Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My favorite movie this year.

This year... eh... there were some AMAZING movies, and then just a whole lot of crap.

As for block busters...
-Inception was great and a lot of fun but it doesn't sit as my favorite movie this year.
-The Expendables was a lot of fun but you can't take it for anything more than that.
-Toy Story 3... don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved it, and it is amazing. I think I just built it up so high in my mind that when I saw it I was kind of just "eh" about it. (I do this a lot with movies I am super excited about, by the time I watch them, I just don't care).
-Harry Potter. DUH. Was awesome. But it is a Harry Potter movie, I don't expect Citizen Kane.
-Iron Man 2. I liked it a lot. But again. I don't expect any Citizen Kane.

Also, its oscar bait month. And I suck at going to the movies during oscar bait month. I usually wait till they come out on DVD. I am excited for Black Swan, The Illusionist (looks so beautiful), The Kings Speech, and of course, True Grit. I can't wait to see how these play out in the Academy Awards though.


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I watch near 10 movies a week, watching 4 in a day sometimes. I have seen things that blow my mind and stories that are so epic I go in fits of obsession for days thinking about it. That being said, I freaking love this movie. This movie is like heroin for the soul. I have never felt this way about any movie until I saw this in theaters.

The flying sequences had me in awe as they were literally breathtaking and beautiful. There are times where I literally grip my seat and lean forward afraid for the Hiccup and Toothless. And the soundtrack has got to be the most amazing soundtrack I have heard composed for a movie. If John Powell does not get a nod for this during Oscars I will punch someone.

I had to post this. Why? Because it inspires me. I research the heck out of everything I am interested in. I watch movies so often I am numb to a lot of things. Information flows into my skull and out again and I absorb it and move on. Not much really digs into my mind and truly inspires me... But this movie... this movie is the first thing in years that has the ability to make me turn into mush... every single time I see it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I am too poor to buy gifts. So I draw pictures for people instead.

This here is a gift to my mother. As well as my sister really. And to myself kind of. It is our dog who recently died 2 months ago. We had NO idea she was going to die until about an hour before she was put to sleep. She was born in our house, and she was with us for 11 years. The odd thing is that she was literally still like a puppy, and completely active. So it was weird to have it be so sudden.

Anyways, it was done in Adobe Illustrator. I did it in about... 6 hours? Maybe? There are some other things I may do to it still. Those ears drove me crazy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Oddish edits

I did some minor edits to the last image I did. I lightened up Oddish a bit, and desaturated and lightened up the flowers a bit as well so they weren't as vibrant. I may need to change it again.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I Figured its time to do a finished copy of one of the pokemon sketches I made months ago. I love Oddish.

I had fun making this. Although, now that I am finished, I see it more like... as if it were the beginning. I like this image but I think my next pokemon drawing will be better (whenever I get to it. I AM a lazy guy.)


So here is my new favorite piece. It's a style I kind of play with every now and again, using ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR to PAINT. Yes. This entire image is done using Illustrator and the PENCIL TOOL. I feel it has a lot of charm and is really fun to work with.

The only thing that is NOT Illustrator is the texture, which, I COULD do in Illustrator, however, the way I placed it was better off done in Photoshop.

ANYWAYS. His name is DYNOMITE. He is a villain for the card set of heroes that me and Ben Cloutier are working on together. The semester is pretty much done and now we are talking about perhaps making it into a comic next semester (although I will not have much time, seeing as I will be teaching).

I don't know how the idea hit me. But it did, and I really wanted to play with it. I mean, a crazy guy obsessed with dinosaurs and explosives? YES PLEASE. I WANTED to give him a bomb vest but figured it had this interesting charm to him just being a scrub with a make shift ski mask and dino costume with a few explosives. Maybe I will give him one later in another image.

I got a lot of inspiration looking at various dinosaur costumes, especially in the mask. But I think where I got the MOST inspiration from came from pokemon. Yes. There is a character sprite in pokemon who kind of sparked this costume idea.

