Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Story class

I'll be teaching "Story Development for Animation" next term at Concept design academy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Witch color test

Playing around with the color before I get to the first page with the witch.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rad how to

So, I'm starting a separate blog with just tips and tricks.

Rad how to blog

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

how to put down your lines

I never got a chance to work on panda, but this technique works great for this design.

So, some people asked me what I look for when I do film studies. Try pausing a Disney film and drawing the character like this. I would recommend starting with Mulan because it's really easy to understand. With some films, it's too hard to see under all the details. Also, any of the 1950's mickey mouse and goofy shorts are good as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

More on shapes

Here is some more information on shapes. This stuff is much harder to do. It fights every natural tendency we have as humans to evenly space things and make them the same size.

Monday, November 30, 2009


When I was a kid I saw one little example in the illusion of life. It said to use rhythm, straight vs curves, and vary your shapes. Even if you have horrible proportions, your drawings will still look pretty if you use these basic rules.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More progress on witch comic

this comic is moving along. This story was written by my good friend Howard Shum.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bastion 7

There is a chance I might do a bastion 7 short comic for Cheeks (http://gotcheeks.blogspot.com/) I did some sketches for fun

Friday, November 20, 2009

What is gesture?

A lot of people have a lot of different ideas when it comes to gesture. I'm not going to be arrogant and say this is the best approach. the truth is, you should just take the approach that is the most enjoyable to you. For me, I like to find a nice simple shape that all the lumps sit on and flow into.

Ref from: http://characterdesigns.com/

Yellow shirt

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

grey girls

how to "construct" the figure

Here is the approach I use to construct the figure. For this demo I left out the "gesture" stage. In step 2, you just have to make sure your overlaps of the contour reinforce the direction of the form.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

color/style study

I'm playing around with the style and color of this kid

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

demo 2

Here are some helpful tips

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

drink and draw

I went to the "Drink and Draw" costume figure drawing session in Hollywood last night. It was really cool. These are from memory the next day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In progress

The first page is coming along.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

desk painting

So, I was trying to do a value study for the kid's desk.

morning warm up

just some sketches

Friday, October 2, 2009

BG designs

So I'm working on this witch comic again. One of the kids is a scientist and he has a tree-house laboratory. I have to combine the right amount of science and tree house. I started out by designing shots of the whole room, trying to compose it nicely and design at the same time. My teacher, Will Weston recommended I try working on one prop at a time and then compose the shot later. So, I'm starting with the desk. After I drew this, I noticed the composition was completely even. The size of the window and the desk are exactly the same. But, now I have an idea of what I want and I can push the proportion of the elements, without inventing the elements themselves. I'm surprised I didn't think of this before because it is exactly how I do my character designs. When I design a character I put it in the most boring straight on and side pose I can, so I'm not thinking of the pose, just the design. Then, I use that as a rough guide for the final comic when I just think about the poses.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

rough chun li

Haven't posted in a while, figured I would just do something quick.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

full color

Nothing new, just finished off the full color of the other character. Hope to get the first page done today or tomorrow.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Playing around with the colors for the first page. Also, wanted to rework the pose and design some. Still needs work.