Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010


My little girl turns 2 today!!


These were done sometime ago and for no particular reason. Just doodling around for the fun of it. Shots to a nameless movie perhaps.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Some more paintings from the Kern trip. The image on the top was a favorite of mine. Water is really tricky. There's the reflections in water, the water surface itself and the surface on the bottom. I thought I was successful capturing the surface on the bottom in particular with this one (at the bottom of the image).

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I take an annual trip (or semi-annual recently) to the Kern River with some friends. It's one of my favorite places in California and I look forward to it every year. This time I did something different. I usually take the trip and leave any sketching/drawing tools at home. Get away from it all and just get out and enjoy nature. But this time I decided to bring along my pastels. Which was a blast. I found it very relaxing and calming to stop for an hour or so and just take in the view. The spot we camp at has this incredible view of a mountain range known as "The Needles". I tried to do a couple studies at different times of the day.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Bill took us out a couple times to study water and reflections. We met at Lake Anza in the Tilden Regional Park in the east bay. Quite a drive from Petaluma at 6 in the morning, I might add. But I believe these were done after work around sunset.

I had a lot of fun with these and even donated the top one to an auction at Lucasfilm. Bosco Ng is the proud owner of that piece! Thanks buddy! It was a lot of fun and they raised a ton of money. I hope it continues and I get asked again to donate.

PS-That's the beautiful and talented Vaughn Ross showcasing my piece.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Alright. I'm gunna brush off the dust that's been collecting on this blog of mine here and get it up and running. I've got a ton of stuff to post and it's just sitting in a pile of papers and sketchbooks. It's about time to get them scanned in and posted up! I'll pick up where I left off...


Pixar offers all kinds of amazing classes. One of which was a Pastel Painting class taught by the talented Bill Cone. If you don't know his work, go out and buy an "Art of" Pixar book. He's the best. Check out his blog when you get a chance too. The above painting is one I did on my own while taking his class. It wasn't until then did I really find any comfort with the medium. Here are my embarrassing first attempts...

The first painting I ever did. Just outside Pixar around noontime.

This was done in the hills above the East Bay. Just around sunset.

Also in the same area, only looking up the hill and was done in the morning.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Not only is it the second Animated Feature to get nominated, but the first since the "Best Animated Feature" category was added in 2001. It's a great day for Pixar and for animation! Congrats to the crew and everyone who worked on it!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pastel Class

I'm taking a pastels class here at work taught by the talented Bill Cone. Here's one of my first studies done while waiting for my carpool partner. It's a very small study. 3X5 inches or so.

Monday, July 27, 2009


I almost missed this one. At the last minute I decided to cancel my table this year and just attend as a professional. Not realizing that I also canceled my ticket in. Luckily a friend had an extra pass, so nerdfest was a go again!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


So this is it! The thrilling conclusion to the Stick Figure Post It Animations. This is clearly done around the time of Nintendo and is the most advanced in terms of technique (camera moves and everything!). Although sadly, a Ninja Turtle does not make a cameo at the end. Hope you enjoyed these!

Monday, July 20, 2009


Here's the second POST-IT NOTE animation. This one is done a little later than the first. I'm guessing around 1989-1990 if the ending is any indication. The added sfx really brings out the chaos of the action. I had a blast putting this together. One more to come! Stay tuned!

CAUTION! This one contains some GRAPHIC VIOLENCE!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I went back home to my parents place in MN and came across some real gems. This is the first of 3 Post-It Note animations I had done back in the day. I thought it would be fun to scan them in and edit them into a Quicktime! Here's the first one!

Monday, June 01, 2009


Pete Doctor and Ricky Nierva gave a little interview for the New York Times on some of the designs for "Up"

Also while you're following links. Wander over towards Lou Romano's blog. 

He's got all kinds of goodies. Like these quick After Effects movies he made trying to breathe some more life into his designs for the film.

damn I love working at this company


This is one hell of a commercial. It's for a Beatles Rock Band game. Damn is this thing cool. Every once in a while you see something you wished you worked on. "Up" is one of them, this is another...