Friday, December 30, 2011

Film Work

Here's some more art I'm doing for a new film. I had a lot to do over this Christmas break, but I like these the best.

And in case I don't get to post anything tomorrow, Happy New Year!

Col-Erase, ballpoint pen, and Photoshop

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I made something for ya! I decided to do a better version of that Tangled Christmas thing I tried last year. Meh. Flynn=hard to draw. Yeesh, Jin Kim and Glen Keane... only you can draw Flynn and make him glorious.

So, once again, I have failed to find Rapunzel and Flynn Christmas merchandise as put out by Disney, so I made up my own. This'll hopefully be my Christmas card this year for my cool family people! Oh, and I have once again failed to find out what is manly Christmas attire. So, Flynn gets fuzzy gloves and a scarf. And I made it a wallpaper size for anyone who's bold enough to plaster my art onto their desktop!

So, thanks for reading my rambles and perusing my art guys! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Tangled belongs to Disney

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Just workin' on some stuff. Inspired a bit by Final Fantasy art. And, yes, this is the return of the buff grandma.

Pretty proud of myself... all the linework and sketching was done in Photoshop. I usually do the linework in my sketchbook, scan it in, and go over it in Photoshop. Not this time! Wacom tablet for the win!

Now I should work on getting some sleep...


Texture from here

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flyers - Weeks 7, 8, 9

Christmas is five days away! With that little reminder, I have now successfully given heart attacks to everyone who hasn't done their shopping yet! So, with that spirit of giving in mind, I give you all some Christmas-themed flyers! Sorry I've gotten off-track with posting them; life has been nuts lately and I'm finally able to relax and forget about school and stuff for a while!

I picture this little elf-guy decorating somewhere in Santa's workshop with some little whirly-gig device so he can reach the top of the tree. I also got to watch "Prep and Landing" for the first time, and it's quite awesome! The designs and general Christmas-ness of the jokes and codewords they use are fantastic! I really wanna see the sequel now... This was inspired by the holiday addition of "Peace On Earth" attached at the end of "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth" at EPCOT. There's this really neat laser projection of a dove flying above the World Showcase Lagoon, along with a beautiful choir numbers and a banillion fireworks of Christmas awesome. And what Christmas collection would be complete without an angel? I have no idea if the angel who appeared to the shepherds was a man or a woman, but it wasn't until I was done sketching that I found an uncanny resemblance between this angel and a certain girl I draw with an umbrella... perhaps the umbrella girl is an angel, after all!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Doing Art for Fun? Is that possible?

Yes it is! And you can, too!!!! Vote for me for president and EVERYONE can do art for fun!

Now that I've finished my presidential campaign and finished finals today, I'm counting down the days till I flee to California again... as in home! :D

While I work on my flyers and a Christmas picture for y'all, here's something I doodled at CTN and colored. Just experimenting with different shapes and styles and stuff. I want to make it more refined than this... someday.
No, it's not Rogue. I just wanted to draw the stripey hair deal. And stripey socks. And stripey... you get the idea.

Texture from here

Pencil and Photoshop

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

50th post!!!

Huzzah! This must mean I'm doing a good job on this blog thing!

And I finished my Digital Painting final! I like this one way more than my character midterm, probably because I know more about digital painting now than I did then. It was a whole mess of fun and I'm not even gonna try to count the hours that went into this thing. But, I consider this project a success!

Here's one of the other frames from my storyboarding final. Judging by the satisfied, sweet "Aahh..." that issued from the class when I showed it, I think it went over pretty well.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go celebrate being done with all my art finals by studying for my French final. Yay.

Textures from here and here

Friday, December 9, 2011


Here's some work that I've done throughout the course of the semester for 3-D modeling and Digital Painting. Both are still more or less works in progress (especially digital painting, since I haven't turned that one in yet!) until they are portfolio-worthy, but here's what I got! Gah... still such a long ways to go... I'm still working on the arrangement of my objects in the still life thing. But I had a blast using Mudbox! Holy cow! SO much easier to do texturing and detail with that then with Maya! And I'm super happy with my progress in Digital Painting! I'm starting to really like environment design!

