Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I'm alive




(Just fixed the dead links today....)

Sorry, sorry, I know it's been a while. My moniter got fried in a power outage And
I've since been trying to get a new one through my damn warranty. Had to mooch off my scanner at work. Hopefully there's a months worth of work here...



In the absence of my computer I've been trying to take up waterpaint. It is not a forgiving medium, but not doubt I'm preaching to the choir.

The fish one is a present for my grandfather: these are based on his latest aquarium fish. The other two are charicatures of my grandmother in her young beauty and pre-senility. These are my first attempts in waterpainting in over a year, so any critizisms would be well received.

Remember the koala? These are his costars. All the humans a charicatures of loved ones, except the zoo keepers.


For this last one, I dunno, I wanted to do something really cute to a degree of eeriness at the same time. Like that chobits thing, in retropspect. Anime can have its attractive moments, despite widespread animation beliefs. That is, when lecharous invertibrates aren't involved (yech).

Hopefully this makes up for a months absense....Now I'm off to the farm for a week's holidays

Sunday, November 26, 2006

peter and the wolf








Made changes to the farm shot, based on suggestions, any better?

I seem to be on a snow thing right now. Just watched peter and the wolf again (and a trailer for a stop motion version, which influenced this peter somewhat). Of course today I think our sympathy would be with the wolf. Not that the original stories all the inhumane actually: Peter simply ties the wolf to a tree and stops the hunters from shooting it: the wolf is simply taken to a zoo. If it were made today, they'd probably take the wolf and relocate it up in the mountains far from the farms and livestock it was growing too accustomed to. The danger of wolves has certanly been exagerated, but it's quite plausable for one to be a threat to farm pets and a small boy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

my dad's farm

X-mas shopping went quickly this year; three people wanted me to draw stuff.

This one's a working piece for my little brother; it's a painting of my family farm. Yes I am aware the bull is a pitiful attempt at drawing animals the way Andrew Shek does them. Any designer with an appreciation for appealling and original animal concepts owes it to themselves to check out Shek's work; the guys dedicated.

  • Andrew Shek


  • For those wondering about the tire on a bull's head, I'll explain. We give cattle there salts and vitamins in pails we make out of old tires. Apparently bulls aren't known for there dining ettiqutte.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Mob

    The enigmatic multiplier. Mob is capable of creating an infinite number of clones of himself, the catch is that each clone is slightly different, so he is constantly having to spend proper time with all his clones whenever their seperate from them, otherwise proper cooperation in emergencies isn't alway reliable. Most of his time in the tower is spent as much with group therapy and glee clubs as is with actual training. He's managed to get up to sixteen, and got his first soprano.


    I don't have time for video games anymore: they've lost most of their charm anyway, everything has to be so badass nowadays. I think any animator would appreciate this one though. I came out around the same time Donkey Kong country did, which was considerred the visual tour de force at this time, but now looks dated. Yoshis island on the other hand still looks great today; bold flat design with bold rough outline and painterly color style. It's a testament to how strong artistic design will stick around while technical prowess one-upped in a month. They made a sequel. Unforetunatley it doesn't have the same roughness that made the other one so charming; it's too clean. More comically cute babys though; I thought the original design for infact bowser was hilarious

    Monday, November 06, 2006

    Miss Fissure and Boomer




    I think I'm now halfway through my 05 gradclass...

    These are the two demolition specialists, the earth-shaking nutbar and the motley old combustion maker (sort of an senior gambit).

    Boomer is the oldest member of the team and dislikes the showboaty costumes so popular in north america. He's seen many a thing in his slightly longer life and has a casual observers wisdom over everyone on the team, and even his superiors comes to him for advice without any pretense. A bit on the grimey side, but has a heart of gold; his slow stride hides a cunning mind whose always two steps ahead.

