Monday, May 31, 2010

Fools Gold at the Biltmore

Great band, uplifting sounds. Added listening to them while dancing on the beach at sunset to my "Vancouver Summer To Do List"

Some of the crowd. Apparently wearing toques indoors is the in thing to do now. I didn't get the memo

Drawing on both sides of the paper is making the scans look kinda messy. They don't show through that well when you look at the originals. Besides, when you draw big and do 40 in an evening, you can't afford to get finicky with that stuff.

a drawing can never be replicated. You can record the patterns of light that bonce off it and trace them onto a grid and pulse the patterns through fiber optics, but you can never replicate the drawing itself and the imprint of a mind that goes into making it.

PS; sorry the layout of the scans is getting messy. Photoshop is glitching out from too much art. If I keep getting faster this room is gonna start smelling like burning plastic every time I try to comp my scans

ugly ass photos

These will have to do until I get to a big scanner

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Madama Butterfly -> Pub 340

Thursday night was crazy

After work I headed to the final dress rehersal of Madama Butterfly at the Queen Elisabeth Theater, having been invited there to sketch the performers. Having never been to an Opera, it was a huge inspiration. I set up my giant easel right above the pit band in front of the first row of seats. With the stage on my left and the pit band in front of me I caught enough bounce light from the stage lights to see what I was doing without totally ruining my eyes, though a small clip light would have been helpful

Most of the sketches were done on my giant pad, so I'll scan those ones later when I have access to a better scanner. This wimpy little 8.5X11 thing is way too tiny. Even the medium size sketchpad required multiple passes and comp to get these images you see. Gotta invest in a big ol' flatbed soon ...

Leading man. It was crazy how he used his whole body to project, his head would jut out with each bellowing note

Loved watching the conductor, so well animated

Finished off with a sequence of gestures for the last scene

After that was done I headed down to Pub 340 for the metal show to jar my senses. Tanner was in town for the night so we got a chance to hang. After trying to be quiet so as not to disturb people at the opera I was ready to rip it up, so I pounded a few back and started headbanging while I scrawled faces and poses of the bands and crowd. You can see my inebriation progress in the sketches

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Vault

sweet new venue on the second floor of the century building on richards. I'll definitely be heading back in a couple weeks for sure

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Talent on the street

Saw an incredibly gifted performer on Granville street named DB Buxton, he had the crowd mesmerized with his classic sound, till the cops came and shut him down for violating noise bylaws

Here's some stuff from a house party in the west end

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

weekend sketches

Our Ocean Burns

well, it's 2010. Instead of flying cars and jetpacks, we've got a hole in the bottom of the sea spewing black death that we have to burn from the surface, scorching the skies with our failure to care for our home.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The workstation

lets make awesome things

it needs a Tesla coil

or a Flint Lockwood style coat of paint

Saturday, May 8, 2010

biltmore on a friday

if some of these are a bit messy it's probably cuz dancing and drawing are tough to do at the same time

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Work is getting stressful. Drawing tons helps.

I really don't want to stare at screens for the next 80 years

probably shoulda thought of that before becoming a cg animator ...

my desk setup at home is now a ghetto-fab standing workstation. Much more fun, less sitting on my ass.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New media club