Friday, November 02, 2007

A lot of folks are still having Halloween parties tonight, so this technically isn't late. I hope everyone had/has an awesome Halloween. A group of folks at work went as the Clue crew and invited me to be their avaricious Mr. Green. Sometimes the best answer to 'Who dunnit?' is 'All of the above.'

Monday, October 22, 2007


Thanks to Josh Billings and Jeremy Spears for the challenge words. Post your fine-feathered figurations Friday! And skeksis.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Riff of the Fates
One of John Williams' most sweeping operatic ballads composed brilliantly as a guitar solo! Amazing.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Week II of Chades Challenge VI: Vicious Gators
Okay, so technically Killer Croc is a crocodile, not an alligator. But he's pretty dern vicious.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Great Mosby's Gharial!

For those of you participating in our biweekly Chades Challenge, tomorrow's the last day to post 'Vicious Alligators' before a new subject is posted. I stumbled across these badboys on wikipedia. They're gharials and they're pretty dang awesome. More proof that God is in fact the greatest character designer.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

They don't get much bigger than the colossal new find just announced in Argentina. The aptly-named Futalongkosaurus, or 'giant chief of the dinosaurs' measured over 100 feet long and weighed over 80 tons. More on this bygone behemoth here, here, and here.

Monday, October 08, 2007

For those of you with any free time this week, the Character Design challenge is 'Vicious Gators'. Thank you Moro and Leo for an actually coherent theme. Here's a little reference for those of you who wish to participate in the art-off. Warning: the video is a little graphic--it is a natural battle royale, after all.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Listening to Howard Shore's score for Ed Wood, one can't help but be inspired, and listening to Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood's films, one can't help but be absolutely transfixed. For you animators out there, check out those eyes. Check out those mouth shapes! For the rest of you, beware...

Monday, October 01, 2007

I went to Disneyland for my buddy Nick Butera's bachelor party and I've gotta say, their Halloween decorations are a little lame. C'mon imagineers...giant pumpkins and orange garland? I was expecting a little more.

Monday, September 24, 2007

When it comes to the genres that count (fantasy and prehistory), this guy's worked on it all: from Wizards to Conan, from Jurassic Park to Masters of the Universe. His style is cartoony and caricatured enough for fantasy art, and he's got a murkier, more impressionistic sensibility for prehistoric art. Good stuff!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I've been listening to a lot of metal at work lately. Also, I saw the first Halloween set-ups at the grocery store last weekend, which always gets me stoked for the GHOULiday season.

I watch a lot of Charlie Rose, particularly his interviews of my favorite actors. the 'dialogue' featured today is with Ian McKellen, who seems to have trouble parting with his wizard beard.

Friday, September 07, 2007

I know the "shadow of destiny" is a bit tired, but it's always fun.
More Dax Plotoid, still intrepidly exploring. I'm messing around with proportions, trying to find the ever-elusive funny-fat-guy sweet spot.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Gurney news abound!
James Gurney has a new blog, a new book, and a new website! The new book looks fantastic, and I'm pretty dang stoked about the blog, I'll be checking it quite often, and I recommend the same for any dinosaur/art fanatics out there. Good times!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Listening to Spielberg talk about Munich and drawing some sort of 70's chap.
Getting kind of excited for The Dark Knight, though I still think Paul Bettany would make an excellent Joker.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sorry for the leave of absence there, everybody. I was trying to solve a rubix cube. The new Chades Challenge is FURRY MARIONETTES! Thanks to Leo Matsuda and Scott Cook for their absurd verbage.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Chades Challenge!
Alright everyone, put yer telescopes away, it's time for the next Chades Challenge. This one was selected by Josh Billings and Moro Rogers, and it promises to be a good'un! The challenge is: FLAMBOYANT ARMADILLOS

Sketch greatly!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Jonathan Winters, Ultimate Improviser

This is Jonathan Winters, one of Robin Williams' heroes and thusly one of mine. Observation isn't just key to drawing and design, it's also key to acting choices. Winters has such a breadth of knowledge and such a keen observation of character-types that he can captivate an audience with a simple pencil case. What's great is that his eyes hardly ever change. Who said acting is in the eyes? It's in the entire character!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Every artist should know what makes their keen skills of observation possible: happy little rods and cones.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Jonesin' for some Indy IV!
Dang, I was just telling Vi that I wasn't going to use this blog for movie news, but this set pic from Indy IV is awesome! Looks like everyone's favorite whip-wielding archaeologist is in pretty good shape. Let's just hope the same can be said for the script. More information at the official website.

UPDATE: Here's the first production diary for Indy IV--awesome!
Week One of Chades Challenge III: Telescopic Placebos