Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gesture Drawing Practice Tool

I should add that my last two posted studies were from photos in the Gesture Drawing Practice Tool, an excellent website that shows images from which you can get your doodle on. Definitely check it out!

Warrior study

Now I want to apply stuff that I've learned doing these studies to things that are more from my imagination, rather than photos. I hope to be creating some striking images in the months following the holidays.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Female nude study

I apologize for the time it's taken for me to post anything new. I have been keeping busy. I just haven't done anything that I cared to post because it was a lot of going down new avenues. I used the gridding process to get the proportions correct in this one. This is my first time using a grid. The reason I used it this time was because after doing painting from studies I would always tell myself "this would've turned out better if I spent more time in getting the initial sketch right.". So, with that said...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Trying out a new technique, for me anyway. I had no original idea when I started this. I ended up with a futuristic UCAV design.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

God of the forest

I've been thinking a lot about trees lately and, messing around in photoshop last night, this sprouted from my imagnation.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Graphgear 1000 VS. SKB-1000 "James Jean Pen"

First let me say that comparing these two pens is like comparing a Mercedes to a...Volga. The only reason I'm comparing the two is because they are both .5 mm ballpoints, which aren't easy to come by and the fact that the SKB-1000 has been riding the coattails of James Jean's popularity.

The SKB-1000 is basically a cheap Chinese made stationary pen. When you order a box from their, rather innocuous, website, what you get is a nondescript box of plastic pens. For some odd reason the barrel on the SKB-1000 can be unscrewed. My only reasoning for this is simply ease of assembly, since they are not refillable, technically. The SKB-1000's body is flimsy, lightweight and the pocket clip breaks off easily.

But, the true test of a pen is in the writing. This is where everything breaks down. I don't know how James Jean does it, or perhaps I got a bad batch of pens, but pen after pen had follow through problems. If I was sketching in my moleskine, eventually the pen found some random point on the page to simply just stop working. I tried multiple pens from the pack and experienced the exact same quirk with all of them. The line is rather nice, when it works, but the unreliability forced me to stop using them entirely. I do not recommend the SKB-1000's unless you want to give them away...

The Pentel Graphgear 1000 is a completely different story. I love my stainless steel Parker Jotter pen, I've always thought it looked like a prop James Bond would have in his breast pocket, like it doubled as a laser maybe. The Graphgear is even better, it's like something out of 'Ghost In The Shell' or 'Gundam'.

The first thing that you notice when you get this pen in your hand is the weight. This pen is SOLID. It has a brushed metal body and an etched metal grip. There are little ovals on the grip made of translucent rubber which makes it very pleasurable to hold. This is truly a pen geek's pen. After engaging the "clicker" on the back end of the pen, in order to write, you must push the pocket clip in order to retract the tip. So wicked! It's a dummy safety so you can't put the pen in your pocket with the tip out! Basically, I LOVE this pen.

The line, which is the most important thing, is smooth. The ink is dark. I have so far had no chokes like the SKB-1000's. Sure, there are ink bombs, but this is kind of typical for ballpoints, in general, and I haven't experienced any really bad ones. This pen is a dream to draw with.

The SKB-1000's were $14 for a pack of 12. The Graphgear 1000 is $15 for one with $2 refills. The Graphgear is worth every penny, whereas I felt totally gouged by the SKB's.

If you like drawing with ballpoints or simply want a pen that will make other people go "Holy Shit!", do yourself a favor and get a Graphgear. Better yet, if you want to give someone a totally unexpected gift get them the Graphgear, it is just that cool. Period.

The Graphgear 1000 can be purchased at JetPens, an awesome site specializing in Japanese made writing/drawing tools.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Thirty Days over. Time to animate.

Well, the 'Thirty Days Project' is over It was a lot of fun and the kick in the pants I needed to sweep out the cobwebs (horrible mixed metaphors). I've decided I'm going to start focusing on animation again. I was messing around in TVPaint yesterday and did some straight ahead stuff. I was really trying to get used to the interface again, have fun, work loose and be nonjudgmental. Funky results.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thirty Days 2010: Day Twenty-Eight


SKB SB-1000's

This is the pen made famous by James Jean. I just ordered me a pack of 12. I love drawing with ballpoint and after going through Parker Jotters and Bic Cristals, hopefully my journey will end with these. The Parker Jotter is a beauty to hold and behold, I have the brushed stainless steel, but the ink is a bit dim and unreliable. The Bic Cristal is great to draw with, very cheap and can be found everywhere, but unfortunately it creates ink bombs every now and then. I've been trying to find Bic Orange Fines everywhere but they aren't sold in the states, at least I haven't found them anywhere. It'll be interesting to see how these SKB pens behave with their .5mm tip, which is the same diameter as my Pentel Quicker Clicker Original. I will definitely post my reaction.

One other thing. Who the hell is S.K.B.? Where are these things even made? You'll quickly notice how spartan that website is.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thirty Days 2010: Day Twenty-One

I didn't do anything yesterday, as it was Father's day and I spent it with my family. So here's my entry for day twenty-one. Ungabunga!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thirty Days 2010: Day Eleven

A little sketch in my moleskine during facepainting at my daughter's las day at school.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thirty Days 2010: Day Three

Here are some thumbnails for an idea I'm contemplating, a series of rocker girls playing different classic guitars.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Thirty Days 2010: Day Two

Thirty Days 2010

Well, it's here again. I'm participating in my friend Keith Ikeda-Barry's 'Thirty Days' project. The idea is simple, create something new every day for thirty days and post it. It started yesterday and,unfortunately, I missed my first entry due to a MUCH later than usual band practice. So, from now on I'll be posting something new on my blog everyday for the next thirty...erm twenty-nine days. How's that?

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I know, I know. It's been a while since I've posted anything new. So, here's a dump of stuff I've done since I last posted. These are a few pieces I did that are basically brush experiments. Usually, I'm trying to master the technique of painting with one round brush, nothing else. But, sometimes, I like to rifle through a bunch of different brushes in order to push myself and to help sweep out the creative cobwebs.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Life drawing at the BYO gallery

Life drawing at the BYO gallery on March 03, 2010.


I've been having a lot of fun lately doing thumbnails. They allow me to think compositionally and, in the case of color, do color studies. They're also very relaxing.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I did this for the character of the week competition on Unfortunately it didn't get in due to the submission count. I had fun on it but I've noticed a few things that I'll want to fix...

Sunday, January 31, 2010


I've been getting more adept at the oil painting technique of painting light over a dark ground. Given, this is all done in photoshop, but the analog still applies technique-wise.

Demo Reel

This is a demo reel of some of my work. Enjoy.