Friday, December 30, 2011

Some old folks!

And by old I mean, they've been around for a while. These are some characters I've had since I was 15 or 16, and I finally put them through a redesign using my current style. I'm pretty happy with how they are :) They have a pretty big story that I may or may not be turning into a webcomic - depending on a feeeew things I have pending!

I am hard at work at Strange Musician concepting. I now have a website, Facebook, Twitter AND Tumblr for it. The TSM Kickstarter will be up in about a week (Filming tomorrow, then editing and making some last minute touches on the page before getting it up)! Super excited (and a little nervous~) about everything!

I hope you all had a GREAT holiday, and have a wonderful new year! :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Just a quick post to show I'm alive~ Just one more week of this semester. Almost done, almost done, almost doooooone. Then I'll get back to posting a lot! I'm doing a lot of editing and stuff on old projects, so I don't have a WHOLE lot of new to show. I've been doing little things like this to keep my hand warm, though. :)

I hope you're all doing well!

Friday, December 9, 2011

You just gestured to all of me!

I was watching How To Train Your Dragon the other day, and this just kind of came out.

I'm posting here as a break from storyboarding - man I am on a roll! My first rough animatic for The Strange Musician will be COMPLETE by about 2pm today, I think. I'm very excited to get this pass out, after that it's just editing and editing of it, then final concepts, backgrounds, and onto final animation! It feels amazing seeing something I've put so much time and thought into beginning to breathe.

Someone is a little bored. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More TSM !

Working on getting some backgrounds figured out! Thought I'd play around with graphite powder and try to get a different feel than usual. I want to test out maaany different styles in terms of background to make sure I go with one that suits the feel of the story. I wound up drawing and doctoring up The Strange Musician himself!

I am working on storyboards this week. Things are happening!

Friday, December 2, 2011

TSM Update!

Did a lot of work on The Strange Musician today. Really tightening down some concepts and also thumbnailed out the whole story! Looking forward to cranking down on storyboards and the animatic over this next week. Pretty excited to say that I'll have the full animatic more or less done by next week. After that, it'll just be story revisions and then in time onto final concepts, backgrounds and then animation!

I hope you're all doing well - and for those in school, please stay sane during finals. :)

Til next time~

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Multiplane & A New Sketchbook!

Doing some multiplane work in Animation II! Really excited about it. It's fun to try to maneuver complex camera movements and everything. It feels pretty neat doing the things I've been gawking at for yeeeaaars. :) This is the progress of my paintings so far. The wires are on their own layer, as are those two buildings. Further ones will be as well. Might be adding a little bit of floaty ash here and there too, as this is sort of derived from Silent Hill. 

And I got a new sketchbook! This guy is a bit of a beast, and a pricy one at that, but the quality is super good and I'm very excited to break it in. Working on Strange Musician concepts in it at the moment, actually! Some of which are actually going to be given out as rewards from the Kickstarter! :D 

Speaking of the Kickstarter, it should be up within two weeks, so keep an eye out for that! :D 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Batty & Birdie

The birdie needed a companion. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, hope everyone is with family and having a great time.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hold your fire...

This little guy was a whole lot of fun. I think I'm getting a grasp of what I want to do in terms of line and color.

Please check out The Strange Musician! I am currently putting together a Kickstarter campaign, and will keep everyone posted on development with that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Strange Musician

Heyo! I have a project I’m working on, that is going to be catching a bit of steam pretty soon here. Feel free to check it out at

This is going to be an animated short of The Strange Musician, a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. 
If you could let people know about it, I’d really appreciate it! Thanks! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Snowy Snowy

I'm doing some commission work at the moment, so I don't have much I can show! But this is a quick background I whipped up. It kind of looks like a land of snow cones... (I think I'm okay with that. Although it wasn't the intention. XD)

Backgrounds aren't really my thing, and I really need to improve with them. I feel like what I did for the letter animation wasn't bad, but I can definitely do better.

Here. Have a teeny tiny sprite. XD

Friday, November 18, 2011

Summer Jump

 I think I'm really starting to get this style to work for me. I am really excited for where it's headed. I can't explain how amazing I feel about myself now that I'm not on Tumblr every single day of my life. Seriously...Feels good. I'm focusing on MY art, not other people's.

Character for a little Silent Hill story my friend and I are doing.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Letter - Rough Animation

Done for Animation II at CCAD.
We did this to play around with multi-layer backgrounds and the cutter module in Harmony.

(This was the first pass, if you're curious: )

I feel like I'm really starting to get the hang of animation. I learn so much with every assignment, and I get so excited. It takes a long time and a lot of work, but it feels so, so good when you get something tangible.
 I'm trying to explore this style a bit more. I know there's a lot that I can do with it. But I don't only want to draw children. They work super well in it, right off the bat. I'm trying to figure out how to make adults work, without insanely stylizing them. I like the idea of the shapes being pretty obvious in children, but sort of fading as the kids grow up. Then, when you have an older character, you can /kind/ of see the original shape in them but it's not so obvious. (And then of course I can throw in a random character that is older AND has obvious shaping in them - to make them a little more obnoxious or make them appear more childlike).
 Added some color and a texture.

 So I was trying to draw someone who was slightly older, and it wound up looking like Lucas from Mother 3. Oops. Just changed some colors around, and there it was haha.

Storyboard Pro crashed on me and I lost a lot of my work. I was pretty sad.
I am not a girl... But she conveniently had the same exact expression I did. I really was not impressed. At all. >:I

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You could use somethin' happy.

Just playing around with pushing proportions and shapes. I'm really starting to enjoy doing it!

For the longest time, all I wanted to do was really "serious" illustrations. A lot of my friends - Shy, Coey, Nick, Asher - draw more serious subject matter and in a more realistic style. I've always wanted to go down that route. I think I'm capable of it, but sometimes I just lack... Something. I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm good at this simple style, and I enjoy it. Not to mention, it really caters to just about everything I want to do - animation, children's books, video games, and so on.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


When I was younger, I used to make video games in RPG Maker 2000 all the time. I thought it'd be fun to try out spriting again, so I made an old character of mine into one. :)

Pretty fun!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Time for a new start!

Starting up this blog again! I'm trying to avoid Tumblr (it's too much of a time-suck), but I still want to keep posting my art online as I work on it.