General / 12 January 2020

My wife was getting ready for a new years party and I had about 45 minutes so I did the initial lines for this animation. I didn't plan anything or look for ref (for better or worse).  Later on, I colored it and put a really quick background in.  It was really free and I had a lot of fun completely "flipping the bird" to the crippling perfectionism that plagues me. Look how rough the lines are! But there's enough working in the motion that it's ok I think!


Dad Sketches 4 Holiday Edition

General / 10 December 2019

Dad sketches are sticky note sketches I've been sneaking into my son's lunch every day. Here are some holiday or winter themed sketches from last year, I think.

Dad Sketches 4

General / 29 October 2019

Dad sketches are sticky note sketches I've been doing to sneak into my son's lunch every day.
This installment of "dad sketches" features our pain in the ass puppy Algae. The first one was inspired by a recent story sequence by Lynn Chen I saw here on Artstation. She's awesome if you haven't seen her stuff.  The second one was when our pup had Kennel Cough last year.  Algae had a phase when she loved chewing on us and it was really irritating so that's where the third one came from.  Four and five where right after we got her and my poor son had to go to school instead of playing with her. Number six was made last year when the June bugs swarmed our yard and Algae was gorging herself on their crunchy bodies to the horror and disgust of my son.


Dad Sketches 3

General / 12 October 2019

I used to do a daily sketch on a tiny sticky note to sneak into my son's lunch every day. Here is another set of those. There are so many I'm thinking about theming my posts like I did with the Mer-may post I did. But today's isn't themed, unless you consider "strange" or "unrelated"  a theme. I think the snail one is similar to something I saw somewhere but I can't be sure. The others are just off the wall shit that relates in some way to something that our family was enjoying at the time. The backpack one was because I used to give my son shit for having so many books in his backpack. He used to keep them in his backpack after he was done reading them just because he liked them. ... funny dude.

Dad Sketches 2

General / 25 September 2019

This is another installment of little sticky note pen sketches I was putting in my son's lunch every day. I didn't intend it at the time but as I was flipping through them this evening I realized that they sort of serve as a journal of what was going with us at the time. The little notes are full of inside jokes, silly events, and even apologies. This batch is a collection of sketches made in May a couple of years ago. The birthday cake one was probably done on my birthday which is on the 16th. One of them was made right after we got our sweet puppy named Algae. She shows up in a lot of the sketches. You'll see more of her later. Some are nicer than others but all were done very quickly so try not to judge too harshly. :)


Dad Sketches 1

General / 11 September 2019

A couple of years ago I started doing these little sticky note pen sketches and putting them in my son's lunch every day. He was 7 or 8 then. I'm not sure how many there are but probably over a hundred. Most of them are serious garbage but here are a few of the first ones I did that I liked. I'll post some every now and then maybe. We'll see, I guess. If I remember correctly, that top right one was inspired by creaturebox,  cause they're awesome.


Schoolism Assignment 2

General / 09 April 2019

I'm still slowly working through the Schoolism Course with Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo. Here's my second set of "paintings" The focus was on value, obviously. But the exercise was grouping the values into 3 colors to start the painting. I liked doing this. It made the image more manageable in the layout stage. It was fun but I need to work on color more than anything I think. Maybe the next assignment will focus on color.

Schoolism Assignment 1

General / 04 July 2018

I acquired access to the schoolism curriculum and I'm following along with the Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo course. The opening lesson focuses on neutral diffuse lighting scenarios and how shadows soften and local color is more pure.  Here are my paintings for the first assignment. I tried to force myself to use only their brushes and stay fast and loose. I have a really hard time doing that, so it's been an interesting exercise.





General / 16 February 2018

I had a few minutes to doodle a few days ago and as I sat with my pencil in my hand poised above a blank page of my drawing pad that familiar sensation of panic settled over me. What should I draw? I shook it off like usual and the first thing that came to mind was "cat". So I tried to draw a cat character without any forethought or reference. It was horrendous. It looked more like rabbit with short ears than a cat. It was cute but it completely lacked something that communicated "cat". I immediately identified this as one of those moments of realization that accompanies growth as an artist, or designer. So I pulled up some cat photos on my phone and sketched one. 

After sketching this cat I thought about the handful of unique traits that cats have.  Since I had been planning to do some style experiments anyway with rats, I decided to do it with cats instead. I found that If you hit one or two of those traits it almost doesn't matter what you do with the character, it'll feel mostly cat-like. I'll post some more rats later too but for now here are some cats. 



Rat Patrol

General / 06 February 2018

I've been really into animal characterizations lately. I was drawing the other day and They Might Be Giants' Rat Patrol happened to be playing so I drew some rats.  I'm intrigued by how many ways an animal like a rat can be stylized and still retain it's rat-ness. Clearly this is far from an exhaustive analysis on the topic. Maybe later I'll do some more rats and see how much variety I can create.