Thursday, April 28, 2011


We went to Arles last Friday so I decided to do my Travel Portfolio project there. I sat and drew for 5 hours then came back and worked from the pictures on the color. Going from Acrylics to Watercolors has been a bit jarring, but I'm working on it. Enjoy!:)

Advice on Clean Work

So I learned a little lesson the other day that was hammered into my mind...ALWAYS clean your ruler. I was really tired and cranking out a comic page and after penciling it, I looked down and gasped in horror...there were ink marks ALLLLLL over my paper. But I didn't have enough time to go back and clean it up so come critique time, my professor asked me if I dropped it or played hockey with it. Haha. As a comics/animation artist, stills and comic pages sell usually pretty well...unless they're dirty and have ink marks everywhere. So this is a lesson to me and I thought I'd save others the trouble by dropping this piece of advice into the interwebs. Sure, its common sense, but common sense isn't always that to all you artists out there, clean your rulers and supplies and learn from my mistake.:)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Batman Thumbnails and Tight Roughs

So for class we found out the story on Batman. Its the Gaslight issue where the Ripper has framed Batman for his crimes and as he's about to kill this woman, Batman finds him. These are the thumbnails and tight roughs for that page. I have been working on tightening my lines and black placement so I looked to one of my favorite graphic novel series for help in this department...Sin City. A piece of advice my professor gave me also is when doing tight pencils, imagine putting them up on a wall, throwing an ink ball at them and having them magically inked from what you had up. This helped a lot in working on these pieces. Oh, and also, please note that these are each the same page. Enjoy!:)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter Everyone!

Enjoy this little bit of crazy and have a great day!:)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Its funny, I've been having trouble with what to do with arms when I draw people and my friend and fellow peer of mine suggested watching Disney movies. I was a little confused at first because I always watch Disney movies. But apparently Disney has completely conquered gestures. He said that no matter how close or far the shot, Disney always includes hands in every shot. So I started looking through stills and realized he was right. So the next time you watch a Disney movie, notice what they do with hands. Its really interesting.


So here are some character designs. I know its been a while, but my previous comic was horrendous. Its like I have ADD when I work and can't settle down to do tight pencils. So my professor recommended some scratchier styles of artits like Bill Sienkiewicz, which helped a bit. We don't know the story for this one yet, all we know is it involves Batman, the Ripper and a Prostitute in 1888 Winter of Gotham. So here are the designs and Travel Journal will be uploaded later. Enjoy!:)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


So Paris was AMAZING. We took the train there and stayed in the Latin District for 5 days. We met with publishers, saw the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, I ate a TON of desserts, had a glass of wine for the first time in a restaurant and saw all the rest of the sites. The beauty, the caricatures of the people, the churches and the art history really hit me. I'm definately in love with this place. It has to be one of the best trips. Oh, and I spent my bank account on European comic books. It was interesting getting those back to


So pretty much, this is where I've been living this quarter. Its a small medieval village that our school restored on a hill overlooking the South of France. Its absolute heaven. Although I have to say, the 45 degree angle cobblestone hills are sometimes a challenge. But I love it here. They work us pretty hard. The cafeteria food is pretty good and theres about 6 people to a room. We go on field trips almost every day and the professors are awesome. So pretty much...its amazing and I'm hoping someday to move to this country.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Last of the Disney Portfolio

Here's the last of my Disney portfolio. That is 9 pieces in total. Wish me luck!:)

Pan's Labryinth Studies

So now that I'm back from Paris, France and back in Lacoste, I have a little more time to update the blog. The first update are my pdfs of the Pan's Labyrinth study I did. One of the pdfs is the long version and the other is the short version. They were going to be for my portfolio but I realized there may be copyright issues even if I say its from that it doesn't show my picking of scenes. But I'll upload them here. Enjoy!:) and ....Paris and Lacoste updates coming soon! Au revoir for now!:)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Disney Portfolio

Here's the portfolio I sent to Disney. Wish me luck!The last 5 are storyboards of my own interpretation from the Princess Bride when Inigo is waiting for Westley to reach the top. I sent them as a pdf but I cant figure out how to put pdf on this blog so here they are.