Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Am A Slug (or Evolution Is Not All It's Cracked Up To Be)

Growing as an artist seems to = this weird evolutionary cycle. You try really really hard, suddenly hit this step of pure inspired drawing and think "AHA! Now we're talking! I'm in business", then when you continue, discover that you're back to drawing crude circles with tiny embarrassing arms. And then it's off to trying really really hard again.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Incredible Christmas Special

While perusing through the comic category of Amazon, I noticed that there is now a RED HULK. I realized that this Red and Green combo must be some sort of set up by the marketing team to create a new Christmas special starring the incredible Hulk. I imagine a melancholy soundtrack by the Vince Gauraldi Trio, and in the end, both Hulks learn the true meaning of Christmas, while being fired upon by the US military.

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It should probably be noted that I know nothing about the Red Hulk aside from his color. The last time I read an Incredible Hulk comic, the green Hulk and the grey Hulk were pummeling each other inside of Bruce Banner's mind, while in the real world, Bruce Banner was kicking his own butt and embarrassing himself.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Coloring With Water

So I've been dying to get a little watercolor kit that I can carry around and put down color really quickly in my sketchbook. Finally, we were instructed to do so (AKA I had an excuse to purchase) in my gesture drawing class . It's been a lot of fun. Here are some samples (click them to enlarge them):

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Figure Drawings

With finals finally behind me, I can get back to posting on my blog. First stop: I don't think I've ever posted figure drawings here. Here ya go. I was trying to loosen up with some markers.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Perfect Storm of Babies

The theme in the sketchbook for the week was 'Cute'. I'm not good at cute.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

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When I was young I was ADDICTED to STAR WARS. I read the books, had the original trilogy memorized, knew the names and back-stories of ridiculously obscure characters, and loved everything about it. The prequels and special editions kind of ruined a part of it for me. These days, I just try to keep my chin up and not let George get me down.

As a side note, discussing Star Wars with family members who have only a passing knowledge of the movies is a great way to generate names like "Chewbacco".

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Is For...


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Is Upon Us

Fall is here. The leaves are changing and falling to earth. And I just used up all the ink that came with the new Pentel Pocket Brush I bought. If only the BYU bookstore sold the refills, then I wouldn't have to pay S&H...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

By Jove! They've finally done it!

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At long last, technology has caught up with the major desire of high society people everywhere. That is: to keep their shoes from getting dirty. Silver Spoon Transportation, the leader in high class mobility solutions and exotic means of transportation, announces it's opening catalog of luxury vehicles specially selected for the discerning members of royalty, successful business people and other equally wealthy individuals. The catalog includes a variety of state of the art, ostentatious modes of transportation ranging from aerial Hat-o-Copters(tm) to the earth-bound Mobile Ballroom(tm).

"Wealthy people do not want to travel in something the size of their handbag," says Bonaparte DeVille, owner of Silver Spoon Transportation. "They want to travel in something spacious and exciting that matches the size of their personality, while sampling from a $6 million bottle of red wine. This holds true whether they are going to the Opera or attending a banquet with the Pope or the President. And they want to do it without having to be harassed by the envious and the vulgar."

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Silver Spoon Transportation is a privately owned firm and the leading-edge provider of the newest high-class methods for going from point A to point B, because your feet... are beneath you.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Toaster

My calligraphy marker was dying and thus got that cool effect that maybe didn't read as well after passing through an antique scanner. There was so much more that I wanted to do here, but alas, my marker just couldn't go any further.

Anyone know a way to create the same effect without having to burn through a marker?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

On Sloths

Very little has been written and studied on the subject of sloths. This is because among all the animal kingdom, sloths are far too boring to study with any real intensity. Scientists and biologists around the globe have tried and most have failed. Many scientists have been undone. This has led to more papers being written on the debilitating effects of studying sloths than on the actual creatures themselves. This is also why, at a sloth enclosure at the zoo, we find most children choose to stare into the sun.

Because of the dark history of sloth study, the scientific world was rocked on June 30th, 2010 when one Doctor Leon Spiegleburger released a paper entitled Sloths: What They Do All Day (And Why We Humans Have No Idea). The heart of Doctor Spiegleburger's thesis? Time travel.

