Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Me-Chan's Search

I'm so excited to share with you, "Me-Chan's Search" which I've been working on since last year!  It's finally finished and up on youtube!  The project was done specifically for children who experienced the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and is currently only in the Japanese language.  The story is about a little lamb who's surveying the aftermath of the tsunami.  Nothing is left except for one large heart shaped rock.  This rock reminds us that even if everything else is washed away, God's big love will remain.

The project was done with a combination of Autodesk Maya for the basic animation, and Toon Boom for the clean-up.  With the exception of one scene I cleaned up, my part was mostly working on the basic character animation in Maya.  Unlike most Maya projects, we chose to not inbetween the scenes, giving the animation a different feel closer to stop-motion in style.

Friday, May 24, 2013

My 1st Published Children's Book Illustrations!

Earlier in the year I was hired to illustrate a children's book on a very serious topic, but the story has such a wonderful message of hope and is written by the sincere heart of a child who misses his father.  It was a privilege to illustrate this book for K.J.

"K.J.'s father Nick was an example to me and showed me how to be a family man. He showed that when it came to his family, he would put himself second and let nothing stop him from providing them with what they needed. And he always did it the right way. The way a godly man should." - Green Bay Packers Tight End, D.J. Williams

K.J.'s best friend, his father Nicholas Reider, died when K.J. was only seven years old. K.J. captures the memories he cherished with his dad and hopes that other children will cherish them too.

Get the Kindle Edition from Amazon for $4.89

Get the Print Edition straight from the Publisher for $8.99

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kansas City Zoo Sketching

I think the last time I'd been to a zoo (before this past Saturday) was about 2 years ago.  I love zoos, I even used to work at one, so it seemed like a really long time since I'd been.  I was near Kansas City, MO house/kid sitting for my brother over the weekend and thought going to the zoo would be a fun Saturday outing.  I'm so glad that we went!  I was able to take some nice photos, get in some sketching time, take some video, and keep the kid happy~!

I don't remember what these birds are called, but they sure are neat animals!


The Polar Bear was just chill'n...
 Red Panda, one of my favorite animals!

Elephants are always entertaining! The elephant in this photo I took and the elephant I sketched below are in the same pose, but they are actually two different elephants.  The one I sketched was missing a tusk.

My favorite exhibit was the kangaroo exhibit. Once inside the gates, there were no barriers between the animals and the guests.  They were just free ranging!  I got to sketch them and also take some reference that would be great if I ever want to animate a kangaroo!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Keeping busy

I've really been keeping busy this month with lots of freelance work & collaborative projects.  I snuck in some drawing time to make a new Penguin & Peep piece this week, and spruce up one that I felt I could have done better on.

New Penguin & Peep piece- "Japanese Garden Stroll"
Fireworks: Version 1

Fireworks: Version 2

I wasn't sure the original version of my "Fireworks" print fit as well as it could with the other Penguin & Peep illustrations I'd done, because the colors are bolder and the strokes not as delicate.  So, when I went back to tweak it I softened the fireworks, made the sky more purple, and added flowers to the bushes.  I also enlarged Penguin & Peep a bit.  Looking at them both together, I still like them both, and I think version 2 just looks a little more girly. In the end, I'm not sure if the result was better, or just different.  What do you think?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Novel Characters Blog

I'm starting a new blog!  I will still be updating this one as often as I can, but I will also be updating (hopefully weekly) character illustrations and book reviews of my favorite characters from novels.  It's called Novel Characters!  It's my... uh, novel idea! ;-)  Check it out:  http://ncharacters.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 10, 2013

MeChan's Search Trailer

 One of the projects I've been working on over the past year is almost ready to be released.  Check out the trailer for MeChan's Search!  Japanese Language with English Subtitles!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Marvel Tribute Show Nov. 16th San Diego

Back in November, I had a piece up at the Marvel Tribute Show in San Diego, CA which was organized by a good friend of mine.  I'd been wanting to post about it, but didn't get a chance to until now.  For my illustration I worked in photoshop like I often do.  I didn't even get to attend the show in person, but my friend printed it out and framed it.  You can see it on the wall in the pic below and I think it came out looking good!

I have a really hard time drawing anything that isn't cute, so I when ahead and embraced the cuteness, picking May Parker as my heroine.  I decided to portray her rescuing cats who might have landed on their feet anyway, but appreciate not using up one of their nine lives regardless.
Below you can see my original sketch.  I usually start out pretty lose like this and do a lot of the real drawing and refining directly in photoshop.  I work with a wacom intus tablet.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Logo Design

Wow, it's been a busy year for me so far!  Hard to believe it's already March and this is my first post of the year.  I've been doing lots of animating and working on different art projects that I'm unable to share about yet, but I've recently finished some logos and web design related work.  Check out the banner I did for Fight Gamut: http://fightgamut.blogspot.com/
I actually did this logo for Libertyburg last year, and I'm glad to see it in use on their twitter page!

Trees definitely make for a captivating logo.