Sunday, November 27, 2011

You'll Burn Your Wings Off

Lately, I've been working on an animatic featuring everybody's favorite mythical birdman: Icarus. Inspired by the lyrics and tune of Cat Stevens' "The Wind"--which seem vaguely reminiscent of the high-flying hero--I've put together what you might call a "free adaptation" of the classic Icarus myth. You can check out both the original/thumbnail animatic and the shiny new finalized animatic below.

And remember children, if your parents give you a set of wax wings this Christmas, stay far far away from any giant balls of fire that may torch the wings in mid-flight. If you hate the present that much, just ask for the receipt.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Woody Walks!

Here's a quick animation of the Woodster. All modeling, animation, and lighting was done in Blender 2.5.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Life Drawing

Some drawings from my past two figure drawings sessions. Gestures are all one per minute; larger sketches are twenty minutes each.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scott & Zelda, at the Plaza

After losing the original file to an unfortunate glitch in the iCloud, I've finally finished my iPad painting of F. Scott Fitzgerald--the second in my series of iPad paintings of famous New York artists and authors (the first, of Woody Allen, is available for your viewing pleasure here).

With this illustration, I wanted to showcase the lighter, more exuberant side of Fitzgerald that often gets lost under the darker, more alcoholic side of the great Jazz Age author. People tend to forget that Scott and his wife Zelda had a very lively streak together in the midst of the roaring '20s, reveling in such antics as a fully-clothed plunge into the grand Plaza fountain. This gleeful rhythm is exactly what I wanted to capture when I decided to take on Fitzgerald, and so I ended up with the painting above. A happy, successful couple skyrocketed to the height of celebrity, caught up in a moment of spontaneous reverie. But as the painting's sunset suggests, moments can only ever be moments. For the Fitzgeralds--and the rest of America--darker days were on their way.

I've included some of the initial sketches for this illustration below. 

Be sure to look out for the next painting in the series, involving a certain New York poet of the late 19th century, whose name may or may not rhyme with Malt Hitman.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Every Dean Needs a Sidekick

This week's installment of Superhero Dean Rogers...featuring the first appearance of DR's trusty RA sidekick, Argyle! (And in case you haven't noticed, it seems iPad failures are becoming a motif of my storytelling.) Tune in next time for the gripping conclusion to their adventures in Bros Hill.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ramdeer

Thanksgiving is practically almost about to be here, and that means the Fordham University Holiday Passport is on its way! For those of you not familiar with it, the passport serves as a handy, pocket-sized guide chockfull of everything you ever wanted to know about how to spend the holidays in NYC.

One of my favorite positions at Fordham has been designing the covers for the Holiday Passport. This year, I really wanted to play up the "Fordham" aspect of the publication--and that's how I came upon the cute and cuddly holiday ramdeer that you see above. You'll also notice that the passport now comes in TWO collectible editions--red and blue (just like the original Pokémon).

I went through a number of ideas before settling on this design. If you're interested in seeing some of the ramdeer that didn't make the final cut, just look below.

And finally, here's last year's cover design, for posterity's sake.

For those of you keeping up with ABC's "Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas," happy countdown-to-the-countdown!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

iPad Figure Drawing

I decided to use my iPad for one of the poses at this week's figure drawing class. Turns out it allows for some pretty quick work. The above sketch took just under 40 minutes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Losing Your Work...Through the Ages

I recently endured one of the more harrowing experiences that an artist can face: the sad, irreversible tragedy of losing one's work. Fortunately for me, it was only a week's worth of paintings--iPad paintings, lost in a freak iCloud glitch--but the blow was still swift and merciless. Feeling helpless and defeated, I found myself a part of the great tradition of artists who have lost their work to any number of tragedies: fires, robberies, hurricanes, what have you. 

And so we add a new tragedy to that list of potential art-destroying torments: the iCloud (or iStormCloud, as I have re-dubbed it).

Anyway, I took my frustration and turned it into the shiny new animatic that you can watch below. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Santabucks Coffee Cups

With Starbucks' red holiday cups out in the market, I thought it'd be fun to do a simple Christmas redesign of their recently redesigned logo. Turns out it only takes a few tweaks to turn the Starbucks siren into everyone's favorite jolly old elf.

If you'd like to turn your own Starbucks coffee cup into an authentic Santabucks Christmas cup, just print out the sheet below on sticker paper, trim along the dotted line, and slap on your next warm beverage. (Or slap it on a red or white ornament and say goodbye to holiday gift-shopping!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

The holidays are still about a month away here! Seeing as both Starbucks and McDonald's decided to break out their holiday cups today (helpful hint: McDonald's peppermint mochas are roughly half the price of Starbucks'), I figured it was time for my blog to buy into the commercialism spirit of the season as well. Hence, the updated blog header.

Look out for plenty of holiday sketches in the weeks to come. Merry November!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Superhero Dean Rogers Halloween Special

A mini Halloween blizzard in the Bronx may have kept some lesser souls inside this Halloweekend, but it sure didn't stop Superhero Dean Rogers from his ongoing crusade against bro culture. Read all about it above, and check out the previous two installments here and here.