Friday, May 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008


"Ego is the enemy of the imagination.

Anything that you think about writing, when you are not writing, is a product of the ego and is absolutely wrong. 100%, all the time wrong.

And if you take a step back and think about how much time you spend trying to purify yourself in order to get ready to write, that’s like 95% of the time. And the reason for that is the Ego has a stake in perpetuating the behavior that you’ve already engaged in.

We do not think our way to right action. We act our way to right thinking.

So what I do is I start writing. If I think about my writing before I start to write, what I’m really doing is justifying not writing. So, because what I’m thinking when I’m not writing, I’m not writing. so I’m gonna find a way to keep not writing. So what I say is I don’t have the idea, it’s not fully realized yet, my pencils aren't sharpened, I don’t have the right notebook, blah blah blah, it’s 11:45 time for lunch…"

-David Milch (taken from Story Fanatic)


I'm sure the same can be applied to drawing. This is definitely something I suffer from. Thinking about drawing WAY more than actually just drawing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

marathon drawing...

The shot so far...

Need to give my eyeballs a rest from all this wonderful radiation computer screens spit out at ya. I have other things I need to work on as well...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

wips wips wips...

Clean lines...

Something on the side, for my own amusement/portfolio padding. Attempting to mesh cartoon design sense + realistic rendering? One of the few guys I've seen done it right was Glenn Barr. His work is AMAZING. Hmm...

And I gotta get my ass working on some layouts!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ping-Pong Carousel.

These are from last year in John Mahoney's class. Just thought I'd post these while I continue to peck away at the current piece I'm doing.

Done with Blue pencil, Fabercastel color markers with brush tips and Gold metallic sharpie (scans a bit dark due to its reflective quality). Varying degrees of success.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Been Lazy.

So I took quite a while off just generally slumming and slacking and sliding all over the place in a funk but I'm back and getting somewhat back into the groove. The most important thing I need to work at is my "sticktoitiveness." As my old teacher Nathan Ota told me, "You're probably the best student I've had in 3 years, but you lack discipline" and then he gave me a "D." Yeah, that's me, but it's something I try to stay aware of and try to overcome. But man is it tough! However, being out of a job and hungry definitely motivates one to stop being a bum.

Anyway, been picking at this piece like it was steamed mixed vegetables and the only way I'll get that ice cream dessert is if I clean off the entire plate.

I like it so far, but I've run into a funny thing, the more I like a piece I'm working on, the more nervous I get about messing up and ruining it. It's discouraging and tedious to take babysteps, but it's something every artist needs to overcome. While it may be your baby, you gotta let it grow naturally and allow it to have it's flaws and quirks. Just do it and finish it and next time you'll probably do it better. But I guess even the best artists are never satisfied. I think that's a good thing.

Here are some close ups of the characters.

Man, some guys can just pump this stuff out... I wish to have that stamina someday.