Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Work, School, bleh

Haven't had a lot of doodling time lately. Hope that will change in a couple of weeks. 

I've been working a lot, almost 40 hour weeks. I work at a children's museum and I see this (below) a lot.  

I've also been slowly doing digital painting in place of traditional. So you'll be seeing more and more digital work in the future.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


This image below is in the cinemascope 2.39:1 format (compared to the image above in a traditional 1.85:1 "flat" format). There were few animated films made in cinemascope because the image is stretched out to fit on the frame of the film, it passes through a special lens that un-stretches it creating a wide, very cinematic image. Since it was a photographic process making animated films with anamorphic lenses proved to be a very difficult and expensive process. Disney made "Toot, Whistle, Pluck, and Boom," "Sleeping Beauty," and "Lady & the Tramp" in the cinemascope format, there are most likely others but those are the most well known of them.

Cinemascope also presented a couple other challenges compositionally. Having one person on the screen left a lot of space around them, close-ups were awkward, shots had to be longer b/c too many cuts looked too busy and were distracting, and if the lens used was too wide it caused an unwanted vignette. However, those things were easy for directors and DP's to overcome and 'scope (often referred to as anamorphic) is still a popular choice to shoot movies in. Oddly 2D animation isn't, even though now it's mostly a digital process. The only animated film that come to mind made recently in a wide format is "Mind Game" a Japanese film. But Disney's last venture "Princess and the Frog" was made in standard 1.85:1, and Chomet's "The Illusionist" was also in 1.85:1 even though both films were painted, inked, and colored digitally.

( Above and below stills from "Mind Game" 2004)

I have seen a lot of short films and experiments in wider formats but it's weird to me that feature length animated productions (CG is the exception) doesn't adopt it more often. All you really have to do is change the settings and presto! Wider screen, more cinematic venture. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Some Stuff

Well, my cat knocked by tablet pen off the table into a cup of water I had laying on the ground. Not very pleased, and now it's going to be strictly hand-made work for the next couple of weeks. It's criminal that Wacom pens are $45 at least!

My friend owns a hat that makes me think of soap-suds. 

Caricature of a kid I saw at the children's museum.

Got a nasty pimple on my head... with no head. 

Thinking about developing this one above further.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Brenan & Friends!

Caricature of my friend Brenan. Flattering, no?

It's a snail... It's a hotdog... No, wait. It's BOTH!

Sakura-con nerd II

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bussums II

More sketches of people on the bus.

Friday, May 13, 2011


My friend Karel (a.k.a. Charlie) from Iceland asked me to make a caricature of him. 

This is the final one (above) done completely in gouache.

This was the first attempt, it made all my friends laugh (very important) but I didn't think I got the likeness just right. This also had a variety of media, it was markers, watercolor, ink, color pencil, and a teensy-weensy bit of white acrylic. 

(the man himself)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I went to Sakura-Con 2011, a big anime festival. The Seattle convention center has an enormous lobby that doesn't have any exibits so a friend and I were able to look around without actually having to pay.

I'll have more drawings of the people I saw posted later. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Foist Gig!

Oh boy, oh boy!!I got my first creative gig. The publishers finally put the video up on YouTube so I think I'm free to talk about it without consequence.

So all the images were done by me, and it was animated by another individual named Brady Hall. He also did some work to the images provided. It was fun, all the illustrations were completed in about a weeks time. There are only two things that i don't like about it: the way I drew Julianna's big smiles creeps me out, and the other thing is that the backgrounds required the most work, and you don't see all of it. So to correct that I have all the backgrounds provided below.

 The barn and the city are by far my favorites. These had the most work put into them, it shows obviously.

 The dress-shop (above) is my least favorite. It was hard to find any kind of reference for a dress shop in the early 1800's.

 The large fireplace is the one you see the least of, I like this one a lot too.

I haven't used photoshop that much before this, and now I've gotten a lot better and am trying harder to figure out how it works. If you have any good book recommendations or blogs, etc on photoshop painting please let me know! Also if you like books with lots of kissing in them, pick up a copy of "Eleven Scandals..." you won't regret it I'm sure.

Friday, April 8, 2011


The people of the King County Metro are bee-u-tiful!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Still working on it. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011


HAHAHA! Isn't that funny? Oh wait... no it isn't.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mock Intro

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls!

Playing with markers. 

(this one above is after Elvgren)

(note: the post before this makes it look as if I'm looking up her skirt.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Just Around the Corner...

Anyone getting signs of spring yet? Cherry blossoms are starting to come out for me. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Some Photoshop Stuff

I don't use photoshop that much for drawing or painting, so it's real important that I start practicing. I used the best possible reference you could when drawing, Italian high renaissance sculpture! I got a big book on it from Goodwill for 2 bucks!

With the exception of the second image all of these were referencing Bernini.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Asian Guy

He looks just like this too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fresh Doodles

 Some lady with big eyes and i accidentally drew in a mysterious ghost-guzunga.

 Someone in my class doesn't sit on a desk, he takes off his shoes and sits on a counter, what a rebel.

Kids on the bus; I really want that kids hat it was cool.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Richard Williams Exercise

Assignment for school, this is taken from Richard Williams "The Animation Survival Kit" of a fox hitting a wall. It's supposed to help you see the effect and difference of applying or not applying an elongated frame, and seeing how much more impact we get. The fourth version was one I added in there for kicks. I did all the sounds so sorry if it's really amateurish.

Untitled from Alberto on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I know I'm not British, but watercolour with a 'u' in it looks cooler.