Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Here're some baby griffins I drew a few months back. I have a griffin addiction! I can't stop drawing them. It is probably my most common doodle, so sorry if you're bored by my endless stream of griffins. Anyways, I spent a while trying to get really cute scratching poses. (Ah...the goals we set for ourselves!) The biggest challenge was trying to get all the limbs into good positions silhouette-wise. I started trying to color them with my wacom at home, but it was too lame, so I stayed late at work to color them on the Cintiq. Yeah! I have a few more drawings I didn't get around to coloring. So yes, fear not! More cuteness is on the way!

Also nerdy fun fact for today:

I realized early this morn that Pirates of the Caribbean II will be released exactly one year before J.K. Rowling puts out the 7th and final Harry Potter book on 7/7/07. Ruminate on that my fellow nerds!

And also... I don't remember who was debating this with me, but the definition of ruminate is:

1. To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
2. To chew cud.

So you can do either of those things to my fun fact.

And now... GRIFFINS!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Well sorry this hasn't been updated in a while. I've been pretty busy, and it's kind of nice to be busy for a change! Animation is going pretty well. I'm starting to figure this CG stuff out. We're doing a dialog test and its pretty challenging, but I'm slowly making progress.
I've got some art I want to put up, but its taking me forever to color it. I've only got maybe an hour a day or so to work on it. Hopefully I'll get it up later in the week, but until then I have THIS:

Adrian Molina did this drawing for me last year. I found it stuffed in one of my sketchbooks the other day. Haha, it makes me laugh just looking at it! I don't remember what spawned it. For some reason Hermoine is getting sucked up into Hagrid's gross tangled beard just like San got sucked up into that boar's gross wormy warts in Princess Mononoke. He even has eye boogers!! *shrug* Thank you Adrian!!

Ok that's it for now. I'll try to post more!

And also ...... know that its taken me over an hour to type this. You know why? I've been watching Pirate's of the Caribbean. I forgot how awesome this movie is. I can't taken my eyes off the screen whenever Jack Sparrow is on.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Road Tripping Again

So the art is kind of on hold here for a bit while I'm learning animation. They gave us real animation rigs in class yesterday and its pretty intimidating. My assignment was to do a walk cycle with two steps and I couldn't do it in time! I tried though. The teacher understands. It's cool. I'll learn this pretty slowly, but I will learn it and then it will be really fun! I really do love animation. It's just so awesome bringing things to life!

Ok so I did another road trip with Heidi last weekend. It was pretty fun, and also a completely new drive for me. We went from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. The coolest thing we saw was the Utah salt flats. Man such an alien looking place! Anyways, here are some pictures:

Here's The Great Salt Blue Line

Soon after we passed The Great Salt Lake we passed this big pile of white stuff. Here was our conversation:

Heidi: I wonder what that is.
Jen: Yeah, I don't know.


Jen and Heidi: Oh.

Mrs. Incredible says "Heck YES!" to the salt flats!

Here I set the timer on my camera to take a picture of Heidi and I in front of the salt flats, but as I was running into place I lost my shoe, and I didn't want to go back for it cause it would waste too much time, so I kept going, pathetically hopping along, but it was too much for me, so finally I yelled "I GIVE UP!" and started to throw the frisbee down in a white hot rage, and then the camera went off.

Behold the magical glistening salt flats!

Frisbee on the salt flats! So. Awesome.

Yeah, and THIS is how we decided what CDs to play on our road trip. I'm not going to explain it. Just know that anything involving two 20 sided dice is two nerdy for explanation.

Yep. There is is.

And finally, we put this Cars image up in our window just to be dorks. We realized it was upside-down after about two hours.

Friday, June 09, 2006

More Trolls!

Hey everyone! Well these have been a long time in coming, but I've had lots of training this week, so I haven't had much time to just sit around coloring. Training is going well, and I'm pretty excited about animating! Next week we're going to do a bouncing ball and a walk cycle test. It's going to be awesome! I'm a little worried about how long my learning curve is going to be with the CG software though. Doing CG at calarts was pretty frustrating for me. Oh well, I'll have to work hard, but I'm sure it will click eventually. Anyways! Here are some more trolls! I'm planning to do some goat designs next and then start messing around with some Billy Goat's Gruff vignettes. It'll be fun! I got kind of gross with this trio. They ARE goat eating trolls, though. They're bound to get a little gory now and then!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Trolls not Trollz!

Hey Guys! Well I decided my next post should probably be artwork, and not me geeking out about something. There needs to be a fine balance of art and geek on this blog. So I took the time this morning to scan and color this drawing I did two weeks ago. I've been thinking about that Billy Goat's Gruff fairy tale a lot lately for some reason. I think partially inspired by Bert Yoon's film, "I Love you Kitty," which was totally awesome! I decided trying to design some trolls a few weeks back and this is what I came up with. I colored them on the Cintiq. I really wish I had a Cintiq all my very own. It's so awesome! It's like coloring with watercolor or marker or something, but with all the "ctrl z" power of the computer. Ok, so here it is! I'm going to post another sheet of these guys tomorrow if the coloring works out.