Doodles and warm-ups at Work

Just some doodles I did when I have G-chat meetings, morning warm-ups, etc..

Dino Battleship

Just playing with an on-going joke I have with a friend who keeps saying my stuff looks like a dinosaur, and when I draw dinosaurs, he says they look like battleships. So Boom. Dinosaur battleships.

Another one in my series of sketches and doodles where i'm taking inventory to see where i'm at with my knowledge and skills. I think this sketch is all done with one PS brush, on an Cintiq, and took about 5hrs. I didn't do a sketch beforehand, and just went ahead without a preconceived image in my head. Just figure it out as I went. Surprisingly liberating.

Lighting sketches

A short sketch series illustrating overcast, sunny, and night. I didn't use reference, so don't quote me; i'm not sure if they're correct. Just trying to get used to the Cintiq. I personally don't do enough free-lance to justify getting one myself. But slowly and surely, i'm convincing myself.

Cathedral Assault

Cintiqs for the win. Something of a monster doodle taking a life of its own and turning into something of a piece.

Water Margin

Finally got around to doing this. This was a small project I did over the course of my graduating term. It was honestly something I had to do to revisit my drawing roots and why I picked up a pencil and started drawing when I was a kid. 

The following are my re-imagining of a few main characters within Water Margin as animals indigenous to China.

But for a little background, Water Margin (also known as Outlaws of the Marsh), is one of the four great Chinese classical novels, alongside “Journey to the West”, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, and “Dream of the Red Chamber”.  


The tale is a tale of brotherhood, corrupt governments, renegade justice, and honor among thieves. Imagine Robin Hood with a mix of Chaucer, in the style of Guy Ritchie & Quentin Tarantino, written in prose during 14th century China.

My goal was to marry the western ideologies in art with my drawing style, and most importantly, to the settings in which the story took place. I took generous liberties, but part of the challenge was to use my experience and knowledge of cultures to cater this "Chinese product" to a broader western audience.

More sketches and studies.

I want to make more.

The Thunderbird

A re-skinning of Stardust. 

In this reiteration of mine, instead of a necklace being thrown into the night skies, the Chieftain shoots a magic arrow into the night sky for his sons to find. Yvainne is the Thunderbird who gets shot out of the sky by the old Chieftain's magic arrow and is sapped of her powers.

In this version, Lamia is an exiled shaman who believes that he can regain eternal youth by eating the heart of the Thunderbird. 

Tristan is a store-clerk in a frontier-town who promises a girl from town that he will investigate the bright flash in the sky and bring back evidence of his journey. He goes into the canyon maze and finds the magical world beyond the canyons. 

Colorscript for The Thunderbird

Key scene 1 when Dustin makes his way into Thunderhold.

Tristan finds Yvainne in a crater

Tristan carries the drained Yvainne and escapes from Lamia

Lamia kills Seven-son with his shaman magic

Alien Asteroid

Wow. It's been quite a while since I posted anything. Art Center does that to people. 

Alien Asteroid.

A spacecraft has crash-landed on the exploratory expedition to a giant asteroid sailing close to earth. The asteroid has steam rising through cracks and vents on the surface, and there is life. In fact, a few of them have gathered around the downed spacecraft. 

The real question is how the astronaut is going to go home

A selection of the thumbs and doodles

LA zoo sketching

Here are all the little doodles I did for the day. They aren't great, and the models obviously didn't get the memo about standing still. They're not accurate, so don't base any facts on these drawings.

No lions, but there were tigers and bears.
Oh my.

I asked a friend to come draw at the zoo, and she said that she 'was not good enough to draw in public'. And then I wanted to tell her that neither am I, and how it doesn't matter what people think. But then I remember how I used to be, and how none of this would make sense to me two years ago. And then I made some silly joke on how only the animals would be judging us and how we will always hold our opposable thumbs over them; except for primates. But then they can never get their hands on graphite and paper, so I think we still got the leg up on those five-fingered apes. 

Had such a fun day hanging out at the zoo. It was such a great day just shooting the shit and remembering how much fun it is to just draw things.

Background Painting

Tolkien is known for his Lord of the Rings business. But do you know about Roverandom? It's a story of a little dog and his magical journey. Tolkien wrote it for his son when he lost his little toy dog. One of his private collections which got published post-mortem. Pick it up. It reads like a children's book, but like all of Tolkien's stuff, it's packed with layers of meaning.

Here's the Moon Dragon chasing Rover and Roverandom

I'm going to omnomnomnom you

Anyhoo, School is in full swing, and i'm once again getting smothered in this business which is school work. I'm starting to get a bit burned out. Chugga-chugga-choo-choo

Once again, i'll keep saying that i'll keep things coming.

We got robbed. Moving sucks

House got robbed when we were all out of town during the holidays. We're all moving out now. I hate moving. This will be the 2nd move in 2 years. Especially when we'll be moving during the beginning of term.

The burglary was depressing not because they stole my projector. That makes me sad, but what's depressing is that they went through my room and stole nothing. They found nothing worth stealing. Apparently I have been compiling an inventory of useless shit in these past 2 years.

Planning to move south of the 210fwy because the burglary rate drops to almost none down there. It's a little paranoid, but it's a nice thing to be more certain about. Still looking around. Not really a lot of practical and affordable places. I hate moving.

Something to life the spirits a tad bit =)