Friday, January 14, 2011


Just some scribbles based on the book. Trying to learn volume, perspective, and develop an eye for proportion and detail. I will eventually post the pages of the book to go with it, but my scanners too tiny and I'm feeling lazy about piecing the pages together...

Thursday, January 13, 2011


"You start drawing with your brain, but aim to draw from the heart. That doesn't happen instantly. You have to first absorb the knowledge slowly and then forget about it and let your pencil be guided by your subconscious. Not easy, and it hurts to go through the stiff period. A lot of lesser men give up during the stiff beginnings of learning something new and that's a dirty shame. Take the pain and shame like a man and get over it. You'll be so happy when your new knowledge becomes second nature. Otherwise, you will be stuck, a slave to formula for life and unhappy, maybe even without knowing why? That pain and shame is essential to your progress. Embrace it. Kick the walls if you have to. But get back to the drawing board and force that stiff information into your head. Then lay awake nights obsessing over it. That's your tax for being gifted."
- John K.

This struck me as a profound statement.

On one hand, it makes me sad to think about how much time I've wasted being disappointed that my "natural" drawing abilities weren't everything I want them to be and that I convinced myself somewhere along the line that I couldn't possibly learn this ability, like you either had it or you didn't. It also makes me angry to admit that I was defeated in my "stiff period" because there wasn't anyone around to kick me and tell me to keep going and that it would get better.

On the other hand, what better inspiring words from someone that will outwardly admit the parts of drawing and animation that he still struggles with and what through hard work, dedication, and focus can actually do to improve and hone your "natural" abilities.

I would be less inclined to believe it if I hadn't been stalking John K through his blog and listening, learning, and demonstrating everything he says to and actually figuring out simple things about drawing that apparently my 27 years and 4 years of college didn't teach me.

Fuck it. Let's do this.

I've already been sketching a lot and will post results soon.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Ok, so this is pretty old news, but i just found this again and it still astounds me....

For my newer crowd, i'll catch you up to speed- a friend of mine and I started a horror photography company back in 2007 called They Walk By Night Productions, back before any asswad with an iphone and fake blood thought taking scaaaary pictures was's originally how i got into doing fx makeup. If you are interested in checking out our photos, most of them are on my website under my FX portfolio

So we handed out hundreds of stickers and postcards to promote our website that looked like this:
About two years and change later, I get a hysterical call from my friend Nicole, the model in this picture, saying that this guy friended her on myspace because he got her TATTOOED on him.

She didn't know whether to be freaked out or feel honored, but i thought it was pretty fucking bad-ass, especially because it was a complete stranger that decided our art was iconic enough to be on him forever.