Monday, December 30, 2013


Hey there, hope everyone had a great Christmas Time! Since I've been home I've been able to finish all the books I neglected over the semester.  The book I just finished was the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.  After the last one, Allegiant I had this quick idea, so I though I'd put it down :

I don't want to spoil anything but I based the guy on the character David, and the overseeing of the factions.  It's a really great read if you like the hunger games type novels.  

Monday, December 23, 2013


So now that I'm organizing my computer again, I'm able to find artwork that I was working on for the semester.  YAY!  Here is the video of my final scenes for my animation class.  All scenes are independent of one another; the last two were part of two separate shorts after we were put into groups.

Malcolm Rig by AnimSchool
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Break is Coming...

So winter break is here, another semester gone by.  Since I've been at home thought I'd do some sketching.  Here are some quick sketches using SketchBookExpress.  I actually really like it, it's just like Photoshop.

my bro and sister (as a samurai)

my other brother

and my sister snuggled up in some blankets.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Contest of Magicians

Hey guys, so being the good blogger that I am I'm actually posting work that I just finished. YAY ME!  So hear is a character study from my conceptual illustration class.  We had the task of creating an illustration from a book by Steven Mullhouser.  It wasn't really my taste in books but here is the character of the old magician from the story "A Contest of Magicians".

I like it but I think it was just a bit to cartoony for my teachers liking. Anyways. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Projects

Again, neglecting the blog... tsk tsk. Well no worries!  Here are some things I've been working on:
some animation:


some pictures for my mothers birthday:
disclaimer-she really like the housewives shows on bravo.


my mom and I

and some boar animations for this game development project at school:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

24 hour competition

So for the past 24 hours I have been up creating a 30 second short with 4 of my very good friends.  It's our second time in the 24 hour Animation Competition but on by Prof. Aubrey Mintz, from CSU Long Beach (I believe).  Anyways I'm super proud of what our team accomplished in 24 hours, again, and can't wait to hear the results of the contest.  Without further adieu here is our film.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


So we are moving forward with our character design assignment for my conceptual illustration class.  The next part is to create three different areas where these characters live.  One is the abode, where one of the characters lives. The next is a common place, where all the characters meet in one form or another.  The last one is the sacred space, where the characters meet for a special purpose.  This part was a big harder than the character designing and the first place took forever get going; but once that one was done, the other came a bit quicker and easier.  We are going to pick one to build so I'm super excited to see which one i'll get to do.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Conceptual Illustration

Hey guys so classes are in full swing including my wonderous 116, conceptual illustration class.  The latest project is to create a story with characters the are based off of your own personality.  So we had to reach down into our psyches, pull out 6 different characters and make up an epic tale about them.  The catch was, there are specifics that we had to follow: 2 people had to be a different gender than you, 1 person has to have a relationship with a force of nature, 2 people have to be a different generation than you, 1 person has to be a different species, and 1 person had to be a multiple.  With these specifics in mind, I ended up creating the 6 characters and had a blast.  This was my first time doing character design and having to come up with characters from yourself that aren't really you was a challenge but I think it turned out really nicely. I set them all in 1923 Egypt/Northern Africa.  This helped me out style wise and prevented my mind from getting too imaginative.  I ended up playing with shapes a lot and I was glad that I did because it helped distinguish the characters from one another.  Anyways, enough of my blabber, if you're here you want to see art ......

Like I said, super fun and can't wait for the next step :)

live laugh love 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy Labor Day (or zoo day)

Got to go to the zoo on Monday and I have to tell you, it was so nice to go to the zoo for no reason at all other than we had no school.  It wasn't as busy as I thought it was going to be which was a pleasant surprise; and I had a nice interaction with a lovely little indian girl.  She came up to me while I was sitting near the warthogs and told me she liked my drawings.  I thanked her and then I asked her if she could name all of them, and she did! 2 things were good about this interaction.  1, my drawings are readable as ACTUAL animals; and 2, I have a story to tell about the zoo :)  All in all, it was a lovely day with some of my close friends and a Labor Day well spent.

Also here's a picture of my roommate Rachel :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer Project

Heres just a piece of work that I was working on for a couple weeks.  Since I work at the Boardwalk I tend to see some interesting things; this scenario being one of them.  I saw this man walking on the beach going from trash can to trash can with a bunch of seagulls following him, waiting for him to drop something to eat.  I thought it was so funny that I just had to draw so here it is, along with the process.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Caricatures for the Summer

Over the summer i've been working at Cali Caricature at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Each time I go to work people surprise me.  Their stories are so incredible and most people excited to be at the Boardwalk on vacation.  I also realized that most people that come to the Boardwalk are from different states or even countries.  I always ask them if they're doing anything else on their stay but most people just come for the Boardwalk.  It's great to see the Boardwalk in a new light.  But anyways, I finally acquired pictures of some artwork that I was particularly proud of.  

This couple was so cute he stayed like that the whole time I drew them even when I said he didn't have to. So adorable.

This couple waited like 2 hours for one of my drawings!  It was ridiculous.  They were so nice and wanted this to go in their mom and pop restaurant in the valley.  The guy was super nice and talkative and they asked me to do artwork for their restaurant.

