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.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Character Designs

Some experimenting with character designs. Colored pencils, copic markers, prismacolor markers, and black ink.

Monster Pop

Here's a short I made for Indigo Studios during my internship. Nice guys. Learned me a lot over thar.

This is done with After Effects, Photoshop, and a little Flash. Animated in After Effects mostly, colored in Photoshop. Very, very fun.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ratchet Maquette

I did this maquette some time ago. I liked how it came out. I painted the shadows on it, and the lighting of the set was off for all of them but the back view. I was happy for good pictures. I tried to put as many trinkets in this one, such as his earring and chain. His slingshot actually stretches. I had a ton of fun with this sucker.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Death Maquette 02

So I've smoothed her out a bit. The wad of clay she's holding in her upraised hand is the beginning of her head. And yes, her arms are supposed to be that skinny. She's wearing a t-shirt, and whenever her bare skin shows (head, neck, arms, and hands in this case), you can only see her bones because her skin is completely invisible to most (99.99% of the population that has ever existed). Very few can see her skin and face.

I've been experimenting with the firm Super Sculpey, and despite my initial reaction to its hardness, it's not all that bad once it gets warm in your hand and, you know, starts acting like clay. I definitely like the gray tone of it more than the flesh color. It lets you really see where the bumps and ridges and stuff are. Another awesome thing about the firm stuff is that it doesn't seem to attract as many fingerprints, and since I use my fingers a lot in the sculpting process, that is a very good thing.

I need to get ahold of some wire mesh and a wooden rod for her scythe. Need to design the scythe too. The scythe originally belonged to the Grim Reaper, Death's father, but was passed to her as he retired and she took over the family business. I fought with the scythe idea for a while, because it's not something that Death actually uses very often. It was decided that it would help the maquette "read" as Death, so it's in.

I'm noticing that I tend to do the body and leave the maquette headless at first. I did this with Ratchet's maquette too.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Death Maquette 01

Meet Death, daughter of the retired Grim Reaper and the oldest of the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse. She's about as friendly as a forty-foot rattle snake with twice the charm. If you had to manage Hell and Purgatory as well as a small army of reapers, you'd be this way too.

Monday, January 3, 2011


I can't believe another year has passed. Time is a deceptive, little bugger, isn't it? It feels like it creeps by irritatingly slow, and then you look at your calendar and realize it's time to get a new one.

Self-Discipline - Doing the things you need to do when you need to do them whether you want to or not.

It's a simple statement, and we all know what it means and that we should do it, but it seems to take a back seat in most minds, mine included. But I've been listening to a lot of talks about self-discipline, and since then I play that over and over inside my head.

The only way you'll get better at anything is to spend time and practice, especially when you don't want to. Nowadays, I can't even play a video game without feeling that twinge of guilt clawing at my senses and growling, "You need to be working on something. Be productive!"

You exercise for health, and you practice sports to get better at them. One of the talks I listened to said that your career depends on how much work you do outside of work. Practicing and getting better at your craft on the outside of what you do for a paycheck is what will take you far in life. That's what I intend to do this year, get as much practice as I can stand. I can sleep when I'm dead.

Current project: a maquette for Death. I will be uploading progress shots of her.

So cheers for 2011 and productivity, learning, new opportunities, fantastic friends, and getting one step closer to my goals.