Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Noisy Neighbor

The Noisy Neighbor from Rachel Doda on Vimeo.

Sketch of SOO!!!!!

A portrait of my darlin' friend, Soo! Be sure to check out her stuff--she's really good!

And be sure to check out the awesome portrait she's done of me, too! C:

California! + Sketches

From what I can tell, it appears that the last time I updated my blog was almost three months ago (yikes)! This lack of updates is no excuse--I really do feel bad, since I had planned on using this blog as a way of tracking my progress. But bettter late than never to post a few things--and while they aren't projects (...yet), I thought I'd update with what I've been up to as of late.

The first semester of my sophomore year ended quite well! I have a lot of good memories, and I hope that I'll have just as many in the semester to come. Of course, I did end the semester with a bang; from December 9th to the 15th, I went to Disneyland in California...DISNEYLAND, KIDS!!!

But Disneyland wasn't my only highlight! I also went and visited two studios while I was in good Ol' Cali--Dreamworks Animation Studios in Glendale, and Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank.

The first studio that I went to was Dreamworks; this one in particular was special, since the person who gave me a tour was Liron Topaz, a Ringling alum who graduated in 2009. I contacted him for information on a project for History of Animation in April, and I've kept in contact with him since. I had only talked to him through email, so the tour at Dreamworks was the first time I met him in person. It was really great being able to talk to him about his work and Ringling (the guy really knows his stuff!); he's a really cool, inspiring individual!

He also recommended me this really cool newsletter, Frame By Frame Animation (FBFA). Originally, it was a newsletter that was posted only in Israeli, but lately Liron and a few other of its contributors have been coming out with articles in English, too. FBFA will be posting quite a few cool things on animation--everything from layout, design, etc. They've already posted this great interview with Joe Bowers and an article on favoring in animation. Definitely take the time to check it out!

The second studio I visited was Disney; this one was special, too, since I was visiting my friend Matt Sullivan, a Ringling alum who graduated last year (he was a Layout Trainee when I visited the studio, but recently he passed his final review!). He was kind enough to show me and my mom around the Disney complex, and even introduced us to another awesome Ringling alum, Mike Klim (one of the two Michaels' who worked on the Ringling short, Dilla). All in all, the tour was amazing, and Matt is definitely one of the coolest guys I know. I wish him the best of of luck in his future endeavors.

Now while I am inclined to discuss more about the studio tours themselves (what I saw, my thoughts on the facilities, etc.), I'd rather talk about those experiences in future posts. Why? Well, if I talked about them now, then this blog post would go on forever, because I could talk about it for ages...ages! In order to keep these blog posts manageable to read, I'll save that info for later.

But for now, here's some sketches!

Abstract Doodle

Sketches of The Dreamworks Campus

Car Interior 

Self-Portrait (when I've barely had any sleep)

 Billy Goat Gruff (Bros. Concept)

Belated Christmas Sketch (If I had to caption this,  I'd say, "Merry Christmas, Everyone! Hope The Krampus Didn't Get You!" or something like that).

 Mother Nature

Simple Poly Designs (More on this later)

Figures From My History Class

Zombie Shark

More Doodles/Figures

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Update + Jamie Hewlett

Hey Everyone!

Oh man, has it really been over a month now since I've posted? Sheesh, and I said I'd try to update this as much as I could. But hey, that doesn't mean I've not been working--in fact, I don't think I've stopped working, and the fact that I'm writing this post probably means that it's either the morning and I'm eating my oatmeal, or it's the afternoon and I've just finished lunch.

But hey, who wants to hear about the sandwich I just ate a few minutes ago...I think ought to talk about  what classes I have enjoyed instead. Lately, I've taken a liking to my Concept/ Development 1 class. I'm currently working on an animatic based off of Aesop's fable, The Monkey and The Dolphin. It's been challenging, but it's also been a lotta fun. I'd post some work, but to be honest I'm just going to wait until the animatic is completed--the amount of concept and design sketches I have is crazy. I had to redraw/re-design my monkey and dolphin roughly 5 times (each time, doing about 5 sketches, excepting the part where I tackled the monkey and dolphin for the first time). But you'll see all that soon when the animatic is completed two weeks from now, when I post it to the blog along with other concept work.

Lastly, there have been a few nights where I've had to stay up late trying to finish my homework. While working on it though, I found myself every night listening to this same interview as a way to keep me awake and to lift my spirits. It's an interview with Jamie Hewlett, as part of Alfred Dunhill's interview series. I absolutely loved hearing his story about his life and work, and found it amazing when he talked about his creative process. Of course, though, I still think that his comment on the ego in the first few seconds of the interview is probably my favorite part.

Make the time to watch this (if you haven't already); you won't regret it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Boar Walk Cycle

Hey guys!

