Friday, March 22, 2013
I’m reading through Mercedes Lackey’s Mage Winds trilogy at the moment and have the urge to design a few of the characters. Elspeth is the protagonist of the series and goes through quite a transformation, from “The Brat” to eventually being Chosen as a Herald and finally being inducted as an honorary member of the Hawkbrothers.
I just started the third book of the series so I’m sure I’ll have more doodles of her to share. Along with a few of the other characters. :)
It was fun trying to design the white “shoot me now” Herald uniforms… Not sure if I was super successful but it’s a start.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I follow quite a few fashion bloggers and thought it might be fun to draw characters inspired by their adorable outfits. :) Here’s a doodle, heavily inspired by Katie at Skunkboy Blog. I wanted to make her shy and a little slouchy.
Here’s the original outfit/look reference:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
So now that the year is sort of winding down I thought I'd do a bit of a recap, focusing on a few projects that I feel pretty dang lucky to be a part of the past few months.
BEST ONE TIRES
Credits: Animation - Sean Hall, Brian Thompson (and myself)
Color - Sue Lakso
Audio - Kent Militzer
Finish - Ryan Wheeler
Agency: Ferguson Advertising
Best One was a blast to do but posed some interesting challenges at the beginning. We had a lot of ground to cover with our little tire guy and only about 20 seconds to do it. In order to avoid just cutting to new locations we created transforming environments. It got us to the next location a lot quicker while adding visual interest to the spot.
Here are some of my early designs and sketches that got thrown into the mix. Sean took lead with the storyboards and shot planning while I dove into designing some of the elements that would make up our landscape. I was also able to take a crack at designing the two human characters that appear at the end of the spot. Brian came in a bit later, balancing the team out nicely with rigging, modeling and lighting. In the end I was able to help with a little bit of everything. It was definitely one of the biggest projects I've worked on and I LEARNED SO MUCH! I was proud that we were able show it off at the Minnesota Electronic Theater this year and I look forward to working on many more potential entries for next year. :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A print ad appearing in The Show's 2012 book. A project that fell on my desk super last minute but was pretty fun to work on. Also last minute, I found out I was supposed to work with a horizontal 1/2 page space instead of a vertical 1/4 page space.
The vertical is definitely the better (and my favorite) of the two so I figured I'd post this one.
Also, I'm no graphic designer. I tend to flail a lot when it comes to layout. Luckily my friend Tou was nice enough to give me a few pointers. Thanks buddy!