    Fissure can produce tremors and manipulate all earth-based substances, so many refer to her as a natural disaster. When Seera got promoted she got a private sleeping quarters, and as a result Telleta was stuck with Fissure as a roomate; Fissure eats T-bone and beer while Telletas eats soy salad and lentils. Fissure is brash, shameless and slightly kinky, pushing every poncey button in Telleta's educated system. A loose cannon, Fissure tends shake things up every time a nerve is touched..... or somthing makes her laugh maniacally..... Or she tries to do math in her head.

    They say everytime you do a charicature you lose a friend. I'm just glad a haven't given my address out....

    Friday, November 03, 2006

    Kobala


    I know, it's terrible, I can't stay on one idea at a time.

    I thought of an idea for a short animation to go with a funny song I found. Somthing quality I could do on my own.

    But I needed a funny character to sing, and just tried to find an animal I could make an appealing, animatable character out of. Here's the first pass at "Kobabala".

    He's kind of like the Jimmy Durante of the marsupial world. I'll try to get back to the superheroes sometime soon; I'm not even halfway through 'em.

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Monsieur Wingdown





    Sorry for last week. Anyway, here's some concept art for my story; a magic show at center stage, and another hero charicature.

    Wingdown is our main protagonist of the tower as the newest addition to the team, experiencing everything for the first time. Quiet and level headed, albeit to a repressed extreme. Wingman's voices of reason fall on deaf ears with his roomates, Flex and Whiplash. Still, his powerful wings befit his benevolent demeaner, as even Seera has a soft spot for the team rookie.

    And no the guy this is based on isn't french, but the aviator outfit reminded me of snoopy playing the war pilot I thought it fit. Hopefully there are no crossed wires...

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Animalia



    Sorry, I know it's been a week. Most of my spare time's been used up on this storyboard test for Ed, Edd and Eddy. I wish I could show it, but I there copyright stuff and all that jazz.

    Anyway, the naturalist is the obvious choice to be the changling. She also has the cool dreadlocks, which go well with the wise, ominous forest girl.

    I wish the term enviromentalist wasn't such a huge pejorative. enviromentalism is no longer anti-tech or anti-society, despite what my relatives think...

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Fayze and Tumbler


    All right, this isn't my best. Sorry, I've been busy all week with this AKA test (I'll see if I can post it).

    Anyway, this is the only consistent couple throughout the school year. The headstrong guy and the transparent girl; airgo you got the guy who can turn to metal and the girl who can phase through things and have things phase through her.

    For anyone coming in late, these are characatures are my former classmates, and I'm making intentional references to existing superhoeroes. Sorry, It's late again

    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    Flex

    This hansom bugger is the naive, unvarnished weirdo of the group. He can contort and stretch into an conceivable shape or size, which can range from comical to creepy and even creative. His pliable body is impossible to break, yet he can't find any brand or variation of styling gel that will elevate his hair above an unkept owls nest. With a complete lack of attention span or self awareness, Flex is easily manipulated with cartoons and nutella. Still, he has great affection for his teamates, assured they with always have his begruding acceptance.

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    Zurge and Seera



    Sorry for the delay; works been crazy. Not stressfull really (or to a point that warrents complaint) it's just that things are so disorganized with the client that we've been bounced from episode to episode; it throws you off and you can't tell if you're making progress or not.

    Anyway, the only logical reason I could think of for this guy to be the electric guy was preference to spiky hair. he's a member of the "Bot-Bot" clan. A seperate gang of vigilantes who work seperate from the main tower. Zurge is the quiet one of the group, but save the thousands on their power bill; they're possibly the only gang on the planet to drive an electro, courtesy of him.

    Second down is Seera. The most confident and assertive, she is Team captain of the tower. Intolerant to apathy and stupidity (things she is constantly immersed in), but in all fairness she doesn't expect anything from anyone she wouldn't expect from herself. Angerred with little provocation, but really dotes on her underlings and watches out for them. The girl she's based on had long hair the last time I saw her, but she had shorter hair for most of the animation course, and the red streaks which suits the fire character better. FYI, the speedy guy's a lot buffer then he was in college after just meeeting him; ironic he's skinnier as a superhero.

