Saturday, December 05, 2009

Diary of a Small Supermarket

The BYU Creamery on Ninth sells balloons, and I was there buying some when I noticed a peculiar notebook in the corner. It was a diary. Of the supermarket. Apparently the employees communicate problems from night crew to morning stockers via this little notebook, but it contained some golden entries.


This Michael is actually a girl and she married, you guessed it--a Michael. He's a Jr.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The soulbone's connected to the good drawing bone

Bones are like souls--they only show through sometimes, but it's always at really important junctures.

The tany below is a marvelous work in real life--I spent a good 30 min studying it and whoever sculpted knew his anatomy...very, very well. He didn't have tension and relaxation down, but mass, volume, and twisting where all there. I was looking at a real dinosaur.

These were drawn sometime last summer...along with 3-4 (or more) other sketchbooks of this stuff.

If you're wondering eremotherium is Science for "giant sloth." I had a great joke about what it really means, but am exercising my right to discretion...*sigh* was really funny, but alas, also terribly inappropriate...

Graphic Novels

So my friend Jake Wyatt lent me Blankets-- the first graphic novel I've read. I've never been too into comic books (a sin?), but I have a big story I think would work great for the medium. Seeing as it will take 5 years of my life you will definitely hear about it if it decide to do it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Early Winter Sunset

Few things are as inspiring as a snowy mountain sunset.

A unique advantage of studying at BYU is having a giant white "Y" on our mountain as we have a perfect reference for what an absolute white looks like in the lighting scheme. Pretty cool.

Monday, November 09, 2009


A few quick gestures. Much finished artwork to come soon.

Saturday, October 03, 2009


Just woke up from a dream, started fiddling with my phone, and found
Autodesk Sketchbook. I am absolutely certain it stomps on other
sketching and painting programs for the iPhone. Very intuitive and
sleek. Thanks, Autodesk, for making the free version uber useful!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

These are sequential images

Please leave the story in a comment if you can imagine a relationship between the two images. Yes I painted them one right after the other so your guess is as good as any. I don't know how they relate myself.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Where Clouds Play - Redone

I was not happy with the first draft so I went at it again. While I think there is a distinct improvement I'm not really sure how I feel about the piece. I can't decide whether it's over done or not...

New Avatar

In honor of nothing in particular I have changed my avatar from my famous mullet picture. I received many many requests from women to change the picture (it was too scary I think), and I did quite a while ago on Facebook, but I wanted something more artsy here. So I painted this.

30 minute value studies

Can't sleep.

The second one was hard.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Zion Design

Here's another Zion-inspired design. Yes I know they don't have oceans like this at Zion National Park. Thank you.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jenna Kimble's Flying Monkey

I did a CD cover about a month ago that featured this flying monkey.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Fun with Skeletons @ Thanksgiving Point!

According to the freeway signs, I live next to the largest dinosaur museum on the planet...hmm...Somehow I find that a little improbable. At an rate, I figured if they could claim to be the biggest it was probably worth the $10 entrance fee, and it was! The top two images are from a Gastonia (a type of Anklyosaur). The bottom is a crocodile skull. Did you know crocodiles have been around since the time of dinosaurs? That was news to me! Anyway it is a lot of fun.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Josh Black's Painting-a-Day

So my friend Josh Black claims he can do a painting a day. I'm not sure if I can do that, but I'm going to try to do more than him, at least. Hopefully one day I can attain to the quality of his, but alas, we will see...some day. If anyone else wants to join the contest--bring it on!

The Girl Without Hands

Along with not posting for a few months, I've written a short story entitled The Girl Without Hands. The idea was to take a story that could only be told in animation and develop it into a book of production-worthy concept artwork. In this case, the concept that made the film impossible in live action was a main character without hands--audience's shrink at the thought. But it's not impossible in animation! Here is a preview of a few of the pictures I've done in the last month, with many more to come. I just want people start seeing what I see in the story.

Color images are concept and black & white are story boards with lighting values. I haven't quite decided the aspect ratio of the film.

I plan on publishing the book, including the short story and (hopefully) 100 pages of concept art, in the future, when I think the artwork is to a point that it can get me a job.

This is probably all you will see me post on the subject for awhile.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day - Arr!

I know I ruined the pic but who cares? It's Mother's day! ....or was

Monday, February 23, 2009

R-rated Movies - An LDS, BYU Animation Student's Perspective

I have written an article on R-rated movies from an LDS perspective. When I wrote this article I was a student in the BYU Animation program.

If you are not LDS but have sometimes wondered why your Mormon friends are picky about what they watch, or have "black and white" rules about movie consumption, the article should answer your questions. It is, however, written to a Mormon audience. There is a division in Mormondom (if that's a word) on this subject, because some are pretty strict about it, but the official rules I don't think are quite so clear-cut, leaving the choice to the viewer's discretion.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


To brighten my mood I decided to post some work from this time last year. This is from our senior film, Crossing. Yes that is my "design" for a joshua tree. It was precisely a year ago that I recognized how incredibly inept I was, and although I could see things in my mind, yet I could not translate them onto the page as I wanted to. My understanding of 3-dimensional space was not very well developed. And while I still have a long way to go, at least I'm progressing.
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