Thursday, December 31, 2009

match game

For the past few weeks I have been watching a lot of 'Match Game' episodes from the 70's. Thanks to you-tube I can see Richard Dawson, Gene Rayburn, and Charles Nelson Reilly in their prime, anytime I want. Anyway, this guy was one of the contestants.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


I did a test recently for a job. These are some roughs I did as I tried to get a hang of the characters.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Inspired by the great Philip Kwok. He was #4- the Lizard in "The 5 Deadly Venoms," he was also the Agent Hai Tou, the drunk, in "The Kid With The Golden Arm," and he was also the blind avenger in "The Cripples Avengers," plus tons of other starring roles. Philip Kwok should have been as big a star as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. His facial expressions, acting, and comedy is among the best, if not the best.

Kung Fu villain

Inspired by Chinese actor Wang Lung Wei. He usually played a villain or a corrupt official in the Shaw Bros. movies.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Evil Kung Fu Dude

Put on some whiskers and goatie and he instantly becomes a villain.

One of my favorite Venoms

It's hard to pick my favorite Venom, they are all so awesome. I do have a top 3 though, Lo Mang, Philip Kwok, and Chiang Sheng. This drawing, although not a caricature, is inspired by Chiang Sheng.

Fu Fighters


I have been watching a ton of old Kung Fu flicks lately, all the Shaw Bros. movies starring the 5 Venoms. So I was inspired to draw this guy. I drew one face and played with different facial hair.
I have to find these movies on DVD! My favorites are; The 5 Deadly Venoms, The Kid With The Golden Arm, Crippled Avengers, Flags Of Iron, Magnificent Ruffians, Legend Of The Fox, Sword Stained With Royal Blood, House Of Traps, Killer Army, Ten Tigers From Kwang Tung, Venom Mob, Life Combat, Brave Archer, Two Champions Of Shaolin, Death Chambers, Chinese Super Ninjas, Avenging Warriors Of Shaolin, Masked Avengers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

no time to dwell

A little something I pitched recently. It did not get the "go-ahead" so I am moving on to the next project. Would have been great though, there is so much potential in this idea!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

gigiddy gigiddy

I got a little caricature gig to work on.

Monday, October 19, 2009

faux screenshot

I collaborated with my brother on this pic. It's a part of a pitch I am working on.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

lookin' around

Step 4: color and add a bg

Step 3: clean vector line, smooth it out, close the gaps for coloring

Step 2: color palette experiments

Step 1: quick rough sketch, directly on the wacom tablet.

Friday, October 02, 2009

digital sketch

I've said it a million times, I need a Cintiq. Sketching with a Wacom tablet is not easy. I have to have my free hand on the "x" undo key constantly, and every line I make takes at least 3 tries to get it half way decent. Luckily this is only a sketch, I couldn't do a refined picture without a Cintiq, not with the brush tool anyway. I have been doing my refined work mostly with the line tool and using the handlebars to make the line perfect, but it take much longer that way.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Living Dead

I was thinking I would add shade on the zombie hands, give a two-tone look....but nah! I'll leave it like this and move on to something else.

Zombie hand BG

The final BG.
Laying on flat colors. Most of coloring is done in photoshop, so at this point I am not worried about tones and values.

I started very rough, moving around the tombstones to get them in a good composition that works with the animation; at this point the tombstones are just blocks. Once everything was in place, then I put the rough details on the tombstones and crosses.

Clean animation, without color.

Monday, September 28, 2009

My favorite holiday

I love Halloween! For a horror movie junkie it's like Christmas, only all evil and scary. So I'll be playing with horror themed animation and art for the next month. This is a work in progress.

Friday, September 25, 2009

yawning kitty

Just a little staggered animation cycle.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

sketching a moving cat...updated

My cat, Diesel, was sleeping on my scanner next to my computer. I was compelled by his cuteness to sketch him. During the drawing he moved his outstretched arm and tucked it in, achieving uber-cuteness, as seen in the top sketch. One of the advantages of drawing from a live model, human or feline, as opposed to a photo, is that a live model will shift and move a bit, it's a much better way to learn movement, anatomy, and motion.

updated with the very top pose

Saturday, August 29, 2009

coffee illustration

Just for the heck of it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

press secretary

A caricature of Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary.

Monday, August 10, 2009

red snapper

A cleaner version. I kept the sharp fin on top rough, but gave the rest of him a cleaner line.
This is part of a design for an upcoming episode of TOILET PUCK.