Anyways, this has got to be my favorite piece this semester.

I must say though. I am mostly a low confidence guy (at least I believe so). However, when it comes to Adobe Illustrator, I must say, I know my shit. This is the one thing I know I have GREAT skill in, and I have been awesome at it for near 6 years now. Its just nice once in awhile to have something you know you rock at exponentially.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Daddy Long Legs finished

I finished this a long while ago, but I figured I should throw it up here. I am one lazy bastard. I did about 8 images this semester, and all you have seen is 2 finished projects and 1 set of roughs of character studies.

Anyways, here he is! Daddy Long Legs! He was a lot of fun to work on!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


So as I mentioned before, me and Ben Cloutier are working on a trading card set of some sort featuring heroes we have come up with. Here is one of the ones I worked on.

I won't give you a large portion of information on her, and bore you. But lets just say she used to be a model who was the victim of a science accident involving slugs (don't ask) in which her DNA became very slug like. Now she has a blueish gray skin color, leaks slime constantly, is obsessed with beer, and can talk to slugs. Also, she is constantly trying to pick up guys, but no one wants to touch her because she feels like shes covered in snot.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


So, I PROBABLY should have been working on homework instead of this. But, I kind of felt this was necessary.

If you didn't know, I have been dating the lovely Amanda Reyes for 2 years as of tomorrow. So, in celebration of that, and as a gift to her, I did this little piece.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Independent Study

You know whos a lazy bum? It is most DEFINITELY ME. I mean, seriously, not keepin up with my blog? What a jerk.

No seriously though, I made a deal with miss Amanda Reyes that I would try to post on my blog with something new that I have drawn or worked on AT LEAST one time a week. What is REALLY bad, is I made that deal 3 WEEKS AGO. But, then mid terms got in the way and beat the crap out of me.

ANYWAYS! Excuses aside, because I am full of them... I have been working on independent study a lot with mister Ben Cloutier. We are making trading cards focusing on comical super heroes we come up with. Here is a couple images of short drawings/designs I came up with for a super villain named Daddy Long Legs.

Its really just a bunch of small designs I played around with today. I am kind of having fun with him. The last image is if he was a "priest," as if he was the preacher figure for a Daddy Long Legs Cult, and he would be called "Father Long Legs." I also used a Pimp (pimp daddy) as for stereotypical irony to the name, as well as an actual father looking figure. I really don't know which one I like best.

Monday, July 19, 2010

I am freaking lazy

But I finally did something.

I know I tend to call out my own mistakes often when I probably would be better off not doing so, and I have been trying to hold back lately, but I laughed at my own mistake this time. I accidentally made her hand look a little big, and I couldnt figure out why, until I realized (after fixing and nearly finishing it) that I got lost in the original drawing while doing my whole digital thing over it, that I gave her an extra finger. So instead of really trying to redraw the hand on illustrator, I just fixed it the best I could. It doesnt look THAT bad... But meh. I laughed.

Either way, I am a lazy bum who hasnt drawn much over the entire summer except a few pokemon, and, well, thats about it. This was something I planned to do months ago. I'm glad I finally bust up enough motivation to work.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

so much jazz goin on

I have literally spent nearly every day of my summer so far at a local high school with Al Hong, working on a mural. I will post pictures of the mural soon, we have gotten a LOT done in the past few weeks but we still need the extra bit to go. In the past 2 days while the students worked on the mural me and Al were given a small project to work on a pillow case face for the high schools "friday night live" show. I really don't know much about it aside from the fact its a show like saturday night live except for the school.

So we were given this pillow case to paint a face on, and the only rules we were given was that it had to be "tasteful," and it had to be a face. The lady showed us an example of a happy clown face. We decided to make it into Andy Warhol.

Al is a great painter, though he does tend to focus more on design work than anything else. He did a great job on the face. I will say Al did the majority of the work on this thing. I worked mostly on the hair. It turned out great. We left it for the lady. I wonder if she liked it?