Nothing too fancy to post, but here's a rough version of my exaggerated boar walk cycle. I'll post my regular one once I get a good copy of it.

Regrettably it isn't looped, so feel free to mash the play button as many times as needed in order to get the effect.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monkey Silhouettes- First Batch

Silhouettes for a future project. I'll take about it more in a future post.

If anyone's familiar with the this assignment though, feel free to critique. :P

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back to School/ Boar Designs

Hey there, everyone!

It's been quite a while since I've posted--I was just so busy moving in and getting packed for school I didn't take the time to make a proper post. But hey, school's started again, which means one thing--MORE POSTS!

Or at least, that's what I hope. A lot of my friend's art improved greatly because they kept up with a blog through their year, so I'm hoping it will be the same case with me.

Anyway, enough talk--how 'bout some art?

Below are some Boar Designs I've been working on for my Quadruped Walk Cycle for Traditional Animation II. Crits are welcome, especially since I feel like these designs could be pushed further. If anyone has any thoughts, let me know.

Bonus points if you spot the derpy design from the normal ones!

Ciao for now!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sketch Dump I

Whoa! I haven't posted in what seems like...forever! But what can I say--I've been busy lately. I just got back from the lake trip with my awesome cousins and their families. It's only been a few days since the trip, but tomorrow my step-brother's getting married, and then I'm going to see Train in concert on the 7th.

Holy Moley, at least this summer's finishing up with a bang. But onto more cooler things, like some artwork y'all!

Dancing Monster

Crazy Dolphin: Rough Sketch

Sketch Something Word: "Fisherman"

 Sketch Something Word/Phrase: "Ghostly Boxer"
Monkey Design (Funny story with this one; I had my cousin's two year old place his feet on a piece of paper, and then I drew around his feet so that he would stand still for a few minutes. It was really fun for him, and at one point he would move his feet when I wasn't done tracing yet. I then took one of those foot drawings, and drew a monkey for him, since monkeys are his favorite animal).

Monster Designs

Tree Studies from Norris Lake

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Current WIP

Lately I've been feeling a bit drained with just sketching and doodling. While I enjoy doing rough sketches and doodling whatever I please, I haven't had the same sense of fulfillment that I get from my finished pieces. I don't think I've done a finished piece in quite some time (not since the portrait of my friend, Asia, I think), so I was itching to do something that would take much more time and effort. 

However, when I would look up reference, I'd find stuff that would blow me away, but then lose it's charm whenever I tried to incorporate it into a piece. It was then that I realized I needed to get my juices flowing by actually seeing reference up close in personal, and gather my own reference rather than relying on the internet.

So yesterday I went to the Samurai Exhibit at the Frazier Historical Arms Museum. 

It. Was. Amazing.

After than trip, I felt so accomplished and inspired--I gathered so much reference, I ended up draining the battery on my camera, forcing me to use my mom's iPhone to take pictures. The stuff that was on display was gorgeous. In fact, I think I might just have to dedicate an entire post on the trip (and post some of the pictures that I took). Anyway, long story short, the trip inspired me to draw a portrait of some sort of monster/samurai creature (the samurai would try to make themselves as intimidating as possible; sometimes by incorporating animals into their armor). Below is the WIP.

Rough Sketch

Developed Sketch

Tighter Sketch

Feel free to critque, especially if there's something obvious that needs fixin'.

Ciao for now!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shaolin Drunken-Sword Gestures + Outlaw Star

Hey Everyone!

A few days ago, I was looking up different types of martial arts and fight sequences on YouTube. I came across this video on Shaolin training, and was amazed at some of the dynamic acrobatics and highly skilled practitioners in the video.

I didn't get to finish watching the whole thing, but I managed to go through and look at most of the fight scenes/ training sessions. It was around 1:19:55 (where a teenage boy performs Drunken Sword) that I decided I would do some gestures  of him fighting. Below are some of the drawings I did.

Each one took me roughly 5 min. to draw (if I really liked to pose/ if the pose was tricky, I spent a little more time on it). It turned out to be a lot of fun, and something that proved to be a fulfilling exercise. Plus it was funny watching the swordsman pretend to take a drink before continuing to fling his sword; despite the seriousness of it, I couldn't help but smile.

I'll see if I can post more sketches; I think I'll continue doing gestures like these, but of different martial arts. It's great seeing all the different styles and variations. 

Now the question is whether I can tear myself away from watching Outlaw Star in order to draw more. I mean, I'm already close to being half way from finishing it. Sure, I watched it as a little kid, but after finding out some of the episodes were on YouTube, I couldn't help but fall back and re-watch the series. And while the animation may not be as good as others, and the story not as tight as should be, it has some of the most (surprisingly) best lines in any anime I've ever seen. I mean, just listen to this speech--it was done just for the beginning of episode two!

