Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Life Drawing - Part 2

Here are some recent life drawings from the end of semester portfolio. Have I improved since my last life drawing post? you be the judge...I sure hope I have. Our prof's a talented guy, and knows what he's doin but he fails people like it's a bodily function...even if they're not that bad...which is harsh, but at the same time, scare tactics have made us whip ourselves into shape.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Storyboard: Rough to Clean

For character design/ animation class each of us had to take a panel from the storyboard of our film and clean it up. The intent of this mini assignment was to allow us to explore the possibilities for clean up and colour. I've had it in my mind for a while that I want to go with a bolder line around the silhouette of the character. It seems to be a quick and simple way to give some variety in line and a stylized appeal.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Posting a Poster

The last few weeks have been quite the grind. Pre Production on ESJA is just about done. THEN! when we come back in January all fresh...PRODUCTION BEGINS! Here's some promotional artwork to tide you over until then.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's That Magical Time of Year...THE ROYAL WINTER FAIR!!

Ah yes...Every year in early November our life drawing class takes a little field trip down to the Toronto Exhibition grounds to spend a day at the Royal Winter Fair...Basically it’s a giant livestock show with a pizza pizza stand...not sure what's so "royal" about it...the "winter" and "fair" part are pretty accurate though. If you can get past the smell, the mobs of grade school kids, and using milk crates as chairs/ drawing surfaces...it's actually a pretty good time, and everyone in the animation program usually looks forward to it. It's a good opportunity to draw a nice variety of animals up close and personal. Anyways, we had to come up with two pages of sketches for our class and this is what I came up with this year.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Casual DEATH

This is the design of Death that we decided on for our group film, Evil Stevil Jumps Again. The designs presented here were drawn by me and are a mixture of conceptual designs done by me, Rory Madge, and Matt Lau. Some minor tweaking might still take place.

The whole idea behind Death in our film is that he's not what you would expect from the classic depiction of Death. Our Death is overly emotional and basically a wimp. He lives with Evil Stevil, and the two have an old married couple sort of relationship...Death filling the role of the wife.

Evil Stevil is a dare devil who lives with Death every day of his life...metaphorically and literally...deep, I know. Death has spent so much of his time trying to catch Evil Stevil in one of his stunts, but was never able to. Eventually, as the saying goes, "If you can't beat em, join em". Death did exactly that, and moved in with Evil Stevil. Death comes home to ES at the end of his 9 to 5 job escorting people to the after life, where the two bicker and argue about meaningless crap. Death watches his soap operas while Evil Stevil continues to obsess over his 50 year plan to create and perform the most spectacular jump the world has ever seen. Hilarity ensues.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Recent Life Drawings

I realised i haven't posted any life drawings on this blog yet, so i decided to dump
some recent stuff...

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30 seconds - blind contour

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Fun with Sculpey

So a while ago I found some sculpey lying around and an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force was fresh in my mind so I decided to have some fun. I’m usually so busy with school and doing art for assignments, so I rarely get to play around and do artsy, nerdy things for myself.

"Tonight...you?" What do you think he means by that? It's like he's threatening me or something...

"I want a unicorn with a horn and a banana seat and a banana suit."

"I'm fine...Everything's fine like wine..."


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Evil Stevil Character Design


Clean Up


So I'm on reading week and I've been focusing a lot on character design for "Evil Stevil Jumps Again" which is the group film I'm working on at Sheridan. I definitely like the body on the first guy way better than the second. I think I’m leaning towards that design. I'm on the fence about the peg leg though. I love the idea of the peg leg. It makes Evil Stevil’s design unique and is a quick and effective way to show his back story. It visually describes the kind of life he’s lead. He’s a dare devil, he SHOULD have some injuries, why not exaggerate that and show an obvious external injury. I’m still wondering if there’s a better way to include the peg leg…design-wise. Rather than just a stick of wood...maybe it could be like the end of a cane with a rubber stopper...or a piece of metal…shrapnel style...or a crutch-like contraption...I don't know. I’ll definitely continue to play around with that. The last thing is regarding the goggles. After getting used to drawing him without them I think he works better with just the plain helmet. I loved the goggles. I thought the redundant nature of having his goggles and old man glasses was pretty funny but at the same time it made his head pretty cluttered with detail. Plus, there’s a design rule I came across that says there needs to be gaps of space around areas of important detail...so...it’s probably better not to have his head too cluttered. Anyways, I’m excited to get back to work on the film after this reading week. It’s been an amazing experience so far. I’ve been working mainly as the story supervisor but I’ve made sure to get involved as much as I can in all aspects of pre production.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Evil Stevil Concept Stuff BEGINS

Here's another sample of the Evil Stevil conceptual design i've been doing...check out the blog...evilstevil.blogspot.com...a lot of really cool stuff is pouring in from all members of the group...the creative juices are flowin' thick.

Monday, October 1, 2007

INTRODUCING:...J-RAFF the 80's Giraffe

Know what time it is? It's time to party with J-Raff!

Thursday, September 27, 2007


So third year is off to a pretty good start…it’s the big one…the group film year *gasp*…The film’s been off to a good start, we’ve got a strong group and enthusiasm’s running high. I was fortunate enough that my story idea was chosen. Basically it’s about a 110 year old retired Dare Devil who decides to jump again…hence the title…”EVIL STEVIL JUMPS AGAIN”…it’ll be between 2 to 3 minutes long. Currently, the groups been finalizing the details of the plot through beat boards and working on rough concept and design. These are just a few of my early character designs for Evils Stevil…Stay tuned for the progress of the entire film on the official Evil Stevil Blog, which is linked to my buddies list on the right.

I've fallen in love with Post-it's...been cheating on my sketchbook.

We decided that the slippers are a must. Also that he'll have to do the jump on a wheel chair rather than a motorcycle...keepin it old old old school.

Mmm...Geriatric pea eating.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Some OLD gouache paintings from first year...

This painting and the one below were quick in class studies we did on reflection...they're pretty fast and loose, but i liked how they turned out.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Photoshop Layout

Old West diagonal pan...by far my favourite layout that I've done.