Jesus saves often

Nothing is more frustrating than loosing hours of work because of a program crash but cursing your computer won’t resurrect that lost data.  Instead, do the right thing and plan ahead.  Do what Jesus would do, save often and make daily backups.

Digital Art PSA
Don’t let crash demons ruin your day. Do the right thing. Save your artwork often.

Backyard brush

Over the weekend i painted a bit of the backyard with these terrible, bottom of the shelf, acrylic paints. Honestly the worst paints i’ve ever used in my life. Brand new and half the tubes had solidified. To make things worse the only brushes around the house were Silas’ cheapo plastic ones from Ikea. I couldn’t have had a worse setup but still it was a breath of fresh air to get away from my digital art desk, even if it was just for an hour or two.

acrylic on canvas bush painting
Looking out the kitchen window

The Jimtown Store

One of my favorite drawing spaces. The Jimtown store in Alexander Valley is a cozy bit of home. It is beyond charming. Last sunday I spent the morning painting there. Here is the view from the corner table.

Alexander valley jimtown store painting
inside the Jimtown Store

Jet lag painting

The time difference between Hong Kong and the Bay Area is cruel. I’ve been at Lucasfilm for a week now and am still struggling to deal with the jet lag. Since I can’t sleep I figure I might as well paint. Here’s my little drowsy eyed, late night doodle.

made up ocean doodle
A late night ocean doodle

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

This morning I had to go to central Hong Kong for a CPR class and brought with me a bag full of gouache paints in anticipation of finding something to paint. Passed though the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens on my way home. It is a stunning place to say the least. I was blown away by this gorgeous park. Spend an hour or so drawing by the aviary and primate cages then sat beneath this magnificent grove to paint. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

 Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
A tree study, at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Prisoners

Found out I’m headed to California next week for a storyboarding job. Started dreaming about the mountains and painted this.

golden bear painting
Taken prisoner by a Califian warrior
nude female figure drawing

Sketchbook circa 2003

This sketchbook was made while I was a student at USC Animation. It is dated spring to summer 2003. The bulk of the work explores a thesis proposal I was working on with Daisy Church called Kalifia. There are also a few drawings from Vanguard Animation in here. Daisy and I had just started interning at Vanguard while they were in production on Valiant. We were tasked with organizing the art library. While there I was inspired and spent my… Read more »