Now, I must go work on Storyboarding. Expect some images from that soon!

Used Maya, Mudbox, and Photoshop for 3-D
Used Photoshop for Digital Painting


Here are some examples of my storyboard-in-progress. I'm going for a storybook style; just really soft and colorful. I had a lot of fun designing the judges in the bottom image in making them fit in the style of my main character, but still make them ostentatious and showy.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Flyers - Weeks 4, 5, 6

Sorry for the lateness, guys... what with traveling and finals approaching, I haven't had the time to make a post... but at least I'm still drawing! And to compensate, I did two flyers this week! None of these images are as done as I'd like them to be... they're more like sketches of ideas. I really want to finish them sometime since I'm aiming to make a book out of these flyers.

Don't like this one so much... the proportions are wrong, the hands are ugly... but the energy is fun! If you can't tell, he's riding a magic carpet.
And what set of flyers would be complete without Harry Potter? Drawing people on broomsticks is hard, but drawing people falling off broomsticks is way more fun.
This one is based on the Russian tale of the Firebird, who can turn into a woman and a bird. I like her profile; it's really different from what I usually do.
I was inspired by the Nutcracker sequence from Fantasia for this one. I even cut out a little snowflake from tissue paper, which proved to be more trouble than regular paper, so... lesson learned!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Yellow Umbrella

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I know I did! I went to Florida with my family and also got to do some work and go in for a job interview! Homework? What's homework? Oh... that thing I worked on for several hours while flying from Salt Lake to Orlando... I'll be posting up my new flyers and my trip reports soon, but for now, I just wanted to share this. Remember that first set of flyers? The girl with the umbrella? (Go look if you don't!) I'm currently developing a story that'll involve most of these flyers and this was just some inspirational sketching I did. Plus it counts for my storyboarding class, which is a plus. I want to make it look storybook-like, and maybe Victoria Ying and Brittney Lee-ish when I refine it. By the way, I bought Victoria and Brittney's books from CTN and they were kind enough to sign them for me! if you haven't checked out their work, flee NOW. It's so lovely you'll probably die from sheer loveliness.

If I may be so prideful... I did this on the plane. Yes, with my tablet, but on the plane. I think it's a feat of wonder...


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Flyers - Week 3

What did I tell you? I'm posting art again! This Flyer is a bit more abstract, as in more abstract than a flying fish pet. I was reading James Christensen's Men and Angels and came across his painting Sleeper Lost in Dreams. In the description, he mentions that in early art (I believe Christian and/or Renaissance), a figure with one wing meant that they were asleep and dreaming. I also had an idea a while back for a pair of tree branch wings, so I combined the ideas together, and also used Amy Brown as a source of inspiration for the style. So, this flyer takes flight in her dreams :)
I recently got The Lion King on Diamond Edition (and it came with a coloring book!!!!!!!) and was humbly reminded of how epic and awesome and beautiful that film is. Unsurprisingly, it's been stuck in my head for a couple of weeks now, right down to the original and Broadway soundtracks constantly being blasted from my speakers... and thinking about Simba and Nala begging Sarabi to let them go to the "watering hole." That's probably one of my favorite lines... other than "SHE'S GONNA EAT ME!!!" So, yeah. I drew my characters quoting Simba and Nala. What now.

Now it's time to flee to Anaheim!!!!!! And I won't pelt you with another lolcat to express my happiness.

Done with the almighty pencil

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happiness is...

In other words, I'm going to CTN this Caturday, er, Saturday.


Expect a trip report very soon! And maybe I'll see some of y'all there!

... and I promise I'll post my art again. It's been a little crazy on this end. And don't worry; I have last week's installment of "Flyers" all done, just not scanned. It'll be up soon!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Public Service Announcement

INHERITANCE CAME OUT TUESDAY. Yes, I was one of those people that pre-ordered my copy months in advance. What was that? I can't hear you over the sound of my squealing fangirl fury.

