Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stuff people at Oddbot did

This semester I interned at Oddbot, Inc. I had a chance to assist with production on some shorts.

"Veggie Tales from the Crypt." This one aired on MAD TV on Cartoon Network. I didn't help much on this one. I got to observe Erich Haeger and Zachary Auf make puppets out of store-bought vegetables. It's old-school rigging, yo. They shot the puppets against a greenscreen and composited them into backgrounds made in Flash and After Effects.

"Never Wake a Sleeping Sensei," the first animated short for Disney's Club Penguin. I changed the penguin colors to match the model sheets in a bunch of these shots... and I started the cleanup on the title card that Anne Walker drew, but I'm not sure if they ended up using my cleanup. I also took screenshots from the animatic and made these printouts that were used to help plan who was going to work on which scene. Rough key animation by Anne Walker, BGs by Tim Szabo with some assistance by Aron Shay, cleanups by a lot of people including Erich Haeger, Kassandra Heller, Aron Shay, and this guy named Pablo whose last name I don't know. Lighting effects and After Effects editing by Zachary Auf. Directed by Chris Hamilton. Production coordination by Suzannah Szabo and Greg Chalekian.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Some beat boards

Been thinking about my story for Chuck's class. I tried drawing some beat boards to view the whole thing more at a glance... I'm also screwing around with different drawing methods.

So far, I've got half of the thing thumbnailed out, but there are still issues with the ending and I need to polish things and add appealing little details and payoffs. I'm not sure how good it'll turn out ... 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beefy eva

This is more like what I wanted to do.


A doodle

I saw a model sheet of Eva Unit 01 from the original TV series, where the evas had bulkier upper bodies and broad shoulders. I had wanted to draw something exaggerated and stylized, but this isn't really what I wanted... Also, I remembered a piece of concept art from Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Der Mond artbook, so this is sort of based off of that image.

I reuploaded this image about 3 times, tweaking the shading. Brb, checking into crazy house

EDIT: Nuts, it is pretty similar to that one by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. I hadn't looked at it in years, though. Thanks, visual memory! I guess.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Two things.

CTNX was a humbling and inspiring experience this year. I was fortunate enough to show my portfolio to many talented people. Thanks to Mike Collins and Brianne Drouhard, I got to talk to Glen Murakami and Alan Wan. Some of their advice made me realize that if I want to work on certain shows, then the work in my portfolio should reflect that (in terms of style). 

So here's a start.

This next one is an older piece. I printed this on my envelope when I applied for an internship to Nickelodeon. Still waiting for the phase 2 interview, if it comes. Oh and if you get the reference, you are cool.

Friday, September 30, 2011


These are some rough drawings for a character from a short story idea. Thanks to Chris Ybarra ( for the initial idea and Garrett Eves ( for additional ideas.

This concept started when we were trying to come up with ideas for a short animated film (James Lien  and Christina Mijares also participated in that group).

Try to spot the mistakes in the turnaround!
He looks a bit too innocent and good-hearted in the beginning drawings. I'd like to push him more towards flamboyant and giddy, like in some of the later drawings.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Getting a Capcom feel from this...

D'oh, I meant for the colors to be more subdued, and they looked that way on my Tablet PC, but it's a lot more intense on my SRGB monitor.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Trying out different brush settings.
I think I might be able to do my story development homework faster/easier with this setting... Maybe.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flash practice

Just a test I made in Flash CS5 as a way to learn how to use the tools.

I used a combination of hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation, classic tweening, and motion guide tweening. I also learned how to use symbols (such as turning the traditionally-animated eyes and head into a symbol and tweening it to get the head movement).


Reference image:

Friday, July 29, 2011

Some silhouettes for my story

Having more knowledge now, I'm exploring how to slightly redesign my main character (Justice Guy) and also how to design his (now retired) ally. His ally will probably be a bit taller than him, with a taller-shaped head.

I am not appreciating how Blogger is adding compression artifacts to the thumbnail view.

I just now realized that I should explore the designs for all the other characters who will appear in the story...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Drawing Club: Patriot

Tried applying stuff from Rad's class to my drawings this time, and it ended up looking a bit more like the drawings of other people at Drawing Club.


Trying to crop this one...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First gesture drawings with a new technique, + more

So last time in Story Dev. for Animation class, Rad Sechrist taught us how to draw in this way that he draws that's also used by various feature animation artists. Here are some of my first attempts.

Also, here's something that I drew for a friend. I had been meaning to do a couple more, but haven't gotten around to it...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wrestlin' with mah story

These are little gags that I thought about putting in my story.

It got me thinking that I need to step back and write an outline if I'm going to have a coherent story.

So far I'm thinking...

  • Justice Guy intervenes on a guy who accidentally dropped a piece of candy wrapper on the ground
  • Justice Guy takes the perp to the police station
  • They tell him to release the guy and go home
  • JG does his line "THIS CITY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS," indicating his frustration with the state of the city and its police
  • In a Sin City-style homage, he prowls the city, stopping extremely minor offenses
  • Eventually he experiences some sort of fall from grace
    • Maybe trips and falls, or a "criminal" or bystander stands up to him
  • Anyway, he is confronted by someone (another crimefighter, maybe) who tries to convince him to change his ways
  • A fight ensues
  • JG maybe realizes the error of his ways, but he vanishes/supposedly dies 
  • Epilogue: A guy burns a mix CD at his computer, and gets punched by Justice Guy. This is a twist indicating that Justice Guy is back to his old ways...

Condensed version with alternate ending...
  • Show Justice Guy trying to arrest or beat up people who committed really really minor offenses
  • A breaking point is reached where JG gets out of control or the police tell him to buzz off
  • Justice Guy experiences some sort of fall from grace
  • He engages in a fight scene with someone who tries to help him
  • He realizes the error of his ways
  • He ends up tackling bigger types of crime that actually needs help from a superhero
    • OR in a comical twist he ends up returning to his old ways, having learned nothing

Comments and ideas appreciated! I need them... o_o