Sunday, March 29, 2015


I was accepted into UVU's BFA program this week and now I need to map out classes for the Fall. 

I seem to have some bad habits. A lot of the stuff I've been doing ends up using the same shapes. I need to push myself and get out of my comfort zone a little bit.


After the semester is over and I don't have projects looming over my head.

I was going to color these but I have to go finish my FAFSA right now.
I still need to fix the tags on this blog, too. Hrrmm.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Thought of Something Funny

I don't remember what it was!
Here's some pictures from this week.
In my figure class we just started doing draped models and I'm learning so many cool things.

Oh, I just remembered the funny thing I was going to tell you. It's not really funny, but it's something. Last Sunday I was complaining about how I wanted to update my tags. I did figure out a way, but I haven't really done much about it yet [I.e. you are a lazy fiend! - Ed]. I made a couple changes but it will take a while to reconfigure everything the way I want it to be.

I just remembered the real funny thing I was going to tell you. On Wednesday I went with my work buddies Eden, Cord and Nui to a comic jam hosted by Jess Smart Smiley. He had this crazy idea to have everybody make comics with branching storylines. So we folded paper in such a way to allow the other artists to add on to our ideas. It was hilarious. I'm posting my favorite path from my story here (right click and open link in new window for a better look):

Some figure studies I didn't hate from this week:

Then, for that same class, we had to draw 100 hands. I picked some faves, cuz there were some truly rotten hands and junk. Reminds me of this post. I also used the same tool from Pixelovely to handle that. Hand-le that. Ha.

Then some other junk. A merchant guy.

This next one? I'm posting it because in between waiting for paintings to dry in Richard's class, he walked by and said he loved the sketches I was doing. Now that's a heckuva compliment! So you get this guy, diving gracefully through the air as he peppers his foes with bullets.

Finally, this week one of my favorite bands announced a new album/tour. Great news and congratulations to Between the Buried and Me!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Can't Decide

It's funny.
I've been building websites now for a few weeks and my thoughts on many things have changed. I want to go through and fix all my labels, make them not be so utterly useless. I don't know how I'd do that, but I'm sure it would just be a quick Google search away. In fact, I'll go look right now...

Yeah, maybe it will take some time. Anyway, I feel comfortable fine-tuning a post in the HTML editor and other weird things now.

As far as the title of this post is concerned, I couldn't decide if it was worth it to throw color over this. I don't really have time to do that, but I think that it can be a simple thing. I'll try to do that next week. This week has been hectic. Anyway, here you go.

Also, Feed the Birds, from Mary Poppins. I know it's silly, but I really,really like this song. It's quite different from my normal musical choices, but there's just something about it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I LIVE: Sitrep

Hey, I'm here. What's going on? 
School is busy. In fact, I should be patching up the holes in a 3D pelvis, then rigging and weighting the model. But I had a few thing lying around I wanted to post. 
So yeah, school. I've been busy doing paintings, which is something that I don't really like to do. I feel like rather than studying the color theory aspects of the medium (acrylic, in this case) I'm just fighting the tools. Because of that I dread it. It should be an effective exercise but it's tough to push through. 
That's been life in general, lately- just kinda tough. For me, there's a lot of fear about the future: Can I make it as an artist? Am I really getting better? Is what I'm doing getting me to improve the fastest?
I try to just relax and keep taking steps, but I wonder if I'm being proactive enough.
Time management has been another hard thing. Last week Kaitlin and I bought another calendar (we couldn't find our first one, probably got lost in the move!) and started mapping things out with the hope that it would help us use time more efficiently. Since I just started work over at Boostability, time has been even more important. 
It's overwhelming, so much so that my typically endless motivation to do art has been all over the place.
It would be easier to embrace the chaos if I could know it was all adding up properly and would mean work upon graduation, but I guess we'd all like to see bits of the future and it's not likely to happen.
Anyway, I really should get around to my homework, but I just wanted to  say it's probably time get back into a regular posting routine again. For starters I think that I'll do one post a week, maybe on Sunday nights. Hopefully that will get my art muscles feeling better again.

Head studies from class:

(Hmm, it seems like I'm ending up on the same side of the model on a regular basis. Time to move to the other side of the classroom!)

Then I've got some doodles from the last few days. This first one was from this morning and it just felt so good to do. I haven't been drawing for myself at all this semester and I think it's important to do some fun stuff aside from the grunt work so you can apply the things you're learning and actually see how far you've come.

These were some studies from people I saw at the mall last Thursday (2/26/15). The guy on the top and left, anyway. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Turn 25 Today

Your prize is some things I drew.

I went to a lecture by Sam Nielson on Friday, these were some People I Saw Today (and no, he wasn't smoking).

And then a couple guys I doodled in class today. I'd like to take them further, but we'll see:

School continues to keep me verrrrrrrrry busy. I was talking to classmates today about how I never really draw for myself right now- It's all homework. It was nice to doodle out the above two guys [Even though you were in class? - Ed.] and relax a bit. My goal is to get another planner (I've lost 4 in the last 4 or 5 months) and write out my life so I have time for all the things I need to do.
So yeah. I survived 24 years. Now I'm 25.

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm a Thief (and I'm Slightly Sorry)


Last night UVU's Illustration Club met to discuss portfolio stuff to apply for the BFA program. It was whatever. Anyway, the club has been doing a new activity where members draw on printer paper with the eventual goal of compiling all the drawings into a sketchbook we can sell. I never really participate since I have to run to class soon after club starts, but last night, with maybe 5 minutes left before I had to bail I looked in front of me and saw a blank paper and a chunk of 2mm red pencil lead and thought, "What the heck, I'll throw something together" and this is what I scribbled out:

I thought it was way cool! But I realized that I couldn't give up this sketch without scanning it to show you all, so I looked around guiltily and stuck it into my backpack. Zoom!

I was sitting in class and feeling really good and remembered it was because I had drawrn a cool drawnrwning. I opened my bag and removed the sketch and found that I hadn't just stolen my sketch, but I had also stolen Dylan's sketch, too! The blank piece of paper I had drawn on? It was blank on one side. Dylan's sketch was on the other side! Sorry, Dylan! I'll bring the paper back to school and return it to the Illustration Club. Ha!

Then some drawings from the last week I didn't totally hate:

(This model? I drew her head too small for her body. Blast!)