Jun 25, 2010

Gator Golfer

This was the first character sketches for Ajax. I didn't know what kind of style I was going for to show Ajax's playful yet competitive nature.
I thought about switching gears and making him retro and small, more of a rascal. That wasn't the case either. Most of the time I mix and match to create a final character design. For Ajax, I took one of the simple stout designs and fine tuned some of the tooth and scale details from another.
It didn't take long to come up with a jerk for Ajax to go up against. Brent Steele is the compilation of every tool, jock, and rich snob I have had the "pleasure" to meet.
The following are some sketches and gestures of gags for the story.
I was playing with the idea of Ajax having some sort of Florida Crane or something to be his caddy.

Jun 23, 2010


Have you ever felt like the world was just going too fast for you? It's like there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything that you plan to do. Lately I've felt like this drawing. I had time to doodle this one evening when I was able to get a small break in my day.

Jun 13, 2010

Camel Country: Senior Film

Camel Country was my senior film. It focuses around the adventure of a lost camel trying to survive the harsh elements of the Canadian north. For more info and art on my film, please visit the Camel Country blog! (also click the Camel Country banner on right hand side of this page!)

Jun 5, 2010

Emmitt's Revelation

My first lip sync.
"And the truth shall set you free!"
-Jim Carrey Liar Liar

Rockaway Tee Time

"Fooo!! That ball goes sailing up into the sky, holds there for a moment and then!!.........GLUNK!"
-Kramer: Seinfeild episode The Marine Biologist

Marine Biologist

"I dont know if it was devine intervention or the kingship of all living things, but I tell you Jerry at that moment.............I was a Marine Biologist."
-George Castanza: Seinfeld episode The Marine Biologist

Weight Lift

Ah the weight lift, a must in animation mechanics. If it was 2D I would be all over it, but this is the best I could do with BasicMan.
Key Animation thumbnails

Double Take

I'm not too thrilled about doing CG animation, but I am glad that I took these classes. Now I know what kind of tedious work goes into creating animation for Pixar, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, and Sony CG films.
This is just a Double Take exercise using BasicMan.
Key Animation thumbnails

Jun 4, 2010

Buffalo Music Box

Buffalo Gil stumbles across a music box and decides to give it a whirl.
I always hated these things when I was a kid. Jack in the Box always freaked me out, even when I knew it was going to pop out. This pencil test is a little interpretation of the adrenaline that ran through my head before the Weasel went "POP"!.
The layout and animation sketches for this test can be found here if you wish to look at how I came up with the idea.

Maanii's Mad at Emmitt

Emmitt (left) and Maanii (right) are two characters that I for one didn't create on my own. (Emmitt was but long story). Rachael wanted to see her characters move and interact so I jumped at the opportunity to test out character animation and comedic timing.

Dynamic Globber Man and Boomer-Randy

I did the layout animation for this while my classmate and friend Jeff Yandura did the in-betweens for this pencil test. I couldn't be happier with the result.

In this pencil test, I was to do the opposite. Here I animated the in-betweens from Jeff's Layout animation. You can tell what ones are his by the colored pencil key drawings, which is something that I should have done with mine. Again, I am quite pleased with the result, and so was Jeff!

Conroy Tennis Fault

I couldn't resist. Sometimes I think Conroy deserves it.

Xax Animation Test

I was experimenting more with effects animation, and this time I was leaning more toward explosion effects.
Xax here hears something around the corner, picks up an object and realizes that its a time bomb. He is able to throw it out of site in the nick of time.

Storyboard thumbnails

Sneak pencil test

and the heroic throw and leap