Author Archives: John Hill

Smoke and some final rocket blasts.

Smoke released from the opening of a large mechanical door. Uncomposited. Smoke from a trailing rocket as it crashes out a hole in the roof. Uncomposited, of course. Rocket revving up and blasting off. Animated in Adobe Animate (flash) with … Continue reading

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FX Animation from work.

Doing plenty of storyboards, character builds, and character animation as well, but that stuff is too specific to our NDA that I can’t share it. Here’s a smattering of VFX. This is light falling over a highly reflective metal object. … Continue reading

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Some more FX work from work…

Here we have a small rocket blasting off, busting a hole in the ceiling, and debris raining down on the blast site. It’s a quick little shot but I was very happy with the energy, complexity, subtlety and depth I … Continue reading

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Enjoying my recent opportunities to do some FX work.

Can’t take a ton of time on it, because the turn around time on the production is quick, but I’m using my position to get a hold of any chances I can to work on FX. Here’s a little rocket … Continue reading

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New Job, New Stuff….

Can’t share a lot from my new job, big NDA in place. Full time Senior Animator (though I’m not sure the title encompasses what I’m actually doing). I’m in charge of a group of about 5 people, animation for YouTube. … Continue reading

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Pokemon Gym Leader – sona Meme.

Found some time this past weekend to make a late entry to the #gymleadersona meme. My Pokemon Gym leader would be a ghost / dark leader who prefers goofy spooks to serious paranormal presentation. The gym would be like a carnival haunted … Continue reading

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Some in class demos and other miscellany.

#moana studies /composition experiments for a very untimely bit of #fanart #crossover suggested by my wife, with a composition I’ve settled on at the end. #sketchbook #day4 A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 4, 2018 at 9:44pm … Continue reading

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Daily life drawing. Days 1 through 3.

A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:00pm PST Another night of life drawing, right before bed, this time.. #sketchbook #sketches #lifedrawing #day02 A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 2, 2018 at … Continue reading

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Ruff Ruffman (Older Animation) Humble Media Genius

Here are a bunch of Ruff Ruffman shorts I animated over the past 2 or 3 years. I kind of forgot about them and then realized they’d been on youtube for quite a while. These were done with my good … Continue reading

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A bunch of random art.

You’ll have an easier time following me on tumblr or instagram, but here’s a big ole’ art dump just to stay current.

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I don’t post here all that often anymore.

Aside from steering people towards my demo reel, so here is a big backlog of loose artwork I’ve been doing outside of teaching and paid animation. Random fan art, a CN collab entry, mucking about both traditionally and digitally, some … Continue reading

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Recent fun art and fan art.

Some recent digital painting, marker work and general original / fan art I’ve done recently. Continue reading

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Fairies

To blow off steam while working on my thesis I’ve decided to do some fairies and fawns inspired by our first trip to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. Here’s the first one inspired by a fairy who was great in character … Continue reading

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I still love you. Adorable Kitty for you.

I’m just busy working on my thesis. Here is a little Halloween craft I did tonight (after Halloween) to let off some stream with the fam.

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Doodles on the sign in sheet….

Week two of teaching this quarter. I did some doodles on the sign in sheet for Animation History as the students watched the cartoons I was lecturing about. Senpai! In my reef? I haven’t doodled in a long time.

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Influence Map!

I did a meme from the ancient past! It was so hard to pick and choose!

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Happy Easter!

Or at least an enjoyable holiday weekend if it’s not your thing!

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Several big updates over at Hipposterous….

my courses have shifted gears towards thesis work exclusively this semester, so I’m just reblogging here so those of you who have not yet followed along over at Hipposterous or the Hipposterous tumblr are aware that I’m still producing. Alive … Continue reading

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Effects Week 10: Explosion

This could have a bit more flourish, some more emphasis on the initial “bang” and the ring of smoke that emits could curl downward and show a bit more interesting direction. Obviously, the next step would be to incorporate some … Continue reading

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Effects Week 9: Splash

This is actually the first rough practice for some of the brief water effects that are going to be in my thesis film. General notes on this very rushed assignment was to spend more time on the follow through. A … Continue reading

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Effects Week 8: Vortex

I chose a whirlpool / tornado via magical transformation for this effect idea. General notes were to add a bit of a follow-up wisps, kind of plus up the end (that’s a common kind of note this semester, but I … Continue reading

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Effects Week 7: Lightning / Electricity

