Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009 ...

... hello 2010.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to be saying it "Twenty Ten."

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To a new year!

Friday, December 25, 2009



So I doodled this while painting my digital final.


This is what happens when THIS and THIS are viewed in the same week.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Digital Painting Final

WELL, more like, first draft of.
I painted this in pretty much one huge sitting. YEAH.
I'm happy with it... but it could be a LOT better.
Go forth and critique.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BYUIA T-Shirt Design Contest

Not sure when we'll hear the results, but this was the design I submitted:

Are we seeing a pattern yet?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Owl Process

I can't remember if I ever uploaded these images here, but well, here they are.
People have been asking me lately HOW I DID IT. (you can see "IT" here)
Read on, and I'll tell you. In nauseating detail.

A small novel :I

I originally had the beginnings of a gouache painting on this board, but then I decided I didn't like it, so I gessoed over it with a thin coat of non-acrylic based gesso (the kind that feels chalky when dry).
You could still see some of the painting underneath but I was going to tone the board and then paint over it with acrylic anyway, so it didn't matter. (If you do this, also make sure to turn the board upside down so anything left showing through is harder to recognize. You can save a lot of time/money this way.)

Then I drew my owl in with blue ColErase pencil and toned it with burnt sienna (or something similar) gouache which dried funny (kinda looked like water stains or tea stains).
Then I noticed that it looked like clouds. This is called a very happy accident. I kept the cloud-looking-shapes and painted in a rim light eventually.
Then I painted in my lines (I wanted a more comic-book art feel to this piece) and general value patterns (image on right).
I love making this CRAZY texture with matte medium, so, using a sponge brush (cheap-o kind from the craft store) I put the texture down by dabbing it on the board.

When painting in acrylic it is important to remember that hairdryers are your friends. The heat + moving air will help dry an acrylic piece quickly and will save you (again) time/money.
(RANDOM HINT: the same thing applies to drying oil paintings, but instead use an incandescent (heat producing) bulb and shine it on your painting. The heat will help the oils fix faster. Non air-blowing space heaters work well too. Never put your painting in the oven though, it will darken it.)

Then I painted. It was a little hard to paint over that nice texture on his jacket (right image) but I had a lot of fun with this. I love doing little landscapes in the backgrounds (look at the Mona Lisa, Madonna of the Rocks etc there are a lot of little beautiful back grounds on those old paintings).

I hope this helps.

I subscribe to the thought that when all's said and done, I'm not afraid of anyone "stealing" my "process." Please. If anything I'd LOVE to see folks learn from this and make it better.
Yes, that WAS a challenge.

Good luck!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Western Sketches

YAY! *Kermit Flail*
This is what my sketchbook pages look like in the book:

And then with the magic of Photoshop:

Plz to be enjoying these here cowboys.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jon Foster Lecture Notes

Recently Mr. Jon Foster came and lectured at BYU, so here are my notes for what they're worth: here as a Google Doc.


Please to enjoy, and I hope they aren't too cryptic.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Am I asleep...?

"Am I asleep...? Have I slept?"

The inside cover of my sketchbook... that I'm almost done with.

ALSO: HINT. I like set 2.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009



Final Part I
All my projects of this semester Sans the Final Project.

Her Majesty's Courier

Sir Crow Goes Walking
Bring collar up more, fix path make everything look like it belongs.


Sir Owl Poses for His Portrait
(fixed the values on this one)

Tessa Grab Yo' GUN

Washington Landscape

Painted this while on vacation in Washington at the beginning of summer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Airmen and Bunnies

HEY, so this post isn't scary at all. Promise.
Because I made a few more birthday cards, yay!

This one's for Rachel, cuz she loves America:

This one's a SECRET:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Das es

YUP. Click the pic, then scroll down BEYOND the image to read the comments.
(I'm sorry if this is distressing to anyone.)

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" It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learnt from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of this is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We all approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle."
Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933)

I am a WALKING CONTRADICTION I should just disappear in a POOF of LOGIC.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pencil Test Blog

Many of my animatorly-type friends probably already know about this blog, but here it is anyway!
It has pencil tests! It has pencil tests for deleted scenes!
It's entertaining! Educational! Low in fat!
Why are you still reading this!? GO!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And the prize goes to...

This is probably the fastest "experience" to "journal" to "blog post" EVER.
The BYUIA had its first ever Halloween Costume Party and it was a BLAST!