On a side note, I feel like I have been so far behind this summer. I get out of the semester and into the summer with a LOT of motivation, but it always dwindles away quick. This year I was looking to learn the piano, play more on my bass, write and illustrate a childrens book, get a job, do community art, learn a second language, and so much more. However, I have really done none of that... well I did play a lot of piano.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lazy timeee!

I am kind of dead tired now. I was coming out with 3 images a week for a bit of time there. I just kept moving. However, now that the semester is over, I am just in this mode where all I want to do is sit around, play Pokemon, and eat. At the same time, I feel super freaking bored.

Maybe it just hasn't sunken in yet. That is, that the semester is over. I have had so much to keep track of for the past semester that I am still constantly feeling busy. Portfolio reviews passed by so quick. Now, me and Al Hong are doing a mural at Fraser High School with a bunch of their NAHS students, and that has kept me fairly busy for the past week. However, now it is Saturday, and since their is no school, I have the day off, and I feel weird.

Oh well. I did do some art this morning. I plan on having it done tonight or tomorrow. I will post it up when I can.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

CCS graduating students

Last night was the CCS kegger. I spent 5 years in college total, but 4 here at CCS, and I feel as if I still missed out. Why is that? Well, actually I know why.

I just saw all the people I shared classes with for the past 4 years for most likely the last time last night. Sure, it was fun, and it was great and all, but it really didn't feel like I felt in. I have seen these people almost every day (or every other day) for so long, yet I never got to know the majority of them, and, lets face it, our senior class is pretty small. I stuck to the same 8 people I hung out with through the entire 4 years, and I never really put myself out there to get to know everyone else. I feel that, as a commuting student, I missed out on really having a "CCS family."

I have yet another year to go. As unfortunate as it is that I am stuck in college for another whole year and not graduate with my fellow seniors due to my double major, I am going to take this as a blessing and really get to know everyone I can at CCS next time around. I missed out on getting to know a lot of great people, and what could have been good friendships will basically always feel like acquaintances.

SO, I am just going to say CONGRATULATIONS to all of those graduating next week. Sorry I never got to know any of you, as I most definitely regret it. But I really appreciate all of you, and am glad to have spent the past 4 years going through CCS with you all. It really was a blast.

Friday, April 30, 2010


I forgot, I never put this up on my blog. Just a little fun thing I was working on.

Model was my cute and lovely girlfriend, Amanda Reyes, who sadly was not making eggs as I had her pose. She finds eggs disgusting.

Anyways, image was shown in senior studio, kind of an old "good house wife" idea behind it. I was mostly inspired due to her family constantly making sexist jokes, like "get back in the kitchen" kind of thing. It is pretty funny listening to them argue.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Print making

I don't do it enough. I love it though. While working in the printmaking room, I felt really awkward as I felt out of my element. But I definitely do enjoy it and feel that I should spend more time working on some more monoprint techniques.

This project is actually an assignment from our art education department. An 18"x24" size print featuring a theme on one of these words: Transformation, sequences, change, opposite, reflection, or movement. Personally I just kind of put opposite and reflection together and just went with it. I did a few of 8"x10" prints and put a couple of them together, and cleaned them up a little. I threw the dots on it for a little bit more variation.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jessica Newberry show!

Here is my piece for the Jessica Newberry show! When I first heard about it, I remembered that I drew here about 3 years ago, but I don't remember what for or why. Regrettably, I could not find that drawing in my sketch books, so I just made a new piece. After a bit of procrastinating (I could have had it done on Wednesday), I have finally finished the piece.

Beverly Hills Cop

Here is my piece from Beverly Hills cop. Although, it more so is just Eddie Murphy.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I had a lot of fun with this one. I really love Star Wars, although most definitely not as much as Ben Cloutier, but quite a bit. I am not necessarily a big fan of Darth Vader as much as I am a fan of Obiwan Kenobi, but it is a lot of fun to draw that helmet.