Major notes were that the held frame was too long, which is true. A suggestion that the lightning should arc straight to the figure, and not have that frame where it is half way there (I totally agree) and that … Continue reading

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Effects Week 6: Billowing Smoke

General notes here were to simplify details and then to add a bit more design to the overall shape of the plume, so it is not so “straight funnel” shaped. In addition, as the lines would become simplified, there would … Continue reading

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Effects Week 5; Whispy Smoke

Intro to Effects: Week 5 Whispy Smoke from John T Hill on Vimeo. General feedback was that this was good, good shapes, very imaginative, but that another round of inbetweens for the whole lot would slow it down and make … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 4 (Wave Principle)

Rather than do another flag or something similar, I wanted to challenge myself with a much more complex shape, but also push it as cartoony as I could. The whole time I was working on this I kept thinking “Totoro, … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 3 (Raging Fire).

It didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped, but it was a ton of work to try and get done in a single week (week translates into about 12 -16 hours tops, considering my other classes, tasks, Hipposterous, … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 2

It’s always important to start with reference, regardless of what you’re animating. This is my sister, and I shot several takes on my phone. This footage has been compressed down a lot from the HD quality footage I looked at. … Continue reading

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The master and his craft…..

Big things on the horizon for this semester. However, being the first week, here’s a little throw away pencil test, assigned to test out our equipment so the instructor could feel confident we were all ready to move forward. This … Continue reading

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Daily third place?

Ha ha ha ha. How odd to have come full circle after more than a decade. While in college I was submitting short flash animations and winning third and fourth in the daily awards at Newgrounds, and now, after animating … Continue reading

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Don’t Invite Wolfman to Tea

Don’t Invite Wolfman to Tea from John T Hill on Vimeo. For those of you who want to see a more retro / edited version. This was a final in a Flash class. Limited animation, limited assets. If you like … Continue reading

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Submitted a recent final to Newgrounds.

An exercise in limited animation with limited assets, this is the final I did for a Flash course I just wrapped up this summer. All of these assets were created in Illustrator, so that was a learning experience and challenge. … Continue reading

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Warewelf….

I started a tradition my first semester of trying to work a Dracula and a Wolfman into at least one assignment every semester. Sometimes, I’ve missed it, but I generally squeeze one or the other in somewhere.

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Summer Semester 2013: The New Hotness.

So, I’m taking a GLA (think Gen ED, but fancier) this semester, so not a lot of artwork coming out of there. I am also taking a Flash course (ANM 628 Fundamentals of Digital Animation), which is pretty weird, since … Continue reading

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Professional work update #900 billion….

Sometimes you work on things, and sometimes it takes forever for those things to be released. Anyway, about a year ago I was asked to direct some shorts for a Nickelodeon Apple App through THE LOCAL STUDIO here in Nashville; … Continue reading

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Gun Play Animatic (A live action storyboard for Advanced Storyboarding AAU, Grad School)

And here is the animatic version of the previous storyboard I posted. The synopsis is restated once more beneath the clip. Notes were that a few sequences could use more time. When he gets on the bike and rides after … Continue reading

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Gun Play: A live action storyboard (Week 8-10)

We had to come up with a live action feature synopsis, and this is an idea that popped into my head during a faculty development seminar on safety, I have no names or anything, it’s a really rough undefined idea. … Continue reading

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Week 9 and 10 Sketches

Gotta get back into swing. Finish strong in these last five weeks.

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Hot Fat Ninja Chick with Robot Arm.

Did you know that I was in a webcomic competition a long time ago? I was one of the sad saps suckered into the Daily Grind Webcomic Ironman Thingy Competition Thing. We were promised fame, fortune, and life long camaraderie. (We weren’t … Continue reading

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Gesture Studies: Week 5 to Week 8.

Sketching has slowed as more straight storyboarding has increased. However, here are the assigned sketches for Week 5: Action analysis My father in law hands a box to my nephew (we’re moving) A drunken Minn Wild fan (also, coincidentally, a … Continue reading

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Classic film study: Maltese Falcon

Here is a scene from the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. I chose the sequence where Sam Spade (Bogart) loses a young inexperienced heavy that has been clumsily following him. It’s Chapter 8 on … Continue reading

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Final revisions to the Harris Burdick storyboards.

