Tuesday, December 19, 2006


In my Dynamic Sketching class we tried Gyotaku or the art of Japanese fish printing. We simply rolled ink on the dead fish our T.A., Chris Grun, bought from the fish market that morning, and pressed rice paper over the top. I believe it was a halibut, rock cod, red snapper, and I forget what the one on the bottom right is.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More Little Prince Images

The top image is of the lamplighter, the king, and the drunk from The Little Prince. The next two are pages of character explorations.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Pilot

Another Little Prince digital illustration drawn in graphite and painted in Photoshop

Thursday, November 23, 2006

More Thumbs

These are design studies for the businessman's planet in The Little Prince. I thought I'd go for a more interesting shape than a mere sphere and I drew inspiration from asteroids.
The thumbs are done in a graphite technique taught to me by my mentor, Patrick Hanenberger where you lay down graphite powder in a wash and erase out to find shapes. The last image is just of some rough thumbnail studies done with warm copic gray markers in 3 values.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Little Prince Value Thumbs

Here are some Little Prince thumbnail comps I drew with Copic Markers and scanned.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Another Sketch

Ballpoint pen on Molskine notebook.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Little Prince & The Fox

Here are some characters I am redesigning for my own modernized version of Antoine De Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. The boy in the school uniform is the Little Prince and the next image is of the fox he befriends and ends up taming. Both sketched in pencil and scanned into Photoshop for color. More to come!

Monday, October 09, 2006

More Moleskine Sketches

Just some more ballpoint sketches from my Moleskine books. Any color washes you see are done in water color.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Witch

This pencil sketch that was scanned and colored in using Photoshop, depicts a 1940's style witch from the Brother's Grimm fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringle. I modeled the outfit from Mirna Loy's character Nora from "Shadow of the Thin Man."

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm still around...

No, the rumors are untrue. I am not dead.

I have just recently moved, started school, and just been dealing with the crazy curveballs life throws you.

I'll post work again soon.

Take care all,


Sunday, August 13, 2006

Saber-Tooth Flea

This is the concept I have been working on for Krystina Castella's Toy Design class. The following is the text on the back of the package:

Meet the Saber-Tooth Flea!

Paleoentomologists recently unearthed the earliest known relative to the modern day flea: the Smilodon Ctenocephalides or Saber-Tooth Flea™. These wingless insects are generally less than 3.81cm (with teeth 13.97cm). It is supposed that this large parasitical insect spent most of its life entangled within the thick hair of the large wooly creatures that roamed the prehistoric world. Most often the Saber-Tooth Flea™ could be found feasting upon the North American Mammoth for its sustenance. It is believed that their teeth, or palps, doubled as heat-seeking antennae and its primary means of transportation: pole-vaulting. With the discovery of this amazing species, scientists have opened the door for the discovery of countless other previously unknown primitive insects such as the Woolly Poly™ and many, many more. Be one of the first to collect them all!"

I sold 9 of these at the student Toy Design sale for 25$ each and sold the deluxe albino under antique glass with an antique magnifying glass for $100. (My dad bought it. Thanks, Dad!)

Saturday, July 08, 2006


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cowboy John

John is a great model. I went to the Saturday workshop at Art Center and decided to paint in my moleskine sketchbook. I "gouached" it. I like saying "gouache". It's a funny word.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sketches and Stuff

I've been posting on Sticky Sketches but I haven't put anything up here for a while so I thought I'd put in some sketches and stuff. The top sketch is a pencil (& digital) study I did of my wife for a painting I'm working on. The middle three are just excerpts from my most recently completed Moleskine sketchbook. The bottom is one of 30 some-odd storyboards I did for a group project in my film class entitled Language and the Moving Image with Joe Sola.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Minnie, Nilan, and a Movie Poster Concept

Mixed Media on Canvas 9"x12"

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 9" x 12"

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

These are a few paintings I'm working on for my Image and Idea class with Kent Williams. The first two were painted from reference photos I took of my grandparents in costume. The last is a movie poster concept for George Clooney's recent movie Good Night and Good Luck.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Aladdin Spying on the Princess

Here is a digital painting I did in Photoshop for Richard Keyes Color Theory for Entertainment class. The Siamese cat leering through the window is Aladdin [see previous post] who is unabashedly spying on the princess. It's at this point in the story that Aladdin, at the risk of being discovered and put to death, sneaks a peek and beholds the face of the princess and swears to marry her when he at once is consumed by her beauty. I don't pretend to be completely satisfied with this piece. I just have to keep posting so I won't lose my nerve to do so. As always, suggestions and feedback are more than welcome.

Friday, March 17, 2006

I'm working on the facial features of the princess from Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp [see Previous Posts] using my Wacom tablet in Photoshop 7. She's modeled after an Abyssinian cat and will be clothed in East Indian attire.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Here is the final turnaround for the Hero Nerd character in the modernized version of the Brave Little Taylor[see previous posts]. This was drawn in pencil, scanned, and colored in Photoshop.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


This is a character I've created for the Aladdin project [see previous post] I'm doing in my color theory class. This giraffe is the equivalent of Jafar from Disney's animated Aladdin. I used an awesome photo I took of my dad in costume for reference and tried to simulate the exact lighting using my wacom tablet in Photoshop.

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Oval Portrait

Oil on Acrylic, Strathmore 500 Board [images are cropped]

This Edgar Allen Poe image for the short story, The Oval Portrait, was another of Kent Williams' assignments. Kent had us pick a Poe story or poem and do a vertically formatted book cover of it. I will say that although I spent a lot of time on it, it needs more work and leaves much to be desired. The picture frame needs to be rendered tighter along with numerous other fixes. I included the pencil sketch which has a bit more breath to it.

Orange Dot

collage, gouache, and ink

This sketch pretty much sums up my feelings and fears regarding the cost of tuition and the law of diminishing returns.

Aladdin Animal Character Studies

I'm now working on some images for the story of Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp for my Color Theory for Entertainment class with Richard Keyes. As you can see I'm using animals for the characters. Clockwise from the bottom left is the princess, the sultan, and the grand vizier. Obviously the frog is the genie (The little rabbit with his pet elephant is not part of the story.) The baby was one idea I had for the genie when I was still considering using humans. I thought he might have all the characteristics of a 2-year-old including tantrums and possibly refusing to grant wishes until he is threatened with a "time out".

Cheney's got a gun

I'm not an overly political person. During Daniel Galieote's Inventive Drawing class I was taking notes on facial expressions and I thought the expression I drew happened to look a bit like Vice President Dick Cheney. I added the gouache later. My wife came up with the parody on Aerosmith's 1989 hit Janie's got a gun. You can have it, Weird Al.

California Brent

This is a caricature of my twin brother, Brent, based on a character he made up when we were younger called "California Brent" and modeled roughly after a photo of him when he was in high school. My favorite part of Brent's story is when California Brent of the treasury department takes on General Qaddafi's underground minions: the zit-o-grodies. Go Brent!