Thursday, December 3, 2009

And by tomorrow I mean next month...

So, hopefully I'll post some of my stuff more frequently. I have more to show than you'd think

Friday, November 6, 2009

Long time no see...

What have I been up to?

I'm currently heading up animation on this little project a group of students at my school are putting together. Here's a pencil test of one of my shots. I'm hoping with the cool coloring technique in photoshop this piece is gonna look bangarang.

I'll probably be updating with other stuff I've done recently tomorrow...and the next day....expect a post a day....

Friday, June 26, 2009

We built an Animation Desk

So, my friend and I built an animation desk! I got the idea to do it after stumbling upon this blog a couple months ago. Of course, with no tools or experience with wood I never thought it's actually happen. That's where my buddy Chris came in. He had both! And...did most of the actual building while I was the one who deciphered the blueprints and dictated the measurements.


Here are some pictures

Here's the finished desk in it's collapsed portable form. It was awesome because a lot of the measurements we did were based on guesses and it worked out perfectly!

We actually had to completely improvise the legs in the back that lock into the dowels, and it turned out to be the most sturdy part of the whole thing. But cutting that hole....was a pain....

The light fixture was really hard to find for cheap. I had just so happened to bring this gooseneck clip-on lamp with me and we decided to give see how well it would work as a backlight and:



So psyched!

Now, here's some technical stuff:

This is the blueprint we used to build it (found at the Hand-Drawn Animation Equipment blog)

One thing I wished it had come with when I was out buying stuff was an actual supply list to build that thing. So, here's what we needed.

24 x 48 (3/4 in. thick) piece of Aspen
From which we cut:
  • 1 24 x 34.5 in. sheet (for the desktop [A])
  • 2 9 x 1.5 in. pieces (for the part that you put the dowels in that the back legs rest on [D])
  • 2 21.75 x 2 in. pieces (for the sides of the bottom structure [C])
3/4 x 6ft x 6 in plank of...I don't remember what kind of wood it was...but it doesn't really looked similar to the aspen
From which we cut:
  • 2 15.5 x 1.5 in. pieces (for the back legs [B])
  • 1 32.5 x 1.5 in. piece (for the bottom part of the back legs that rests on the dowels [E])
  • 2 34.5 x 2 in. pieces (for the front and back of the bottom structure [F])
1/2 in. dowel rod
2 1.5 in. hinges
2 3 in. hinges
4 corner braces
4 regular braces

Tools, and such
Table Saw
Wood Glue

That's it, really.

All of the parts cost me $50 in total.
As opposed to buying one for $300-$500. The most expensive thing I had to buy was the disk which was $102 (which includes shipping).

The Hardest part, obviously, was cutting the 16.5 in. hole in the desktop. We actually cut it a little too big (...and lumpy...), but the disk fits and spins well. It just has a bit of wiggle room.

Till next time,

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I made a capture station today

So, I'm roaming the internet trying to find good ideas as to how to rig up a cheap capture station when I stumble upon Sunny's Blog, and his post on how he converted a lightbox into a capture station. Awesome, right?!

So, here's pictures of mine. It's not exactly like Sunny's, but I kept to the same basic idea.

I made it out of a beat up old piece of foamcore that I found lying around, some duct tape. It looks really crooked in this picture....but that's really fixable...

Cut holes in the side and taped pieces of vellum to help distribute the light.

The only part of this I had to buy was this webcam, which worked out nicely because I used parts of its package to mount it snugly to the top.

Here it is with the lights on. I tested the video feed and it works remarkably well!

Problem is I don't seem to have a program to actually capture animation with. TVP animation only seems to want to acquire images from a scanner, and Premiere CS3 doesn't seem to capture anymore. Of course, I don't know my way around those programs very well, so it's possible that I just missed it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Another Mermaid

GET IT?! She's acting like a fish! HA!

I started drawing mermaids again. I think this is the last one for a while. I'm still not all that great with Watercolors, but I rather like how this one turned out. Probably the last mermaid for a while.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lord Bravery

Playing around with watercolors...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


And with that....I'm done

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Just a Sketch

Coming up with characters for my next animation...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

24 Hour Chalenge

So, I got first place in the 24 hour challenge! Woohoo!

the 24 hour challenge is where the animation majors at my school get together and spend the night at the school. While there they have 24 hours to do any of the specified challenges. One of the challenges was a 12 second traditional animation. I started this around 9 AM on Friday morning, and finished around 5 AM Saturday morning (with very frequent breaks).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jerry's Fantasic Journey!

New animation for you guys. First project in Intermediate 2D animation. Just a walk across the screen, pretty simple

Till next time,

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Laugh with me, Jocko!

I don't know why I've been drawing Freakazoid stuff so much. This one was really fun to do; I haven't used charcoal in ages. This is a Gutierrez, one of Freakazoid's enemies.

I couldn't find my digital camera so I had to scan it which is why it seems so cramped. There's about half an inch of drawing that got cut off.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Super Teen Extraordinaire

I was experimenting with a new way to color using markers for the flats and going over them with colored pencils. I kinda like the result.


Failed my review because I don't have enough final finished pieces, so I guess I'll pull out the bristol more often instead of just drawing in my sketch book all the time. Here's the first of the new era.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Playing with Markers

So, I have an assignment coming up that will require some coloring. I usually handle all of that digitally, but I feel like doing stuff by hand's less of a hassle these days. No printing costs. Just no undo button. I guess it's really a choice between the two.

Anywho, It's been a while since I've posted, so here are a few highlight sketches from this week.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Look! Up in the sky!

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...

Mr. Incredible's worst fear?

So, Boom Studios is putting out comics based on Pixar movies. The first series will be a story about, you guessed it, The Incredibles! The first issue comes out March 25. Hopefully they'll be awesome.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Captain Curtain Revisited

I was messing around with the Captain's model today after reading some articles on Appeal.

I kinda like it, but he looks a little too young....

I'll probably color that face, though.

EDIT: I did...