Friday, April 30, 2010

3D can be fun!

...but right now it's just a pain to render and create. Don't get me wrong, I'm having fun working in Maya, but man! I didn't really take much thought into why my 3D animation friends were always complaining about render times! Now I know. And I am humbled by it.

This week is crit week at my school, which is basically a long, long week from Hell for everyone to get their work finished for finals. I'm going to be very busy trying to finish the rest of my work, which I will archive on here, even if this week leaves me a horrible, crying mess. I do have more to post, so look for more updates soon!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Ugh, I've been having a heck of a time trying to post this up, but here's a link to a photo album I created to document a project that I did. Involving squids. And the USPS. Valerie and Cathie (and now John McCann!) are on there... and a few other awesome people should be on there soon. So go check it out! It's awesome!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Doodles and Works In Progress or I Need To Get A Better Scanner and Camera

Ugh, see, one thing that irks me when I try to archive doodles and works in progress is 1) the quality of my crappy camera washing out details, 2) all of the white space I keep in my pictures (which I've got to stop, ergh!) and 3) my scanner being very... microscopic. It picks up the texture of the colored pencil and markers, while when you look at it with in person it's quite smooth looking. Come on, technology! Why do you have to either erase my perfections or perfect things that shouldn't be perfected in the first place?!

Anyway. As you can tell I've been doodling a lot of sea creatures lately. It's my thing these days, I don't know. Maybe it's due to me being Piscean... I have to draw my brethren! I haven't done any cartoon work in a while but I've just been trying out different shading techniques. Nothing super fancy as of late.

More important things for me to archive: printmaking class project, 3D performance updates, storyboarding, and... whatever else I come up with. Which will arrive on this very blog soon!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Progress on the Vampire Squid and Friends

Ugh, the color's kind of washed out (I guess you can blame that on my crappy camera... I wish I had my nice Canon still) and it's a little bright (again, stupid Olympus camera) BUT this is my progress on the picture. I need to continue filling up all of the white space, then I'll add an additional layer of white gel pen specks, probably build up some of the shading and tones on the figures, and... well, I'm still debating on adding watercolor. I don't know. It may end up being a bit too much. But we'll see how it goes.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Sane Professor and her Mad Robot Dog

...that's not the official title for them, but for now I'll call them that.

I did an animation with these two for one of my first sound to image projects. I gathered a couple of random sound effects and created a 30 second story about Robot Dog snooping around the Professor's lair, much to her annoyance and to his delight. It was SUPER SUPER rough, and I really want to color and refine it (since I did it with some super crappy software to begin with). They're an interesting pair, though. I do want to work with them more.

And here're a few sketches I did before the animation. Yep. I don't know what was up with the robot bird. Apparently it was rejected for not having a robot heart. Which is mandatory.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A work in progress and some photos!

So no, no, yeah, no, yeah, I've got some pieces to share!

Here's the first... like I've said before (well, at least mentioned) I'm doing a series of "portraits" starring women and androgynous people wearing strange mask that obscure different parts of their bodies (mostly the heads, but I'm starting to hide specific mutilated limbs and organs that they may or may not have). I branched out into doing these illustrative drawings set in an oceanic area, starring a mask girl and her friend/follower/pet(?) masked octopus. At first it really was supposed to be a one-time sort of thing, but I decided that I should make more and turn the drawings into illustrations while figuring out a story for them: who IS this girl, and why is it that she's masked, able to breathe water, and always running into strange cephalopods all of the time?

The girl and the awesome cool vampire squid are in the picture so far, just not her little octo-buddy. Not sure if I'm gonna color it or what. I inked the last one that I drew, but it turned out to be so busy without any shading added to it (hence the reason I'm shading this one). We'll see what happens.

And here're some Photoshopped photos I had to do for my printing class. I, uh... Photoshopped statues. Onto pictures from Haymarket, VA. If you couldn't tell what I did. You probably can, though. I'm obviously not a master Photoshopper, but I try.

More to come soon! ...with my past for updating this blog, let's hope so, at least.