I got all A’s on this mofo. Aaaawwww yeah. Harris Burdick Storyboard Assignment Revision II by John Hill Harris Burdick Storyboard Assignment Revision II w dialog by John Hill

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The divine magnet at work.

This past week my Preproduction assignment and my sketching for Advanced Storyboarding coincided. So here are some gestures taken from a hippo video I took @ the San Diego Zoo, some years back, and then a couple from my hippo … Continue reading

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Gesture Drawings week 3.

Another trip to Opry Mills.

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Gesture Drawings week 2.

I did these at the Preds vs Ducks game. Definitely my favorite of the first three weeks work.

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cont. Gesture Drawings week 1

And these are the ones I did at Centennial Park and Opry Mills.

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Gesture drawings from Week 1.

Five pages of “from life” gesture drawing is a welcome requirement in our Advanced Storyboarding course. My drawing skills had really started to atrophy. And even with a course like Character Design I found it really difficult to start drawing … Continue reading

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Harris Burdick Advanced Storyboarding Assignment: Revision 1

The instructor gave me some specific notes, but in general this pass was just punching up some additional background details, clarifying some backgrounds and actions during the fight, and then I also elaborated the fight a bit more, to add … Continue reading

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Harris Burdick Advanced Storyboarding Assignment: Rough V1

Our assignment for the next three weeks is to storyboard a short sequence from a longer story of our own creation. The story we are creating hinges on the Chris Van Allsburg Illustration book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. If … Continue reading

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Grad School Semester Six: Semester Harder!

I’m taking two courses this time: Preproduction, which is a course that prepares us for our thesis pitch. They call the thesis pitch “Midpoint Review”, which is just a fancy way of saying “convince us you have an idea for … Continue reading

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Summer Semester, final update.

With just a few days left before the Winter Semester begins, I’m going to just throw out these remaining drawings that constituted my final in character design. I got a B on the final assignment. I was greatly disappointed to … Continue reading

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Grad School Fall 2012 wrap up: Post 3.

Here was the final assignment in Layout. The final visual assignment. There were some “animated” camera moves over previous layouts we did (Not going to post those, though they were good and got high marks, but are boring and bandwidth … Continue reading

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Grad School Fall 2012 wrap up: Post 1.

Week 13 of the 15 Week semester, and as far as I’m concerned, kind of where the wheels fell off. This is the first in a short series of posts (3 probably) documenting the last few assignments of last semester. Multiple … Continue reading

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I’m ready for this semester to be over.

Different style concepts for Character Design course, all of my detective character, Fred Farroway. In a Mignola, Madureira, and Juanjo Guarnido. Instructor gave me a B+ on the colored version. Heralded my clothes and proportions, etc, but said she couldn’t figure out … Continue reading

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Grad School: Fan Art addition.

This week’s assignment was to pick three artist or style genres (out of like, nine possible) and to design some characters emulating their style. A lot of students created a different character for each style, whereas I picked a character … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 10: Character Design, Non-stereotypical hero.

B+ here as well, but there were no drawover notes. The major criticism is that this version of Fred Farroway (the retired super hero turned detective from the Graphic Novel my wife and I think we’re writing) is that he … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 9: Layout, Take Concept to layout.

B+ on this one. Major notes were on the drawover below, good notes as well. Obviously, everything is seperated into layers for depth, organization, etc. All in a big .psd. Based on the concept from the previous week.  

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Grad School Week 8: Layout, Develop a Concept, Jungle

We were given 8 or so simple prompts to inspire us for a small 5FLD concept sketch. That’s a pretty small layout drawing, which was good, because concepts should be small. We did thumbs and then larger thumbs and then … Continue reading

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Hippo.

  This is probably (barring any unforeseen calamity) one of the two primary characters in my thesis project. She’ll have wings, and she’s actually quite tiny, smaller than a real pygmy hippo, for that project, but I just wanted to … Continue reading

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Double Wattled Cassowary Greaser…

Week 8 was all about animal caricatures. We could pick from dogs (and I guess cats, cause some students did cats, though they weren’t on the list), aquatic animals (of any kind apparently), flying animals, small rodents, and reptiles. I … Continue reading

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Character Design: Week 6 and Week 7.

Week 6 we drew portraits. Well, head studies I guess, but when you only draw one or two heads and you shade them and focus on likenesses it’s a portrait to me. I was really down on this assignment. Didn’t … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween 2012.

