Thursday, December 13, 2007

There's finally something on my site. Go look.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Goonies Never Die!

Cotton candy fantasy.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

playing around with Corel Painter

Realizing I had spent a hundred bucks on a program I never learned how to use properly...I decided to have a go. It's actually quite nifty. I used an oil brush and a blender brush, and then applied some yellowy lighting effect. All while watching Fargo.
Does anyone else find that exertion can shut down the subtleties of the visual mind?

Thursday, November 15, 2007


After Dimitri's rally cry to "get better", I started on a drawing idea that was lingering in my inspired by the large tree in my backyard here in Brooklyn:

Now, I intend to render this, by hand or machine. I started coloring the leaves, to moderate success:

I'm not sure if I like where this is going or not. I did bring it a little further than this, but became frightened, that the style of the drawing was getting lost in a cloud of PhotoShop techniques. I might just shade it all delicately with pencil...dark with highlights.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007



Wednesday, October 31, 2007

my thingy

still in progress, I suppose.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I cant stop looking at this image, pt. 2

A "Julia Set":

Friday, October 26, 2007

I cant stop looking at this image

I found this Wednesday and I don't know what it is exactly, but the heading above a series of pictures said, " Virus, mold and bacterial aggregate colonies spontaneously assume Fractal Shapes" so its one of those...

reminds me of the "forest spirit" in Princess Mononoke, which I saw four days ago, strange:

Monday, October 22, 2007


Redrew some poses for the same audio thing is due in like ten days.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I am trying to do some character animation.

Since I have idiotically forgotten for at least a year that I always wanted to do character animation, I have decided to commit to entering the October "11 Second Club" character animation competition ( I am learning that character animation takes a long, long, time. At least in the beginning, I guess. So here is a first pass of poses....I think I'm going to do the final in Maya or maybe Flash.

And then after you watch my crappy little thingie, scroll left in the YouTube browser and watch the Cyriak's Animation Mix video. I really loved it and I wish I could work for him.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I am trying to make a lizard character. Which one do you guys like best?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rippin' Flesh, Crackin' Skulls

I did these with markers over the weekend and cleaned them up a bit for posting. Look at the crazy range of hues that can be squeezed out of strictly warm gray markers...the brown colored stuff is 1 and 3 warm gray Chartpak, and the purple colored stuff is 10, 30, and 50% warm gray Prismacolor. Some black and white pencil can alter the intensity of marker hue considerably.

For each design, I focused on 1. diverse shapes and curves, and 2. diverse ways to marry wood and stone. I imagined these to be the master works of the greatest axsmith in the land, somewhere around 12,000 b.c. In the comic I do for this phase of the class I'm going to invent a primitive technology where the axsmith crafts dozens of blades by firelight in his cave, then goes out the sacred tree where he embeds the blades in its branches. Over many years, the tree grows around the blades, and when sufficiently joined, the axsmith lops off the blade-containing branch and has his naturally wrought power ax.

This process is relevant to today's designed objects...materials and design elements should flow seamlessly in and out of each other.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Did I post this already?

I tried to make a really nice comic page called "Paul won't play slapcat," but it sucks. I do not yet have the Dimitrian discipline to plan and execute a full page. I'll try again. But here's something I did on Paul's computer last week. I thought I posted it. But maybe not?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Three full days of planning, drawing, coloring:

This is pretty much it...didn't present today but will debut this at full size about 20x20 inches) next Tues. Coloring is hard and takes forever! I think the narrative suffered with the loss of color on most of the frames-- Heath was supposed to be introduced visually in the second frame and identified throughout by his strong red color. Oh well. The next project is a full-on stone and wood fantasy ax, no holds barred as long as its made of natural materials, and we can use power tools to make it. It'll be a four-week project. By the way, I TOTALLY killed in the real life cutting competition, demolishing the piece of pine in 4 mins 10 one else finished, and the event was ended after 9 minutes. Comments welcomed!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Comic with title, text

Here is the comic, pretty much done, in black and white. For class this week we had to imagine ourselves as cavemen discovering chipped stone tools. We had to make a stone cutting device (sharp rock) with our hands and document the process. This comic is my documentation. I went to Rocky Hill to get the rock that I chipped away at...notice mention of this in the comic! Any suggestions on the drawing or written part are welcomed. I'm going to try and color it now...if I fail I'll just bring this version.

Another comic!

