Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays . . .

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone and their families. I hope everyone gets a chance to relax and enjoy the time off and smile when looking back at 2008, and on to a nice and bright 2009!

Best to everyone on the digital airwaves . . . Happy Holidays!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Tinkerbell Props

I was lucky enough to have the chance to work on Tinkerbell and Tinkerbell 2: North Of Neverland for a little stint. These are some prop concepts I did for a book design for the first film. The pace was very fast and furious as I got on the project as it was nearing the final stages of design, so there was little time to add final touches here and there. They quickly moved away from the simplicty of design to a more ornate decision for this particular design.



Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy All Hallows Eve . . .

Happy Halloween . . . enjoy what emerges out of the shadows, if only for one night.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Allen Mezquida On The Loose . . .

My buddy and all around humorist, artist, musician Allen Mezquida has recently put his animated shorts up for the world to see his unique brand of humor. Take a look inside the man's mind:


Friday, October 17, 2008

Frrrrrrrrt . . .

AH . . . friday,


Gesture Watercolor Sketches

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions by students or class members as to when it's best to experiment and how do I begin my process. Also, I am hearing when can I start using watercolor? Or when is it best to try a different medium? I think these images above are a great indication of the transition to a different medium or a shift into more personal experimentation. I ususally start sketching with a pen or unerasable medium. It programs me to think more in the begining, and flow later on in the session. As I feel I've warmed up and the poses are 3 minutes or greater, I will begin experimenting and seeing where the drawing(s) will lead. Unfortuanlty it's different for everybody and is more of an organic process. You just have to go with the flow and not be too concerned with accomplishing that "one thing" you set you to do. Most times, in my experience, it's best to listen to what you drawings are feeling like and know when to stray off the direct path to try something new and different. It should happen naturally . . . and if you have different things to experiment with in a close proximity, it's easier to natually reach for that next thing, whether it's the "one thing" or another choice to experiment with.
It's wordy, but I hope it helps.



Random Gesture Drawing

Happy Friday,


Tuesday, September 30, 2008


LUCKILY the idea of someone being able to take your artwork and present it as their's as well as claiming ownership and useage rights has NOT come to pass . . . due to the ORPHAN WORKS BILL not being passed (FOR NOW). This issue is a very unsettling idea and lacks the kind of respect and appreciation any artist should have when presenting their own artwork on ANY platform. Sadly I will be presenting less of my work and all of it will now have the appropriate copyright information plastered across the image. If you have any questions in regards to this bill and what can be done, please see Marcelo Vignali's post: ORPHANS ACT UPDATE (IMPORTANT!) - @



Friday, September 26, 2008

Darkness Falls . . .

These 5 minute sketches are examples that I used while teaching, discussing how it's most important to create a story or a story idea that will make your gesture drawings more personal and less "figure drawing" or capturing a "pose." Here you can in these images, they have taken the model and created a character with a dark background that should leave the viewer asking to know more. All in time for All Hallow's Eve coming around the corner . . .


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Under Scrutiny . . .


The Amazing KARL GNASS

The Amazing Karl Gnass has made it to the world of YouTube. The links below are the begining of a series of videos someone has placed on the internet. He's pretty darn amazing, so if you have time take a look at a Master looking at Master's.

Analyzing Michelangelo:

Analyzing Daffy Duck:

Figure Drawing Demo:

His website is listed on the right hand side under: Instuctional Websites & Schools.



Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I have been really really busy lately and will have some exciting announcements coming up in the next few months, but I have had a chance to escape the office and do some sketches lately. Here's a few from last weekend at the local zoo.



Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Post-It Note Sketches

Here's some sketches I did while I was waiting for my neice to be born in Santa Cruz.


Friday, June 20, 2008

Sketchbook Series: New Book 04

Here's a few little sketches of the little girl in red I drew while on a lunch break.