Last April, President Hinckley spoke at my graduation! It was awesome. The moment he entered, the entire Marriot Center stood up and cheered like mad. He motioned several times for us to sit down, but no one could. We couldn’t stop. The feeling he brought into that building was incredible.
You know that sort of thrill you get when you watch “Mary Poppins,” and the parents finally pay attention to their kids and everyone is singing and dancing and flying kites? That’s the sort of feeling President Hinckley gave. I won’t ever forget him.
You may look at this and say, “That looks like a badly-drawn koala.” Well, I’m here to tell you that it is a badly-drawn koala. However I am very proud of it because it’s the first thing I ever did in Illustrator. It’s my goal to learn the program this year. Thankfully I work with Bryan Beach who’s an Illustrator demon and he’s always willing to answer my questions. Check out his awesome blog.
Here are some quick sketches I did this week. The first is from a movie, and the second is from a book. For some reason, The Professors strongly discouraged drawing from books and movies. I’m not sure why. But I defy them. Recently I’ve been drawing from movies and books and I’ve been improving so fast it frightens me. Mwah ha haa haaaa….
SO! It’s been a ye-ah since I started this blog. Lots of exciting things have happened. I graduated! I got an awesome job! I bought a salami stick! I’ve discovered some super talented artists. Some have even seen this blog. Freaky. But whoever comes to visit*, thanks for coming. It’s been a slice! Be sure to grab a mint on your way out.
*Who’s the person in Illinois who’s visited more than 9 times?
Gol-lee, I haven’t had this much fun painting in a long time. I’ve been perusing the Character Design blog and tried to do something different. I must’ve had Ryan Wood’s interview on the brain, because as I was painting, I realized this was a little similar to his Queen of Diamonds piece.
Her hair isn’t historically accurate, but I like the shape anyways.
It’s that time of year! That time of year when I get dozens of cards from all my friends. Or at least I would, if I had any friends. I didn’t send any cards out. Why? Weeelllll, besides having no friends, sending a newsletter out about yourself is totally stupid. If you’re a parent, it’s alright to talk about your kids. If you don’t have kids, you have nothing to say. And don’t even think about talking about your cats. That borders the Land of Ookie.
For all you lucky visitors to this site, however, I’ve made a card for all of you to enjoy!
Inside of card:
(Some generic statement about friends, warmth, seasons, mittens, and cold noses.)
Lovingly handwritten note beneath it:
Hello, friends!!! This past year has been a busy one!!! I can’t believe how fast it passes!! Lots of exciting things have happened!!! I’m finally on probation, and my parole officer says he might let me get near forks again!! Hooray!!!!
I think I’ve used up my lifetime quota of exclamation points. Merry Christmas!!!!
One of the nice things about working for a smaller company is that I get to do more than just storyboarding. This past week I got to be a character designer! Woot! Scary, because my designs always landed in Ryan Woodward’s class’s “bad” pile.
These are designs for a game Family Feature Films is a’doin. My director helped me with the line quality, which is something I’ve been trying to get better at. Thank you, Adrian!
This is for the Toon Club topic, “elves.” Sam Neilson, digital painter extraordinaire, painted an awesome picture (here) where he used a lot of textures and photo overlay. I remember ages ago he taught me how to overlay textures, and I decided to try it for this.
It’s kind of fun! This isn’t the greatest painting in the world, but I learnt bunches, including the warp feature in photoshop. Sloooowly getting better. Baby steps…baby steps…Does she look like Wonder Woman to anyone?