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logging. in.

Posted in UNDONE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by sketchycharacters

OK, so I haven’t logged back in for awhile. School is kicking my ass all over the place. Ironically, it’s the funnest semester I’ve had at the Academy. I get to be really creative with my projects, not just learning techniques for learning’s sake.

I have a tone of sketches to put up here, but have been too busy to scan them in. But, it’s spring break now, so I’ll be up here more. Here’s the first:

Tony & Cleo

This was me just playing around and getting used to drawing some characters for a new project I’m pencilling now. Yay me!


more. boredom. more. sketches.

Posted in UNDONE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2008 by sketchycharacters

Did this at work last night. Somehow boredom brings out some kind of weird creative energy in me.

Page O' Sketches

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fallen. angel. sketch.

Posted in UNDONE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2008 by sketchycharacters

Angel Sketch

I did this sketch during my first class of the semester. I was “listening” to the introduction lecture which was just the same old speech every instructor gives during the first week. Needless to say I was bored. Not that the class wasn’t interesting. I think it’ll be pretty good as the semester rolls on, but for now I got time to do stuff like this.

Posted in DONE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2008 by sketchycharacters

I have been working secretly in my hidden laboratory on a project for an online friend, Jeremiah Allen. He has been patiently waiting for me to reveal some info on what I’ve been cooking up so instead of just telling him, I thought I’d tell the world. Or at least the tiny, tiny part of the world that actually has time to read my little blog here in cyberspace.

So, the project is an online, downloadable comic called Squared Circle. The general premise is that it’s a WWE-style wrestling show in comic book form. We got crazy steroidal dudes (and one healthy girl) in crazy getups battling each other in the ring. We got the not-so-witty banter between the overexcited commentators. We got the over-the-top scripted behind-the-scenes filler. We got it all.

I am putting up a couple of the characters that will be appearing in the comic.

Johnny Hemo

Johnny Hemo is a crowd-favorite. He has cancer and is always over-playing his illness and other injuries and ailments he might or might not have. I have him with the patch monitors on his body and a hospital wristband for good effect. He’s also trying to look emaciated with the dark eyeshadow and sunken eyes.

Murray Boothwater

Murray Boothwater, AKA The Hypnotist, is kind of strange. He was described as having a starry cape, a handlebar moustache, and wearing a top hat. I didn’t know what to make of it. But, I think I captured some of the kooky nature of this one.

This is a sketchblog so these are just that. I may change them before the final product is done but mainly they will change very little.

cloverfield. gushing. review. and. creature. design. geekiness.

Posted in WATCH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2008 by sketchycharacters

So, last night I saw Cloverfield for the second time. By the end of the week I expect to see it at least twice more. It’s that good.

OK, obviously there are going to be some minor flaws in the film. Nothing’s perfect. Especially in the horrid quagmire of commercial filmmaking called Hollywood. But, what producer JJ Abrams and his director and writer Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard (who honestly don’t get enough of the press love that they so clearly deserve) have concocted is a miracle of popcorn moviemaking out of what could have been a big blockbuster mess. The film zips by and a breakneck pace making all the right decisions along the way right up until the heartbreaking end which I’ll speak about later.

For those of you who have been living in the middle of the Antarctic watching penguins tapdance for the better part of a year, we’ll update you. The story concerns a young man named Rob Hawkins, who gets a major promotion and is leaving for Japan in a few days. His brother and friends throw a surprise going-away party for him and in the midst of the celebration is when the movie’s events start going to hell. First, a giant earthquake, r something, rocks the city. Then, we find out that something has landed in the middle of the city and is proceeding to turn it into its personal little sandbox. The rest of the movie concerns Rob’s attempts to get to his one true love before being evacuated from the city. His friends, obviously, go along for the ride. There wouldn’t be a movie otherwise, right?

From that simple premise we, as the audience, tag along as these friends experience everything one might expect from a mysterious, possibly terrorist attack on a big city. The filming technique of using a home video camera and watching the proceedings from basically a first-person perspective make the shocks and terror much more palpable. It’s to the writer’s credit that they did not fall into the Blair Witch trap of letting the movie completely lapse into a coma in between shocks. There are no long, interminable shots of people’s skin pores as they contemplate the situation they have put themselves in. The main scenario in Cloverfield lends itself to a quicker pace anyhow. There’s not much time to sit around and wait for something to happen when the military is shooting thousands of rounds and missiles at a giant monster trolling the streets right around the corner from you. The home video angle also allows for a subtle message of how technology might keep us at a distance from even the most immediate dangers. Hud, the main character’s best friend, takes the camera for most of the movie and his insistence in “documenting” everything that happens gets him close to death several times in the movie, and SPOILER AHEAD…

ultimately brings his comeuppance at the end of the film when he goes back for the camera and ends up in the giant monster’s insides.

The decision to keep the monster under wraps until the movie came out was brilliant. As a movie geek, I wasn’t expecting much going into this one. I figured that the moment I saw the giant lumbering through NY that that would be the movie and there was nothing more to see. Boy, was I wrong. I loved how little details about the thing leaked at different points as the video camera lingers on a news story or a TV showing footage of the monster in closeup. Bringing in the little baby ones was not the “baby Godzillas”-type disaster I thought it might be at the beginning. There’s something to be said for the fact that for most of the movie the monster is in the background. It’s never right in their faces until near the end. All I can say is I will never look down a subway tunnel the same way again.

One more thing on the monster. I immediately stayed for the credits at the end of the movie. I needed to know the name of the creature designer, the brilliant mind that came up with the idea for this massive city-leveller. That guy’s name happens to be Neville Page and his website looks like it might have just gone up, but the gallery is definitely worth a look. I can’t wait to see what he does with his other future projects such as The Hulk 2, Watchmen, and Avatar. The link is right here.

The ending was the only problem I had with the movie as a whole. MORE SPOILERS…

I understand the filmmakers having to end the arc they started with the two main characters, Rob and Beth. Going from breakup to realization of love and rescuing his one true love, to finality in the end, I understand the need to go back there and sew things up nice and tight. The problem I had was that as soon as Hud oes back for the camera and gets eaten, the idea that Rob would go back and pick up the camera and keep filming threw me way out of the reality of the film’s world. In those last few minutes I kept thinking, no matter how loyal I was to my friend, I wouldn’t go back for the camera. I’d try to get the hell away from there. As futile as that plan would’ve been considering the circumstances the movie puts them in at the end, I still would’ve done that. I do have to say though, that after all that, I did like the sappy end as a scene unto itself. The tragedy of these two coming back together just to die in the end was hard to take the first time and a little easier the second time I saw it.

OK, I’m a fool romantic, so go ahead and shoot me. Or feed me to a giant alien monster.

OK, all pau.

oakland. west.

Posted in DONE with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2008 by sketchycharacters

I met Truck when I lived in West Oakland for a minute. He owns a barber shop there and saw me drawing one day. He asked me to do a couple of commissions for him so I thought, “Cool.” Here’s one.

Funny thing is this is the second one. I had to redo the pic because in the middle of designing this he went and cut off his dreads. So I had to go back and take them out of this pic and make him bald here.

Truck The Mad Barber

Turned out OK though, yeah?

addendum to first post.

Posted in UNDONE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2008 by sketchycharacters

Just had to put these extra sketches of the same characters on here. I like them better because I had gotten some more control over their characteristics when going back in to change the designs. I was also experimenting with a Micron brush pen with these.

Carlos Second Try

Resin Second Try