Sunday, December 20, 2009

Finished Semester

Well, finally finished a particularly grueling semester at CSULB and so it's time for Winter vacation. I'll be doing a few [unpaid] commercial boards to beef up the portfolio and then it's off to hopefully get some paid storyboard work. In the meantime, more drawing and more [digital] painting to prepare myself for my final semester at CSULB and then it's off to [finally] meet the "real world" head on at the tender age of 27.

Anyway, here're some drawings from life and some more colored faces which I think are more successful, in terms of color, than my previous batch. I even like the bottom right hand corner one in spite of her frightfully large eyes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Second storyboard assignment

The assignment was to take an Aesop's fable and make a storyboard out of it. We were to do a minimum of 30 frames, which is what I ended up with. I left a few out, however, cause' they just seemed redundant. Overall, I think some of the drawings are okay, but the pacing is a little choppy. Time to move on to the next one.

Watercolor series

Here's some school stuff. I have to admit to being a bit proud of myself with these in terms of color. Yea, stuff is crooked and it ain't perfect, but it's the best I've done so far so, yea. I feel like I'm finally getting color, thanks to George Zebot's instruction.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Production Stuff

Ever get the feeling that life is out to get you? How bout' a UFO? I decided long ago that my soul mate was abducted by aliens and that was why I couldn't find her, here in sunny Southern California. Anyway, I'm dizzy after doing this stuff.

Anybody know an easier way to draw buildings? Please let me know. =(

Thursday, October 22, 2009

First Storyboards

Here're most of the panels from my first boarding assignment. Some are missing but they simply feel a bit redundant. I think I need to work on drawing buildings. Anyway, the "story" is pretty retarded and doesn't really warrant mentioning, but hopefully the drawings read.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I've been looking through my life drawing stuff and, strangely, all my best drawings are of the same model. Actually, it's not really strange: He's great!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


So I'm taking a watercolor class and we're painting flowers. This isn't watercolor. This is my attempt to supplement my watercolor studies with less expensive computer studies. I think it turned out okay for doing it off the top of my head but I guarantee you my instructor would laugh. I'll upload more digi-flowers and possibly even watercolor flowers later on.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Style Study

Here's a quick illustration where I pulled a drawing out of my sketchbook and put pretty flat colors over it. I'm trying to find a style that'll compliment the sketchy lines cause' that would be awesome.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Girl and Hummingbirds

I love sketching. I don't really care for finalizing stuff though. This one is taking entirely too long. It'll probably look different once it's done but here's what I've got so far. I'll scan some other stuff later on.

edit: got the colors more or less figured out. Really have to work on speeding up my process. Slooowww.
edit2: I can't look at this anymore. I'm gonna' move on.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some Practice Stuff

More stuff. A giraffe from the LA zoo and a bannerfish from the Long Beach aquarium. I recently got a Nintendo DS so I can do color studies which is nice. I still want to invest in a watercolor kit and sketchbook though.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Daily Practice Samples

Just been practicing with color and stuff in Photoshop. I try to do at least one per day but sometimes I get two and, on ultra rare occasions, three. Something about getting older makes me feel like I gotta' bust my butt to catch up to people. Not a pleasant feeling. I'll try to move on to scenery shortly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More Color Practice

Not done yet, will post final after the experimentation ends. Andy gave me his computer so now coloring is actually fun.
EDIT: I'm done with this. You can see the evolution of this practice piece and my struggle to get to, more or less, the finished product. Doing this made me realize that I have a lot (LOT) to learn about, well, everything. I flipped the picture cause' I think it looks better that way.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Drawings from Life (part 1)


So I drew a bunch of stuff Spring 09' that I never scanned and, consequently, never posted. So I scanned. It took forever, mostly because my current computer is on its last leg.

I took a "figures in context" class with Mark and apparently missed the point. I learned a lot, even if my brain is still trying to process the information. I'll post a lot of my stuff next time. My process is a bit strange, though. I'll do the gesture drawing in the time given, then at a later time, I'll come back and fill in information to see how well I know where stuff goes. At the end of the class, I realized that I really do like ink wash and water color.

The longer pose is from Robin's costume figure drawing class, again. I generally do better drawings when I have between 5 and 20 minutes.

My goal now is to do more field sketching of scenery, including buildings and landscape. I might have to start another blog dedicated to my sketches.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Couple and Horse

So this was my final project for my Advanced A class. It isn't really looking very "advanced" though I think most people -including myself- were a bit burned out by this point. I tried to do a decent job, though. I'll probably end up revising the drawing and colors a little later. I'll post it when it's done.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Old Stuff

Here's some older stuff that I found in some folders that I felt like posting either cause' I kinda' like the drawings or cause' I intend to redraw them all finalized style.

Illustration A assignment: My interpretation of beauty and the beast which initially involved punk versions of the two. Apparently, they fall in love cause' they're both skateboarding fanatics. I kept the rougher illustration cause' I enjoyed the silly idea of the beast eating a pig. The problem is, if you think about the situation too much, it's really sad and gruesome. I kinda' wish I could go back into the illustration where the beauty is crying over the beast's body and do more work on the window, but unfortunately I lost the originals. Too bad.

Aya and Aki faces: I liked these faces a lot. I've noticed that my older stuff looks a lot more complete. The lines are cleaner and there's more stuff going on. Everything nowadays is sketchy and incomplete. Ultimately, I believe there's much more to gain from sketching than there is from getting precious over a single drawing, but I still miss stuff like this. It's strange how when you look back on your old work, it feels like a different person drew it. I guess that's proof that people are constantly changing.

Girl: I like the folds on her pants. They still appeal to me though I remember that some people said they were distracting and strange looking. I guess I can see where they're coming from. She was based on a girl I was sorta' into, and who I'm no longer into. But I still kinda' like the drawing.

All in all, I think I had some weaknesses with anatomy and structure that I've since addressed though it may not be readily apparent. I'll post some more drawings from the sketchbook once I get back. There're just too many. This summer will be devoted to my graphic novel gig, zoo drawing, and learning how to color cause' I'm sick of my instructors saying, "the drawing is nice BUT..."

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Stuff

I've been drawing a lot. Almost nonstop. I feel that I can finally draw tigers pretty competently, which makes me happy. I'll post more drawings later. In the meantime, these are from trees from my school with a make believe building in the background. The building is pretty uninspired as I haven't really done any research on school building architecture. I'd like to design a school for my characters to go to in my story. This is my first attempt, I guess.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book Plate Thing

I kinda' liked how this turned out. The girl looks a bit generic, but I like the tiger. I'd like to do more of these types of small illustrations involving a young looking girl who chills with different animals.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lookin' Up

What a crappy month February was. March is kinda' lookin' up but I desperately need a new computer. 2 minutes to lasso select and move a small section? Terrible.

These are two drawings I sorta' liked and decided to color for fun. DUKE OUT!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wow, it's been a year...

Now that I have internet, I don't really have an excuse to not update. Here's some stuff from the sketchbook...