Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I was recently commissioned by Joni Rubin, publicist extraordinaire in providing a painting of one her friends, Morgan Spurlock, as a surprise gift. She had seen the Cleveland "Blade" painting I had done that was in Mike Henry's office, and wanted me do a piece similar in that style. And she also thought of keeping the whole "Blade" theme for Morgan as well. I've been a big fan of Mr. Spurlock since his documentary film, "Super Size Me", and was totally excited to work on the painting. Initially this piece was to be monochromatic and in watercolors similar in style to the Cleveland piece, but when I started to do the initial pencils to the piece, I just felt it needed strong colors to really sell Morgan's spirit and energy, so I decided to try something different as far as technique and medium choice. (Size of the piece: Approx. 15" x 20" on illustration board. Medium: Acrylics)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Every once in a while I get a chance to do something in a sketchook. I don't normally do sketches in a book and have tended toward doing them on just any paper I can find, but I've had this empty book sitting around my shelf for a while, and decided to begin filling it with something. In the past, I've always started my sketchbook doing some sort of a painting in the inside of the book cover, and thought to go at it again. This was something I've been doodling in and out of this week and there you have it. Page one of 300 pages, done.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It's been over 2 years since I worked on this episode, and it's really cool to see the episode finally come out in DVD. It was originally pulled from being aired due to it's controversial nature, and I really wasn't sure when the episode would finally be shown. The DVD also includes Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show which is a pretty hilarious live action special they had on TV last year. There's a lot of bonus stuff including the animatic, that has some deleted scenes that are hilarious. The DVD is out today, so if you get a chance, snatch a copy of this puppy and check it out!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
With things in full swing here in the studio, there hasn't been that much left as far as time during the day except to storyboard like crazy for my next episode of Family Guy. It's always fun to delve into the zany world of the Griffin's, but I do wish for more of a regular schedule(which should happen in a few weeks) where I can actually go home on time, and spend some extra hours at night doing some creative stuff. This color comp was for a commission piece I was working on, but I've since left this idea for what I think is a cooler idea for the same collector. I'll post the piece as soon as the painting is done. Oh, and I think the season premiere of Family Guy is coming on Sunday, so check it out! It's a really fun one! And I'll post more detail in a few days about the Family Guy DVD release next week which I directed, but never was allowed to be aired on television. Have a great week bloggers!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Been finally able to catch up on some reading materials that I've purchased over the years and I chanced upon this book I've had for awhile, "Lone Wolf 2100". It's written by the talented Mike Kennedy and illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco, and I got inspired immediately to do a piece for the character, and here is the result. Thanks for checking out the piece bloggers!
Monday, August 2, 2010
During some minutes to spare at my parents house this weekend, I'd sit by the dining table and doodle. Felt good doing something mindless, made me think about the days I'd do that all the time when I used to live there. I never really finished the sketch (as always) but it was cool to get some time do something like that during a hectic family weekend. See you guys on the next post!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With only a couple of more days before taking my much needed break from the show, there still are a lot of things still to wrap up. It's like that marathon where you're on the final stretch, seems so close, yet still so far? Here's another sketch that began at the office, and I threw a color or two to make it look kind of finished but it isn't sort of look. ;0 I'll have to post more finished pieces up soon, this'll have to do. Thanks always for coming by to check out the site!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Words can't describe how amped I am about the Comic Con this week in San Diego. I know, it's crowded as hell and it's become more of a movie thing than comics, but it still brings great nostalgia of being totally excited to see the Image gang at the time. Sigh...that was crazy and fun. Anyways, I digress...I did this sketch having just read the Old Man Logan miniseries which was tremendously fun. Hopefully with a break coming for me soon, I'll be able to catch up on more great reads. Have a great week gang!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The movie didn't do this character justice, but I think Judge Dredd is one of the coolest, and it would be really cool to see the character done right. I don't know what prompted me to get into Judge mode, but I did this sketch late Friday before headin' out for the Fourth of July weekend and there you have it. Hope you bloggers have an awesome week and see you in the next post!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Hey gang! I've usually opted for other topics, but for some reason the animal subjects have been of interest to me lately. Just screwed around on a piece of typing paper yesterday at work and there you have it. Thanks for checking out the site!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hey gang! Today I didn't get to do any caricatures, but instead opted to do an animal drawing, something I don't do often. If you've perused the stuff I've been doing, it's mostly buff lookin' dudes with capes and spandex. My daughter was a little under the weather yesterday and to help her keep her mind off her pain, I started tellin' her a story about this great adventure of a gorilla named George. This seemed to help her and I just kept rollin' along with the story. Came in the office today thinkin' about what to draw during lunch(my normal activity the last couple of weeks) and there you have it. Thanks for checkin' out the image!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Did this drawing yesterday of Artie Johann. He asked for a sketch a while back and I finally got around to doing it. Thanks for allowing me to mess with your face man! As much as the gang are gettin' a kick out of seeing themselves on paper, I'm getting as much pleasure just doin' something different creatively in the studio and that's just keeps the energy goin' artistically, know what I mean? Enough ramblin' gotta get back to work... Thanks for checkin' out the site guys!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
