Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Me post now

CTN Expo was so awesome.
Thank you so much Tina Price!
More on that later...

Anyways, it's too early in the morning for me to make with the sense so here's some pictures to look at if you wanna.

Friday, October 09, 2009

When hinges creek in doorless chambers...

A spooky layout, since it's October. This is a study for a possible film I might make. Still test driving it. School is crazy, but you know that. I'm having a blast. I'm not sleeping enough. Oh how I love Cal Arts.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


It's a Corgi. It's a Pirate. You're just going to have to accept it.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Trader Joes Song

I like Trader Joes. I like this video. If you go there a lot, you'll understand.
Found this on someone's blog and had to share it. It's so catchy.

I didn't make this, but I wish I did.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wanna see a Grizzly bear do a trick!?

Well hello there. I realized that I never posted my film I made this semester. It's really something to distract you from the lack of more interesting things I could post that I'm not posting because I'm too busy trying to find a job. Anyways, here it is. Maybe I'll post some new things I've been working on later this week...or not. Peace love and pencils my friends!

Theo from Michael Herrera on Vimeo.

The story of a daydreaming Grizzly bear in a zoo, who longs to perform for an adoring audience.

This is the work in progress cut of my first year film at Cal Arts.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Disney Inspire Days=Awesome

On Monday I went to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank for the first time in my life. I was there for the Disney Inspire Days, a day for animation school students to visit the studio for presentations from artists and attend tours to get a better insight to the studio process. It...was...amazing! It was probably one of the greatest days of my life. Since I was so inspired, I should probably go work on my film. I'll talk more about that day later. For now here are some pictures. That top floor corner office used to be Walt's!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Chefs a plenty

I know I know, you're getting sick of me drawing chefs. Well tough. They're fun to draw. Muaha ha ha.
Thank you Life photo archive!
There were some really great picture of chefs on there and they're all so goofy and amazing looking. I tried some new things here technique-wise. I'm still trying to get photoshop to work like traditional drawing materials for me. It's a slow but steady journey, getting computers to do what you want them to do.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Ratty Rats

This was from an assignment for a character design workshop with Rick Maki. The first fella is a conman with a sharp tongue and a wicked temper. He dons the accessories of action figures to symbolize his authority. He has a gang too, but I've only drawn one of his goons below.

Water Nymph

Just a new addition to the ol' portfolio.
Inspired by a photo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Francine likes flowers

This is Francine. She like flowers, coffee, fire, gnomes, music, dirt, and she hates garden sharks.
I thouhgt I'd try to add her signature. I need to go work on my film now. Good bye.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Final Film Sneak Peek-Part 2

Okay, so I gave in and posted my temporary model sheet. I'm not sure his name is going to Theo in the end, but whatever. I'm off to animate him right now! Gaaahhhh!!!

Final Film Sneak Peek-Part 1

Here are some drawings from the storyboard for my final film. These two images sum it up pretty well, though there will be juggling. Oh so much juggling. I'll post some more on the fim soon, and if I have time, some other interesting things as well. Tah Tah for now.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

More of the Rat

Scraps the Rat:
I did this the other night, sort of out of the blue.
I have seen some examples of digital paint over sculpture in some art books, so I thought I'd give it a try. Tried to flesh out ol' Scraps, and see what his fur would look like and really feel the textures on him. Lemme know what you think. Here's a side-by-side of the original sculpture and the final touch up.I think I can get the fur to feel a lot more dirty. He's not the cleanliest guy. He needs some dried food and crumbs stuck here and there. That's all.

Funny Girl

This is from a few weeks ago. This is Follies girl Fanny Brice. This was a drawing I liked that then became a part of an experiment. I just wanted to make it look like an old poster. Twas fun to do, especially with the help of a cintique. I had an awesome picture of her for reference, which was actually in a book. A real book with pages, not the internet!
She's quite a cool gal.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Character Animation Gallery Show

Here's some pictures of my space at the Character Animation Gallery Show, which took place a week or two ago. Thought I'd share.

It was quite a new and fulfilling experience for me. I've never really had a space in any sort of group show. It was a lot of fun all in all. I'll post details of some of the work I hung up plus some other things in the days to come.
I'm just starting production on my film. Story story story! I'm very excited.
Keep that spark alive everyone!

Sunday, February 01, 2009 kind of takes over doesn't it?

So I won't waste your time with how busy I've been. I will say these past few weeks have been awesome and insane. Between having my first gallery show experience, to seeing an amazing lecture series by James Baxter, to designing characters for a Shane Prigmore and Shannon Tindle assignment, to animation for the first time in months...I've had plenty to keep me away form the internet, and my blog.
So, enough chit chat. It's art time!
I'm posting this since the sketch was the last thing I posted.
Gouache, on Bristol board:

I did my first real attempt at a maquette last semester. I decided to paint it over winter break. Her's a few pics. Sorry they aren't that great. I learned a lot with this project. I'm sort of glad I had so many problems with it because I learned more for the next time I sculpt. Not only that, but I really got a better sense of designing in three dimensions that I think has translated into my drawings. I did do a drawing fro this design first, but the sculpture actually turned out better. Please ignore the many cracks and glue globs.His name is scraps by the way. I'll probably have some tied down 2D designs of him in a few weeks. This isn't for my fillm this year by the way.

Film...ugh....that reminds me, I shouldn't be here...I should go work. Bye!!!