And yes, I do real art. This is an atmosphere study for Digital Painting. We're now working on environment studies, so this is the haunted mansion of my version of "Little Red Riding Hood." Neat fact I learned: Moonlight has traces of green in it. Woah. Whodda thunk? We often associate moonlight with blues and purples, but it's the green that makes it moonlight. As soon as I added some green to the light, it was like BAM. The image completely changed in tone and it actually looked creepy! Woohoo! Science works! No, seriously. If you wanna be a good artist, it pays to understand science. Because it works.

Photoshop, and "Inheritance" cover from here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Flyers - Week 2

Here's the third in my series of ways to fly... a flying fish! I mean, if people can have dogs and cats as pets, why not a flying fish?This is just a quick color concept art type-picture. She's an older inventor woman living in the desert. I wanna be a buff grandma someday. I'd go beat up the bullies bugging my grandkids and then bake some cookies. Because I'd be the buff grandma. And nobody would mess with me.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Hey, I can still draw for fun! These are some James C. Christensen studies I did. I had a particularly fun time drawing the "Redhead." She has a really unique profile that was fun to capture. Titania's expression was also hard to catch and still make her look beautiful, but I think it turned out all right. Please check out more of his work! The guy is fantastic!

This was in response to Riku's new haircut in the new "Kingdom Hearts 3D" a.k.a. "Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance" trailer. I was wondering if he's suffering from "invisible hair" syndrome or something, considering how long it was in the second game. While my reaction was "D8," his is probably more like this:
Today, I got to go to Jake Parker's drawing and creativity workshop, and one of his ideas for getting over creative block and improving on drawing skills is to draw a hundred... something. Anything you want or anything you want to improve on. By drawing it a hundred different way, you encounter every creative problem and every creative solution. He also suggested to really make it a goal and to stick to it. So, here goes nothing... My goal is to draw a hundred different ways to fly at least once a week. I've had some ideas floating around in my head, so I figured that this would be a great way to start! So, here are the first two in my series of "Flyers." I'm excited to see where this goes :)
Everything done in pencil in my Piccadily sketchbook.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Digital Painting Midterm

After much blood, sweat, tears, sleep deprivation, starvation, dehydration, and anything ending -tion... I have completed my digital painting midterm! Little does Red know that, just around the corner, there will be a row of marble busts that will burst out into singing, "Grim grinning ghosts, come out to socialiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiize!!!" Beware of ghosts, y'know, it being close to Halloween and all.

Photoshop, Corel Painter and Sketchpad
Wallpaper texture from here
"Grim Grinning Ghosts" by X Atencio

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween is coming...

... so I drew a witch. She mostly inspired by Elphaba a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West as seen in the musical "Wicked." I'm also part of the BYU Sketchbook Club now, and we do weekly drawing challenges, and this week's theme was "Witches!" Any excuse to draw something "Wicked"-esque is a good excuse. And sorry for the bad scan... this is what I get for buying a sketchbook bigger than my scanner.

The BYU Sketchbook Club also went on an excursion to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City! That zoo has some of the best variety of animals I've ever seen! Plus, they were all extremely active that day, despite the rain, so we got to see the pumas and wolves playing (not together, though that would be interesting), plus some baby meerkats (WANT FOR THEY ARE CUTE), and some giraffes... way up close. As in five feet away. And they are cool. Copic markers, Prisma markers and pencils, ballpoint pen
Wicked isn't mine!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Draw for fun, too...

Yes... I draw for myself. I love markers, if that wasn't apparent. And watercolor pencils. And animals. And faces.

The Calvin and Hobbes tribute was for Storyboarding. The assignment was to draw a one-panel comic, so this is what I did! I had to clean up a bit of water damage... hope it doesn't kill the image :/ Bill Watterson is one of my favorite artists, pretty much because of "Calvin and Hobbes" and it's awesomeness. Would that there could be more comics like that... but that's what the books are for! Man, growing up, those books were read in bed, at dinner, for breakfast, on vacation... pages and covers have fallen off, but at least they're well-loved!

Go Air Jordan moms.