I'm doing this for my Design Methodology class and I have to color it tomorrow. I haven't finished cleaning it up yet. Its about a cave man named Heath who is the first one in his cave town to make a cutting instrument out of a rock. I wish I had used ink-- the pencil is becoming a pain in the digital phase. Oh well, I think I'm doing another next week. Cheers!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Some stuff to look at

When I began planning my thesis,(which begins in 2 weeks!) I made this strip to visualize a rough schedule. It got me excited to make more, better looking strips, with more exciting content. It was fun to make.

Here are some weird color alternatives for the Device with Screen that I post some time ago:

Sketchbook drawing of some things in our apartment: funny, this looked good the last time I saw it...

Here is a white pencil drawing I did on a little piece of black paper. I wanted to make a pendant or something out of it, but it was too small to make out of sculpey.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Shed illustration

I made this image for the shed project and had to rush it, which was irritating. Much more planning was necessary. I stole the background trees from a photo, everything else came from a drawing I did.

T'burgs coming alive!

Did some good ol' pencil animation today...

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

JT Sketches as Animation

I overlapped all the Jason T'burg sketches I made and it magically becomes a (rather discontinuous) animation. Not so great in YouTube format...

Tiny Colored Jason T'Burg Caricature

If anyone here doesn't own ArtRage yet, shame!

Jason T'Burg Sketches for Animation

This is for that music video I'm supposed to animate for.

Animal Drawings from Today

I bought the excellent "How to Draw Animals" by Jack Hamm today. Had fun making these goofy critters! Ayuk!

Markup on Dimitri's Excellent Drawings

It comes off a little harsh--just an automatic tone I take when trying to scrutinize something...(my problem, I know). They are all really good. I am criticizing them from the standpoint that you have only one drawing to convey the structure and also make a good flat design.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

WTF? too funny to be in the Carolinas!

While looking into water collection I came across this bizarre image:

The Gaffeny, SC water tower!

Competition to design a shed

I'm doing this project to design a garden shed. Objective: must look COOL! also, I recently decided that it will collect water on the roof and store it in a tank for soothing, low-pressure, gravity-feed garden hose action.

SO: I liked the way they do these little profiles in the "Skillful Huntsman" book I have. They are fast and if you don't produce an interesting variety of shapes, they look crappy.

THEN: Then I picked one of the stronger designs and riffed on it solely for the purpose of generating unique visual ideas. The water tank thing will be now be blended in.

More later!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Set design that doesn't make sense.

This was a project for my perspective drawing class.
I didn't make an interesting space so I just "dressed the set" a lot.
Those paintings are from a color theory assignment, where we made watercolor paintings of the same scene in different seasons.
Photos by Niva.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Community College!

Late in the evening...working on my Color Theory final project: key a Beatrix Potter illustration to colors chosen from one of four Snow White backgrounds by Maurice Noble. You can see the beginnings of my final painting, which is required along with a value study and two color studies (one warm, one cool). I like painting in the kitchen at night.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

More to come later....

Will we really peeter out like this? Nay!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Painting a Conceptual Device

I did this with one brush(in different sizes) in photoshop. I wanted to keep a painterly quality in the image, so it's all tablet painted, no paths. Its a portable device with a semi- transparent screen...don't know what will be on the screen yet, probably grocery lists. I'm going to do A LOT of quick renderings this year for thesis, so I'm trying out different styles. What do you think?

Monday, July 16, 2007

All Hail the Mighty Caldor, Keeper of the Peace!

I gave Caldor some value with my snazzy set of Letraset Tria markers(thanks Dave). I'm going to color him up now! He's a benevolent king who keeps pomegranate juice in the end of his staff. Also, he's 1000 years old and has several sets of legs to choose from.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Preparing to make a Daffy Duck maquette...

For my perspective class, our assignment is to sculpt a Looney Tunes character, and I've chosen Daffy Duck. I watched the cartoon, "Rabbit Seasoning" about six times through tonight, pausing to make sketches of Daffy. Then I started to animated a turnaround of him, but I didn't have the patience to see it through. I will start sculpting tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Let's Go!

Monster time! This guy would make a great dancer...or maybe pianist...

Drawing Dump

Paul and I promised that there would be more posts in July than any previous month. Let's stop making July so lame!

Paul, you can go to Iowa with Winnie for $950 including EVERYTHING--airfare, hotel, car. I just bought a package tonight and am throwing the bus ticket in the trash (non refundable boo hoo).

Life drawings and sketchbook doodles from this summer so far.