Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy viking monday

My posts are always perpetually two months behind what I'm actually doing at the moment.

In late July, I became obsessed with the idea of cross-stitching after seeing Barb finish up a teddy bear pattern she started back when she was 15. Inspired, I headed on over to my local Michael's Arts and Crafts to buy my very own pattern to begin. So excited I was, like a little girl buying a new toy! After nearly 4 months of train rides, I have completed "Two Wolves in Winter Landscape (Amidst Alien Invasion)."

Also. Some vikings.

Been playing with this idea about lovelorn vikings a while ago. As of now it has been filed away in my ever-expanding incomplete folder, but perhaps I will return to it if the mood strikes me. My brain = cluttered and cloudy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I sick

I gots a sore throat. So I will post on blog to feel better. What have I been up to in the last month?

This is what's been going on at my work desk lately. Been making animal track/tree cards from paint chips and Timberland printed shoe wrappings. And tiny envelopes. Basically I'm just making useless things from the trash scattered all over the apartment. I started the envelopes earlier in the year and they were so fun to make. So now I'll make more!

And the meager fruits of my tomato harvest!

In case you haven't seen, I helped Stephen out on a cartoon for NPR. It's about a cute little monster called Toxie! And she fucks shit up. You can see it here.

Also collaborated with kneeon! and did animation for a Gear Up commercial. They want you to apply to college! Take a look:

"Stick To College" - Gear Up Commercial

Awesome fun and awesome teamwork with everybody. Wheeeeeee!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tomato explosion!!

I love tomatoes.

They are my favorite fruit, vegetable, whatever you want to call it. So simple in its design and form, yet capable of endless palatable possibilities. I never realized it before, but I probably eat tomatoes at least 4 times a week. You are what you eat? Then I'm a fat, red tomato.

This year is the first time I've attempted to grow anything substantial on my own. During my childhood, my grandmother, an expert gardener, had a wonderful patch of vegetables in our backyard. She grew everything from winter squash to delicious chinese herbs. And of course she grew my fave! Tomatoes. They were big and fat and juicy and I ate them for summers.

So now as I sort of follow my grandmother's footsteps, my fire escape has transformed into a makeshift garden of tomato, rosemary, and pepper plants. They sit on the fourth story, surviving the worst conditions New York has to offer--everything from massive heat waves to the terrible 2nd Ave subway construction. Stumbling through the gardening process has been fun and insightful, but not without making some mistakes. Usually dumb ones. For example, do not sprinkle ALL 30 seeds from your packet into your one pot. One seed does indeed equal one plant, and that one plant WILL become over 5 feet tall and block out your entire bedroom window. Many seedlings were sacrificed in this lesson.

I have 3 cherry tomato plants now. Two are flourishing outside and fruiting like mad. They are thick-stemmed and fuzzy, and smell like a tomato porno. The third is stuck inside my apartment and slowly dying from lack of sunny rays. It's been kept inside for months since it's too big to put outside, and it hasn't been receiving the proper sunlight. Sigh...I had high hopes for this big guy, but sometimes you try to reach for the stars and you just come crashing down. Lesson learned. Next summer: new plants, new plans.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Savor the moment (and watermelons)

I went to the beach on Saturday. As I was sitting in the sand cross-stitching some wolves (this will surely be another post), I saw the sun setting down in the West and I thought, "Shit. That's beautiful." Savor the moment, everybody. The world is filled with them.

Some tree studies from on the road (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) and watermelons. Two of my favorite things about summer. Note the particularly whimsical names of some places in the south.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lazy summer

As usual, I let the summer days get to me and my mind has been wandering to far off places instead of blogging. Which is probably a good thing!

Last few months have been wild--just finished up working on a claymation spot at work, been doing some drawings and things here and there, and just came back from a road trip to New Orleans.

Some older drawings from back in June. Here's to summer:

Mister Blake Larue.

Update on the little new york apartment gardening project: I was getting a little scared that my tomatoes wouldn't flower, but all that worry was for nothing for they are thriving, flowering, and fruiting like the awesome plants they are! Also, they are humongous and taking over my bedroom.