Here are some layout thumbnails, practicing different design principles. I self imposed a Halloween / Universal Monsters theme on mine, because otherwise I was a little too bored to come up with anything I wanted to draw. Here you’ll see … Continue reading

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Character Design, Week 5.

As much as I appreciate life drawing, and it’s importance, I expected to get into “character design” a bit earlier in my graduate school level character design course. Week 4’s assignment felt like we were on that track, and week … Continue reading

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Grad School: Layout “Old West Town”

Most of the course (we’re in week 5 now) has been spent going over technical skills, like creating graticules and field guides from scratch, producing technical and free hand perspective grids, etc. This is our first real layout assignment, and … Continue reading

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Character Design Week 4.

Meh. I don’t know. I felt good about this assignment, because I enjoy the idea of this kind of assignment.We were required to stay very close to the original shapes, which is interesting, but I really wanted to go more … Continue reading

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Something witty, something you like….

Week 3 of Grad School is upon me, in that it just finished, and I’m starting week 4. I also have teaching starting again tomorrow morning, and I’m still in the middle of that never ending job I can’t talk … Continue reading

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Good bye Neil…

So Neil Armstrong died today. There will come a time, in the not so distant future, where no one alive on our planet will have ever made it out of low orbit. It will be as if we never went … Continue reading

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A little bit of an update….

Guys, I’m currently leading up a decently sized project (3+team members, client: NickDigital (Nickelodeon), tablet game cinematics) while still teaching full time and grad-schoolin’ full time. I’m pretty spent and it’s keeping me from being much more update-y. Here are … Continue reading

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A visit from an old friend.

Internet. I’m taking a 20th Century Philosophy and Art course, and an Acting course, so I’m not drawing in grad school now. Do you want to see videos of a fat guy acting poorly? What, youtube? Okay, then you don’t need … Continue reading

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Traditional Animation 2 Final: Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam.

I had been waiting on a final, thorough review of this before I posted it, but I haven’t yet received it. I have gotten a grade (A), and I can tell you some of the ongoing notes the instructor and … Continue reading

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Grad School Break Time Waster: Rebecca Dart Edition.

One of my favorite online artist / professional animation artist and comic book people is Rebecca Dart. I’m really into her most recent project: Battle Kittens.               Looks like I unconsciously channeled my inner Chris … Continue reading

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Grad School Break Time Waster: Avengers Edition 2

Here is the final. I could keep messing with it, and really flesh out the background, etc. But I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to get out of my head, so there’s no need to linger iordinately on … Continue reading

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Grad School Break Time Waster: Avengers Edition

There were two sketches for this idea, but I’m only uploading the final one. You’ll see in the painting WIP that I elongated the Hulk’s torso a bit. I’ll upload the color version once I’m done monkey-ing with a rough background.

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A tale of pygmy flying hippos…

or a storyboard final based loosely on the loose idea I have kicking around for a thesis. Character designs not finalized. Below you have my rough presentation sketches, presentation board pitches, presentation board revisions with color, production board first pitch and revised … Continue reading

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Work Doodles 5_22_12

Trying to jump-start the creative juices so I can do something during the month of break between grad school. Having a hard time doing it though. Have a naked chick, with a skull on her face.

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The Drug Deal: A live action storyboard exercise.

I’m notoriously bad about marking up my storyboards with dialog, shot descriptions, and notes. Notorious in that I don’t ever do it. So the script we were provided is below: FADE IN: INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL — NIGHT ZIPPY, 22, leans … Continue reading

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Some more work sketch…

In the ancient past I used to do the webcomics. This is a reimagining of Skanky Sally, lead singer of the band The Skankettes, and love interest of Dinosaur, from Alien and Dinosaur Rock Out, one of several unpopular titles … Continue reading

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More work sketches.

taken by my cell phone.                   When my Hulk is out, he goes commando, cause I don’t believe in purple shorts.

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Sometimes you’ve got to force

yourself to sketch for fun. To sketch at work. Whatever. I’m always so burnt out by my grad school work that I don’t sketch for myself at all anymore. So, I forced myself to break all my normal rules today. … Continue reading

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Yes, dear God yes, Buzz Aldrin.

Of all the weeks, of all the days, today I would truly like to yell at the moon with you. I have to be careful now, or this could quickly turn into a real blog.

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Final Batman Storyboard

Here is the final version of the Batman storyboards. I got an A on this revised version. Feel free to let me know which versions you like best.

