Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hand Gestures at the CTN-X

I attended the CTN-X animation expo this weekend. With all of the great panel discussions going on, it was a perfect time to draw and watch the hand gestures of the different speakers. it seems most people have similar hand/arm movements, but the subtle differences in the tension in the fingers reveal the unique personalities.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Football Sunday

They didn't broadcast the Colts game here on the west coast, so I was stuck watching a couple of teams that I didn't have much interest in. So I started drawing...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Disney Animation Boot Camp

Not long before March 25, 2002, when Disney announced they were cutting their 2D animation department, they had a 2D Animation Boot Camp for new talent. This is not to be taken lightly. Disney put the recruits up in a dorm in Monterey, CA. They were taught by some of the Disney greats, including Walt Stanchfield. A co-worker of mine was selected to be one of these new talents back in 1997 when he was in college. He shared with me his stories and his official boot camp binder.

Pretty damn cool.

This is a huge binder, loaded with great advice and techniques for beginning animation artists. I can't imagine how cool this might have been to be a part of. This is the same year Disney put out Hercules. This is also 5 years before they gave 2D the axe and 10 years before they resurrected it from the dead again. I don't have the time to scan the whole thing (though I wish I could), but I wanted to at least scan a small sample to share with any of the animation fans out there.

I have no idea if they still do this sort of thing for their new3D animators, but I doubt it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Oil Pumps

Friday, October 16, 2009

Costco Folks

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Airplane wing of the 737

I'm becoming more familiar with this guy

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Waiting for an oil change

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

guy waiting

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


people at the laundromat, and a wheel
people at the OSH outdoor store

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I have lots to learn, but I'm enjoying the process. He was inspired by a bad guy in a 70's James Bond film that I caught on TV the other night.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Comic Con!

I had the pleasure of attending Comic Con this last weekend. I didn't know what to expect, but within 10 minutes of entering the convention center doors, I met Bill Plympton and got an autographed copy of his Dog Days DVD. Needless to say, it was very cool. I got to meet a lot of VERY talented artists and even some famous folks. Here are some of the nice artists who signed my sketchbooks

Bill Plympton
Ronnie Del Carmen
John Kricfalusi
Kei Acedera
Bobby Chiu

Friday, June 12, 2009

So it turns out that the monkey animation test I did, got me the job! But....I can't put it up on my blog, nor anything I'm working on for awhile. The project is hush hush for now, but I assure you it has been a lot of fun to work on. Here are a couple o f people waiting for their food at a restaurant up the street.

Monday, May 25, 2009

sketch update

Some of these are from a nearby coffee shop, where I was sitting there looking around for someone to draw and realized that I had sat down across from Michael Strahan. Unfortunately, he was a quick mover and didn't stick around long enough for me to get a sketch of him. Though there were some good candidates that day; birds, young people, old people, people carrying boxes, shopping bags, etc...
I find it a lot easier to draw people here in LA than anywhere else. Most people have on the 'big city blinders' and don't pay much attention to the people around them. I think it's an adaptation to being surrounded by people, everywhere, all day. Whatever the reason, it makes it easier to draw them because they don't notice, or care. There are definitely a lot of interesting looking people here, and you don't have to go far to see them. I can walk outside my door and draw the cleaning lady or walk outside my building and draw people walking their dogs or the building painters across the street, Or the mechanics on the corner....
With all of this at my disposal, I guess I should be drawing more!

Next Post:
I did an animation test recently for a job with a cool monkey rig built in flash. It was a lot of fun, it should be up in a few days.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


some new stuff

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I was going through some old boxes that I haven't looked through in a while and came across a few gems from college. I found this background study I did for a class where I was experimenting painting on cells. This was a study taken from an episode of Samurai Jack. It was done with chalk pastels and for some reason, I just really like the feel of the chalk and the mix of colors. Another gem in the boxes, was a VHS tape with my first hand-drawn animation attempts on it. At some point, I'll transfer this amazing(ha) animation to digital format and post it on here for everyone's amusement, including my own.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

straight ahead animation on the DS

I just started drawing mike wazowski and 500 or 600 frames later, this is what I came up with. fun excersize with a simple character, i guess. i don't know if i'll ever get around to finishing it but it was fun to animate. it could use some in-betweens and music...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

character designs ideas...

I was going for "sexy"...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ladies at the laundr-o-mat

mopping, sweeping, eating, putting on make-up, playing video games and watching their "stories" on the spanish channel... these are just a few. I had a lot of time to kill waiting for our laundry, so there are more laundry lady drawings where this came from.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Intervention Guy

This guy is from an episode of intervention last night. I think he had more problems than his 'addicted' wife.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Some Drawings

Waiting for the bus, riding the bus, shopping at the outlet mall and getting my oil changed...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hand Gestures

Hand Gestures
I came across this today and had to pass it along. This is an amazing video analysis of hand shapes and gestures. She (Emily Maynes) goes through lots of gestures and variations. It's very interesting how doing the same gesture but at different heights or distances can mean so many different things.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wrapping up...

The blog has been quiet lately, partly because of moving, partly because of learning and adjusting, but mostly because of the project I'm wrapping up on at the end of this month. As some of you may know, the movie is called Drag Me To Hell and it has been a great experience for me. I've learned an incredible amount in a short period of time and I'm excited to see something I've worked on in theaters. I have a new-found respect for movies and their creators. The process is very interesting to me and it seems that I learn something new almost everyday. This film is close to wrapping up, but I'm still in the thick of it working on some final shots. One of my shots will be unmissable if you watch the movie (hint: it involves an anvil)

But the Quest is still going strong! I'm still drawing and animating in my free time, just haven't found time to scan and organize for the blog, hopefully I will remedy that soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Steel Dragon (aka the city bus, or how I learned to draw on bumpy roads....sort of)

As in all quests, there has to be a dragon, and this quest is no different. Fortunately, this one feeds on compressed natural gas and quarters. So I summon the dragon a few times a week to get me to work. These are some other local folks getting to and from work on Metro line 14.

...sorry for the bad drawings, i'm a little rusty... more to come from the bus...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Quest Goes On!

Sorry for the lack of posts. moving, working, acquainting, etc..has kept me very busy, but I've managed to do a couple quick animations on the DS to keep the mind limber.

I've been taking the bus to work a few days a week, which has given me time to draw. So stay tuned for some bus drawings. Things are going well out here and the future is definitely looking bright for the quest.