I have plans for Ben Kenobi and Han Solo soon as well. That is, if I actually keep working at the pace I am now.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Balloon Boy

If you're in Gil's senior studio class with me, you most likely saw this a couple months ago. Either way, I feel like I need to throw this up here as I do love this piece still, and it is pretty new.

Kind of an attempt at editorial. If you can't tell, its about the balloon boy incident that happened last year.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Finished Back To The Future

Here is the finished version! At least I think so... I made a last minute decision and added the yellowish stripes behind them to break up the back ground a bit more. Dunno about it yet, but I feel it is an improvement in comparison to what it was before.

Also, although it was my goal to make movie scenes and shots into pop art illustrations, my senior studio teacher has informed me to be weary of copy right and that I should just try to totally come up with new shots from movies. Although this one IS edited to be different (I spliced 2 different moments from the movie together to make this image), it might not be different enough.

So, I am going to try to branch out on my next run, and try to mix up this process a bit more.

On another note, it is 11am, and I have to come up with a lesson plan for my art education class today, so I have about 4 hours. I am just so unmotivated after beating myself to death with homework this past weekend.

Monday, April 12, 2010


88 MILES PER HOUR?!!?!?!?!??!!!

Here is the sketch for my back to the future piece.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


One of my favorite pieces I have done so far. I just previously posted the sketch, and here is the final draft of it. Unless I spontaneously decide to change something on it, which I might... I sometimes do that...

Monday, April 5, 2010

WHOS THAT POKEM.... movie star?

So, my current plan for art pieces is to take movies I feel are classics, or maybe even some I enjoy for no damn reason despite their terribleness (Water World anyone?), and just recreating them in the way Roy Lichtenstein recreated comic strips. By taking scenes and characters from a movie and actually recreating them in my style, and do large prints of them. Well, here is a sketch of my first run with this idea...

If you can't tell, that is from Pulp Fiction, with Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Travolta. I realized as I was drawing this, how annoyingly generic Travolta's face is. But oh well, the goal is to recreate off of something pre-existing. I feel I am successful. At least in that sense? Maybe?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Art Education Map

Obviously, you can see where the banner came from. I made this for the goal to do a "Map," as that was the assignment for our Art Ed class. Our teacher told us to go as out of the norm as possible, so I went with a more thought process map. I have to admit I am not too proud of the top part, as it mainly was just me frantically trying to figure out how to finish it. But the bottom half is actually more fun, and I think I like it as it is for a piece.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Above is my most recent project from our senior studio class. Our project was to create a comic that only had to feature a red bandanna. This bandanna had to somehow enter and exit a story with in three pages. We would then find a way to string together our stories into one giant comic book, featuring about 12 different artists (our senior studio class). It was quite awkward, running with some students who made stories about cowboys, and others with communist bears, to a few of us doing a story about spaceships and robots. Either way, we strung it on quite nicely and it became a pretty sweet finished project with plenty of amazing sequential pieces.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Banner and sketch

I just added a banner. I tried figuring out how to keep it from being too fuzzy, but I think its pretty clear (at least it is on my screen.) Also, I felt like it would be interesting to see the sketch I did for the portrait of Kobylarek.

Here it is!

Senior portraits

So here It is, it is my first real art post for my blog. I hope to add plenty of art work on here, at least weekly, so this is what I intend to be the first of many posts.

Anyways, this here is Matthew Kobylarek. Our senior class is making a year book, and we all had the option of either making our own self portrait, or making the portrait of another. This is the portrait from me to Matt.

Its done completely in Adobe Illustrator, mostly done in my currently favorite style that I have been using, consisting mostly of dots.

The second image is actually a portrait of me, done by Matt. He has become accustomed to drawing me as a puppet, and when I asked him to do a portrait of me for our senior book with the puppet style, he took it upon himself to make it photo realistic. Its absolutely amazing.


Well this is my first post ever. I hope to keep up on this, as I tend to get lazy really fast when it comes to keeping up online.