So the tradition @ Tippett Studio, is that eveyrone that participates in secret santa, has to make their gift. You draw someone's name, with a bit of info on the person, and you have to make them a gift! no store-bought gifts, and NO I.O.U.s!!! Some of the past gifts that I've been shown over the year have been INCREDIBLE! So I felt obligated of course to take part in the awesome seasonal activity.
I luckily got the name of someone that I knew, one of my leads from Cats & Dogs -- Mike Brunet. Brunet is a raging-Canadian with a lack of hair and a massive jaw line, and a ridiculously talented animator.
I of course fell to my default for secret santa: round #1; illustrating. I did a full size 27"x40" movie poster, inspired a little by some old serial adventure and james bond posters.
I also pulled a bit of a prank on Brunet at the Tippett Christmas party (where the gifts were handed out). He has had a tough time receiving gifts in the past, half of the time receiving I.O.U.s or lame store bought things (the two BIG NO-NOs). But the good ones that he's had, are REEEAAALLLY GOOD. So not only did I HAVE to finish, it had to be something big, and worthy. After ensuring that I had the real gift finished and ready to go, I got him a decoy gift, to make him THINK he was getting an I.O.U. before getting his real gift. This of course is funniest to the people that know him -- success! I'll include video of the gift giving for the people that didn't get a chance to see it in person.
This was my entry for the Percasso Charity Gallery for the Berkeley East-Bay Humane Society. I didn't get around to taking it where I wanted, but it still turned out, and it sold for a good bit over the asking price -- so I can't complain :P
In this piece is my dog Harvington-Reginald "Short Stuff" Wallbanger (or Harvey; the corgi in the fez) and my friend Steve's dog Totoro (or Pig-Pug; the pug in the monocle).
Catching up on a few posts.. I was asked to do an illustration of Tony and Adrienne for their AMAZING zombie-birthday bash. incredible evening. They used the illustration to create the invites and such for the party-
came back from dailies the other day and found an awesome little sketch of myself taped to one of my monitors. ends up one of the leads (geoff wheeler) used his ninja powers to bang out a doodle of yours truely. i told him i'd get him back and this is what i managed -
hopefully this will continue in to an all out caricature war!
another birthday gone; this year held a lot for me (year and a half technically, let's just consider it my entire 23rd year and the months leading up to it) i also had a lot of expectations jumping in, 23 itself has always had a bit of it's own significance for me. i am anything but disappointed and there is so much to look back on; a few less than good--there are still some things weighing on the back of my mind, but most occurrences have been beyond great, and life-altering; and i am astounded to see what has unfolded since the beginning of 08. pretty much every aspect of my life has been altered and pushed into a new direction whether it be large or small; and what else can you ask for, other than to grow and to change? i've come a long way, and i have a lot of great memories, and though there are a few unresolved matters, i think everything is moving in the right direction. regardless, i'm sad to see my 23rd year gone for good. but i'm also feeling more than ready to take on 24, so let's do this thing. moving on. next song.
post script - perhaps it's finally time to get my 23 inked once and for all. time to hit the drawing board.
three doodles in three weeks.. that's a record for my recent pencil-pacing. third go @ the monster'n blog. this week's inspiration was the star nosed mole, which is already pretty fucked up looking to begin with. and then there's a little badger and leopard gecko thrown in the mix.
so a few of the peeps at tippett contribute to a little blog called monster'n, which is basically an excuse for people to get together and draw monsters and other messed up shit! how can you beat that?! anywho, i finally whipped up a submission. i'm not going to bother with back story on the subjects, but i'll post the doodles up here, since my posts have been running dry as usual.. so hopefully, if i can force myself to do maybe one of these a week, it'll allow me to keep my drawing chops in shape (a little at least) and perhaps remedy the lack of activity here.
In light of leaving Cinematico, I wanted to draw up some kind of "thank you/farewell for now" piece for the three head-honchos; Brittnell Anderson, Gustavo "Goose" Manriquez and Marco Bertoldo. And if you've been to the studio, you know that there is a shared affinity for old school/foreign movie posters.
Like I said, I've really enjoyed my time at Cinematico, and have learned so much (work-wise and not) from these guys. Hope they like the poster, and I'm sure we'll be working on even more offensiveness later down the road!
So I was officially offered a position as an animator at Tippett Studio this morning and I couldn't be more excited! I've had a blast at Cinematico over the past.. almost 2 years, wow.. and will always have a special place in my bosoms (yes, both of them) for those guys; but I'm finally taking that first leap into film and cannot WAIT to get started!
a pass on color/texture, i could call it done, but i'm still going to go back and play with it a bit. i also took a lot of the colors into a very vibrant area for a change, that tends to be ground that i don't tread on very often.. high contrast, full black, full white, and colors aaaaall the way in the top right corner of the color picker.
-on a side note. don't see outlander, fuck it sucks.. when's there going to be a good viking movie :(
i haven't posted for a while, and it's been even longer since i've drawn anything >< i've got quite a long list of resolutions for the new year, and one of 'em is to rekindle my relationship with personal art; and not just pick up where i left off, i want to evolve and try some new things along the way. aside from a few freelance pieces i don't think i really drew up anything (traditional, digital or otherwise) since maybe june or july? really depressing when i think back on it, but i was busy as all hell with work, managing some episodes for an animated series and then working on cinematics for a couple games, so i supposes that's a decent enough excuse..
but excuses aside, as always, the fire seems to start back up with a self portrait. my artsy roommates and i are all getting our '2009' illustrations ready. you know, to use on myspace, facebook, etc.. though i've abandoned myspace and i don't have a facebook :P
i just finished up the 'inking' process and boy does it feel good to draw something again.. i've been veeeery inspired by mignola and wendling lately, and i've decided to try to push myself a bit more in their direction. hopefully this will be the beginning of a nice little journey. we'll see how it goes. this is also another first for me, i've finally put my now 9 month old corgi pup, 'harvington-reginald short stuff wallbanger', or just harvey, down on paper (digital paper that is). that's one big brick off my shoulders, how could i have not drawn my dog yet?! aaaaAAAAHHHHHaaa!!
colors to come soon, before the end of january at least. and maybe a few more things will peak over the horizon soon too.