Wednesday, December 16, 2009

elf and ballerina

I'm sad to admit that I haven't been the least bit productive since I finished my book. (I'll get back to work on A Klondike Tale full force after the new year.) I guess that I just needed a mental break. I took an afternoon to go to one last workshop at AAU, and this is what I came up with-an overworked Santa's elf, and a rock star ballerina. She really did have legs, I promise. These were 10 min. sketches.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Swiftwater's Monte Carlo

Ideally this would have characters as well. I had this whole scenario planed out in the thumbnail stage, but time is getting really short for me to put my book together, so that will have to wait. This is Beaver's new "lodge" after he breaks off from Soapy's gang.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Soapy selling Soap

"Soapy" Jefferson Smith got his nick-name from his soap scam-a name the public called him, but probably never used to his face. He would gather a large audience and pretend to wrap bills around some of the bars. Then he would auction off the bars, claiming that there could be anywhere from $1-$100 in the a bars. He would have members of his gang mixed into the audience and they would "win" big. The audience would get very excited and the bidding would go higher.
Gold was also an excepted currency back then because many of the miners would come straight from the creeks to the saloons and that's all they had. For my story, gold is the only accepted currency to put more value and greed to it. This is Swiftwater's (Beaver) first human experience and he realizes that their greed for gold can work in his favor.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Force workshop with Mike Mattesi

Mike Mattesi came to our school to do a 2 day workshop on his Force philosophy. These definitely aren't my best life drawings to date, but I think I was starting to get the hang of the energy and strength that he was talking about, especially with the two drawings on the right. These are a mix of 30 second-3 min sketches. He wouldn't allow us to look at the paper while we drew, so please excuse anatomy that's off.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Broadway Street, Skagway

Eagle notices a young prospector walking by, overwhelmed by a list of more supplies he has to buy before he climbs the Chilcoot to get to the gold fields. Bear is oblivious to everything except his new-found addiction to coffee.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mae Field's Turn-A-Round

This isn't an exciting post, but it fulfills some of the technical nonsense that is required in this kind of project.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lynn Canal

The Klondike is all calm and peaceful until the people arrive...
I want to push the scale of my shots. For example, in my nature shots, my characters are extremely small compared to the vast landscape that they are in. But in the city shots, the characters are pushed right up into the camera. While you may be the big man in town, you are small and not-so-important in the big picture of the world. This is a life lesson that Beaver learns throughout the story.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Klondike Tale Story Beats

These are the working thumbnails that may progress to finished pieces, or at lest color scripts. These are not storyboards, so ignore the camera jumps. There are many gaps as far as the story is concerned, but I hope you get the gist.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Best Friends

I don't believe that it's ever been confirmed or denied (Jeff, help me out here) that Jeff's Parlor ever was a brothel. It was however, Soapy's gambling den, bar, and home base. But for the sake of our story here, we're going to say that it's a brothel as well. I'm also not sure if the use of the dolls went outside of Skagway and the Klondike. If anyone's so interested, look up the Red Onion in Skagway-you can still buy one!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Slim-Jim Foster

I've been debating if I should post Slim but finally decided, why not? For those who know Skagway history, this might be interesting. Slim is one of 2 (as far as my story is concerned) of Soapy's sidekicks. He was also known as J.H., W.E., W.F., and probably many other aliases. Slim probably wasn't half this dorky in life, but his name alone inspired me to portray him this way.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Traditional Tlingit Eagle

This isn't as perfectly symmetrical as it should be because I sketched it free-hand. The purpose of this little exercise was to figure out the patterning on Eagle's (as human) blanket so I can start his turn-a-rounds....this should be fun...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fall cleaning

Technically it's still summer here in California, but my clock has always been stuck on Alaska time, where it's currently fall, borderline winter. I was just cleaning out my office, prepping for next semester, when I came across these sketches I did at workshops over the summer.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wildlife Sketches

I drew these from life on BART...

...OK, So I was looking at photo-reference. (But I really was on BART.)
Obviously these aren't according to their proper scales, or this would be the largest beaver ever.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dolls for Sale!

I know that these girls look like they've been around the block a few times...because they have. But don't worry, they are still "Top Shelf." If you were to buy one of these dolls, it wouldn't be this cloth rag that you'd be getting, it'd be the real thing! A doll laying down means that her owner has been bought for the time being, and a sitting doll is ready for some fun!

Monday, July 27, 2009

More Klondike/Tlingit characters

All of these are still a work in progress:
Wolf as human,
Bear as human (the ambiguous cup with steam is coffee-Bear becomes highly addicted to coffee),
and lastly (for now), is my main villain, "Soapy" Smith.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Eagle as Tlingit Chief

I know that the bird posting is redundant, but it's pretty far down on this blog by now. Eagle will be in his human form for most of the story, so it's about time that I finally designed him. He's quite hostile and put off by the Klondikers who invade his land.

