Sunday, November 30, 2008


I needed a break from the animation lab, so I thought I'd share a couple of doodles with you all. Here's two tied down frames from the 20 second long pencil test I'm working on at the moment, as well as a little toon of me as a kitty... just because, really.


Mel's Other Half

A fairly recent painting for my Figure Illustration 1 class this semester. Acrylics, in a very different style then I've worked with the paint previously - mostly color washes. A very interesting process to learn, for sure. That said, here's my sweet man, Niles. And yes, his eyes really are brown and blue ;) Acrylics, roughly 11x14 inches or cold press illustration board.


Friday, November 28, 2008

MSB Pages 1-4

I recently started a new rather dinky thing of a sketchbook - all of 5x8 inches - perfect, I'm finding, for doodling on the fly and note taking. For something a little different, and to give you and idea of how I'm keeping a sketchbook recently, here's the first 4 pages of the MSB ("MiniSketchBook") all 4 of which contain notes and doodles surrounding Nexus' new original incarnation. Characters Pictured: Dominic Drowe, Simon Valkyrie, Cheyenne Valkyrie (Kayo) and Vinnie Lennox.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nexus: Simon, Dominic, and Cheyenne

Ah, bless Figure Illustration 1 for giving me the excuse amidst all of my maddening schedule to HAVE to work in a sketchbook. It's so hard to find the time otherwise, when I'm rifling madly through hundreds of loose sheets of animation paper on a daily basis! This is one of seven images I have to have in my sketchbook for the class. Ultimately, these seven images are supposed to lead up to a final concept for our final project - an illustration of our "Alter Ego." My argument is, as animators, our characters ARE our alter egos in one form or another, seeing as, as the "actors" behind the characters we create and animate, part of us is reflected in each and every one of them.

In this images' case, here's a trio of characters from my "Nexus" series: Simon Valkyrie (Top Left) Dominic Drowe (Top Right) and Cheyenne Valkyrie. Simon and Dom are the Alphas or leaders of rivaling Feral (or what humans would loosely consider "werewolf") packs. Cheyenne is the monkey wrench in their rivalry: Simon's firstborn and Dominic's mate. As you could imagine, all hell breaks loose amidst the lot quite frequently indeed.

Drawn in a cute little 5x8 inch sketchbook I picked up the other day.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New CCS "Game Art" Reel

My apologies for being so quiet as of late! Unfortunately, everything I've been working on is still either in production or in the possession of professors for whatever reason. I'll be able to accumulate the lot by the end of the semester though, for sure, and share it with you all. For now, here's the latest demo reel from the college I attend, this one centering around concept\game art. I have three pieces in this one, which is quite the honor indeed!