This blog...

...was initially for pieces done on a computer, but has since become a free-for-all. Here you'll find process work (digital and otherwise), sketch pages and studies, sometimes with commentary.

You can see the rest of my work here.

Remember kids : if you can't make pretty designs, at least make pretty lines!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fellini's Faces pt. 7

In honor of my impending birthday, Nick Southam gifted me with a *pocket knife* and, rather than stabbing me repeatedly like I thought he would, proceeded to show me how to sharpen pencils like a Man (TM). I'll never use a conventional pencil sharpener again.  The irregular, chisel tip you get from whittling (or sanding) is unbeatable.  Super thin and super thick in one instrument, like the calligraphy pens I like.  Compare with the conventional, pointed-tip stroke, as represented by the woman with the round hair.

Portrait Rip

color interpretation exercise with help from John Liberto...

...and Slide kindly pointed out a temperature/intensity/shadow contrast issue.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Gonna start trying this out over proper drawings soon!


sketch -- 30 seconds
painting -- 4 hours

See where I'm having a little bit of a creative conflict?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

This is my friend Josh.

He is very hard to draw.

Fellini's Faces pt. 6

Actually, just the bottom two...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Touch 01

lunch sketch

Painting Practice - 11.21.12

...found a brush I like better for modeling.

My friend Christian Lichtner gave me a warning that earlier attempts were lacking in mid-tone (which is key in showing local color identity), so I tried to aim for the gradient arrangement on the right.  Solid feedback.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

AJ lighting demo

Anthony Jones did this rad lighting demo using one of my Halo 4 concepts as a base. Respek!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fellini's Faces pt. 4

+ more notes


More struggles in painting...mucking about with approach/technique...I WILL catch up to you fuckers.

lifedrawing log - CTN 2012

Fellini's Faces pt. 3

Lecture Notes

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fellini's Faces pt. 1

So last week, Peter König throws this book down on my desk that I'd never seen called "Fellini's Faces."  The thing is full of distinct, memorable characters, cover to cover.  Ten seconds later, I purchase a used copy for a song on Amazon.  HIGHLY WORTH IT.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

lifedrawing log 11.11.12

If you take a moment before drawing something to analyze which side of it contains less info (the rhythm/pure/stretch side -- represented by a mostly uninterrupted straight or curve) and which contains more info (the form/impure/squash side -- represented by protrusions, lumps, etc.), and play these attributes up, you stand a better chance of fairly representing the thing.  This "simple on one side / complex on the other" phenomenon is seen all over nature, in grand and miniature scales, from nearly every angle. Of course, by trying to figure out which is which (normally it's pretty obvious), you run the risk of accidentally getting the sides swapped 'round.  But even that doesn't seem as unforgivable a gaffe as making both equally info-packed or info-less.

Animal example : Notice the "pure" top of this red panda is more info-light and the "impure" bottom is more info-laden.

Sunday Painting Practice cntd.

An experiment brought about by a discussion with Theo Prins -- Rather than painting over/under a drawing and constantly comparing the painted version to the line version, USE THE LINE VERSION AS A SEPARATE PLAN FOR THE PAINTING.  Don't even include it as part of the actual painting; just keep it off to the side as a reference.  You get away from the nagging feeling that you're not being true to your sketch, and make a new, different thing that you're aware is going to be new and different from the getgo.  There's something to it.

...And an especially warm thanks goes out to Slide for waking me up to the notion that warm/cool regions of a painting occur in constantly alternating patterns, like stripes on a zerbra.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Rule :

All doodles left near my desk WILL be stealth-scanned and posted!  These beauties were about to be donated to some charity or other.  I salvaged them.

Top : Eye Stalk Cock Monster [Kenneth Scott]
Middle : The Master Chief [Gabriel Garza]
Bottom : The UNSC Infinity [John Wallin Liberto]

People of Stumptown Pt. 3

Wednesday, November 7, 2012