Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm trying something called constructive procrastination. This is where I at least accomplish something while I put off homework. In this case, updating this again.

Red Car illo- in progress - photoshooop


gee. i'm not so fond of cars.
why can't i have a prof who's ridiculously fond of puppies or something.

Croc 3

this was before i decided to give them teeth and back ridges..

i know! those don't really look like wings.

this one is dedicated to my friend, who has managed to be a Marine without the ability to swim. it's actually quite an accomplishment...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Texture Practice again!

There is only about 3? weeks left of school....and considering how much I have left to do, I should be at my 90% stress level right now...eek.

But I just finished submitting stuff for an internship so I just can't get into the work-like-mad-and-get-it-done zone. I spent class working on more texture practice today:

Bark this time. I walked around a few weeks earlier just taking pictures of random textures. There's something about this one though...I think maybe it's just the brush settings I have but the color seems a bit desaturated. Also, it's not...jagged...enough. ah well.

Attempting to work!

ha. everything looks better when it's smaller!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Up late working on my portfolio, so here! have a tree!

my scanner naturally butchered the colors. they're pretty off. :C

Monday, April 14, 2008

R.I.P Ollie Johnston ):

Saturday, April 12, 2008

While I was working on homework tonight I felt like having waffles (try waffles with ice-cream! pretty much like a waffle cone except...flat.)

Whenever I have maple syrup (God bless the Canadian cousins) I'm always reminded of stories in which kids make maple syrup candy by pouring it onto the snow. I tried to draw it:

my sister said it looked like the dog had gone on the snow, since it looked so pleased with itself. errrgh.

so I added the can. but maple syrup candy is surprisingly hard to draw -.-

After this one I decided I had better things to do--

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Learning to color in photoshop is hard.

Friday, April 4, 2008


This post is dedicated to the homework I was supposed to do...but didn't. Instead I was inspired to try Earle's style, after watching a little blurb about his process.

Photoshop, Hard edge brush, various sizes, texture 45%, flow 64%


It ended up being so messy because it got really tedious. Earle must have masterful patience.

Kinda messed up with the colors, too. I should try it with traditional media.


Eyvind Earle and Sleeping Beauty

Took some time off and watched Sleeping Beauty this morning(I swear, the best thing about these "out-of-the-vault! editions" are the special features/making-of documentaries). I used to think that this movie was boring when I was a kid, but it's pretty much one of my favorites now. It's just absolutely gorgeous, truly a "moving illustration" as Walt wanted. I'm especially in love with Eyvind Earle's backgrounds. I can't imagine how long they took, they are so complex and lovingly crafted.

Influences from gothic tapestries, van eyck landscapes

Ghent altarpiece and detail

I think, for me, it's a lot easier to appreciate this kind of work these days. Technology may have simplified things, but I think it also removed some of the need? to develop this kind of skill. There is still incredible work being produced today, but I hardly ever see anything like this on film anymore (at least, not that I know of).

I guess it's just the change in medium. The backgrounds in, say, Cars and Ratatouille are no less impressive--they are so well done that the audience is immersed in the environment--but I really admire the insane research and traditional skills that go into creating those old backgrounds.

Watching the commentary on certain scenes also reminds me why I love animating (despite the fact that I actually do not like animating). I wish I were much better at it (yeah, lots of commitment and endless practice, i know) because I'd love to create stuff like this. As much as others howl about Disney cliches and the cookie-cutter "Disney" type characters/animation, there's something about classic Disney that really appeals to me. Maybe I'm blinded by my childhood, but I prefer it to much of the cartoon animation on TV these days. No offense to the Spumco/Kricfalusi crowd.

all artwork (c) Disney
several images taken from

extra! Earle's color work in:

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