Monday, December 16, 2013

You can't fax glitter! (final)

Final submission for my character animation class - audio from Frisky Dingo, characters based off Norman

Bomber - rough explosion

Rough work of an explosion I'm doing for a Senior Film titled Bomber by Emily Rose Gerich 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Old stuff

found some old artwork while going through a few boxes in the closet, I forgot about these

I was looking at an artbook by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto for the EVA one and the Groundworks of FLCL book for the second one


A study I did for timing - how much distance must the center of gravity of an object move between frames (on 1's and 2's) in relation to it's speed

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Newest Warmup

Composite of my latest warmup sessions - 4 x 30 minute warmups

You can't fax glitter!

the first rough pass for my character animation final - audio taken from episode 4 of Frisky Dingo

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Subtext 5

progress on my subtext assignment - bunny is by Chris Sanders, audio is from Back to the Future

Sunday, November 3, 2013

newest demo reel with music - song is called joyrider (not sure who the artist is)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Incheon or Bust

My second Senior Film - done in 5 weeks in Toon Boom Harmony - I shot a bunch of reference footage in the US and in Korea to make this animation about going to see my wife in Incheon while we were separated by a lengthy green card process


My first Senior Film - done in 14 weeks in Adobe Flash.  It's about the friction between complimentary colors and how they would battle if given the physical means

Friday, November 1, 2013

Rough Reel

newest demo reel edit, still pretty rough in places and no music yet, need to think of a good song.... probably something from Gorillaz or maybe Fatboy Slim's Gangster Trippin

Subtext - Keyframes

my next assignment for character 1 - subtext - The bunny was designed by Chris Sanders, the audio clip is Marty McFly from the first Back to the Future movie

Monday, October 28, 2013

Rough Frog Legs

some of the rough animation for the 2nd shot I'm working on for Katie Tamboer's senior film Frog Legs

almost finished with the first shot

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Incheon or Bust

latest composite of my new senior film - Incheon or Bust!  I get supercharged with energy and use it to travel to Korea to see my wife

Marvin the Martian

Continuation on my accents assignment for character animation I


1 hour test for a senior film I'm working on.  Magic potion shoots off and into a cauldron which has a magical reaction .  Timing is way off and it needs to be a liquid not a gas but it was fun :) 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Animating Marvin the Martian for my character animation class - I do not own this character or audio clip

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

New Senior Film

haven't made any composites yet, so here is a link to some of the animation I've been working - looking at video reference that I shot of myself and my friend Kasion

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Splish Splash

The background is from Mulan, the animation is aaaaalllll mine

Senior Film - Latest

This is where I got after Senior II, next is post production so I can clean it up and get the characters closer to model

Demo Reel - progress

careful, the volume is waaay too high, this is the demo reel with the rough parts still in.  I made another one, more official I suppose, it can be found on my website  

Ink wash

on break for two weeks, thought I should do something to keep my hands busy if I'm not animating.  This is a reproduction from an image in the extra features gallery of the PS3 game Heavenly Sword - Nariko (not sure who the original artist is) graphite first, then Sumi Ink, water and a thick calligraphy brush

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


my warmup for the past 3 days.... 20 minutes each session.....this is what I've come up with so far

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Senior Film - Rough Animation Update

The latest compilation of the rough stuff for my senior film.  Still a long way to go but it's coming together.  The layout for the scene where he blocks the laser is going to change, and of course camera movement still has to be added but other than that this is a good representation of what it should look like. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cubic Force

spent an hour this morning rotoscoping a cube shattering by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, thought it would be a good study, the next one will be all me I promise :) 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Storyboard and Rough Animation

Design for the giant Scorpion walker with laser tail
Rough animation so far composited together, the 3D scene will be imported into Toon Boom Harmony and painted over to make it 2D

Friday, May 10, 2013

Senior Film - Redirection

Sooooo my senior film has changed.  Seeing as I'm a 2D special effects animator I decided to go with a film that is more focused on special effects.  So it's back to Logic & Passion (working title) which is about a young autistic boy with a device powered by the imagination that he keeps in his backpack.  In this film he will be using it to get to, protect, and extract the other main character from a very dangerous situation.  I started the rough animation, I'll post some of it soon along with storyboards!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Here is an update on how the machine will activate and one of the possible camera movements.  Thank you to Carlos Estrada for the awesome design and functionality.  It will be imported to Toon Boom and painted over. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Senior Film - Young Boy Model Sheet

Just got the latest turnaround sheet from my character designer, rough animation updates will follow!  Thank you Waymond Singleton! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013


More inspiration for the machine after full activation

Particles 1:45-3:30

Energy sphere  1:30-2:00

Cool particle effect 1:07-1:14

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Senior film - Machine and Inspiration

An update on the Machine - One of the concept designs by Carlos Estrada for the machine.  I built a very quick model in maya and started to animate it to get an idea of how it's going to move in the preliminary stages.


I also wanted to add this link to a short film by Nelson Boles which is a big inspiration for the technical approach to my Senior film.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Senior Film - Update

I am very excited about the team that has agreed to work with me on this project.  They are all extremely talented, professional and eager to help.  Please forgive the re-posting of some images but I wanted to include everything in this updated package starting with the animatic, color script and newest character designs. 

Synopsis-  On the lawn of a cliché American University campus an experiment is taking place.  The scientists and the test subjects are attempting to activate a machine with unknown capabilities.  Despite their efforts the machine functions at only a fraction of a percent and has no visible reaction.  They decide to call off the test and begin packing up.  At this point a young boy will appear, curiously checking out the machine.  Upon first contact with the device a reaction occurs.  The scientists rush to stop the boy from entering the machine, but he does and it activates to it's full potential. 

I'm still playing around with a few different ideas for how to end it.


Color Script/Potential Look - Caleb Chappell

Character Design - Waymond Singleton

Live Reference - University of Virginia

Machine References
                                          Clips from the movie Contact and Lost in Space

Color Application and Style - Chris Appelhans (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Feel - First image is from a Studio Goblines film, the other two are from The Boondocks which is now being produced by Studio Mir

 This is a little late in the day but still good

Friday, March 15, 2013


some rough animation from my mythology, this is the creation of rain and the trees

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Working on an explosion for a friend's senior film, here is some of the rough animation

2D Production Final Project - Progress

Backgrounds done in Photoshop

Animating in Toonboom, I did some of it in Flash and imported it, but the majority will be done in Toonboom

Monday, February 25, 2013

New Senior Film - Art Direction

I'm changing my idea for my senior here is some of the inspirational material for the look  I'm going after NOTE: These are not my original pieces!  I found these on the internet


 Studio Gobelins is a huge influence for this piece, especially their simplified character designs

the artwork of chris appelhans is also very inspirational for his use of color

The device, when activated is going to be very abstract

New Character Designs by Waymond Singleton