Monday, December 11, 2006

Figure Drawing December 8

Here's kind of a crappy cell-phone picture of the latest figure drawing. I'll take a better picture of it as soon as possible, but it's been so long since I posted, I thought I would just get it up. This was a really hard drawing. The model never seemed to stay in the same position, so I feel it's a bit off. There's always next week. Once again, 18x24 charcoal on paper.

Monday, November 20, 2006

New Figure Drawing

Here's last weeks figure drawing session at work. Man, it's been a while. It was also my first foray into charcoal. I really enjoyed it. This pose was about 1.5 hours.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Animation:Master Training DVD 2 Now Available

I finally got to the 2nd DVD - Character Rigging. It's for sale on my website:

Animation:Master 2005 Training

Have at it!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Avalanche Challenge Piece

Here's my entry for the last challenge over at the Avalanche Blog . It was a pretty eye-opening experiment. Thanks to Ryan Wood and Sam Neilson for some great pointers that I probably forgot to implement by mistake.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Couple More Drawings...

I really got into drawing today, and I still have the itch. I'll have to keep it going. Heaven knows I need the practice.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Portrait of Baldy

Not sure where this one came from. Lately, I'm trying to get away from the line drawing and go more for tones. Loomis did this really well. So do a ton of the guys I work with.


I've never seen the show "Lost," but here's my shot for the company Art Challenge:

For the rest of the "entries", go to our blog HERE.

This is why I love layers...


One of my all-time favorite CD's is George Winston's December. My dad bought it when I was really young, and I was inthralled with it. It became my Christmas soundtrack, and remains so to this day. The photo on the front of the CD is exactly what I picture when I hear the music, and I think it's just gorgeous. Being October and all, I started listening to Christmas music. Hey! At least it's not the normal time I begin listening to Christmas music...July. My wife would kill me. At least I can listen to it at work. Hehehehe.

Anyways, I decided to get into painting in Painter again....yes, again. I love using layers. So here is a try at painting in Painter 9.5. Everything was going smoothly until I hit the much detail, I'm trying to figure out which brushes to use. Better ask Ryan (Wood). I'll post the progress images next.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sketch Dump

I'm not sure if you can call three images a "dump", but here they are. The last image I saw a drawing of Ariel that Glen Keane did, and I could see so many construction lines, I tried to copy it. I came out with a somewhat similar looking Ariel, but I like the way he constructs his heads. After all, he is the master. I'm trying to get into form and shadow rather than line. I've found a new favorite pencil (that happens on a daily basis) and it is the "Turquoise". It's dark and smooth, and is a joy to draw with. The only drawback is that it smears easily. I still think my alltime favorite is the "Ebony" pencil. Well, the first two were attempts at getting back to knowing my anatomy and construction. I've got a ways to go as you can see. Both were from my head. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Painter Sketch

With this sketch, I was trying to forget about noodling right off the bat and focus on just getting shapes down. Took me about 15 minutes. I need to do about a hundred more of these. My lighting seems to always kill me. I guess it's practice, practice, practice. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Old Gesture Pages - Part 2

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Old Gesture Pages - Part 1

I think a lot of these are already on the blog, butI know a lot aren't. Just some gesture pages. Posted by Picasa

Got a Hankerin'

Tonight I really got the itch to oil paint. I think it was all that staring at amazing art on Ryan Wood, Adam Ford, Mark Behm, Dave McClellan, Dave Malan, and a ton of other's bolgs. They amaze me. Makes me want to paint and draw more and more. Man, I need it. This is oil on paper. I began using oil on paper in college, and fell in love with it. It is somewhat smooth, but keeps a bit of a tooth, shows the brush strokes a bit from the gesso, and is light and easy to store. I remembered something the hard way tonight...don't use Ivory Black as your black when doing a grisaille turns blue when mixed with white! Mars Black all the way. Doing this tonight was punishing...but worth it. I needed it, and I need to get better, that's for sure. Posted by Picasa

One of my greatest pieces of art...

This is one of the greatest pieces of art I think I have ever created...or helped create - my son, Will on the Oregon Coast last week. Posted by Picasa

Portland's Japanese Gardens

Last week I took my family up to Oregon for a family reunion. While we were there, we visited Portland's Japanese Gardens. They were absolutely breathtaking. I'm going to have to paint some of these pictures. My wife made fun of me because I was taking so many pictures and drooling. I could live there. Posted by Picasa