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October 6, 2014

Emily's Last Day

Lately, I've been developing my caricatures through acting and situations. Exaggerating them so that they almost become "Character Designs". Not just people that I know. My goal is to bring them to life through animation. I think only then can I call myself a Character Designer.

At any rate, this was a little gift to our former office manager at CrowdStar, obviously poking fun at her reticence.


September 25, 2014

City Sketches

More sketches from the corner of the universe.


This is kinda different because it was drawn on a piece of animation paper on a clipboard with a brush pen.


September 10, 2014

Figure Drawing – Michael Glenn

This is Michael Glenn from the Bay Area Model Guild. Mike has a TON of energy and enthusiasm for acting. Here he is (below) doing his best Investment Banker before and after the market crash, among other things.





What's he reaching for?








August 27, 2014

Game Background Process: High School U.S.A. – Fish With Attitude

I thought it would be cool do something different and show my design process from start to finish. I'm going to show you how I create an iPhone game background for Fish With Attitude. There is no interactivity or panning of the background itself, so I simply start with an iPad or iPhone sized box with a designated area at the bottom for props.

















For this virtual fish tank, we needed a cartoon high school hallway for the Nerdy Fish to occupy. I want it to have a cartoony Saved By The Bell feel. Timeframe is 2-3 days to complete this background from sketch to fully rendered in color.

The first draft (below) is a 2 minute sketch.

The second draft (below) is the same layout but cleaned up. Probably around 10 minutes.

The first draft was approved because we agreed that the curviness suited the game and–more importantly–the character's personality. This rough Photoshop mockup (below) does a fine job of conveying the color and quality of my concept, but it needs more polish before going into the game.



The final background has to be rendered in Illustrator or Flash, because it needs to be scalable. It would take forever to tailor the background to every iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, high res, low res, device on the market. Instead we use one vector background file which is scaled, stretched, and cropped for all phones and tablets. The final version (below) ended up a little brighter and deeper than my rough.
















This is more or less what it would look like with Characters and everything layered on top.
















Property of CrowdStar 2014

August 26, 2014

City Sketches

The picnic spot above 5 Guys Burger where the high school kids hang out. 



Mountain Lake park bench.



View of the Transamerica Pyramid from Washington and Taylor. 




The edge of the Presidio at night as the streetlights are coming on. 


July 24, 2014

John K's Cartoon College Lesson 2 - Squash and Stretch on Heads

Working on Squash and Stretch now. Here are my copies of Preston Blair. I peeked at Lesson 3 – Checking Your Copies – Proportions. I'm going to have to compare my copies to the originals.



Plus some cartoon copies from Andy Panda and Donald Duck toy construction.

July 10, 2014

Ian: Business Intelligence Cop

This is a caricature of a guy I work with named Ian. The idea started with his laugh, which reminds me of a young Eddie Murphy, hence the Beverly Hills Cop reference. I filled it with inside jokes that people at work would get, and did it in the style of MAD magazine/Mort Drucker/Jack Davis. I have a fondness for the 80s.









June 26, 2014

Palo Alto Art Center Life Drawing

This was my first time attending the Palo Alto Art Center group. Palo Alto is so nice. This class is only $8. They focus on long nude poses. Nobody talks. There is no music. My guess is that it's mostly retired professionals, students, and maybe some working professionals like me. It's such a contrast to Dr. Sketchy's, but I'm definitely going back.




Figure Painting

This is my first figure painting! I had started an other painting during this 2 hr session, but had to wipe it down and start on a new unprimed board. It's really fun and different than digital painting. About 20 minutes of actual painting time. A lot more setup. Oil on board. Colin from the BAMG.


June 10, 2014

Birthday Cards

When an artist at CrowdStar has a birthday, everybody contributes a sketch and we put them together in the form of an Art Card. Over the years, I've created around 40 sketches for my colleagues. Here are some of my favorites.