Monday, December 31, 2012

Character Design Final

So this is the finished work from my character design. His name is Grengel Farber, and he is a domestic rabbit rumoured to be the Easter Bunny's rotten cousin. He is a food cart salesman, and his product of choice is organs, which he sells out of a rusty old wheel barrow. His age is uncertain, though it is certain that he is very old. He is fully blind and must rely on smell and the use of one ear. His main customers are up-scale vultures who do not wish to get their hands dirty, and the tooth fairy. Grengel Farber has a special affinity for children's teeth.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Visual Development

These are just some development sheets from this semester, I had a lot of fun with these sketches!
The first is for a tree house design, and the second is for a character design. My character is a blind rabbit who sells organs out of an old wheel barrow.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hell Sequence

This is some sequence development work I did over the summer for the short animated film "A Knock On My Door" with Animator/Director David Chai. I was to design what would happen in a sequence where the main character has visions of hell.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gary Soto Garage

This is a project I did for my Visual Development class, in which we were required to read a couple short stories and a poem by Gary Soto, and then illustrate an environment from them. We were able to choose between designing a kitchen or a garage, and I chose to go with the Garage.
The concept for my garage was to show Gary aging as a small child to an adult. In the first view of the setting, he enters screen right as a small child (4 or 5) and as he walks across screen, he ages until he exits screen left and a full grown man. I imagine this being used for a 2D animated something-or-other.
In the 2nd view I wanted to portray a sense of longing to just fly right out of the garage, and into the open outside world.
This was my 3rd time using photoshop to paint, and I had a lot of fun figuring out how to use that crazy tool.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Tibetan Skull (Ink and Tea)

Joker Smile ("Deranged" written by Coheed and Cambria)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Couple Blasts from the past

These are a few paintings I had done a couple years ago that were a big step in motivating me to do the kind of work I do now.

This one was inspired by geometric shapes and equations, and is portraying the concept of paint vs. line. Because of the pastel colors, I like to call this one; "Would you like some whipped cream with that?" (Oil on Canvas 30"x40")

I painted this with one my dearest friends Emma Rose Laughlin! It was a live painting for Iguanas open mic night, and its called; "Fatty Freckles and Twinkletoes"
(Acrylic and mixed media on canvas 48"x48")

This is one of my favorites, and is currently hanging at Satori Tea Co. downtown! Its based off of Rorschach Blots, so for the process I made over 100 ink blots (below are my favorites) and then chose one to base the painting off of. I went with a more circular-ribcage-esque one.
(Oil and sprinkles on canvas 24"x48")

Monday, March 5, 2012


Here are some of my favorite pages from my sketchbook last semester!

For this study of the Arctic Hare, I drew the bunnies above on the left side of the spread, then on the right side (below) I cut out bunny shaped holes, spread tracing paper over the holes, and drew their skeletal structures on the tracing paper. When the page is turned over on top of the original bunnies on the blue background, the skeletons become an overlay so I can see where the skeletons fall on the rabbits.


This one was draw on vintage wallpaper.

For these next two, it was hard to show with the scans, but the colored portions of the trees are three-deminsional and pop up off of the page.

The Squirrel skeleton on the page below was adapted from a rat skeleton by using individual squirrel bones as reference.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


These were my Day and Night forests for a class dedicated to trees. I painted these with acrylics, and UV light reactive paints.

We were to come up with a theme for each painting, the theme for my day forest was "Neighborhood". So I came up with characters to live in all of the trees in my forest, some of the most important ones being Windsor Squirrel, who lived in the Lacey Oak and was a General in the Great Bipedal War, recently deceased. The other- Alexander Bunny, who lives in the Redwood, is a college graduate, and generally thinks himself better than everyone else.



The theme for my Night Forest was "Magic Mushrooms", and the story told here is how the recently deceased Windsor Squirrel died. Alexander Bunny moonlights as a magic mushroom harvester, and gives them to Windsor Squirrel to supposedly "calm down his post traumatic stress." However, in a fit of rage on a bad trip, Windsor Squirrel hangs himself.


Night under UV light

Windsor Squirrel and Alexander Bunny
Day Forest under UV light showing the late Windsor Squirrel

Windsor Squirrel under UV light