Monday, November 12, 2012

Plein Air Update

Hey guys!  We're starting up the plein air group again after a brief hiatus.  Here's a quickie from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  If you're interested in joining us, let me know!  There's always room for one more.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Hey guys!  It's been awhile since I've updated, so here's some backgrounds from one of the newest episodes of Motorcity.  As you may have heard, we're back on the air on Friday nights on Disney XD.

And here's a semi-recent plein air painting from one of our outings.  This was in Echo Park.

Until next time

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gouache Class Update

Here's a snapshot of the latest gouache project in progress.  Glen and Laurel's class is over for this term, so I'll be finishing this one up next time around.  I have everything laid in for the most part, so it's just a matter of finessing and rendering some areas that I haven't spent enough time on, and adding some fun effects on top to make it sing.  I'm looking forward to trying out my airbrush in a couple spots to give it some glow.  Until next time...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recent Work

Some visual development work for an unreleased project.  Hopefully I can fill you guys in on the details later, but until then, enjoy the art!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What is that?

Hey guys,

Here's my submission for the upcoming B-Movie themed show at Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle.  It's based on the John Carpenter movie, The Thing.  Thanks to Clarke Snyder for hooking me up with the gallery!  He'll also be in the show, which opens October 5th.

Here's the Facebook event if you're out in the Seattle area!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Updates 8/20/12

Hey guys!  Here's some plein air stuff from the past few weeks.

And here's some progress from Glen and Laurel's class at 3Kicks.  I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite movies by attempting to give it a Struzan style poster treatment.  Here's the pencils and color comps.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Updates 8/02/12

Updates!  Here's two digital studies I did for myself.  The first study was to try designing with line, the second was to practice designing with value.

And here's some plein air studies I did in Butte Meadows.  My friend was nice enough to let us stay at his family's cabin for the weekend, so we all went painting.  These are gouache, as usual.  The color end is making more sense to me... I think it's probably time to work on shape design some more.

Until next time...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Painting in Los Feliz

Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.  Painting a little larger again, and focusing on getting values to work.  Griffith Observatory next week!  Contact me if you'd like to join us.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Recent stuff

Here's a few of my background designs from the more recently aired episodes of Motorcity.  My favorite episode (excluding the two-part season finale) airs this week on Thursday at 8:30.  It's a good one, so check it out!

And here's a fan art piece I did to sell at some anime conventions next year.  If you aren't familiar with the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, now is a great time to start.  The third rebirth movie comes out next year.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yosemite Gouache Sketches

I went to Yosemite with a few painter friends and did these gouache sketches.  We tried to give ourselves limited time frames to work within so that we'd be able to check out more spots.  Most of these are from the main valley area.  Still figuring out a couple of basic lessons the hard way, but the process is starting to feel more natural now.  I'm open to suggestions for awesome landscape artists to check out.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Glendale 6/10/12

I tried painting smaller this time... seems like the initial block-in goes faster, so I get to play around with the color a little more.  Anyway, I had fun!

Monday, June 4, 2012


This weekend we painted at City Hall in Pasadena.  This one was a struggle the whole way, but at least I had fun playing with all the different colors in the shadows.  Next time I will probably tackle a smaller area and really work it out.

And here are a few background designs I did for Motorcity early on.  These were all interiors for Kaia's hut in episode 4.  I'm really looking forward to posting stuff from the next two episodes, so stay tuned.

And finally, here's a Zone of the Enders print I've been working on for an upcoming convention.  If you're near Anaheim in mid-June, come check us out!  I'll be tabling with two other Motorcity artists selling fan art prints.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dear Diary

Today I painted something in Pasadena.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pasadena Plein Air

Dappled light in the Pasadena area...  mostly just figuring out how much color I can jam in there.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I've been framed

Hey guys!  I just found out that I'll be in a gallery show at the Disney TVA building.  It's a little employee thing that they cooked up, but they invited artists from Titmouse working on Motorcity to participate as well!  Here's my finished noir painting that I submitted to the show as part of its self-portrait theme.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I can't wait to take Glen and Laurel's class again in the summer.

Anyway, we're all looking forward to Motorcity's premiere this Monday.  If you have a chance, check it out and let one of my fellow Titmice know what you think!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Back to El Matador

We started landscape painting again:

And if you haven't heard already, Motorcity comes out April 30th on Disney XD, but you can check out the first episode right now on iTunes for free.

I've been designing backgrounds on this show for about nine months now, and can honestly say that we're all really proud of how it's turned out.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Recent Quicksketches

I've been going to the Friday night quicksketch workshop at Art Center for a few months now. Gradually improving, but I can see how far I have to go. If you have time, come by and draw with us!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Some quick black and white film studies. Trying to keep things simple but clear, and just generally develop my sense of composition.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Another WIP shot from Glen and Laurel's gouache class. Slowly starting to look like actual humans. I still need to finish blocking in the background character. The fun part will be painstakingly getting the spotlight to blur with actual tiles of paint.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recent Stuff

WIP gouache from Glen and Laurel's class at 3Kicks:

A sketch from last week:

and something I sketched on my day off:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tim Gula

Hey guys! If you haven't seen this already, here's a small website I set up a year ago for a former teacher. It's basically a sample platter of ink and graphite drawings that show off his way of drawing organic shapes.

Definitely worth checking out if you're into pen and ink stuff. If you like what you see, leave a comment here and I'll make time to post up some of the other drawings he let me photograph. Here's one of my favorites: