Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sausalito - part 1

Here's a couple lunch break sketches in Sausalito.

Sketchcrawl 19.5

I took my pal Zach to experience his first Sketchcrawl in Emeryville, Ca. We stopped by the food court for some dinner and sketching. I had an old half empty sketchbook that Zach put to good use. He couldn't stop talking about all these cartoon ideas in his head, so I showed him how to thumbnail his ideas....and he ended up creating a rather entertaining comic strip of a green ninja vs. an orange ninja. I wonder if his inspiration had anything to do with my vest color and his hoodie?
After a large bowl of Pho, I warmed up with a couple sharpie sketches of 2 people eating at nearby tables. They didn't look too thrilled with what they ordered for dinner?
I ended the evening with a quick sketch of the food court.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Foo Dog

Sometime spelled "Fu Dog". Either way, they are Chinese Imperial Guardian Lions. I've seen similar statues at plant nursery's and clay pottery stores while driving down Hwy 1 and Hwy 121. But I definitely remember seeing Foo Dogs at the San Francisco Chinatown Gate (Sketchcrawl #2 & 17). But this particular one was found in the living room of my friends Anna and Marie. I thought they were kidding when they told me it was called a "Dog Fu". It's believed that they possess mythical protective powers and usually are displayed in two's.

Faber-Castell brush pen. They're waterproof!!!
(Recommended by Emma Coats and John Hoffman's blog).

Rock on!

What's better than hanging out with good friends on the weekend and playing "Rock Band" & "Guitar Hero"? I spent countless hours jamming with Gem and June on Rock Band. Playing the Bass was fun, but the drums were definitely my favorite. Here's Agatha rock'in out to 3 songs in a row. Notice the difficulty level rising. These games are soooooo addictive!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Joker's Wild

Joker's Wild....that's an understatement. Here's another design with a "Frosty" touch to the infamous Dark Knight villain. I anticipated painting this one with a flatter color palette, but couldn't resist adding the smeared facial paint and wrinkles to the Joker's face. From there, I just went crazy. This is still a work in progress piece with other elements that Josh Frost layed out. Stay tuned and don't touch that Bat-channel. LOL.


Here's a collabo with one of my close friends (Art Institute alumni), Josh Frost. He's been cranking out character designs and sending them my way to color. Here's the first "Hero" character for an animated music video project still in pre-production stages.

Painted in Photoshop

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sketch dump

I had no idea what this was when I visited the dental office for a routine cleaning. It reminded me of a dormant little robot, so I started sketching it. The doctor asked if I even knew what I was drawing? Nope, but I like it! Come to find out, it's a teeth whitening machine.

This is from a previous 1-1/2 hour ferry ride. I may color this up in the future.

This is an oldie....I think from an old army book. Why didn't I finish it? Arrrrrrg!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

A quick doodle of a biker just after dinner at a Filipino Restaurant in Vallejo, Ca. Sorta looks like the biker is planning to use the banana leaf as a ramp to the delicious plate of "Crispy Pata"?!

Friday, September 05, 2008


I loved drawing Peanut characters as a child. It's one of the earliest form of cartoons that inspired me to learn about traditional animation, cartooning and illustration. If you could only see the hundreds of Snoopy doodles in my elementary school text books, LOL.

When you think of Peanuts, you think of Charles Shultz, the creator. But have you ever wondered who animated Snoopy and good ole' Charlie Brown? That would be the talented Peanuts animator Bill Melendez. He was the only animator aurthorized to work on Charles Schult's Peanuts characters and is better know for giving us "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
He was always working on short notice and with a super tight budget, which gave him the opportunity to voice Snoopy.....Wait! Snoopy usually never talks?!
Here's Bill Melendez in his Sherman Oaks studio in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately Bill Melendez passed away on Tuesday Sept. 2nd, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. May his work continue to inspire and entertain future artist/cartoonist enthusist everywhere.

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