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Whiplash


    Yes, I know, a speedy superhero in red. But I always remember the guy this is based on in a red shirt; it's the colours of the canadian flag.

    Anyway, the speedy guys one of the most skilled and formidable in the group, but his smug, juvenile demeanor eliminates any desire for an authorative position.

    It only makes sense the speedy guy's gonna be the cocky one; there whole technique is based around hitting and running before the pain even registers; they can get away with things.

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Teletta

    next on the line of top-ranking supers in a team in the telekinetic person; and perpetuating the cliche is making it the girl. The ability to move things with your mind demands a high standard of personal discipline and ettiquette, which certanly applies to this lady; albeit exaggerated.

    Before my friends hate me for all this grossly exaggerated mugging, I would like to point out my personal charicature will be the least flattering of them all....

    Sunday, September 24, 2006

    Mr. Right


    Yes, I realize he looks like Mr. Incredible. I finally got around to this little project where I charicature all my classmates from cap 2005 as sueprheroes, and this guy's birthday's coming up , so I figured I get going on it. I guess its a bit obvious to make the biggest guy in the group the strong guy; but he's also the unshakably viruous guy (I'm going to make a few enemies with this project no doubt). The names a copeout, but he's a young husband and a hunk and it is now 2:30 in the morning, and I couldn't think of anything else. I eyes are dry and itchy.

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    Hug a chicken

    I don't care what anyone says, I love this show; at least halfway through the first season, anyway.
    I think Antonucci suceeds where Krisfallussi often fails.

    The show has that super pushed cartoony style. It's all about assymetry; no side can look the side as another.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kyRj6NyjzU


    Monday, September 11, 2006

    hotel studies



    Heres some stuff I studied from this indian film. "Dedas" I think it was. Story was a bit bland, but the cinematics and the lighting was just to die for. If anything I think the sketches are toned down in comparison. I was trying to do so research on ritzy indian house for my hotel. Apparently there weren't any indian resort hotels until 1900, so I guess this was the closest thing I could study...

    Saturday, September 09, 2006

    bear fight

    Something to put on while I work out some more elaborate ones. I guess I'll need to get faster as work before my mind'll be free to think some stuff out better.

    Anyway, a few week s ago my brother asked me to draw some bears fighting, and I just recenlty had some time to think it out.

    I feel self consious putting bear drawings on here after seeing the one Shek put up; but then nobody can touch him for animals I suppose....

    Monday, September 04, 2006

    preview for elephantmarchhotel project







    Figured I should work on something for my story again. I'm still not satisfied with the design of the hotel. I'd like to keep it fairly simple and classy, but it's also got to have enough detail to be belivable as a giant establishment where hundreds can accomadate. I'm quite paranoid it's going to look like some gaudy (is that the right spelling?) Hindu themed Vegas Casino. I liked some of these roughs and figured I might as well post them before I screw them up trying to clean one up.

    This shot of Annanda's going to be in the poster, but probably only her head, so I figured I might as well show the whole thing here at some point. And yes, I finally managed to track down Arthur de Pins website again (I've seen his art but didn't catch his name), which is an obvious influence on this particular drawing here. The guys got the hottest chubby girls I've ever seen.

    Sunday, September 03, 2006

    'nother birthday card

    Another card for a friend; it's only two weeks late. Tommorows labour day, so maybe I'll take a detour up to the college and print it out, along with an updated folio. This one's a two-partner, the lower drawing goes on the inside. It's the same two from that earlier birthday car, its the guy's birthday this time.

    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    TikTok and the Wheelers


    More rough sketches....

    I didn't forget the bear, colton, I'm still working on it. In the book and in the movie, Tick tock was a brawny, roly fellow. But in the old carton I rememberred from when I was a kid he was a little, diminuitive thing with a self-important thinking mechanism, so thats probably where I got this design from. The wheelers are pretty much the same as in the movie, although in the book they are so imposing and obscene because they now if people weren't intimidated by then they'd realize they had no able limbs to fight with and were in fact harmless.

    Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea....





    I'm giving it to him tommorow; hopefully he doesn't make an unlikley inspection of said blog until after lunch tommorow. Why am I putting it on now and leaving it to chance? I'll leave that question to the philosophers. I have another card on the way, but I won't put it up until it's been given to the receiptant. Oh, and I'll put the wheelers on my to do list, Sean, right after a malignant bear for my baby brother....

    Saturday, August 26, 2006

    The Nome King



    The Nome king from the third book. Unforetunatley of lost enough interest to read any of the other books of the series, it's already gotten a bit repetitive. Anyway, I didn't want the nome to look overly menacing, but rather demure looking. It was somewhat inspired by Davy Jones from the sequel to Pirates, when he takes the pronounced puff of his pipe. My interpretation of the king is that he has so much clout and is so confident in his victory that he plays games with his opponents, giving them a sporting chance.

    Below are just some rough sketches of my designs of some witch and warlock eye candy. I liked the roughs so much I didn't want to go over them again. Female witches have the pointy ears, and male witches (warlocks), have hooves. The females have slightly less difficulty blending in...

    Thursday, August 24, 2006

    The Land Of Oz



    I apologize for having nothing but rough sketches lately. An animation job has a significant effect on your time for personal projects. As I write this sentence it is 2:30 in the morning, and I have a huge deadline in two days.

    Anyway, this is from the second oz book, where they try to find the true succesor to the throne of the emearald city. The stories were, as it turns out, polictical propeganda. I'm working on the villains of this book; an army of women who invade oz and cause it to go to seed by putting the men in the home. Anti-womens lib commentary from the early twentieth century, perhaps?

    Sunday, August 20, 2006

    Foster's nominated episode

    http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/video/index.html?/fosters/index



    Hear's a link to a Foster's episode that's nominated for an episode. I swear, as long Foster's is on the air, the world can be a happy place in spite of it all. Not only are the designs crisp and the animation good (for flash), but more importantly the characters are compeltely irresistable. You can put any of them in the most mundane situation and they can fly with it.

    Hears a rendition two new characters winners from the second season, Goo (who makes her debut in the nominated episode) and the delightfully repugnant cheese. They've certanly gotten a lot of milleage out of the little guy (look for him on youtube).

    The two officers are for my "without a clue" animatic. I figured I'd have to design them at some point. I decided to make they're bodies a big black sillhouette, with arms only visible when to the side of them, kind of like the thugs from the great "Trippletts of Bellville", now that I think of it.



    Saturday, August 19, 2006

    lion heads

    An idea for a short subject a year back or so. It's based on how I'd always see lion faces in tiled pattearns, originating from the floor of my grandmother's kitchen. Hopefully I'll be able to get the animatic going once I finish the one for "without a clue". When you have so many little ideas at once, I guess all you can hope to do is work on one when the inspiration for it kicks in and then set it aside until something serious with it arises.

    Thursday, August 17, 2006


    Faces on the bus home. Now that I'm commuting there's no excuse not to do this....

    Monday, August 14, 2006

    oz's throneroom



    For those unfamiliar, the "wizard" only permitted each character to see him sepeprately, and he had a different form each time; Dorothy saw a giant head, the scarecrow saw a beautifal woman, the timan a scary monster and the lion a talking flame....

    Sunday, August 13, 2006

    Scarecrow and Toto




    I'm slowly being able to sleep at night with some of the animation I've been doing at work. I took it home and worked on it this weekend, which definitely gives you more breathing space to work the shots out.

    Anyway, the scarecrow took me a while to get something I liked. I know it's a cliche, but I just couldn't see him with anything other then the straw hat (same with the funnel hat for the tinman). The think at the bottom is a monster from the original story called a Kahlidahs (half tiger, half bear.