Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Empty House



After painting the owl playing the banjo piece, I decided to continue with the animals playing instruments theme . The result is this legendary tortoise trumpet player still performing his music even though he may not be as popular as he used to be... 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stage Fright



I've been doing a bunch of freelance work lately so I haven't had much time to do personal work. However, I got a break this weekend and did this little piece for fun. I didn't really know what to paint so I just started putting different things together and this is what came out. A little owl at his first banjo recital and he has some serious stage fright!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Callie Cat


My sister has been away on a 5 week European vacation and her cat is missing her very much... 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pete Seeger Painting

I copied a still from a Pete Seeger YouTube video. Trying out a slightly more graphic approach to painting.



Monday, August 1, 2011

Some Fun Paints

Now that school is out, I just can't bring myself to start another big project right away. So, I've been doing lots of little stuff, including speed painting!

Here are a few of my recent better ones. The first one of the pirate ship I spent a few hours rendering out but the other 3 took about 15-30 min each. They are all from photo reference. Finally, the last two paintings I did from life. 









Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Figure Drawings

Things have been pretty busy lately but I'm making an effort to keep going to figure drawing once a week. Got to keep that habit up! Here's a selection from this summer so far:



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Memorial Park Pastel




At Memorial Park in Cupertino last weekend. It's a nice park except for the fact that they put big white plastic ducks in the ponds and it looks cheesy. I left those out of this painting.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Green Ninja Project


This past semester at SJSU I was lucky enough to get to work on the Green Ninja Project. For this project we made a film that was directed by my good friend Marty Cooper. This projet was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is about a Green Ninja (Smokey the Bear-like character for conservation of energy) who comes in and saves Wally the Waster from using up excessive amounts of energy in his home.  I worked as a lead visual development artist doing layouts, color scripts, and painting. Here are a few of the environments I did that are used as backgrounds in the final film:

Outside opening shot:



 Another outside shot:



Healthy fridge shot:

This shot comes right after an almost empty, moldy fridge shot. The Green Ninja replaces all all the bad food with delicious healthy, environmentally friendly goodies.

This shot is difficult to show because it was a collaboration paint between Marty and I. However, I think the painting came out nice so I wanted to show it here. Credits to Marty are below.

This layout was done by Marty Cooper. Marty also painted the wall, floor, fridge itself, food on the entire top shelf, and the lettuce, eggs, and avocado on the second shelf (though I did touch-ups to all of those things). All the other food items were painted by me.


Lastly, here are a series of layouts I did where something goes seriously wrong for Wally the Waster and we cut farther and farther out from his house until we are in outer space. 



Finally, here is the link to the finished film. Enjoy! And congrats to the 40 or so people that worked on it throughout the semester...many many late nights were spent...




Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nickelodeon Character Design with Joel Fajnor

This past month and a half, San Jose State was lucky enough to participate in a character design workshop with Joel Fajnor from Nickelodeon! We were able to choose from one of two character personalities. I chose to do a female wolf in sheep's clothing.

I had a lot of fun on this project, especially in the extreme poses! It was very freeing to be able to go crazy and push things as far as I can. Plus I learned a lot about design hierarchy, silhouette, proportion, exaggeration, straights vs. curves, and so much more! I know these things are going to translate over into everything I do, so it was a very exciting process. This was a project where at 5:00am, I still found myself excited about the work, and laughing at the funny drawings I could do. I hope I can bring that into every one of my projects from now on. Anyways, enough talk! Thank you Joel Fajnor, Josilin Torrano, Ashley Morley, Steve Hirt, and anyone else who helped set this project up! Here is some of my final work for it:




Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pastry Shop Environment


Thank you everyone who came out to the BFA Gallery opening last night! It was a great night. Here is a piece that is hanging up in the gallery that I finished recently. It's an environment for all those pastries that I painted earlier to go in. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

BFA Gallery Show


Hello everyone!

I'm excited to say that our BFA class is going to have our gallery opening on May 3rd, at 6pm! It's at San Jose State in the Art Building, Room 224. Our class has been working very hard on our gallery this year, and we have some special things planned. Please come and share the evening with us!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I've been painting lots of pastries




These are for a BFA project I am working on. It's a story about greed. More to come!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Part Time Indian Story Moment

This is an illustration I did based off of a moment in the book "An Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. In this moment, two friends, Arnold (left) and Rowdy (right) have their biggest fight yet. Arnold watches Rowdy storm away, thinking he has lost his friend forever.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bambi Studies

Here are a few studies I did from Bambi last semester.

As a kid, I never really liked Bambi. It felt a bit slow. However, I watched it again recently for forest reference and now I think it is one of my favorite animated films! And, it led me to find an artist by the name of Tyrus Wong who did the most beautiful little pastels for the movie. They are now some of my favorite concept art. Forest scenes can get so complicated with twigs, leaves, branches, etc. Yet, Tyrus stripped each story moment down to it's purest essence. They are simple, poetic, and full of emotion. What more could you ask for? Plus I'm a sucker for pastel work.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Coffee Filters


A painting I did at Philz Coffee shop of the coffee filters...

Monday, January 10, 2011

David Pimentel Gesture Class

We were lucky enough today to have David Pimentel come up to give us a lecture, teach us gesture drawing, and critique our work. David is a head of story at Dreamworks in LA and was also a student of Walt Stanchfield! Here are a few gestures I got out of his class.