Monday, May 28, 2012

True Story

I attempted a storyboard illustrating the daily squirrel ritual in my backyard. This story is entirely true.

The daily squirrel backyard ritual begins with one squirrel basking in the sun while enjoying some delicious sunflower seed.
Soon the squirrel multiplies as he invites his squirrely friends to party it up under the bird feeder.
But then one squirrel is always hit with a genius squirrel idea.
The squirrel takes its squirrely launching stance. It is prepared.
Go squirrel go!
Almost there, squirrel
When the squirrel finds success, he is filled with complete joy. He has reached the ultimate squirrel treasure.
The squirrel collects his treasure..
...But he seeks the ultimate gold
The squirrel uses his manly muscles to climb to the top
Once atop the bird feeder, the squirrel enjoys beautiful glory
His squirrel buddies all watch with complete envy. They too desire the glorious supply of sunflower seeds.
So they devise their plans
One by one they reach the bird feeder.. their unique ways
But it gets vicious! Cannon-squirrel-balls are launched at the bird feeder! Squirrels flying everywhere!!!!!
Squirrels start flying on birds!!!
But then the one that started it all shouts, "Hold on now, squirrel friends!"
"This has gone toooooo far"
"Look at us!"
"It's as if we're raccoons!"
"We should be united by the glorious sunflower seed, not destroyed by it!"
"In the spirit of the sunflower seed, let us be united once again!"  
"Sunflower seeds for all!!"
And so the squirrels partied happily ever after.

I learned a lot from doing this! Most importantly, I learned that I know nothing about storyboarding and everything about squirrels.


Designed some newts! This was bound to happen sooner or later.

Backyard Doodle

Doodled my backyard a few days ago. Simplifying nature is tough.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I painted this a few months ago to practice some more with oils and colors. Still haven't totally nailed oils or colors-- I don't think I'll ever be done experimenting with both. I've been trying to be less realistic with my art and more illustrative, and I think this is a step towards breaking that "hyperrealism" bubble (harhar) I've been stuck in.

This was also entered in a contest affiliated with my high school and ended up winning a little somethin-somethin. I got first place, which I'm pretty excited about. :)

Figure Drawing

A few figure drawings from about a month and a half ago, and the only ones I've done since! These aren't the best, but I'm hoping to improve this summer. I'm totally immersing myself in drawing nakey folks-- hopefully I'll get somewhere after 2 months of figure drawing 3 days a week. I'm going to push myself towards drawing more stylized too.