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!