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Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-

…Batman storyboards! Way back when I was in highschool, or in college getting my BFA, this was kind of a dream job for me. A lot of other people were into “teh animes” and Toonami and all that, but I was really … Continue reading

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Heavy Lifting…

Here is a project that was spread over three weeks, and was pretty hectic. There was a lot of action before, where the character walks in and sets up the scene. It was quickly eliminated because the instructor and I … Continue reading

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Quick little storyboard….

Another smaller storyboard exercise. We’ve finally started working from scripts, but this is from an assignment just before then. The premise was “Two characters are traveling down a road or path and something falls from the sky. You must use … Continue reading

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The. Thick. Of. It.

So busy lately. Sleep deprivation. Mood swings. Exhaustion. Poor diet. I found myself weaping profusely at 2am one night, watching some rap video on youtube, scrawling grad school assignments that I’m dreadfully lucky are all seeming to work out. That’s not … Continue reading

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Revisions and additions: Goose Sneak and Zip Out Edition

So this was two assignments combined, and will probably be the only one I do in color this semester. It’s too time consuming, and the benefits are nill when you have to rush the ink and color. Plus, I like … Continue reading

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Standing from sit, walking from stand…

There are two versions of this, mainly just so I can show it to students as an example of coming up with something, not testing it appropriately, and then realizing when you’re done that it’s kind of garbagey. The first … Continue reading

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Storyboarding Exercise….

I know, this blog has become a real window to the soul huh? This is an exercise I am definitely going to steal for my students. I’ve thought about a similar one before, if not for the simple exercise of … Continue reading

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Critique! Improvements! Animation! Joy!

I rushed back to the studio to add two frames, and a little tie follow through to my project before the deadline midnight tonight. The frames were suggested by the teacher, he totally agreed that the standing after the antic … Continue reading

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Hhhrrrmmpphhhffttt…

Week 1 in Traditional Animation II consisted of doing a character design and a five point turn. I got a B. I’m not entirely sure why, but that’s okay. It is definitely B work. You can see that I messed around … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I update…

and sometimes you read it. So I’m in Storyboarding and Traditional Animation II this quarter in Grad School. It’s a little weird, because unbeknownst to everyone else involved, I am teaching a storyboarding course simultaneously. So far I am a little … Continue reading

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The never-ending conundrum….

When you submit the freelance quote that isn’t high, but you wouldn’t be surprised if they rejected, but then they accept it, and you instantly think…. “oh. shit. I should have asked for more.”

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An animation with love and kisses.

This is my final for Grad Level Traditional Animation 1 at the Academy of Art University. There are some timing and spacing things I would like to adjust, I just want the acting to be more subtle, but that is something I … Continue reading

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Hey guys, they are some drawings.

So here is my final for Drawing from Imagination, and the constructions, cause you know, students might see this. There are of course, a ton more bits of construction, but that would look like a mess to show you. I … Continue reading

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I got EatSleepDraw’d…

Thanks to all the new tumblr followers! I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog-thing I do. What a pleasant surprise when I took a break from working on my finals. Apparently one of my grad-school illustrations got featured … Continue reading

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I’m just putting this here, so I can find it again later.

Every once in a while, I need to regroup. Remember what it is I want to do. Show him my war face. This isn’t the best recording of the song, but the live performance is part of the ritual.

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Cthulhu and the half-naked unwilling sacrifice.

Luckily it’s a light week of Grad School, and we had the big fat holiday, but I’m going to start next week more exhausted then I left the last one. I’m spent, and my body seems to think it can … Continue reading

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Final Project Animatic…

Going ahead and putting this up so I can discuss it with the students in my 2D Animation Principles course. Not sure what the grade will be on it (turned it in with 15 minutes to spare on the deadline), … Continue reading

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My brains is broken from drawerings.

I have until midnight Pacific time to finish a storyboard / animatic for class. I predict a late submission. I’m going to space out a couple of art posts here, so that it feels like I have a vibrant and … Continue reading

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Sideway: New York now on Steam…

You might be interested to know that Sideway: New York, the video game (that has received a lot of 8 or 9 out of 10’s and 4 out of 5’s) I worked on for the Playstation Network, is now available … Continue reading

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Hippo Walk Cycle…

This one hasn’t been graded yet. I just finished it. Well, I finished it a few hours ago really, but some technical problems in trying to assemble this presentation version held things up. It’s not perfect, but I had a … Continue reading

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