I'm avoiding posting more drawings and stuff...but that's for another post. Meanwhile, I leave you with skies of the south, the most breathtaking skies I reckon I ever seen in this here blessed country.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ice cream man news

In case the five people who read this haven't seen it yet, my film is online on youtube and imdb. Youtube refuses to make the frame rate normal so here's the imdb link.

Also, Ice Cream Man! will be screening at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. Randomly awesome!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hm, some girls and plants

Work has been pretty busy...been building lots of stuff out of clay which has been super fun and exhausting. I've managed to do some drawings here and there though. Ladies are fun to draw.

Lady #2 is inspired by episode 367 of This American Life.

I am also excited to unveil my little new york apartment gardening project, that's been going on since March. I gots some tomato action going on, and just started some rosemary and peppers. I know diddly about growing plants so it's so far been improvisation mixed with a little common sense and dumb luck.

Monday, April 26, 2010


I just finished a sketchbook and realized I haven't painted a single thing since I went on vacation. So I took some time to slap some color and niceness on some old drawings.

Sketch from Costa Rica.

If pirates got cold.

I had this pretty intense dream a while ago about grass bunnies and bunny spirits. It's weird how some dreams are so easy to forget but others are just burned into your memory. WHAT DOES IT MEAAAAN?? I drew this out in brushpen and did it up in Photoshop. Thinking about doing a giant painting of this, but not sure.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Oh no! There's a whale in my kitchen!

Gauze and plaster of paris over cardboard. The first of what's to hopefully be a parade of sea creatures floating in the apartment.

Also somewhat exciting: the layout has recently been revamped on the blog. Check it out! It features happier things instead of the obnoxious red and green.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ice cream poo

It's been almost two years but...Ice Cream Man is officially FINISHED.

It's kinda interesting to see the very first storyboards I did back in 2008, and comparing them to the final product now. I cringe a little now seeing these old drawings, but I think I'm more embarrassed by the few drawings I did where I apparently failed to notice the possible sexual connotations i.e. second board panel. Oh well, good thing I revised that shot.

It's been an insanely long process but I learned a lot from making this film. I think I'll take my time before jumping into the next one. Watch for Ice Cream Man to be up on youtube sometime soon.

In the meantime, check out this comic I did when I went to Costa Rica two weeks ago. A lil slice of life.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boy, I sure am gettin the winter blues...

...can't wait til I'm sweating like a pig again.

I finished up backgrounds on Ice Cream Man. Woohoo. Here are a couple screenshots.

I am so so close to being finished.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A feline snow day

I had a lot of down time at work this week, so I fooled around in Photoshop, trying to do something different instead of the usual paint and draw on paper.

I got pretty lazy towards the end and sorta slapped the background together. Maybe when I get better at Peeshop, I'll get more into illustrating digitally. Nothing beats doing it old school, though!

Meanwhile, I've been watching a lot of David Attenborough stuff. Just finished The Life of Mammals, and now starting Life of Birds. I highly recommend everyone to check that shit out! It's instant play on Netflix. Look at Dave stalking a kiwi!

And this is awesome:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Some watercolor stuff!

The first one is something this guy I worked with once told me to draw. "DRAW ME a rusty pick-up truck with a tire missing set up on a cement block and cracked windows. Oh yeah, and there's a octopus in the trunk." Well, here you go.
This one is based off a Richard Brautigan poem called Adrenalin Mother. I just like the words he used.

Adrenalin Mother
with your dress of comets
and your shoes of swift bird wings
and shadow of jumping fish,
thank you for touching,
understanding and loving my life.
Without you, I am dead.

And a comic! True story.
Besides illustrating things literally, I have started working on backgrounds on my film. Will post some later. In the meantime, check out my bohemoth stack of animation that have been cleaned up and colored. Those babies can finally go in the closet!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Me so cold!

Sketch dump! Old drawings and recent drawings.

The effervescent Rob Malone

Harry Potter, the College Kid.

I went back to Delaware for the holidays and had a nice arts and crafts session and bound some notebooks. Looked up some tips on the internet and found it to be surprisingly easy. Try it out and make your own! All you need is some paper, thread, and a sewing needle.

Anyway, feels good to be back in the city. Feels not so good out in the cold. That's why I stayed inside and made a fort.