Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Semi study

A quick color comp for the Viscomm5 class final. It's a reinterpretation of an N C Wyeth painting that I'm in the process of painting in acrylics.

Friday, November 16, 2012


A birthday present for a good friend. Crowquill pen, brown ink, watercolor. Fun.


I have those at Art Center too.. Some are interesting, some a bit less, and when I get bored I come up with things like this one. All courtesy of my imagination.


Bits and pieces from the first project of character class- Pirates.

Some variations on Somali pirates:

"Forrest Gump", "Flapjack" style

This was a fun little project I did for my character class. The assignment was to choose a live-action feature and mold it into an existing animation show's style. I wanted to go with choices that won't necessarily lend themselves to each other, and what's more appropriate than "Forrest Gump", an epic tale spanning decades of American pop culture and "The Marvelous Adventure of Flapjack", probably one of the wackiest cartoons with the wackiest styles I've seen. Here they are, in all their glory:




Lieutenant Dan:

And a little line-up:

Grannies vs. Zombies

This is an ongoing assignment I've been working on for our character 1 class, taught by the awesome Kevin Chen and Hong Ly. It's essentially a game idea about a group of elderly women that decide to take the law into their hands and battle a zombie infestation in their village. Oh yeah, and it's all taking place in Soviet Russia. I'll post more content as the project progresses.

The fast grandma, an ex-gymnast:

The heavy grandma, a potato farmer:

The smart, strategic grandma, a decorated general:

And the babushka, the ultimate proof that looks can be deceiving:

A more fleshed out design of the four young ladies:

And a variation:

And one more, a few faces for good measure. I just love drawing old people:

VIscomm5 Acrylics

These are partly homework and partly classwork made as part of the Viscomm5 class. I didn't mention it in my previous post, but it's probably appropriate to give proper credit to my instructor, Bob Kato, who's willing to share with us all that he's learned through his Art Center days and professional career to make sure we get as much information about observation, design, composition, gesture, value and color. I'm learning a ton in this class.

These first two are studies from photo references of yours truly, by yours truly:

And a live study done in class:

Oyster Gatherers of Cancale

This is a study of a study John Singer Sargent painted for his "Oyster Gatherers of Cancale" piece, done for my Viscomm5 class. This class is all about gaining skills in using traditional medias, and is probably one of the more fun ones I've yet to participate in at Art Center. It's making me dive deep into working with materials I either never touched or fiercely avoided and I'm finding that I actually love. This was a particularly challenging one for me both because of the seemingly loose, but highly deliberate nature of Sargent's work and because of the apparent wide range of colors that are created from a simple limited masters' palette.

A first lay-in of the composition:

And the final:


I've been wanting to make a newer blog header and new business cards, since I ran out of the single batch I printed and the files are nowhere to be found. I decided to use it as an opportunity to tackle watercolors again, which was always kind of a daunting task for me. No room for error, a hard medium to control, but it gives very pleasant results. This is sort of a crooked self portrait, done with a Crowquill pen, brown ink and watercolor. It was a lot of fun and I'm very pleased with the result. There's still something about traditional media that Photoshop just can't mimic, some type of accidental, random charm. I like it.