for now, this provides a pretty good idea of how things are working out, how textures are reading with lights, etc.  To see exactly what I did for the lighting step by step, just keep on reading (and click the link below)!

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The drawer-geeks jr. assignment was Mother Goose, and I happened to find a rhyme that used the word Gotham (thanks google!).  I couldn’t resist incorporating Batman into Mother Goose, so this is what I came up with.

I drew it in Painter X, using the pen tool and I think the Real Bristle brush (I don’t remember for sure).  I’m not particularly fond of the way the sea-foam turned out.  I wrestled with various tools and settings, but I’m still a noob at digital painting, and thus, never really did get it how I envisioned it.  Oh well.


Fall break has started, and it was such a beautiful day outside today.  I decided to grab my camera, and try my luck at photography (an art form I’m not particularly familiar with).  I had a lot of crappy shots, but these are a few of my favorites.  Hopefully I’ll get better at picture taking if I can just manage to keep it up every now and then.  Anyway, onward to the pictures!!

I saw this apple on the way to the woods, and couldn’t resist a few shots.  You may also notice my friend Mr. Bee in the upper right hand corner.  He scared me.

I really like the vibrant, saturated colors in these, and I especially like the effect of the water in the last one.  Sigh…if only recreating such things in Maya was not like a trip to hell and back….

a story of grace

October 9, 2008

A couple nights ago I was drinking root beer and reading, and I came across perhaps one of the most beautiful stories ever grace ever told.  I wished deep in my soul that I could have been there to watch this story unfold, and I realized even though I wasn’t there for the actual event, I can illustrate it in my own in way, and thus began work on a short, two page comic.  Here’s the early layouts of the comic.  I’ll kind of explain what’s going on after each page, ’cause there’s not yet any dialogue in them.

You can’t tell, but I actually drew these with a red pencil…..anyway, it opens with a wide shot to establish the scene, which is a courtyard of sorts.  There’s a man in the courtyard, a bunch of guys come up to him holding this girl and say something to the effect of, “We caught this woman in the act of adultery; law requires us to kill her.  What do you say we should do?”  (They ask him this because he is a relatively prominent figure in town, at least among common people, and he has this habit of typically being kinda radical).  Rather than answer their question, the man stoops down and begins to draw in the dirt.  Impatient, the leader of the crowd says, “WELL?”  The man looks up and says sternly, “Let whichever of you has never made a mistake in his life be the one to kill her.”

now for page 2

This page starts again with a wide shot, showing the man still drawing in the dirt, and the humiliated woman laying on the ground covering her mostly naked body as best as she can, and the accusers still standing in the right of the shot.  In panel two, the men, who each understand that they too have made mistakes in their own lives, begin to slowly disperse.  In panel three, all the men have left, leaving the man and the adulterous woman alone.  The man stands up and approaches the woman, saying, “None of them condemned you to death?”  She looks up, tears of both gratitude and shame pouring out her eyes, and responds, “None, sir.”  The man lifts the woman off her knees and says, “And I too do not condemn you.  Now go, and leave behind you the mistakes you have made.”

These are early layouts and there still things that need to be corrected, but that’s kinda the point of early layouts.  Anyway, I’m finding that comics is a lot of fun…

Willy’s Castle

October 9, 2008

This is an early render of a set I am making in my 3D Environments class.  The castle itself is a puppet theatre set, and the home of Willy, the most fearsome villain of all puppets.  This particular render has some very early texturing, and no custom lighting at all.  So it looks pretty crappy.  Much work is still needed before this is ready for production.

Here’s a turn around I sketched of Von Cannon and Mr. Renfield during class.  I am still trying to come up with a first name for Von Cannon; presently, I am partial to Roscoe.  Roscoe Von Cannon sounds pretty cool rolling off the tongue.  Mr. Renfield gets his name from the character of the same name in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Which is probably my favorite book…


This is some early work with color for Von Cannon and Renfield:



I also animated a walk cycle of Von Cannon earlier today.  I haven’t made it into a video file yet, but when I do, oh man, you better watch out!