A drawing of a really cool dude in our crew, Sean Perry. He came by last week asking for a sketch and he got this in return. Sorry for messin' with your face man! I just realized for those who don't know these people, it would be nice to show the real picture of the people for comparison. Hmm...I'll have to figure something out.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thanks always folks for checking out the site! One of the things I've been having fun with at the office during breaks is doing caricatures of some of the really cool people working here. It keeps me creative, forces me to flex muscles I'm not comfortable with, but most importatly, it keeps me drawing. Having never done any caricatures, it was kinda cool just jumping into unfamiliar territory. I'd do a drawing of a person, usually upon their request and give it to them, sort of as a "sorry we messed around with your face" kinda gift. This post isn't in no particular order, but I'll start putting up some of the drawings I have up on my office wall. Figure it's better than not posting anything at all right?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Worked on this piece during the weekend (and no this wasn't the Mother's day gift. ;)) during some minutes to spare. But really I should be working on a painting which I've been avoiding, mainly I think because there's hasn't been a solid block of time available to do it yet. Hopefully soon. I've always loved this costume design on Logan I guess mainly because that's the costume I remember when I first read comics with Wolverine in it. I wasn't super crazy about the recent theatrical release of this guy, but I thought good enough to hopefully see a really cool one soon. Thanks for checkin' out the image!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Hi bloggers! Things are hectic as always at the studio, and with 2 kids waitin' at home after work....sigh...you know what I mean, you parents out there. During any minutes of time to spare at home, I have been working on numerous roughs and preliminaries for paintings to come, but don't really have anything finished that I can put up...yet. Here is one of the numerous studies I've done for one of the painting projects that I feel comfortable showing. Been really getting into this character design. I didn't really get the new Civil War costume that Spidey had on, but once I got to catching up on the epic saga, I really understood the costume as a symbol as well as it's purpose. It's a really cool storyline for those of you that haven't read it. A great read. I'll see you on the next post!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hello bloggers! Thanks always for continuing to check out the site. Things are super crazy(as usual) in the office and I really haven't had a chance to draw anything new, much less a complete finished piece. I had this stuck up above my office desk for a few weeks. During breaks, I'd do quick sketches like these to just keep the energy going. Not much to say about the piece, except I was trying to draw a girl, covered her up with some sort of Witchblade-esque scales and there you have it. Yeah, really creative. I know.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
My little brother and I in the 80's used to watch this show Robotech on TV, around 3:30, right after the Gumby show. It was the coolest show ever featuring super cool robots and amazing battle sequences. So when given a chance to give a gift to my little brother for this Christmas, I remembered the good times we had with this show and thought that a little painting done for him as a gift could be pretty cool. I'm not sure of the authenticity to this one being the early Max Sterling model, and I could be wrong, but that plane next to the skull fighter was one of the coolest ever. If only there was a live action version of it in theatres, now that would be amazing, seeing all these 80's shows coming to life in the big screen. Until the next post bloggers!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentines day y'all! We've got a couple of parties in the works at the house, one for a family at lunch and another at night, so I'm mad rushing to assemble and prepare stuff for the festivities. I think it's like the Chinese new year as well, so it's a like a big weekend for many reasons. Pretty cool. And it really helps that we've got a president's day holiday tommorrow to get some cushion time before headin' back to work. Know what I mean? Well, here's another sketch I did at work during a break. I started the piece by just going at it with like a 40% grey marker to get the gesture and some landmarks down and finished it off with some pens. Kind of spontaneous and chaotic, but defianately a fun one to do. Hope you guys have a great weekend and I'll see you on the next post!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Works been hectic today. Just a lot of meetings and work on top of that. I managed to find some time to get something scanned and put in to keep the love alive in the blogging world. Not much to say about the piece but just another one of those sketches I did during breaks. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do more finished pieces, but it'll have to do for now. And thanks guys for continuing to check the site out and leaving such cool comments. And I want to give a special shout out to my wife for putting up with me sittin' in the room painting while the kids were goin' crazy yesterday. Thanks honey.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Thanks guys for checking out the site. I haven't been so regular with the postings, but I'm gonna try to be more frequent so check by often! Finished a long day of work and got a chance to scan this piece I did at the end of the day. Wanna thank my peeps Jason Weitzner for helping me out with the scan. My Assistant director came in a few days ago with a really cool shirt with Jimi Hendrix and I remember how cool the image of him looked. Just kinda poured that energy I felt from seeing the image and I drew this. I kinda like the rough look to the piece, kind of has that raw kinetic energy you feel hearing his music. What do you guys think? Until the next post bloggers!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
So here's another one of those sketches that I've been doing between breaks at work. I was doing some caricatures of some office people(which I'll post soon), but I've been interested recently in delving into the female anatomy again, just to keep that part of my wee little brain active. I would do the head, the body and so on, a few minutes here and there whenever time is available. A lot of the details got lost unfortunately because the scanner here could only high contrast the marker rendering. A lot of the textural details got completely turned to black. But I think it's clear enough to see what it was. It was fun to just let loose on some inks and markers. Until the next post bloggers!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The mornings are crazy rough. I mean, the kids are crying for one reason or another, one's gotta be ready for school, while the wife and I have our own things to deal with. Sounds pretty normal you say? Yeah, but it's really tough trying to squeeze in any creativity in the middle of that. I really don' t know how some of you guys do it out there. They should write a book on this subject. Sometimes, like doing some excercises in the morning(which I should be doing like running says the wife) I often doodle out some sketches, with no purpose or reason and see where it goes. I think this started with a gesture of some line I thought looked like wild hair, and it became this guy. The important thing is to realize, for me, at the end of this is that number one, the drawing sucks. The work looks like some kid drew it in the back of class in junior high(no offense kids), composition and anatomy looks all over the place. But number two, it also means there are a lot of things to improve and learn, and that gets me excited. Totally pumped. (I'm forgetting to write about the hour or so of walking around depressed as if the world just ended) And that's how I begin my day with a joyful grin on my face to work. Thanks for helping me out Logan. Sorry for the mindless ramblings guys and I'll have something more coherent to talk about next week!