Prisma, Staedtler, and Copic Markers, and Prisma watercolor pencils.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Red Riding Hood

This was for my most recent Digital Painting assignment: LIGHTING. Obviously rough and needs a lot of work. Still, the atmosphere and mood is starting to come through. Any hints and tips on painting lips and mouths are greatly appreciated... I always save that part for last because, unlike the rest of it all, I REALLY don't "kinda" know the best way to go about it! That... and cropping. Grawr.

Anyways, enjoy, for now I must beat my brains against Maya while it beats me at life.

Created by the powers of Photoshop and Corel Sketchpad combined

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Red Riding Hood Gone Digital

Woohoo! My first digital painting assignment is complete! There's still a lot of work I'd like to do on this, such as making the edges a bit sharper and adding in some more contrast, but overall, I'm quite happy with the way this turned out! Especially considering how long it's been since I've tackled a full on digital painting. Oh, and the assignment was to do a bust of the character. Hence why she only has a neck. I'll add the shoulders... someday. I also re-tweaked the design I initially had to Red Riding Hood. Honestly, the Tim Burton look was a happy accident... an accident of DESTINY.

Tools of the trade: Photoshop

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Red Riding Hood and Character Design Advice.

Just got through my first week of school! And I'm taking Digital Painting this semester! Right now, we're supposed to redesign a character from "Little Red Riding Hood," "Peter and the Wolf," or "Wizard of Oz." I settled on Red and came up with about a dozen different ideas and redesigns for her, but this was my favorite design-wise. I placed Red in a Victorian haunted mansion, where some of the haunts may not be as happy as the ones in Disney's Haunted Mansion... it was weird for me to even come up with this idea since ghost stories tend to freak me out (except the Haunted Mansion), but I liked the concept, and it's good to explore things that are different, but not squeamishly uncomfortable. This is my final design:

This Red was my first pass on the character, and I really liked her frazzled, haunted look. Rather like a Tim Burton style, which is also weird since I'm not really into his genre of movies. I appreciate them for their aesthetic qualities, but I tend to lean away from the creepy. But this pass on Red was really fun, so I decided to go with it.

A note on character design from my teacher regarding this pass and any kind of character design: You always want to add contrasting elements to your character and different layers of their personality. My first Red, for example, though interesting to look at, doesn't say too much about the character. She just looks a scared, and how do you root for someone who's always scared? Whereas in the second design, I changed her expression to be (hopefully) one that's not so scared, but maybe a bit curious and plucky. The final Red looks like she'd be more inclined to go around a creepy corner, though she's obviously still a little haunted-looking, but the first Red looks like she just might stay in her room, too afraid to venture into the unknown. Also, I tried to use contrasting curving and angled lines in the second design of Red to give her a disjointed look that matches her personality, but the first design has a lot of curves and looks a bit too safe for a haunted kind of story. I still want to mess with the design (dynamic pose plz), but I'm liking the way it's going!
This sketch just came to me one night.I've got an idea of what I think it is, and I'm sure you do, too ;) The biggest thing I wanted from the sketch was the feeling of reunion, and I hope I achieved it!

... gosh, I write a lot on here. Kudos to anyone who reads an entire post. At breakfast. With cereal and hot cocoa. Instead of the newspaper. I hope that what I have to say is informative and helpful!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More Summer Fun

I've been going a bit nuts with painting. It's too much fun for its own good. Micheal's is having an art supply sale (go there before the 27th if you need anything!), and I picked up some goaches since I've never tried them before and I thought I'd give it a go. Generally, goache is combined with acrylic and/or watercolor, so I experimented a bit and here's what I came up with:
I've also been using water soluble wax pastels, which are pretty much oil pastels, but act like watercolor pencils. You color in with the pastel, go over it with a wet paint brush, and ta-da! Instant painting! I think they blend a bit better than watercolor pencils, but they're better for coloring/painting in big areas, not so much detail.
I painted this with the water pastels and watercolor pencils. Roughly inspired by the art of fantastic fairy artist Brian Froud (you'll see his designs in "The Dark Crystal" and "Spiderwick.")