Friday, June 1, 2012

City of Chickens


Seriously, almost everyone I meet around here has their own chickens!  I like to pretend that some people take their chickens out for walks in the park.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Laser Fish!

While I was at our family cabin earlier this week I heard strange, other-worldly noises bouncing around underneath the frozen lake.  Supposedly this is caused by the ice freezing and expanding and stuff.  I think I have a better explanation:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Montreal Sketches 08: Bird Resting On A Horse

So this is somewhat late, but here is my last Montreal sketch.  Yet another statue in the city, but it is more interesting if you pretend that it is a real horse and a very calm, Zen-like bird...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fishmas In July

Yeah, this is probably one of the weirdest and stupidest things I've posted so far... Have fun!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Montreal Sketches 07: near Atwater metro

Here is a very messy sketch (appropriate for the subject matter?  Or maybe just an excuse for my crappy drawing...) of a rather disturbing and sad scene in a small park that was full of drunk people on a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Finally some animation, sheesh!

Yeah, this blog has been lacking in animation, even though the description at the left promises "animation and messy drawings."  So here is some of my more recent "recreational" animation work.

First up:  Using characters and assets from the game we were finishing up at Gameloft, I came up with this silly scenario during some down time.  The youtube compression made the shadows much darker than the original, oh well.  Also, keep in mind that these are low-res models that were not meant to be seen from a close distance or at this angle.  So think of it as more of an "animation sketch" more than a polished rendering...



Next up:  "This one goes to 11."  I got 11th place for the monthly "11 second club" competition during the 11th month of the year 2010 (Doh! If only I waited until November 2011).  Anyway, I shared this one on facebook a while back, so it's probably just redundant for most people that visit here...  But this post is meant to compile my latest animations and these are my only 2 good examples, so there!  ;)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Drawing Inspiration From Music

Easter is approaching!  I know this is pretty heavy-handed and obvious, but the song that I was inspired by IS fairly heavy and straightforward (in a good way! I can almost feel the literal 'weight' in the music).  Anyway, listen to the song and maybe the drawing makes a tiny bit more sense... "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word" by The Welcome Wagon (great album by the way!  If you like quality "church music"):



For some reason when I listen to it I imagine a silhouetted Jesus carrying the cross with dis-embodied singing cartoon heads materializing above him during the chorus.  I don't know, it makes sense to me... :-)  Maybe it's because I was working on an animated direct-to-video cartoon about the life and death of Jesus when I first started listening to the album.  I always found it odd that such a profound and important event (not to mention the gruesome details of suffering and death on the cross) was being cheaply produced into a simplified cartoon for small children...


Anyway, I would definitely file this as a "messy" and "crude" drawing, although in my defense I think that kind of fits the subject matter...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Montreal Sketches 06: The Metro (aka "subway" in other cities)

So I did it, I conquered the metro yesterday, yay.  Yeah, I know, it's about as exciting as these fellow passenger's faces.  But just think of how sneaky I have to be to draw them!  Like a spy! Sort of...  It's always awkward when you try to draw people in public...






































By the way, what I mean by "conquered" is that I traveled on every metro line in Montreal from one end to the other, as illustrated by my crude defacing of the metro map below.  I wonder how long it would take to do this for the subway system in New York?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Montreal Sketches 05: Beer Sled

While my hometown in Minnesota was rocked by a huge blizzard recently (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxuxNLf87_Y  Wow!), we got quite a bit of snow in Montreal too!  I learned that Canadians are definitely prepared for this weather.  This is maybe one of the best uses for a sled that I've seen so far.  :)


I also saw a few parents using sleds to drag their kids around town as they were shopping.  Why haven't people thought of this in Minnesota?  I don't know maybe they have, I just haven't seen it before...