Thursday, January 22, 2009


I recently got clearance to show these storyboards I worked on several months back for a small start-up company in Seattle. The project has been put on halt until further notice. because of a few story re-writes. These boards are in connection with the Hero character that I painted back in September. I was just happy to be able to contribute to a scene. Back in the pre-viz stage, we were hoping for this to become an animated music video with original music and sfx. I still wouldn't mind if this ended up as an animated short.

The 3 colored panels were completed by 2 other artist.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Finally giving the program "Colors" a try on my Nintendo DS. Unfortunately, my R4 card does not have an automatic DLDI patch so the save option did not work :(
Thus, the crappy photo of the NDS screen. Yuk!

Once I figure out how to patch this darn
thing and save images, I'll be sure to share.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Sorry for the 2 weeks of not posting...I caught that cold bug, practically lost my voice and I'm almost fully recovered. I ended up missing the San Francisco Sketchcrawl event....I heard there may have been a new attendance record of 100+ !

But for now, how bout some photos from MacWorld?

I was invited by the Axitotron Team to help promote the coolest Mac product.....No, not the "Macbook Wheel".....but the new MODBOOK PRO! The first and only Mac tablet.(photo courtesy of famous photographer, SigthorMarkkuson)

Unveiled on Tuesday was the new 17" Modbook PRO with new "Synergy Touch". In other words you'll soon be able to use a stylus and finger touch - AT THE SAME TIME!
(photo property of Axiotron)

But I didn't demo on that.....that was tucked away safely in a protective bullet-proof glass case. LOL. I demo'd drawing in Photoshop & Sketchbook Express on the latest Modbook.
Yeah, that's me cheesing while drawing quick landscape thumbnails for customers. Photo courtesy of story artist Jim Mitchell.

So why is there a crowd developing behind me? And only one little kid pretending to watch me, while listening to her headphones? It's because of this guy....

Here's Steve! No, not that one....the other Apple co-founder - Steve Wozniak (now an Axiotron Board of Advisor). This photo was just after the announcement of Axiotron's latest products and technologies (as mentioned above).

That's not all...the emmy award winning character designer and animator (Foster's Home of Imaginary Friends), Shannon Tindle demo'd some secrets to his character design process.Shannon currently work at Dreamworks

And I finally got to meet another awesome character designer and story artist (Kim Possible and Mighty B), Louie del Carmen. Here's Louie sharing some of his story board process using CS Bridge and Sketchbook Express. It was nice chopping it up with Louie in between demo's.Louie is currently works at Dreamworks

Awesome comic book artist (Beowulf, 30 days of night, Punks), Kody Chamberlain also did demo's throughout the week. Here's Kody taking some time to whip up a caricature. He's such a cool guy and always open to sharing ideas and techniques to his art.

I don't have anymore photos, but here's a couple links to the other awesome artist I was able to work with:
As for me....I've been dabbling in storyboards on a side project, but can't show just yet. Let me get clearance on another project that I boarded a few months back...see if I can share...I'd love some feedback. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Are you ready?

Just received my "Galaxy Blue" Sketchcrawl shirt in the mail...just in time for this weekend's Sketchcrawl #21 Jam Session. Order yours here.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

that's a wrap!

Here's the final illustration
(brush pen over watercolor)

You'll see I've included 2 human shaped forms along the top
of the trunk if they've been taken over and petrified.

Here's how it looks merged with the previous artist illustration

To see the next artist continue the project: Click Here

The 2008 Wrap Project

"As economics and boundaries (try to) rule the world, I want to make a gesture to all artists. Let's make a piece of artwork together, without the limitations of age, distance, expansive travel, galleries."

- Johanna Haagsman
(creator of the wrap project)

I stumbled across the wrap project back in August 2008 and admired the idea of creating a continuous, banner like, painting that would include artist from all over the world. 3 months later (mid November), I received an email from Johanna and was invited to submit an illustration based on the previous entry of artist, Lyden Masland. I had only 2 weeks to complete and Thanksgiving was just around the corner.

I've been practicing digital painting for a future gig, but decided to keep to the analog theme. Ideas came from several places and events:

  • I was invited to an annual banzai show last month and was blown away by the 50 + banzai trees that were neatly pruned and shaped. We were also treated with a critique from an Italian banzai artist that trained for several years under an actual banzai master in Japan.
  • I came across a recycled binder company in Seattle called "Sustainable Group". They've got a great variety of recycled products if you're thinking of another way to help the environment.
  • I've been hooked to that new Animal Planet show, "Whale Wars". Have you seen it?
So a question came to mind...."As we've become accustomed to living comfortable lives with the excessive use of our resources, what if the roles were reversed, and nature fought back to take it all away from us?"

Gerald's Sketch Cards

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