Gnomon: The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy

This past Thursday I had a chance to trek up to Hollywood and visit Gnomon for their “The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy” presentation. Some really awesome artists were on hand to talk about their work and process. I was fortunate to get a great seat and really take in all of the information that Josh Herman, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Anthony Francisco, Rodney Fuentebella and Charlie Wen shared with the group. Wish I could have taken some pictures. There’s a great recap with some pictures on Gnomon’s site.

After getting home I added a drawing of Groot to my “One Sketch a Day” sketchbook.

I am Groot!

I am Groot!

Painting and Vino – Summer Meadow

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Had a great anniversary date night with my wife the other night. We decided that we wanted to do another painting and vino session. Always a lot fun and very relaxing. Work has been keeping me very busy lately (which … Continue reading

3D LEGO Man

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I’ve been working on this model for a while now. Finally got a chance to post some progress shots. I want to do a LEGO “family portrait” eventually. I also made a revised version of the model that I was … Continue reading

Painting & Vino

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Last week my wife and I enjoyed a nice date night out and went to a “painting and vino” session. The painting for the evening was “Japanese Maple” and the instructor walked the class through a few basics of painting … Continue reading

Revisions

Been pretty busy at work lately. Working on some models and shots over and over and over and over… well you get the point. I know its part of the job, but it is amusing from my perspective to work on something and make multiple revision only to end up with what you did first, be picked.

Anyway, while waiting for some renders to complete last night I did a little doodle on my iPhone. Thought I post it up here to share.iPhoneDoodle_talkbubble_03132014

Blank & Bow

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Earlier in the month, February 6 to be exact I had the privilege of attending the Blank & Bow Premiere at Disney Studios in Burbank. One of my long time friends Whitfield Scheidegger, was involved in the stop motion short … Continue reading

MB Workshop LA

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Just signed up to go to the MB Workshop coming up, December 5-8. Looking forward to multiple days of awesome demonstrations, mind exploding inspiration and more learning and skill development in a couple of days than I might get in a year. I’ve wanted to go to one of these workshops for the last few years, but they have never been close enough to home to allow me to go.

If you have the time to go, you should do it. If you’re already going or plan to go, let me know so we can meet up.
http://massiveblack.com/workshop/

Pageant of the Masters – 2013

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My wife and I were given tickets to The Pageant of the Masters for our anniversary. Our tickets were for July 29th (yes, I know this post is a little late). In all my years growing up in Southern California I have never seen the show. I must say that it was absolutely fantastic. The orchestra and the “live person” recreation of famous works of art was a sight to be seen and heard. When I saw the first piece (a sculpture), my initial thought was “wow, they did a great job remaking that”… That was until, the lights went off around it and you saw the dark shadow of the sculpture move and for lack of a better phrase, walk away. Our seats were next to a few other sculpture recreations, and the attention to detail in the costumes was amazing. Its not everyday that you get to see a “sculpture” blink.

I really enjoyed the break down and explanation of the recreation process with the live actors. The use of fore, middle and background elements along with the placement of the actors into the scene was interesting. The forced and distorted perspective to make the images work at a large scale and yet still appear like the original paintings on stage was an effective optical trick for the audience.

If you’ve never seen the show before, I recommend going. It really is an inspirational experience that must be seen in person.  I know am already looking forward to attending The Pageant of the Masters again next year to witness another feat of creativity.

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I wanted to bring some personal business cards to the Gnomon event a few weeks back. Thankfully I was able to get them designed and printed just in time for the event. A big thanks to Mike Shepherd, and his business Design Pros Inc. for getting them printed out with such short notice. Figure I might as well share the design here on the blog.

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Eigooo

A while back my brother Peter decided to start a business called Eigooo, designed to help people learn English. He asked me to design him a logo and some business cards. After some design reviews and revisions we were able to come up with a final design for the logo and the business cards. With some help from my friend, Mike Shepherd, and his business Design Pros Inc. we got the cards printed and shipped over to Japan.  Eigooo_Business-Card_Pic