Feb 27, 2010

Mobile Stickman!

Calling all Stick-Fans! The Official Mobile version of TheAdventuresofStickman.com has now been released! Be sure to check it out next time you're on your mobile phone:

Feb 22, 2010

Jack & the Beanstalk - Value Studies

As previously stated, in my Visual Elements of Story class, I've chosen to work on "Jack & the Beanstalk". We began the class by making a series of small thumbnail compositions using just simple shapes and value to show foreground, middle ground, and background and to create a focal point:
We then had to modify these simple shapes and add elements of our story, essentially creating storyboards:
Then he had us combine some of the simple-shape thumbnails to create stronger compositions. I also used this opportunity to further define my version of the story, which opened up some great new compositions for me:
From the aforementioned goings on, we had to pick our four favorite compositions and create a simple value study. These are all 3 x 5.5" in size, using just 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils. Hopefully you see that they all have depth and a definite focal point:
Next up, we're designing our characters. I believe that, once we have the final design, we'll do larger, full value studies using the final character design and eventually add color to create something really cool. Here's a sampling of my character design ideas for Jack:

Feb 17, 2010

Jack & the Beanstalk

More to follow...


This semester, I'm in my first core animation class, which is truly exhilarating! It's called Visual Elements of Story. I'll have plenty of great new artwork to post from this class, where I've chosen "Jack and the Beanstalk" as my story to work from--more on that later, though. The first project in this class was one that seems simple enough on the surface, but it truly difficult: Homer Simpson! So simple, yet so complex. First, some sketches I did to try to understand the character that I've grown up loving for 20 years...
The assignment was to draw Homer on model in 10 different poses. Since there have also been 10 Pixar movies, I decided to have a Homer representation for each movie. See if you can figure out which one's which...

Tinkerbell and the Lost Sketches

Over the extended Winter break, I didn't do much drawing. But, while I was watching Disney's "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure", I was inspired by the great poses the animators achieved on Tink! Some really great stuff. You don't realize the beauty of Tink's character design (or at least I didn't) until you draw it for yourself. Great design and colors. So, below are some sketches I did while watching the movie; I recently colored them in Photoshop.

Feb 7, 2010

Quotable Quotes: Poem Edition

My teacher gave us all a Nobel Prize-winning poem, stating that he reads it whenever he doesn't feel like drawing. I thought I'd share it here:
You’re the Result of Yourself

Don’t blame anyone, never complain of anyone or anything

because fundamentally you have built up your life.

Accept the responsibility of edifying yourself and the courage to accuse you in

your own failure to start over again, correcting yourself.

The triumph of the true man arises from the ashes of his mistakes.

Don’t complain about your surroundings or the people around you,

There are those who succeeded in the same place.

The circumstances are good or bad

depending on the strength of your heart.

Never complain of your poverty, loneliness or your luck.

Face it with courage and accept it, they are the result of your acts and

the proof that you will win.

Don’t feel frustrated with your own failures, neither unload them on someone else.

Accept yourself now or you will go on justifying yourself like a child,

remember that any time is good to start,

and none is so terrible to give in.

Stop lying to yourself, you are the result of yourself,

of your necessity, your pain, your failure.

If you have been the ignorant, the irresponsible one,

You only You, no one could have done it for you.

Don’t forget that the cause of your present is your past,

as the cause of your future is your present.

Learn from the brave, the strong, copy the violent, the energetic ones

the winners, those who don’t accept situations, those who succeeded despite of


Think less in your problems and more in your work, and without feeding them,

your problems will die.

Learn to arise from your pain, and to be greater that is the greatest of your


Look at the mirror of yourself.

Start to be sincere with yourself, recognizing you for your courage,

for your will and for your weaknesses to keep justifying yourself.

Remember that inside you there is a force that can do everything,

recognizing you, freer and stronger, and you will stop being a puppet of

the circumstances.

You are your destiny, and no one can replace you in its foundation.

Wake up and look at the mountains and breathe the sun of dawn.

You are part of the force of life,

And don’t you ever think of luck, for luck is the excuse of the failures.

Pablo Neruda


Nobel Prize in Literature 1971

Feb 4, 2010

Clothed Figure Drawing: The Final Day

Alrighty, so I'm finally back to school in San Francisco after a six week break in Atlanta. As promised, here are the stragglers from last semester's drawings. First is the drawing I did on the last day of my Clothed Figure Drawing class:
And then there's the drawing I did for the final project from that class along with the original photograph reference: