Tuesday, December 4, 2012

RAWk coming up!

Tomorrow is the RAWk artist show and I'm super excited! After a month of non-stop projects and shows, this is going to be...relaxing? One big party with a bunch of local artists - I can't wait. And I can't wait to see those who were available to step out mid-week at the show!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

RAWk show and leftovers

Happy (very) belated Thanksgiving, and all that jazz! This post will be like the leftovers everyone has inevitably stashed away in their fridge, as it's going to be updates of the past couple of weeks. Things have been incredibly hectic, but all for the better.

Lucidity was recently featured in a month-long show at the NC Museum of art in the A Life, Still exhibition. The same weekend of the reception for the show, it also won best animation at the Carrboro Film Festival. Thank you all for your support!

I now have a new show coming up with RAW on December 5th with several other local artists. It's going to be an eclectic gathering of people, so definitely come check it out. Chat, grab a drink, keep me company! There will be performing artists, painters, jewelers; everything you can imagine (and I'm not even exaggerating - you can view the local featured talent for yourself on the RAW site). It's the holiday RAWk show and it'll be located at Solas on Glenwood Avenue. Two stories are dedicated to the show, while the lower level will remain the usual restaurant with bar and half off appetizers.

Tickets can be purchased from my personal RAW page linked below. I'll be handing out hand drawn and inked art cards to all who buy tickets, as well as selling prints of my artwork at my booth. Tickets are $10 if purchased beforehand from the page, and $15 at the door. Get your tickets now, and come play! I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On The Move

My updates to the blog may be up and down this month thanks to several (awesome) projects going on! I'm very excited about each and every one of them. If you'd like to get in contact with me since I'll be jumping all over the place, feel free to do so via Facebook:

In the meantime, below is my most recent completed piece - an entry for the Raleigh Arts Commission contest Art on the Move. Comments/critiques welcome!

The contest involved submitting art to be displayed on one of the city buses, so the wheels had to be taken into consideration. The round, gradient-filled circles at the bottom of the composition are for the cutout areas for the tires. I mimicked this shape throughout the piece. And you know me, I love graphic design and art nouveau. Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, as well as for its promotion of environmentally friendly living, so I tried to incorporate these styles and themes into the piece.

Monday, October 29, 2012

When you don't have internet access, you don't exist

I've been lacking internet access, so updates haven't been so possible. Aside from other projects going on, I've been working on these little cards on and off. There are going to be several collections with different themes. So far, art nouveau women. Eventually famous horror movie monsters and random pop culture.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Art Nouveau ~ old but new

This is an older painting, but I finally had a decent photo taken of it. It is a little over seven ft. tall, and let me tell you, a pain to attach to the wall for a photoshoot.

Friday, October 12, 2012

This is still a work in progress, but I thought I'd go ahead and post the current product. Inspiration for the zombie crawl I'll inevitably take part in this year.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy October

This is the best month of the year! (And if you don't agree, well, you're wrong!)

Monday, October 1, 2012


Just a late night break update of the image I've been working on intermitently between filming and animating.S

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Work in progress

Here is the very rough version of a work in progress. Eventually she'll be a rather large print with more abstract, textured coloring.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day of the Dead

I get prepared early for Halloween and Day of the Dead. So, in honor, I'm playing with this old drawing I did some time ago. A new piece is in the works, but I have about seven projects going on at one time currently. Everything will get done...(pretending to be optimistic makes one optimistic, correct?)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rough Halloween Card

This was commissioned by Shadow Studios in Vermont as a Halloween card. Here is the rough cut without the sound ~ Simple Flash.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Nouveau

This was created with watercolor on Strathmore cold press watercolor paper. I'm not really sure if it's complete or not yet, but here it is so far!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Joshuah Aaron

I haven't written much on this blog that has been personal, or much of anything for that matter as I'm trying to maintain it as a sketch/art blog, but soon I'll have a little nephew coming into the world. The below is an image I created as a gift for the soon-to-be (we're hoping happy) parents.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Miranda from beginning to end

This puppet, affectionately referred to as Miranda, was created for a short entitled Flora. The film was never completed, but bits and pieces of it still remain. Here she is from concept to final puppet.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Colors

A sneak peek at a background for a new animation involving an octopus and a flock of birds.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Speed painting

A work in progress for background for an animated music video.

Layout tests

A few older layouts created for no animation in particular.


Made ya look. Gestures from 1 second to 5 minute poses.

Character Designs

A few character designs for a lonely blog page.

Found em

A few older images pulled from the proverbial vault.

Luna & Sol
Pen and ink on bristol


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lucidity Flick

Now, I'm unsure why (and it probably has something to do with technology plotting my demise), but blogger will just not let me post the video for my short film Lucidity. Until I solve this problem, I'll throw in a link and hope for the best ~

Stopmo odds and ends

I love the tediousness of stopmotion animation. There's something thrilling about working on a film for hours, knowing that with every fraction of a centimeter you move your puppet you could sneeze and have to set the whole thing up all over again. I love it! Give me stress! And really, a sense of accomplishment. People so many times have asked about whether or not it's a real pain to animate stopmotion characters. The answer is, it's really not. It comes naturally, you become the character, and until that could friend of yours comes and slaps you on the back for doing a good job, you're breaking out animation beautifully. Below are images of maquettes taken from concept to sculpture to armature and foam/latex puppet, as well as set designs and a few other 2D elements from some of the same films.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Demo Reel of stopmotion, cutout and 2D animation

When in Rome...

...blog like the rest of them.  This will be my first blog, and dedicated to anything and everything that can be crammed from my mind into paper/pixel representation.  Eventually it will become a sketch-a-day blog as well, but we're going to give it a little time before that gets going.  Work in progress, here we go.