Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From the Sketchbook P.2

More sketches!

Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor... not sure why.

This girl's face is actually a caricature of a male animator I work with, not sure why I added an off-target boob-poke.

Recently I've been trying to branch out with how I draw angles on the face... still not quite there yet.

This was a self-portrait I drew at LaGuardia airport in the midst of traveling turmoil and somewhere in the middle of my work binge of July 2010. Seriously I don't even know where that month went... it was exhausting.

Monday, August 16, 2010

From the Sketchbook P.1

It has been far too long since I've posted new sketches. If there's one thing I need to really work on it's developing more of these into full-fledged colored illustrations, but I hope you enjoy them regardless of their sketchdom!

Regardless of what my critics may think, I am capable of drawing things that aren't immediately disturbing.

I think I somehow channeled Joe Biden's smile into the face on the left without realizing it until I was done.

The guy on the left was loosely based on Peter Jennings, the guy on the right was loosely based on a skinned tomato.
Is there a more thankless job than the snowman maker?

... more to come tomorrow!

Friday, August 13, 2010

FaceMaster: Tim Heidecker

I've already confessed to my admiration of Tim & Eric in past posts, but one thing I really love about the show is Tim Heidecker's facial expressions in various scenes. All of them beg to be drawn, immediately.

Aren't some people's faces so inspirational? I may make this a regular thing...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hats off to Yeezy and Graham Holleezy

If you haven't seen the director's cut of Kanye West's new single, POWER, check it out below!

Ohhh... Kanye.

My friend and bowling partner Graham Holly was a lead flame artist on this project. His company ArtJail throw some pretty intensely fun art openings. Check 'em out!

Animatin' for AIDS

My girlfriend IM'd this to me earlier today calling it a 'cute AIDS animation.' Needless to say I was intrigued...

.... and for those of you who are fans of The Triplets of Belleville, check THIS out.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Catchin' Up on the Cutcha Uppin'

Where to start where to start where to START.

For approximately the last month I volunteered to be lead animator and do night shifts on a music video production here at LFS. 99% of the video is stop-motion animation, something I've been wanting to get back into since college. We used thousands of beads to make it, along with the most man hours possible on two workstations in a 3-week period. I was becoming somewhat disheveled by the end of it all.
Animating in that style (or hand-drawn, for that matter) was great --- it feels so much more natural and you can do just about anything that your mind can come up with. I'm becoming increasingly more frustrated with digital animation everyday. Yes, it is more convenient, less mess and less costly, but it's so much nicer not having to rely on plugins or processing power for what you want to do. Want to turn a guitar into an angler fish? How about having a guy jump into the frame and suddenly dissipate into a ripple of water? Easy! There's so much more risk involved that gives you such a rush when you see how a shot actually managed to work out well. While the video hasn't made it online yet (I will be providing a link to it when it does), here are a couple of my favorite screenshots that I worked on.

The whole video all clocks in in just under 3 minutes. It's very... rock rappish. For all of you who happen to be fans of beading and Kevin Rudolph, GET FUCKING PUMPED!

More posts coming this week! I can promise you that much, my son.