Swiftwater Bill/Beaver
This is also a working design for Beaver, who is the main character of my story. His alter ego/human form, Swiftwater Bill, is upside-down on his stomach when he's a beaver. Belittled by the other 4 spirits, Beaver finds popularity and success in the human world to the point that he forgets that he's the the guardian of the lakes and rivers.
I discovered quite early on that beavers are quite dorky animals, and it took me a long time to get his human form figured out. There will probably still be some minor changes, but it's getting there. The real Bill "Swiftwater" Gates (the original, not the PC guy) had a "Prince Albert Physic" and as it turns out, quite the pimp.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Skagway building and sign sketches

These are just some preliminary/inspirational sketches for Broadway Street, Skagway (Alaska), as part of my thesis development. In case you haven't been following my blog, or talking to me recently, the year is 1898.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Skagway Nightlife

These started out as a simple workshop sketches last night, and then evolved into Toulouse-Lautrec color studies.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jungle Book Characters

I drew these characters way back in my Creature Design class, but didn't get around to coloring them until quite recently.  The initial project was to do a twist on the Jungle Book, and I chose to do an Australian theme.  I water colored them to keep up with practicing that technique, and chose the color pallet as I went along (based off of some cool Aboriginal art I collected along the way).  Although I like how the colors turned out individually, I wish they were more united as a group of characters...some planning ahead would have helped. However, as an experimental piece, I have to say it was quite fun anyways.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring 2009 Workshops

I didn't get much time to go to workshops last semester, but here's a synopsis of what I was able to do.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"The Selfish Giant", story by Oscar Wilde

  ...'My own garden is my own garden,' said the Giant; 'any one can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.' So he built a high wall all round it, and put up a notice-board.


    He was a very selfish Giant.

The poor children had now nowhere to play. They tried to play on the road, but the road was very dusty and full of hard stones, and they did not like it. They used to wander round the high wall when their lessons were over, and talk about the beautiful garden inside...

...Once a beautiful flower put its head out from the grass, but when it saw the notice-board it was so sorry for the children that it slipped back into the ground again, and went off to sleep. The only people who were pleased were the Snow and the Frost. 'Spring has forgotten this garden,' they cried, 'so we will live here all the year round.' The Snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak, and the Frost painted all the trees silver. Then they invited the North Wind to stay with them, and he came. He was wrapped in furs, and he roared all day about the garden, and blew the chimney-pots down. 'This is a delightful spot,' he said, 'we must ask the Hail on a visit.' So the Hail came. Every day for three hours he rattled on the roof of the castle till he broke most of the slates, and then he ran round and round the garden as fast as he could go. He was dressed in grey, and his breath was like ice... 

(finally spring came)

...only in one corner it was still Winter. It was the farthest corner of the garden, and in it was standing a little boy. He was so small that he could not reach up to the branches of the tree, and he was wandering all round it, crying bitterly. The poor tree was still quite covered with frost and snow, and the North Wind was blowing and roaring above it. 'Climb up! little boy,' said the Tree, and it bent its branches down as low as it could; but the little boy was too tiny. 
    And the Giant's heart melted as he looked out. 'How selfish I have been!' he said; 'now I know why the Spring would not come here. I will put that poor little boy on the top of the tree, and then I will knock down the wall, and my garden shall be the children's playground for ever and ever.' He was really very sorry for what he had done...

 ... So he crept downstairs and opened the front door quite softly, and went out into the garden. But when the children saw him they were so frightened that they all ran away, and the garden became Winter again. Only the little boy did not run, for his eyes were so full of tears that he died not see the Giant coming. And the Giant stole up behind him and took him gently in his hand, and put him up into the tree. And the tree broke at once into blossom, and the birds came and sang on it, and the little boy stretched out his two arms and flung them round the Giant's neck, and kissed him...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pantheon of our class gods

This was the last project for my Dynamic Character and Environment class.  The 7 of us made up our mini culture based off of random newspaper clippings our friends and family members provided for us.  Each of us then had to come up with a god (left to right: Cleric, Provider, Healer, Leader, Artist, Warrior, and Wizard) based off of our blind picking of newspaper "artifacts."  This is my rendition of the 7 gods from the sketches I created and received from my classmates.  The character I came up with is called Poye, the Creator (old lady in the middle).

...oh yes...Octo-Mom had to make a cameo as our Wizard.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks

When Beaver, the spirit who cares for the creeks, is influenced by human greed and power, the land takes a devastating downfall. Eagle and Orca are overwhelmed by the destruction of the men's new mine camp and realize that it's a direct result of Beaver's absence. Eagle then goes to Beaver's lodge to try to reason with him...which for the time being doesn't do any good...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Canadian Mounty and a Pimp!

Sorry that I don't have anything more exciting for March...I'm actually working hard on some real work that I will post in a few weeks.  Thanks Matt for the great Mounty and Pimp costumes!  They were great!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Selfish Giant Characters

For the rest of the semester in my Watercolor class, I will be working on illustrations/visual development for Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tarot Reading

For the first project of the semester, we had to re-create our interpretation of our tarot reading that was done in the first week by our teacher.  The class relies deeply on myth, symbol, and dream.  In my case, I incorporated dream images that I've had over the past few weeks and various symbols significant to my life into my tarot cards.