Monday, December 8, 2014

Splendor in the Grass

This piece was inspired by watching Wong Kar Wai films again. Someone always seems to be romantically lying on somebody else and the lighting is always so splendid to say the very least.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Fisher King

Another piece I did for Robin, inspired by my favorite film of his, "Fisher King".

#‎RobinWilliams‬ ‪#‎FisherKing‬

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Everything not saved will be lost

It's one week later, and I'm still processing the passing of Robin Williams. The seemingly endless anecdotes extolling how giving and kind he was exemplifies the kind of person I strive to be in my daily life. My love of who he is and what he meant to me growing up has been rekindled.

I went to school with his first son Zachary, who is 7 years my junior. The memory that sticks out most in my mind was trailing behind them on my way up the stairs one morning. He was holding his young son's hand as they traversed each step. It's not so much the act as it was the feeling of tenderness in their wake that I felt. Perhaps that is why we mourn him as a collective, because on some elemental level, it seems so unfathomable that such a gentle, gifted spirit could meet such a violent, lonely ending. My greatest hope is that more meaningful dialogue about depression comes out of this tragedy, that we become more equipped to care for each other when we recognize each another's void.

The boy in this picture, who was initially evoked by my memory of Zachary, is actually another dear soul who passed away only a few days before Robin in an unfortunate accident. He's the 9 year old nephew of a friend of mine. He had seen my work and was inspired to send me this adorable text message that featured the above quote. Now it seems strangely profound. Robin also happened to love video games, so much so that he named his daughter Zelda. The fact that this young boy would want to reach out to me and connect over something creative made me so happy. Now that he's gone, I wonder where all that potential and vitality goes in the universe.

So in that spirit, I wanted Robin and this boy to meet, to continue their path in peace, stardust and all. May their co-op games reign eternal and be saved in the ultimate Cloud, where nothing is lost, only loved and played.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cut Short

I care not for dogma, sides, debates, articles that try to convince me or others of who started what, when and how.

What I do care deeply about is the fact that children can be killed on a daily basis in any conflict, that they must pay for others' blind rage and twisted sense of justice or revenge.

All I'm armed with is my imagination and my heart. Together, perhaps we can all plant seeds of kindness.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel

I loved "Grand Budapest Hotel" so much that I tried to capture the spirit and endearing quality in a few drawings. 

For those who have seen it: If I were to do a third as a triptych, what scene would you pick? #grandbudapesthotel

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Following the ghost...

These excerpts from my story involve the girl chasing after the spectre of her dead friend on the horizon, only to find something altogether different at the top of a pile of boats. More to come soon!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Karma Chameleon: Start to Finish

I took my very first Skillshare class recently. I recommend it for its breadth of courses, good teachers, community feedback and low cost. This particular course was taught by Charlie Bowater, a talented concept artist with a very charming British accent. What follows was my progress for the month:

Karma Chameleon

Updated Fri, Nov 22nd 2013
Greetings and salutations beautiful peeps!

This is my first Skillshare class and I'm really blown away and humbled by the talent here. As someone who's always loved character design and dabbled in it, I relish the chance to be able to delve into it more seriously.

My main theme here concerns an ancient civiliization that combines animal spirits and a synthesis of Mayan, Chinese and Japanese mythology. The characters here are all following paths that lead to the same destination, but have different motivations for getting there. The world they live in is out of harmony and it's reflected in the weapons, magic and strengths/weaknesses they possess.

Here is my first round of thumbnails. It's probably more detailed than it needs to be, but I love erasing just as much as I love laying down brushstrokes. I would like to do another round when I have a breather, then onwards to the selection process! I welome any comments and feedback meanwhile.

As promised, here is my second round of thumbnails from the same universe. I feel like it took a slightly different direction, perhaps more sword n' sorcery, but I still wanted to have this frailty and subjugation aspect of it that these characters are trying to break free from.

Happy Halloween everyone! I feel like this is the perfect community to share our little monsters with :) Here are the choices I went with for refinement. Thank you everyone for weighing in. With so many beautiful projects here, I'm appreciate any time you give me and will do the same for you.

I think I mainly went for these puppies because they have the most opportunity for something dynamic, strange yet familiar all at once. I'm now vascillating between the bookend characters. What do you think?

I definitely made some choices here with the Variation stage. Hopefully, one of them jives more than the others. Influence wise, I think the classic, beautiful Thai stylings of the Mandarin Spawn action figurefrom the late 90's came through for the middle figure. For the gender swap, I was channeling some kind of anime couture, or perhaps a more down to earth Bayonetta.

Due to some great community encouragement and feedback, I finally have this finished character to show. In the end, he comes out to be both an angel and demon. I decided to meld attributes from the first two variations that seem to resonate best with the character in terms of gesture, clothing and silhouette. I hope I made good choices!
I also included some closeup detail on the face for you to see as well.

Thank you all once again for the great critiques and helping me with the forward momentum. I hope to do more of these and continue to share progress with you. I look forward to seeing all your great works as well!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Whirling Dervish - Made with Mischief

This whirling dervish was my first attempt using a revolutionary piece of software called Mischief. If you're actively in or dabbling in digital these days, it behooves you check out this game changer. In essence, you can paint like you do in Photoshop/Sketchbook Pro, but have all the possibilities of vector scalability at the same time in Illustrator/Flash. Best of both worlds.


In the spirit of catching up, here are all my entries for Inktober collected in one posting. It was definitely a mixed bag from my point of view, but it's a great way to create some discipline in the creative flow of life and keep one honest. I'm not on a Daily Doodle list from which I will start sharing work here as well.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Moments of connection...

I apologize for neglecting this space of the world for awhile now, as I've been more active on my Facebook fan page. Having said that, I have been spending weekly time with my characters, drawing them connecting with loved ones and their animal spirits. Some of it has been inspired by movies I've seen as a child, being embraced in my own life and watching strangers connect in various ways. It's ultimately a very comforting subject to work on, even full well knowing that tackling the themes of loss and letting go will be right around the corner. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Anatomy of a Scene - Baobab Tree - Part 2

As promised, here's how my first pass at the animation of the Baobab sequence is going. There is still work that needs to be done in regards to the motion/timing of certain elements and the animation of the girl within the music notes, but the emotion is present.

The song is "Daniel" by Bat for Lashes.