Friday, December 23, 2011

Skaters gonna skate

Some environment and building concepts for my final for James Clyne. I was lucky enough for my Department Chair, Tim Flattery, to set me up with him. Both of them are insanely talented and the feedback James gave me helped me realize where I have a lot of problem areas I can improve on. Light, color, brushstroke, use of black and composition were some of the things we addressed. Time to get ready for 6th term.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

This project took up the second part of my Character class with Kevin Chen and Hong Ly. It was a rally fun project, although it was almost always an uphill struggle for me to do characters. I think learning about clothing cut, value grouping and overall color were some of the most important things I walked away with from this class. Kevin and Hong both gave some great notes and demos. Also we got a visit from Eytan Zana, who gave a demo on his process for painting from life.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


More from Gary's Arch 1 class, I wanted to paint underneath one or two of them but looking back its probably better just to do new ones, I keep finding compositional issues in them. Have to learn from it.

Baroque (With some major compositional issues)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Anatomy study... Miles to go

A study done over the weekend of one of my friends. Some progression, not enough, and miles and miles to go... Using a limited color pallette.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Late Nights

A couple of images from my continuing Independent Study with James Clyne. Interior and Exteriors inspired by a trip to Baltimore, Miami and some images of Iran mountain ranges James showed me. I'll see if I can post the process for one of these when I have time. Enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sargent Mastercopy

Acrylic on Cold-presses Illustration board

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Porco Rosso Redesign

This is some of the work from a project in Character 1. We had to reinterpret a Miyazaki or Disney film into a 2D style, and I used Secret of Kells as my style guide. It was interesting working with the constraints of a style guide, I learned a lot about simplification, editing and shape breakdown.

If you haven't seen secret of kels it's a visual feast. Almost too overpowering for the story but all in all a great movie I wouldn't have been exposed to if I hadn't been looking for amazing 2D animations. You can see the trailer here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mastercopies and Studies

A few studies. Sargent, Repin and Tyrese. The Sargent piece turned into a concept painting, which although I enjoy, it simply butcher's all that made sergeants painting holy. Also worked on the composition a bit. The Repin master copy taught me a lot actually, more than I expected. I'll probably do another one after learning a few of the tricks fromBob Kato's Vis Comm. 5 class.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Babylon: Ancient Near East and Gothic Architechture

These were done for Gary Meyers Architecture 1 class. I enjoy this class immensely, both because it's fun to hear lectures on historical architecture and because its FREAKING GARY MEYERS. On this assignment I chose to do a low shot image of a couple of Ziggurats. Being one of the earlier drawing sin term I think there are a few things I would address compositionally that aren't working. Anyways, its interesting to have the dynamic of new classmates and different types of classes going on at once this term and I'll be posting a little more frequently.

Also have to completely redo the value version, but let's call that top one a placeholder for now :P

EDIT: Added a Gothic Interior, the perspective is really push, and the drawing took me longer than I initially thought it would, like most things. Had to use a ruler to keep the three point true... Now if I could do that all free handed I'd be as awesome as Roy Santua.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Just some warm ups, did a little bit of learning through these. Focusing mostly on color and luminosity. Looking back on them there's no subtlety in the transitions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Summer life paintings

I have a few posts that will go up soon that have been a long time coming. These were from July. The first was a painting at Tedx Long Beach. One of my past instructors, Nick Pugh, invited past students and colleagues to do paintings throughout the event and we compiled all of our paintings into his presentation. Nick has some great ideas on the future of digital painting as a medium, and I sometimes forget how in the dark the rest of the world is from our small corner of the concept art world. Take a look at the talk here.

The other paintings were quick 5-20 min. studies from life squeezed in wherever I could get them.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Just a taste...

I've been busy this summer interning at both Lin Pictures and Animal Logic Santa Monica. As always I realize how little I know and as soon as I get my bearings something else comes along and again I realize how little I understand, and how much sensitivity I still have to develop.

This little girl up here is a redesign of Vermithrax Prejorative, the dragon from Dragonslayer. Great movie, and now one of my favorites. It was done for Carlo Arellano's Advanced Entertainment Design class. Easily one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. More to come soon so check back.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Some crappy environments

Learned a lot on them though, so thats the good thing.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Environments for Palindrome

More to come as the days progress, check back soon!

Helicopter + Tanker

Designs for a survival videogame concept, Foundry.