Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's Official-I'm done!

Yep, it's true! I am finally done with school! I have officially graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco this Saturday the 18th 0f December 2010! And it's only after four years of fall, spring and summer semesters since August of 2006. A lot of people have asked what it feels like... well... odd. The Academy doesn't do graduate ceremonies during the Fall graduates (lame). I think the reality will sink in once I: 1. get a job, 2. receive the most expensive piece of paper I've invested in- a.k.a. my diploma, and 3. realize that I don't ever have to go back but instead prove myself to people like the IRS that I am an artist professional and no longer just a student or some hobby artist. Woot! Professional world here I come! Praise God for getting me through these past four years.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Although I have not yet submitted this for my class, this is my final assignment for Bay Area Architecture, the Metreon, and is my last illustration for the Academy of Art University. This was done using Photoshop and Illustrator CS4.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Self-Portrait (in progress #2)

Don't know when this thing is going to get finished with all of the projects I've got going on and preparations for graduation this December 18th (so soon! CRAZY!) and getting ready for long awaited returns and the upcoming holiday events. Needless to say it may be awhile before this is finished. Anyway, here is a snippet that worked out to be a nice profile pic in the meantime. Everything is done in Adobe Illustrator CS4. I really want and will eventually need the Adobe CS5 suite. Christmas present idea anyone... :)

Bay Area Architecture Sketch 7

Here is another Bay Area Architecture quick sketch of a home in the California Ranch House style.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Bay Area Architecture Sketch 6

Here is another sketch as the semester is coming soon to a close... along with my time here at AAU. Come December 18th this year I will be graduated from AAU! Anyway, here is a quick sketch of a very pretty storybook style home from 1921.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Self-Portrait (in progress)

Here is an in-progress from a few weeks ago of a portrait I decided to start up in Adobe Illustrator. I tend to use a self portrait to explore what I can do in a certain medium or style. Also, it's always fun to do another one when appearances change. Anyway, here is the photoshop sketch I quickly did one night. Hopefully someday this will get finished in Illustrator. I've started it, but with job hunts, finals, and a collaboration I'm doing with another student it doesn't look like it will be finished anytime soon. Just thought I'd post something up tonight. Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bay Area Architecture Sketches 5

n my Bay Area Architecture online class we haven't done as much sketching lately, but here are the last two that I did. Hopefully next week there'll be some more sketching. I miss it.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Helldiver Fixed

Fixed this in class today. Changed up a few things based on other illustrators' suggestions. Critique is very helpful as this is sooooo much better now than it was previously.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Smart Phone MUNI Poster

Finally got this thing done! Simple idea- complex illustration to show it. I recently had to replace my old Samson Juke phone and had to switch to a smart phone- the Samson Fascinate. Although I do not yet use the phone to figure out the next MUNI or BART time, if ever I needed to, what I illustrated is completely possible. With SF's (although outdated) easily accessible transportation lines and today's 3G tech anyone can quickly find the next available line and its times. So if you're in the Bay Area and thinking of getting a smart phone, here is an illustrated incentive for you to get one. All of this project was completed in Adobe Illustrator CS4 and CS5.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cable Car Illustration

I've noticed that having to switch my CMYK images from illustrator to RGB to make as a jpeg to post up here a lot of the color vibrancy and contrast is lost.
Anyway, here is the fifth icon for my upcoming illustration. This probably took the longest out of the five just because there are so many components to the car to make. This is probably the most famous piece of SF besides Alcatraz. About 20,000 or so tourists and locals take the cable cars everyday! I used to use this at night when there were less tourists when I lived downtown. No matter how many times you ride these things, it never gets old in my opinion. Anyway, next should be my completed illustration. So keep on the lookout as it should be up soon. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

BART Illustration

Here is number 4 of the 5 transportation vehicles I am doing for the upcoming illustration. The BART (or Bay Area Rapid Transit) is another subway and above ground transport like the MUNI train. These things are noisy, handy for getting to the airport or across the bay, and EXCELLENT sketching zones! Almost every illustrator who has ever taken this has drawn people on these things. If you haven't... do it! The trains themselves can be up to 10 cars long and for unity sake with the other illustrations the majority of the back half had to be cut. I bet most of you can guess which public transportation from SF I'll do next. The next vehicle is one of the main reasons people visit the city. Anyway, back to more work. Look forward to more!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another Preview of the Muni Illustration

Here is another piece of my upcoming Smartphone/Muni poster infographic. In class today I was able to get the man done with a very befitting SF Giants coat. GO GIANTS! Never been that much into baseball, but the city's enthusiasm is contagious... and we won the World Series! Anyway, this project should be finished by next Monday or so. As long as this cold doesn't slow me down. Halloween probably aided to getting the cold. But, that's life, and now back to work, work, work....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Muni N Judah Illustration

Here is another adobe illustrator vehicle I made for my upcoming illustration. The N Judah is perhaps, in my opinion, one of the most unreliable lines that SF has. If it's not unreliable... it's too slow. I used to take this to my old church every Sunday and going out to the Sunset from downtown was fine. Coming back later in the day to downtown was awful. Thankfully I have rarely any reason to go to the Sunset to use this line. However, I do like the caterpillar appearance of these machines. The N Judah is a subway/street train. Hope you like the illustration, there should be more to come and hopefully in a week or two... the complete illustration!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

38 Geary Bus Muni

Here is the second vehicle of many of SF transportation I am including in an upcoming infographic. I take this bus almost on a daily basis to get to class. The 38 is probably the most frequent and reliable bus line in the city that I know of and am very thankful for that. Even though some rides can range from 15-45minutes and I'm about sick of the same route everyday, I'm glad I have an easy way to get downtown or home. This, like the other, is done in Adobe Illustrator. Took about 7-9 hours. Added some of my art as 'advertisements' for the side of the bus. Hope you enjoy and look forward to more!