This one I like because of the composition.  I was excited that I could fit 3 guys with bodies in the page.

So obviously its not always busy at the stand, so I just get to draw. Saw The Wolverine the other day (awesome btw) and decided to see if I could caricature him.  It got a lot of people to look at the stand :) 

This couple was from Chicago, she is a math teacher and he's like a sales rep.  They were just driving...... that's it, just going where the wind takes them.  On a whim they decided to stop here and get a caricature.  I loved their pic because of the composition and they were just great people to talk to.  They wanted a pic of me in there thus this picture.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anaheim Vacation

Last weekend I went on vacation to Anaheim and did all the things  from LA to San Diego.  It was so much fun! I did think that we would be drawing more but we just caught up in the views and places that time just flew by.  My trip wasn't void of drawing though, I did get some things done.  Thought I'd share them here:

This is my favorite page.

Last one here is some random things
 from the splash mountain line.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Some sketchbook pages:

Point Lobos sketch day.

random sketches.

SJSU Campus

Winchester Mystery House

Thursday, June 6, 2013


The other day I got to go to the zoo with some animation pals of mine.  It was nice to get some sketching in that wasn't part of a project :)  Here's the page:

I like it because it actually came out well compositionally, which is something that I have hard time on in my sketchbook.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Another Semester Gone By

That's right, it's summer and now all my classes are done. Didn't really update this thing but now that I have the time, I can update it everyday that I do something!....... who am I kidding, I'm not going to do that.  But here are the reel from my animation classes both 2D and 3D.  I'm also posting the final stop motion film for my Physics of Animation class.  I've grown so much in animation over the last semester and I'm happy to be continuing on with more difficult projects and focusing more on 3D.  Onward and upward; and without further adieu:
ani 115
ani 129B
physics 123

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Logo Design

Lucky me! I've been able to design a logo for one of my friends She works at a hip hop radio station in San Francisco, KSFS.  Here are a couple of the options that I gave her as well as the final that I think she'll want to go with.
a couple hair color choices
framing device that she wanted

heres the latest one with some additions that she said that she wanted

So glad that I was given this opportunity to do this.  Lots of fun!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Introduction to Stop Motion

Here is the latest assignment in my physics of animation class.  We are introducing stop motion.  I have never done stop motion before and I have to say that it was a real fun experience.  I loved working with the cutouts and just creating the whole thing was very crafty and super fun to animate.  Im thinking that I might keep something like this in the back of my head, maybe it could be something I could get into.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Newest Thing

So I just spent the last two hours studying scenes from Disney/Pixar's Brave.  It's such a beautiful movie and I thought it would be the perfect film to study composition and lighting from.  I noticed a couple of things while doing this, about the movie.  Merida, the main character, has these amazing flowing red locks of hair as you might remember.  Something that I didn't notice before was that throughout the entire movie, there is a constant contrast between the red of her hair and its complimentary color, Green.  Now it wasn't green as in christmas colors red and green, but subtle like in the blues, greys and in what we think is the blacks.  Cool colors were mostly used as a contrast to Merida's hair when there were key points in the film.  
In this composition the artists used the green in the grey wall, her dress, and greenish yellows that were the background for Merida so that she stood out more.  While the foreground has a bit more red in it, like in the browns.  All this helps to guide the eye of the viewer.
Again in this scene, merida is Red and her mom, who she has problems with wears a green dress and green emerald on her tiara.  

This scene was compositionally beautiful.  It used directional light, contrast of colors, and arrows to guide the eye where to look.  They want you to focus on these two characters on a very important part of the film.
All in all, this film is visually stunning and just like other Disney Pixar films, so much attention is put to the details which makes them such a superpower studio. I can only image creating a film this great.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Alright so I haven't been doing my word of the day anymore but that doesn't mean I haven't been drawing, at least I've done that much :) Here are some of my favorite pages from the past couple weeks.

Lady at the doctors office, decided to make her a bit more zombie like than she already looked.

I'm proud of this page just because I was thinking compositionally and I think it looks nice.

Some continuous line drawing going on.

Monday, January 14, 2013

SF day

The other day I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco with my best friends.  We totally lucked out on the weather, it was a gorgeous day.  We were going to do a bunch of drawing and ended up walking instead but we did get to sit a Ghiradelli Square and draw the Golden Gate; totally froze my hand off but I got this small oil pastel drawing down.  I really like the oil pastels and just  laying down the bright colors, the way they layer is really nice too.  I want to definitely do more with them.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10th

I finally finished it!  It took 4 hours and two separate days but it's done, not the greatest but it's done.  It was actually way more difficult than I thought It was going to be.  The most difficult part was getting the colors right I was really surprised at how long it took me.  I was originally just gonna stop at an hour but it just didn't feel right to stop.  Anyways here it is:

I think that I didn't spend enough time getting just the shapes down and just throwing down color like I usually do, I started a bit tighter than I have done others in the past.  But, I'm done with it, for now, maybe I'll revisit it later when I've done a couple more; the whole photoshop thing is still really new to me and I think there are so many more tools that I can use that I just haven't learned about.
It's all a learning experience.