If the name Leon Spiegleburger sounds familiar, it's because his 1973 paper, A New Football: Using Wombat Pelts To Revive The Dwindling Pig Population, nearly led to the extinction of both the wombat and the American sport of football. After the disastrous consequences of his work, Doctor Spiegleburger fell into well-deserved obscurity and prior to 2010 published only one more paper entitled, Can't Smile Without You: The Effects Of Barry Manilow On Depressed Baboons.

Doctor Spiegleburger's sloth paper was explained by himself at a small Q&A session in the airy gym of the Eldred Senior Center in the town of Provo, Utah. There to hear him was an audience of 7 people, including myself and the groundskeeper. The setting became even more intimate when the groundskeeper shuffled off to find a working microphone and never returned.

The Doctor's Sloth Theory goes like this: We humans see only one dimension of the sloth's life, the down-time, the vacation. When a sloth is not resting in a tree, casually munching on berries or climbing lazily, it is working. This most likely means patrolling the space-time continuum, making sure everything is in check, identifying and correcting paradox. According to Spiegleburger, the sloths are far more exciting and important to our existence than we give them credit for.

Doctor Spiegleburger claimed to have infiltrated into the most clandestine realms of slothdom. He told us that in the Sloth system the two-toed sloths work as time continuum janitors, making their way through the time stream and cleaning up the messes made by everyday choice and possibility. The three-toed sloths work as time continuum safety inspectors, investigating paradox, preventing time travel by humans, and generally working to make sure no choices are made that cause our timeline to collapse in on itself. He also noted that giant sloths (thought to be extinct for thousands of years) work as upper management, directing the smaller sloths, determining salaries, OKing vacation time and planning birthday parties.

His argument concluded thus: The side of the sloth that we always see is the one enjoying a vacation from stressful and difficult work. With their time travel technology, resuming their vacation from the exact same moment they left it before is a simple thing. Sloths play a more influential part in the lives of man than we could possibly realize. And what's more, they hold all the cards and will probably keep us oblivious to what they do for eternity.

This begs the natural question, what keeps the sloths from directing the course of history to their own ends and enslaving mankind?

With a knowing twinkle in his eye, Doctor Spiegleburger leaned forward and offered this: "Sloths are content with their lot in life."

Then there was a slight ripple in the air between us, a moment of disorientation, and everyone present at the Q&A swore that "content with their lot in life" was not what the Doctor had actually said. But when we went to ask him to repeat the answer, he was gone. And if you were to look up Doctor Leon Spiegleburger in any scholarly journal or even on the Internet, you would find that he no longer exists and in a more telling way, never did.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010


This is Mitch. The result of experimentation with gradients in Flash.

Mitch can type 50 words per minute and handle a 10-key, has excellent alphabetization skills and decent organizational abilities, and knows how to use a multi-line phone. He currently works in security.

Reason for leaving his current job?
Looking for new challenges and opportunities.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Positive Man vs. Negative Man

Negative Man: "These sketches are garbage."
Positive Man: "This garbage is better than the garbage I was drawing last week."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Colored Pencils + Me = BFFs

I never liked coloring as a kid. It's still not my favorite thing, but having finished nearly 2 sketchbooks with colored pencil, you could say we're beginning to get along.

In the works: A short comic. And some animation! Stay tuned.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Moxy, the Unherdable Sheep, the 2D vignette

Moxy, Howard, and the Chocolate Wrapper from Jeff Call on Vimeo.

What's this, Jeff? Posting again so soon? Sorry guys, but it's my 2D animation final. I don't know if we've talked about Moxy on this blog. But here he is! The audio is pulled from my favorite radioshow/podcast Wiretap. Check it out. You won't regret it, ever.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Here Comes The Stuff...

I feel compelled to share my innermost thoughts with all of you. Here they are in the form of drawings and sketches.

There's about a month and a half difference between the above sketch and the ones below. I really love drawing with that calligraphy pen.

And Davy Crockett, alongside the ghost of the bear (pronounced "bar") he killed when he was three.
The following is a drawing of Buster Higgins... I still don't know what his occupation is. Maybe I should have a Choose His Job contest?

Below is the chocolate milk cannon. The cow was drawn without any reference. I will regret this. He looks more like a dinosaur with horns.
Do I mention I do storyboards? The one's below are from real experiences and will be fixed up for finals before I turn them in.

And a little bit of Moxy, the Unherdable Sheep (tm) which is a work in progress story that I'm trying to get ready for the senior film pitch in November. This is Moxy in 6 panel storyboard form.