Thursday, April 30, 2009


Didn't get Reebok.

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What a terrible fucking day

Turns out Nike was here without the intention of hiring anyone. $60 and 4 hours of portfolio making down the drain.


Pretty sure I'm going to get a bad grade on my paper for music class. It was well written but completely off topic, and I thought I caught a
disapproving remark in my professors' whisperings.


Up until 4:30 doing foundations level bullshit for Design Communications. As awesome as Des Comm was in the fall, this quarter is the complete opposite. At this point I am completely apathetic toward it (a viewpoint shared by many of my classmates) and my work in all of my classes is suffering as a direct result.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

new pb

Maxed out on deadlift yesterday at 275. I love crossfit.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Chair and Spaceships

Had to draw some more chairs for des comm. Got bored and drew spaceships instead.

Monday, April 20, 2009


I know what a pamphlet is.

WTF is a pamph?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Star Wars design and why it rocks

Stumbled upon this fantastic article about the design merits of the original Star Wars films. It's quick and to the point but easily gets its point accros.

Simpsons QOD

A woman is a lot like a refrigerator. Six feet tall, three hundred makes ice.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Chris Welsch just referenced Snake Pliskin in his color commentary. Awesome.

Chairs and crazy guys

In addition to the portfolio, the past two weeks have been dedicated to drawing chairs and fixing up my character project.

Chairs - I'm doing some kind of bent plywood stool...Sketches were done digitally, and I'm very happy with the outcome. I will go back and render those picked to move on, but probably not until the next portfolio

Reworked Sketches - not nearly as good as they need to be, but they're improving

Final Rendering - 90% inked - hopefully I'll have time to go in and actually render this to presentation quality

Saturday, April 11, 2009

12 Angry Men and personal tests of will power

I watched 12 Angry Men this morning, loving every second of it. At first glance it seems to be a rather simple story of justice, but if you look deeper you can see that it's really about the power wit and intellect can have over reason.

In the past, I used to give myself what I called "personal tests of will power." Take stairs two at a time, never loosen your tie, read something you don't understand, etc. Some have stuck around as personal habits, but after a while I began to forget about the little ones. Lately, however, I've gotten back to testing myself, mostly through school work. Henry Fonda's character seems to be doing something similar.
The kid is guilty as hell, and he knows it. He also knows how he can talk. He walked into the deliberation room having taken it as a personal challenge to sway the jury in the opposite direction, and you can see the self-satisfaction on his face each time a member of the jury switches his vote.

While Fonda's "accomplishment" is impressive, it is not commendable. He has convinced 11 other men to let a murderer walk free. It's just interesting to see how similar my acts of self-improvement are to Fonda's slight of hand.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Porfolio is up

Fival effing rocks

An American Tail is one of those movies from my childhood that I remember loving despite not remembering the movie itself. I got a chance to watch it again a couple of weeks ago, and it rocked my socks off.

This movie is simply gorgeous. The characters, the backgrounds, everything makes today's "stylish" animation look like amateur work. Every scene is placed in an environment with a unique, painterly look that perfectly captures the tone of American immigration in the late 19th century. Their level of complexity and detail are enough to make the movie a technical achievement by themselves.

But it doesn't stop there. The animation is top notch. The main characters are "Disneyified" to perfection while the humans are stunningly accurate in their movements. I'm tempted to believe that the animators traced over frames from actual film - it's that good. Take a look at the final shot (approx. 3 min into the video) as the camera pans around the statue of liberty. This was before the days of 3D models and cel shading and it was executed without any hiccups. Stunning.

Watch it; you'll be amazed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Here we go again

School is going to be a bitch this quarter. Oh well, I guess it's time to man up. Anyway, I've been reworking my portfolio (again.) The work is pretty much the same, but the graphics, text and layout are now much cleaner. Here's a taste.