Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gnome Coat Rack

My girlfriend Meg's birthday is December 1st, and I burnt, stained and painted a coat rack for her. She likes gnomes a lot. And she's a little slow, so I made sure to have the gnome showing her how to put on a coat.

Haha! Just kidding, dear.

I meant to just burn the linework, stain it selectively, and then seal it without painting it. So I did the first two steps, uncapped the spray sealer, shook it, sprayed it, and then realized that green spraypaint was shooting out of the cap. NOOOO! But I made the best of it. I laid down some masking tape, and did both ends, and then painted the hats red. I like how it came out. Happy accident. And luckily, Meg liked it too, even though she's quite capable of putting on her jacket.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good Draw-er

My dental hygienist, when she found out what I went to school for, told me that I must be a really good draw-er.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Montage Intro

I've been teaching myself After Effects, and I decided to redo the intro for my montage as a way to make it all sink in. My last intro was done in After Effects too, but wasn't very good, since I just knew the barebones of the program. Not that this is anything advanced.

It's my hope that you come away with the impression that I am a man who's unafraid of having his name associated with flowers and curly-cues.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Little Monkey V2.0

I've been working on redesigning a childrens' book I wrote awhile back. It's called "My Little Monkey," and is about a boy who gets accidentally switched with a chimpanzee at the zoo by his (very) near-sighted mother. The boy has to track down the imposter in a clothes store (a true jungle for any kid) and capture him. This is the last two pages of the book.

I did the drawings and then set them up in a miniature set of sorts. I was hoping to get a really good sense of a 3-D space. I probably could have done the same thing digitally, though. Still, I like how it came out, even though it was probably more work than was necessary. Next time I'll play around more with the lighting.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Back to School!

(I'm not actually going back to school.)

I summited Katahdin on September 20th, making it a six-month-plus-one-day trip (it would've been nice to finish on the 19th, and make it an even half year, but it was cloudy that day, and I wanted a good day to finish). My girlfriend and brother hiked up with me, and the views were fantastic. I good day, by all accounts.

So now I'm trying to adjust to everyday life again. No more eating straight from the cooking pot, or burping without concern. No more picking my nose with abandon. It's back to sitting straight in my chair, and keeping my hands folded. Hair neatly parted down the middle. Skin becoming pasty again, thighs becoming chunky and thunderous. Eyes becoming glazed. I'm looking forward to all of it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm back...almost.

Most of you know that I've been gone the past half year hiking the Appalachian Trail - I'm about 250 miles from finishing, (~90% done). I got picked up from where the trail crosses a road near Andover, Maine, and I'm home for a few days.
I've taken a few days off throughout the trip - once in DC to visit my sister, once for the fourth of July to visit my folks, and once to go out to Colorado for my cousin's wedding. Doing anything beyond basic doodling is beyond me when I'm cooped up in my tent, but being back in civilization during those times has allowed me to do a little more. Right now I'm working on an animatic for a short I dreamt up, along with some character designs. Whether fully animating the whole short is worth it or not, I'm not sure yet - I'm going to see how the animatic plays out. But at any rate, it's been good to go through the whole rigamarole again. It sure beats drawing on a brown paper bag with a golf pencil.