Saturday, December 30, 2006

Fat Bats

to whom it may concern:
Anonymous comments are definitely gay.

In other news, I went to New York this tuesday, and on the road i drew some crazy sketches- and yes, someone ELSE was driving.

here's a raw sample of a page of my sketches, demonstrating what my drawings look like when i try to make pictures while traveling at rapid speeds on cement highways.
Here is a close-up of the fat Batman drawing.
And here are a couple cleaned-up drawings with a similar theme.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Christmas greeting....

My your pots be filled this holiday season!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

You're the man, Hole.

I just finished making a 5-second animated logo for my video productions. I had the design in mind for a while, and just got around to putting it all together.

Here is the original sketch of the design, which was no bigger than maybe 3"x 2".
I scanned it, blew it up to 8.5 x 10, redrew (partly traced) and scanned it. Then I tweaked it in a vector-based program, then souped it up in photoshop and added a pavement texture beneath it. Then I created each frame in photoshop, moving the lid and turning it, and finally, I assembled it all into a short animation. There are a few minor tweaks I need to make to the final animation, and I still have to record a couple sound effects, but it's pretty much in the can.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

BG Keen

I painted the background for my 11-second animation project this afternoon. So now i just have to start animating.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Squirrelly Snackage

i had another idea that i'd like to animate, a much shorter project than the park bench scene- a mere 269 frames, as opposed to...well, i hadn't calculated yet just how long the park bench bit would run, but it is only getting bigger as more ideas come up, so i'm setting it to the side to let it develop, while i focus on this short bit involving a squirrel who finds some sour candies in a trash can and tries some.

The idea actually began as an audio clip that i recorded the other day when i was just playing around with a mic and a sound editor. This morning i started drawing ideas of how i pictured the scene occuring.

Here is the background layout- very simple and to the point; a trash can for the squirrel to root through, plenty of negative space for the squirrel to stand in so he reads clearly in the frame, and a tree that frames the scene, tying it all together.
And here are a couple key poses i scribbled out to get a better idea of what i want.

1.) Rooting through the garbage while humming to himself
2.) triumphantly downing a mouthful of sour candy
3.) the flavor starts to kick in
4.) the first of several crazy takes as he begins to gag- this is the least crazy...they will get absolutely insane- i hope!
Obviously there's more to it, but i don't want to give the whole thing away yet. Instead, here's a sheet of some of the drawings i did to feel out where i want to take the cartoon.

And here is the audio clip that started the insanity-


This is me, playing with my park bench background painting, putting in different characters and coloring them on the comp to see how they look. some, better than others.

Crow has "Toupee" for the bald man's humiliation.

The squirrel is about to explode with excitement from the rabbit's nutty gift.

and the turtle is probably going to be accosted for vagrancy.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Now we're talkin' turkey

here is a character i drew based on one my younger brother (age:14) created. I really didn't take any time on the flames or the logs or pot, and the hand holding the brush is pretty sloppy draftsmanship, but i still like the character...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Turtle Napper

here are more of my recent drawings from my sketchbooks...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

New Markers

okay, so i haven't done any more work on my animation yet, but i did get some new markers today, and i've been trying them out for a little while. first i went through a couple of my sketchbooks looking for old pencil sketches to ink,
then i ran out of good ones, so I scribbled out a new drawing in pencil then inked it with a couple different sized pens, just experimenting a bit with thick-and-thin's.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


The novel is done...sans editing, which i may begin in january.
The animation project can reccommence.
A new project emerges from nowhere.

I have begun to work on a design for another wood-carving: a pinewood derby car that is shaped like a roasted flying pig, with apple firmly between its lips. i sketched a basic idea down, and will begin assembling the thing whenever the mood strikes me.

~the carpenterial Jerk