Category: My Recent Art


Iron Giant and Test Animation With toonzone.net Mascot

January 26th, 2013 — 6:39pm

I recently reviewed Anime Studio 9 Pro and Manga Studio 4 EX for toonzone.net. I did a quick illustration of the Iron Giant for the latter and two animation tests using the toonzone cat mascot for the former. It was fun and fulfilling to work in both programs and produce some art. My animation skills and instincts are way too rusty, but do seem to keep get a little stronger as I play with AS9 Pro. I really disliked my first test. I was a bit happier with the second. Feedback is welcome as always.

The Iron Giant Sketch Test

Anime Studio 9 Pro – Animation Test #1

Anime Studio 9 Pro – Animation Test #2

 

Don’t forget to read the reviews (linked above) if you’d like to know what I thought of both programs.

 

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Eileen did work for Mighty Grams!

March 19th, 2012 — 5:13pm

I recently worked with Mighty Grams, a company that does custom Invitations and Thank You cards. They provide their users with cards that have a more organic, illustrated feel to them.  It was a blast working with them and if want to support a company run by good people, they’re definitely one I’d recommend you give a shot. All of the illustrators and designers that they selected for their launch are very talented. You should go take a look at their website. Eileen commands it. They also update their facebook and twitter accounts pretty often, if you’d like to keep up with them that way. They have a 20% off promotion until May 31, 2012.

If you’d like to take a look at the ones I did, here they are:

Mighty Grams also did profile videos for their participating launch designers. I’m posting the video they did for me because I secretly like attention even though I pretend that I do not. I’ve only watched it once because I’m completely insecure about that sort of thing, but hopefully you enjoy it. I’m a complex person!

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Animation Desk Test 1

March 19th, 2012 — 2:50pm

I purchased two animation apps for my iPad, Animation Desk and Animation HD. I’ll post my tests, because, why the hell not?  This is my first test in Animation Desk. I haven’t played around with Animaton HD yet. So, we’ll get back to that.

I like the feel of Animation Desk. It encourages a free form approach, providing you with a variety of mediums to create in (pencil, crayon, brushes) and no line correction. You may control the opacity and cursor size of your drawing tool. Your default view has an animation desk motif, but you’re able to expand to a full canvas, where you can zoom in and out of your work. Playback speeds include 1X, 1/2X and 1/4X.

You have a Middle Ground and Foreground presented to you upon opening the app. If you’d like, you may also add a background in the File menu. You’re allowed multiple scenes in your project. Projects may be backed up to your desktop, by following instructions found in the Package Manager portion of the File menu. Uploading my animation to YouTube was cinch. I tried e-mailing the results to myself as well. It sent the file as a 640×480 Quicktime file. I found the playback of the file on YouTube to be a little faster than what I saw on my iPad.

There’s a few other tools in the app that I haven’t had a chance to play around with yet, and it looks like you can add sound.

While experimenting in the program, I found myself becoming a little frustrated with the onion-skinning. It’s great that it’s in there, but I sometimes found my frames looking a bit muddied with it turned on. It’d be nice if they cleaned up that feature to the point where it was easy to distinguish your lines on the previous or next frame from the one you’re currently working on.

Having worked with a Master Oxberry camera and pencil test cameras that involved recording to VHS back in college, the concept of being able to work on a tablet and upload immediately still blows my mind.

That’s it for Test 1 with Animation Desk.

 

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Happy Holidays!

January 2nd, 2012 — 7:07pm

We’ve been keeping up with sending out a holiday e-card on toonzone.net for the last few years. Here’s the one we sent out just prior to the Christmas holiday. The concept was a group effort. I did the sketching, inks and colors. It was a lot of fun to hammer out, particularly the expressions. Inks and final colors below:

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Acidic Tees

December 7th, 2011 — 10:22pm

Alright! Acidic Tees launched!

I did a series of t-shirts for them. So, be sure to check those out here and like their Facebook page so you can keep up with their latest news. Feedback is always welcome.

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Zombies and People Growing out of Skulls

August 4th, 2011 — 9:30pm

Most of the art I do is happy and cute and peppy. So, let’s switch things up a bit. Here’s an inked Zombie and a writhing person growing out of a skull that has sharp knives pointing away from it. Presumably, so that the skull will not accidentally cut itself. No one wants that.

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toonzone.net Mascot – Character Sheet Updates

August 4th, 2011 — 9:24pm

While I was on vacation, I didn’t have a lot of internet. So, I spent some of that time doing some poses, costumes to add to the toonzone mascot’s model and idea sheet. I just inked the new poses and did the flats. I also split the costumes off into a new page. Here goes.

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Sofrito For Your Soul

July 21st, 2011 — 8:28pm

Recently, George “The Urban Jibaro” Torres allowed me the opportunity to redesign the logo for his online magazine, Sofrito For Your Soul. The magazine promotes the evolution of Latino culture in the United States and shares the spirit of that heritage through art, music, dance and other forms of communication. It was an honor to work on a project with someone who’s clearly quite passionate about what they’re doing.

 

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Kid Superheroes

June 16th, 2011 — 4:12pm

As with all my personal sketches, I usually return to them down the road to ink them. While I was working on this one, I started thinking back on the Power Pack comic Marvel put out in the 80’s. That was a great series. Engaging, mature stories featuring a team of unsupervised super hero children and fantastic art by June Brigman. It is completely and totally worth your time.

Where was I? Oh, yes. Inked sketch of a kid as a superhero.

 

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Sunday Sketch – Gumball

May 22nd, 2011 — 5:24pm

I had mentioned that I wanted to sketch something on twitter, but was blanking on what to draw. @ToonFaithful requested a sketch of Gumball, of  The Amazing World of Gumball. I’ve never seen it before. So, I had to heavily refer to online footage. Hopefully, I did it some justice.

I might put up requests on Sundays for sketch ideas.

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