Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Red Hot Riding Hood pt 5

These 7 drawings took about 49 minutes. That's 7 minutes per drawing. Jeez Louise! I will say this: When i try to time it to finish one pose per song on my playlist, I usually get it done. That could divide the time in half if I do it full-steam. How long can I do full-steam drawing, and will it deter me from doing my drawing exercises later? Maybe I'll see if I can beat my record.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Red Hot Riding Hood pt 2

My sketch above, Preston Blair's below.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Eric Goldberg Test

This is a page scanned from Eric Goldberg's book. It's a chapter break, but also an inbetweening assignment (without being designated as such).

I've been working on it for a couple hours now on Flash with a Wacon tablet. I've roughed out pretty much the whole sequence. Couldn't figure out a way to upload a small movie. Hopefully I'll iron that kink by the time my final animation test is complete. Stay tuned!

30-second drawings

25 minutes, a la

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Red Hot Riding Hood pt 1

preliminary roughs after Preston Blair

Below is the version in the copy I have, from which my individual drawings will be based:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Quick Figures

30-second drawings
for 22 minutes

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Shading Tips

In these drawings, I sketched the figure itself and my teacher, Terence Coyle provided the shading.

He noted a few things:
1) Decide for yourself your single light source. Feel free to make one up.

2) Never shade 50/50. When you're going around the cylinder of a wrist, finger, arm, etc, favor the dark or the light.

3) Connect the shading. Like a stream, it should flow from the top and join shadows to the bottom. Lead the eye.

4) For fingers and things with repeating shadow patterns, make the darkest lines darker on one side and lighter on another. The darks are unequal throughout the different fingers

5) Of course, shade around the curve of the cylinder first and then spread it down.

6) Gradation is key. Find the middle ground on each surface.

7) The parts farthest away from the viewer should be darker.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

30-second drawings

Care of, again.
It might seem silly to actually scan rough sketches like these and post them on a blog. I'm not showing off my deft skill. Really, it's more of an effort to keep it going, in the belief that people (mayeb John K.!) might stop by the blog to see the frequency of my exercises.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


The character in the top middle is my final dino character, semi-based off a close friend's idea.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I didn't do much drawing over Thanksgiving... unfortunately.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008


as inspired by Egon Schiele

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pictures That Tell Stories

I was at a party last night and I talked with a young animator who knows folks at Blue Sky Studios. She had this advice about portfolio submissions:

Sure, include some life drawings. That's basic and the reviewers will just glance at them to make sure that you can draw. But the real test is is the Character Designs. The drawings should all TELL A STORY. How? Usually by hinting at a SETTING. by including a setting, suddenly the characters are in context. It doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure that your sketches are telling a story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Today a homeless guy was smoking next to me on the subway platform.

Monday, November 17, 2008

30-second drawings

30-second drawing exercise from
Today-30 minutes

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Doodles Mon & Tues

Some Doodles after two of John K's protoges,
Jessy Borutski and Brianne Something

As well as some pirates


some doodles after two of John K's protoges: Brainne Something and Jessy Borutski

and some pirate doodles

30 second gestures

30-second gestures a la
Yesterday: 15 minutes
Today: 25 minutes

Monday, November 10, 2008

30 second gestures

Thanks to for this great exercise. I did 3 pages of these last week. and i mean covering the pages.
Let's see if i can do 3 more this week.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Yay Obama.
Some doodles of heads. I haven't really gotten ahead in my portraiture in a while ( no pun intended)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Phillies Win the World Series!

Practicing my 1-2-minute drawings again.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Baseball & Jack Hamm

I've been sketching the Phillies kick serious tail of this world series. Also exercises from Jack Hamm's book.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Spidey Gestures 2

I did 5 pages x about 3 drawings each x 60 seconds average. not extremely long, but it was a big night tonight (i went to see the Animation Show of Shows) and i just wanted to keep the looseness alive.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Spidey Gestures

The assignment: Draw 60 gesture sketches for 1 hour. Be able, in 60 seconds, to locate proportions and allude to anatomical structure of overall figure.

The final attempts:

The first attempts:

I learned that I shouldn't be afraid to draw bigger and move my whole arm. Only at the end of the 60 (actually, maybe 90) minutes, I was able to relax, think of the figure as a whole, as solid mass instead of a series of lines, and sort of sense the overall form. Even if he did come out looking like Michaelangelo's Adam.