Here is just one of the things that happened to Jaqui and I:

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If you were wondering... YES we ARE nerds, HOW DID YOU KNOW!?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"So what do I do?"

I've got a midterm due on Monday (tomorrow), and 13,094,237,428,934 pages of text to type, and so what do I do? Update my blog of course!

Here's the comic page all painted up nice. And by nice I mean that I painted it at all. There is so much that needs to be fixed.
Oh well.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

More Comic Journals and Birthday Cards

Some more Comic Journals. :D
Click on the links to go to the Tegaki page for the additional comments (sometimes I continue the comic into the comment boxes).

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ALSO. We had a CRAP LOAD of birthdays this week (happy birthday dad!) including Rachel and my friend Qwerty. For Rachel her Fire-tiger-snake of JUSTICE:

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And Qwerty's TF2 Scout Joseph:

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YAY nerdtimes. :B

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Some rough stuff

A one-shot comic book page spread I'm working on...

(this image is just one big "spot the cameos," haha)

And a figure painting from last Friday:


Monday, October 5, 2009

Her Majesty's Courier

FOR SOME REASON Blogger hates Safari. ARGH.
So now you can click on these images and actually SEE them too! :D

So here's the last two stages of this project:

Tri color:

And Full Color:

I love my Bee Lady! :D

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The return of the Comic Journal

Because my life continues to be a joke.

Well... I feel a little better now.
I'm really getting into Bethanne's assignment now.

Monday, September 7, 2009

HUH Well I guess I promised...

I guess I said there'd be a lot more of Gladys being posted... and then I didn't post anything really.
Here's a panel from a comic I'm collabing on. I removed the speech bubbles for maximum awkward!

Like I said, Gladys is a terrible person.
Stop playing with people's special feelings Gladys!


Sunday, September 6, 2009


Tell me what's working and what isn't this is due soon...ish.

Painting WIP for Dave's class.

Thank you Florence

I painted this for the nice lady who let us stay in her house while we went to Comic Con.

She really likes butterflies.
And I really like bunnies.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This week = SNAFU

The last two days have been really sh--ty.
Since I'm a Super-Senior I was kicked out of the studio. Which I saw coming, but it still kinda' pisses me off. (I am consistently the ONLY person in the studio, I have NO SPACE at home to work and I really cannot concentrate anywhere else.)
Another student is letting me use her space when she's not there (which is often) ... but it's not the same. I feel like I'm imposing.
During the move-out, the Juniors got ambitious and started cleaning out the whole studio - and we found tons of stuff people have left from YEARS ago.So.
While I helped clean we found some books - two of which I laid claim to. Here's the one I was most pleased to find:


The other one is a Michel Gagné book: Insanely Twisted Rabbits.
(I also just found out that he draws 'The Saga of Rex' in the 'Flight' books... why didn't I see it earlier?)

Definitely has put a silver lining on my day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Finally killed my sketchbook I've had since ... December 2008. Gross!

But in my defense... I also draw a lot on loose paper, so I've got about half a ream of drawings there...

Now I'm actually going through all my other half-finished sketchbooks and KILLING them TOO. I am a sketchbook serial killer! BWAHAHAHA! No, actually, I think that title should go to Jake. :\

Also, since I had Photobooth up, here's a pic of me with Mike & Bryan's sigs from Comic Con. Yeah. I'm such an Avatard.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I TOLD you...

... you'd be seeing more of Gladys.
Kinda' obsessed right now... so bear with it.
And in case you didn't get the memo: NO, Gladys is NOT a nice person. At ALL.



Click to Zoom

Is for fun. :3

Saturday, August 15, 2009

More J.C. Leyendecker Emulation

Sort of.

This is Gladys. She is not a good person. AT ALL. I hope that is clear.
Expect to see more of her. In both senses of the word.

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I just realized that those cards would be GIANT, perspective or no. :(
Oh well.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is just so many levels of STUPID.

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It's fan art... of FAN ART.

Makani is AMAZING. And she doesnt' update NEAR enough.
But her design for The Announcer for TF2 is generally the accepted one among fans. :>
And her drawings of an anthropomorphized GLaDOS are pretty rad too.

WELL if you don't get it by now I'll just tell you WHY THIS IS FUNNY:
GLaDOS and The Announcer are voiced by the same person, and while not readily noticeable, I was definitely picking up vibes when playing Portal.
Ellen McLain is. a. GENIUS.