September 10, 2010

I just started working on a new Lord of the Rings inspired project for myself, but, just to be a toolweed, I’m not gonna say what it is just yet.  Anyway, here’s a very quick, very early sketch of Denethor:


some studies

June 24, 2010

My friend Josh Addessi suggested to me that I do some studies on people and animals with interesting features:  various body structures, physical elements, features that make them stand out in a crowd, and things that can translate into fun cartoon characters and creatures.  I grabbed some photos from and google image search, and plan to just do some gesture sketches and quick renders, just to get a feel for doing more realistic type drawings.  The goal is that, ideally, the better I understand the way odd features work in real life, the better I can use them in cartoons.  Here’s a few sketches I did today.  I’m fairly uncomfortable with this kind of drawing, as you can see.  I still need quite a bit of practice.

The concept of joy is something that has been in the forefront of my mind for some months now; recent circumstances that have resulted in the forfeiting of something indescribably valuable to me and that have caused many sleepless nights of thought have been accompanied by perhaps the deepest joy I’ve known in my twenty-one years.  Amidst sadness, sometimes confusion and ache, there has come to light a greater understanding what it is to be loved by God, and sustained by that love, and the culmination of the story, which will be to experience forever the very definition of joy in the presence of the very definition of Love.

I often feel tremendous sadness, and yet, even with that, I have found myself laughing and smiling more than I have ever before; not superficial laughing and smiling that comes from trying to hide from others how weak I really am.  It is the genuine laughter that comes from drawing a silly little monster or watching a campy movie or enjoying being in the presence of others.  It is genuine laughter that can exist in the company of genuine (sometimes borderline overwhelming) sadness, because of the knowledge of something greater than all of this.

I drew this little guy.  I hope he brings a smile to your heart.

figure drawing sketches

November 21, 2009

Rorschach sketch

August 18, 2009


Batman Villians

August 15, 2009

another caricature of me and my friends, this time as classic Batman villains.


Corny cartoon

August 13, 2009

A last minute doodle for church:


John 12:24  “For I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat (or corn, in this case) falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”


This is a caricature of me and some of my friends, as Lord of the Rings characters.  From left to right, we are Johnomir of the race of Men, from Gondor; Colegolas, a wood elf; Joshagorn, a Man, a Ranger, and a heir to the throne of Gondor; and Benli, a dwarf.

Vintage 21 Animated Logo—Slot Machine from Cole Phillips on Vimeo.

I worked on this alongside Lucas Rugen and Bryan Zabala, as our junior project for our Animation Studio Class.  I was the lead animator.  We’re planning to revisit it in the fall, and make some finishing touches to the audio and editing.

The Concupiscent Canary from Cole Phillips on Vimeo.