Monday, February 18, 2013

The Magnificent Cars of Archer

The Cars Of Archer: Why A Cartoon Spy Has The Best Cars On Television

You have to hand it to the guys that work on Archer. They go out of their way to make things interesting. Here's an article on the various cars in the show, from Cyril's 1969 Dacia 1300 to the many versions of Krieger's Chevy vans. Bask in the glory that is Archer and its taste in vehicles.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Archer Live is basically where all the voice actors get together in one place and go nuts, something that's bound to happen anyway. Season 4 of Archer's coming up soon, and boy, is it going to be insane.

I will begin to attempt posting stuff up for Archer, articles and the like. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Dragon Con 2012

Yesterday was my first time at a convention, any convention, ever. A lot of my friends and co-workers go to them, but I either had terrible timing or less than flexible resources to attend. The amount of people there was staggering, and it was a miracle that I didn't get separated from my group in the mob of casually dressed and costumed people.

Oh, the costumes. So many costumes, some amazingly fantastic, others less so. There was a group of Halo soldiers with home-made costumes. Some of them were glowing too! There was a group of them, all different colored armor. It was really neat. The guy that sat next to me for a rest said he made his out of foam and that the lights were Christmas lights. Brilliantly done, good sir. One of their daughters was with them too, and she was dressed as one of the grunts. Oh my god, it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen as far as science fiction game monsters go. There was also Xandir from Drawn Together. It was Xandir, not a guy dressed as Xandir, but XANDIR. The guy acted like him, looked EXACTLY like him. It was amazing. I am ashamed that I didn't snag a picture of him. Really sweet guy, too. Last special mention was Thor. Not just any Thor. You know how some people aren't really built for the character they're portraying? This guy was built to be Thor. He had the muscles, the hammer, the outfit, and the coolest thing of all, was that he happened to be walking by an air vent outlet that made his cape wave all cool and heroic behind him. That girl had to have the best Thor picture at the entire convention. Brawn and brains all in one. It looked so neat.

I think out of sheer luck I missed the scary ones that my friend Kyle kept seeing everywhere. Maybe my brain was overwhelmed with the amount of people.

The store were interesting too. Some of the t-shirts were amusing, and the steampunk stores had a lot of cool-looking gadgets, my favorite being the pocket watches with the gears showing inside. To commemorate the event, I bought a little bottle with watch gears in it from a girl next to one of my friend's booths.

The art show was one of my favorite things about Dragon Con. So many amazing pieces of art, and if I had the money, my car couldn't hold everything I would by. I wrote down the names of artists that I liked, some for their content and style, others for their technique. So many gorgeous pieces of art, sculptures included. Some of the dragon sculptures I saw looked real, like stuffed heads mounted on a plaque. It was really exciting to see so much variety.

Meeting R.A Salvatore was my hands-down favorite event. He is the author of the Icewind Dale Trilogy and other books in that series, and I'll have to hunt down some of his other books and read those now that I know they exist. You know how you meet some famous people and they turn out to be complete jerks? Not Salvatore. Funny, considerate. Thumbs up to him in my book. He deserves every ounce of success he has.

We lucked out completely in getting his autograph. For my boyfriend's birthday, I got him Charon's Claw, Salvatore's latest release, but I couldn't get it before they closed the e-signing feature. I felt kind of bummed that I couldn't get him a signed book, but oh well. Don't cry over spilled milk, and he was very happy with it anyway. On Sunday, we went to two of Salvatore's panels, and we brought the unsigned book with us in case he did feel like signing autographs. In the first panel, he was talking about a game whose world he helped write. There were a lot of people in that panel, but not an insane amount, and afterwards, he was more than happy to talk with his fans, pose for pictures, sign books and other things. Such a nice man.

The second panel we went to was insane. There were people winding all down the block. There was no way in Heaven, Hell, or anywhere in between that we would have been able to get close enough to him for a book signing. There was a girl we stood next to in line who was telling us about how distraught she was that she waited for two hours in line for his signature only to be turned away at the last minute. I felt really grateful that we were at the right place at the right time. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Salvatore, for signing my boyfriend's book. It meant more to him than he'd ever admit.

At the final panel we went to, one about writing and publishing, I met one of my friends from SCAD, someone who I hadn't seen since before I graduated. It was great to see her again. She looked like she was doing very well, and coming across her was such a pleasant surprise. It was a good conclusion to Dragon Con 2012.

My first experience at a convention was a good one, and I hope to go back next year.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Have you ever been sitting at your computer and wondered "Hmm. It would be great if there was some place online where I could store files and give people easy-to-follow links to access them."

Buddy, you are not alone. Although I'm sure there are multiple sites that let you do that, I use Dropbox. My friend Monkeyboy introduced me to it. It's free. Yes, it's free. For all you students/people on a tight budget, let me say it one more time. It's FREE. For 2GB of space, it's free. If you want more space than that, there's a monthly fee. It's not really for backing up the entire contents of your hard drive, but for little files, say a résumé or something, there you go.

Yes, you can just email your resume, but that would require you to 1) have it on you via some data storage device or 2) be at your machine where the file is located. You can access Dropbox from any computer with internet access! You can log onto the main site to retrieve your files when you're away from home.

There's an application-type thing that you download, but it's basically a folder that puts itself on your computer. Things you put in the folder show up in your dropbox.

It helped me out, so I'm passing it on to you.


Ratchet's Makeover

I had the grand idea of redoing my portfolio in three weeks. There wasn't much sleeping involved. This is Ratchet's new look. Younger, more fiery, and a lot less mummy wrappings. I'd much rather clean up this version of him than his earlier version. Shows what a year's worth of practice can do for you.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Expression Sheet

Did some expressions for Forest. Here is the initial sketch that I did in my sketchbook.

Then I got to thinking on how I could make this more awesome. So I cut out the ones that were lacking and focused on the juicy bits, which goes to show that the more drawings you do, the more choices you have. You have 10,000 bad drawings in you. Might as well get them all out right away. I'm getting there. So I took the faces and decided to add some body language to them. Here's what I got this round:

You know, it's really funny, but I find that every time I have to redo something (it got destroyed, deleted, or the first one wasn't up to par), the second one is always better. So keep at it, keep DOING it. That's the real hammer, ain't it? You have to keep DOING.

I am a bookworm. I love reading about stuff, and there are two kinds of people: the kind that learn by doing whatever it is they're learning about, and the kind that learn by reading about whatever they're learning about. The problem is that sometimes when you're a reader, all you do is read and you don't get enough experience. Likewise, if you learn by doing, you will have the experience, but you may not understand the fine print about why things work the way they do. The trick is predictable. For those of you like me who read like nuts about everything, use what you read and apply it to something. Do experiments, little projects. Just DO. And those of you that already do, read up and learn more about what you do. Balance both sides of the equation.

Live life and love it, my friends.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Storyboards!

Here are some some storyboards I did for a small short called Forest Fire. Forest has just found the strange rock that fell from the sky and crash-landed into his home.