Or how about the lines used in this Toonami advertisement. Not all the lines in the ad are from the show, but most of them are!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and finish watching the entire series, draw until I develop carpal-tunnel, and continue working my butt off in order to save some dough for future prospects.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Torso Tuesday!

Hey Y'all! Didn't you know? It's TORSO TUESDAY!!!!

Well, not officially Torso Tuesday...more like I'm just posting some sketches of torsos (and it just so happens to be Tuesday). Nonetheless, below are some torso studies of male models that I did using The Figure Drawing Tool for reference. Each sketch took me about 5 min; some were easier than others, while a few were definitely a bit tricky.

I was hoping that the 21c Museum Hotel was still having their figure drawing classes, but unfortunately I discovered the classes were put on hiatus. And while I wasn't too keen on drawing from photos (it's just not the same experience as drawing in a classroom setting), I'll admit that the Figure Drawing Tool had nice variety in their photos in order to keep me challenged. I can't wait to go back to school and be able to go to the Figure Enhancement Workshop (FEWS) again.

Alright, that's enough words. Ciao for now.

NOTE: If you can't see the image as well, click the image, then right click > open image in new tab. That will allow you to see the image up close without having to download it. C:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Just Some Sketches

Nothing too much to talk about as of late; I've been continuing to study digital painting by reading a few books/ watching a few tutorials. I've also been sketching in my sketchbook, drawing more from life than from imagination. Time and again, however, I'll draw up a little doodle of something from my head (even if it's just a scribble) and keep it for later use in--what I hope will be--a short animation test, animatic, or even a student film.

But hey, enough words; here are some sketches!

Above is a thumbnail, isometric sketch of an aisle/ check lane where I work. It's different than most check lanes I see, specifically because the computer is off to the left, as supposed to being next to the scanner. This is the only place where I've seen a set-up like this and, while different, it is still effective.

At one point I decided to go and sketch some figures at a coffee shop. Unfortunately, there were not that many figures. So, I decided to draw the front end where people order, and where the baked goods are so I could work on my perspective skills. It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to do more studies like this.

Lastly, this is just a small robber design I created a few months back. While the silhouette definitely needs improving, I find the design to be kind of fun. I'll probably end up working on him a bit more, in order to develop what his personality is and what he steals.

Until then, ciao for now.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Portrait Swap!

Finally! It's done! My portrait of my lovely friend, Asia! After my other friend, Victor, and her did a portrait swap, I asked she would want to do one with me, too.

Originally I was going to just do a drawing, but in the end I decided to practice making/ painting with custom brushes.  I think I might have bitten off more than I could chew though, considering I haven't painted portraits in a while (yet was attempting to with a custom brush I wasn't used to). Overall though, I'm pretty pleased with how the painting turned out; it's still a bit sketchy/underpainting-y, but it's a nice start.

If anyone would like to do a portrait swap, let me know. Also, be sure to check out Asia's amazing art blog ( along with Victor's art blog, as well (

Cheers everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Character Mentor Contest Entry

Hey Y'all!

So, here's my entry for Tom Brancroft's Character Mentor Contest. If any of you guys are interested, check out his website in the link below. Currently, I am trying to figure out how to upload this entry; if any of you guys see it on the site, let me know. I really want to make sure that it submits!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Samurai/Second Digital Painting

Huzzah, it's finished (for now)--my second digital painting! This time I took an iconic photo from my trip to Japan back in 2008. It's a photo of a statue taken outside of the Tokyo Imperial Place. The statue is of Kusunoki Masashige,  a famous Samurai who was the symbol of samurai honor and loyalty. You can read all about him here in this wiki-entry:

This photo never seems to escape me; it's one of the photos I picture first every time I imagine my trip to Japan.

Final Painting

(Very) Rough Sketch

There's something I've noticed every time I try to paint with only focus on the values/forms of a subject--my images almost always seem to grow wider/stretch. In this case, I tried doing a quick sketch before working on my piece, but in the end I made some adjustments anyway. For instance, in the photo, there's a tangent between the samurai's rope and his arm; I lowered to the rope in order to make the rope easier to read. I also brightened the samurai's face in order make it stand out. Lastly, I just let some things go dark, as supposed to drawing in every single detail.

If anything, I wish I had taken a better photo in order to create a more exciting composition. But hey, when I was younger, I thought this was a cool composition. Haha, ah well...

Until next time.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Figure Sketch Dump + Bonus Drawing!

Here's some much needed figure sketches I've been meaning to post here online. These were all done last semester, and I had been meaning to post them. I really do miss figure class.

 And at the end, a bonus drawing of a ninja (?) warrior that I did way back in 8th grade. It's pretty bad, but a good laugh (the ninja design that is).