Monday, October 25, 2010

F Castro Street Car Illustration

Started and finished this in class today. It is part of an upcoming info graphic I'm doing for my portfolio and thought that using SF transportation would be great! I'm quite familiar with the F line street cars (various ones in colors and shapes and makes) from having to take this as part of my trips to an Industrial Design Drawing class I took during the summer. The line runs partly along Market Street and connects the Castro to Fisherman's Warf. The illustration itself took only about 5 hours and hopefully the others will be that short as well. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Post 100... sort of... (P-51 Mustang Complete)

Well, here it is! Post #100.... or so my dashboard says, while my actual blog says in the archive 93 or so. Needless to say technology confuses me sometimes.
Here is the completed P-51 Mustang all in Adobe Illustrator. From start to finish I think I've worked roughly at least 170-190 hours on this and still not entirely happy. Next time I want my own reference or at least not off angle reference and that of one variant. There are just too many variants of the Mustang... and variants of variants! So to all of you die hard P-51 guys, sorry it's not perfect- you want it perfect, then let me see one in person... and possibly get a ride in the two seater! XD Then we'd both definitely be giddy little kids having way too much fun.
Anyway, this file crashed illustrator for me 3 times, was cause for much prayer and humbling
(as I said some pretty unkind things to my computer), and a great practice and learning of Illustrator.
Below is the wire version. For those of you who know Illustrator I'm sure you'll understand the craziness.
On a side note for bloggers out there- beware accidentally using meta tags in the html. I posted this maybe six or seven times before getting it to work.
Anyway, back to more illustrating!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bay Area Architecture Sketch 4

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Bay Area Architecture Sketch 3

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Bay Area Architecture Sketch 2

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Bay Area Architecture Sketch 1

As I've needed some liberal arts units to finish up at AAU, I decided to take A Survey of Bay Area Architecture. I find it hilarious that I'm required to draw in a liberal arts class. Each of these sketches are really loose and quickly done. I decided I'd put up what I've done so far as I am eager to fill up posts to get to the 100th post for this blog! :D I have a week to finish the P-51 Mustang (if I can manage it) and that should lay claim to number 100. So in the meantime... hear are some sketchy space fillers. Enjoy.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

I'm Still Yours

If You washed away my vanity
If You took away my words
If all my world was swept away
Would You be enough for me?
Would my beating heart still sing?

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives and takes away

If You take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart will sing to You

When my life is not what I expected
The plans I made have failed
When there's nothing left to steal me away
Will You be enough for me?
Will my broken heart still sing?

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives
And takes away

If You take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart
Will sing to You

Even if You take it all away
You’ll never let me go
Take it all away
But I still know

That I'm Yours
I'm still Yours

Oh, I'm Yours
I'm still Yours
I'm still Yours

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Color Rough

Here is the in-progress of the Mustang. I didn't have time to start it up in Illustrator yet because of the Helldiver infographic (which will have some redo- namely the ships at the bottom), but will start this week. Here is the color rough for the poster.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Helldiver Infographic Complete

This was entirely done in Adobe Illustrator and took quite a long time! The most troublesome thing was the explosion and I've still yet to figure that out, but otherwise here is my intense work on the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver 'Dive Boming' infographic. It's my first official addition to the reboot of my portfolio.

Monday, September 20, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Preliminary Sketches (part 2)

Here are the other two sketches for the P-51 Mustang cut-away. In progress images should be up in a week or two.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

P-51 Mustang Cutaway Preliminary Sketches (part 1)

Here are 2 of 4 sketches I am doing for a proposed future cutaway poster illustration of the WWII North American P-51 Mustang. I decided to go with the Mustang over civilian modern aircraft as I have limited access to reference to produce a cutaway of a modern aircraft.
When sketching things like these I now work digitally using photo reference (whether mine- or in this case the internet) and after drawing perspective lines, some of those lines can easily be erased and when finished with the sketch I will project the image I based it on for the angle and see if all the proportions match. If some don't (which at times does happen), I will erase the wrong lines and match them up. I don't trace (I believe it to be cheap and a cheat), but I do use images in post as corrective tools as such things as a plane need accuracy even in the sketch phase. Hence why I now find digital sketching extremely efficient in concerning technical illustration. The trickiest part besides setting up the accurate perspective is also the fact that the inner workings are rarely in a similar angle to what I'm working with. For instance, the top view I based the inner workings on a cutaway scale model picture that was closer to the bottom sketch. In a day or so I should have the other two sketches up and on Tuesday decide which one to go with.

"Jesu, Shall I Never Be"-Charles Wesley Hymn

I've been reading a small book I found hidden away in one of SF's small random book stores. The book is a collection of sermons and writings and poems and songs by John and Charles Wesley. Just thought I'd share one of those songs/hymns called "Jesu, Shall I Never Be"

Jesu, shall I never be/ Firmly grounded upon thee?/ Never by thy work abide,/ Never in thy wounds reside?/// Oh, how wavering is my mind,/ Tossed about with every wind!/ Oh, how quickly doth my heart/ From the living God depart!/// Jesu, let my nature feel/ Thou art God unchangeable;/ Jah, Jehovah, great I AM,/ Speak into my soul thy name/// Grant that every moment I/ May believe, and feel thee nigh,/ Steadfastly behold thy face,/ 'Stablished with abiding grace./// Plant and root, and fix in me/ All the mind that was in thee;/ Settled peace I then shall find-/ Jesu's is a quiet mind./// Anger I no more shall feel,/ Always even, always still;/ Meekly on my God reclined-/ Jesu's is a gentle mind./// I shall suffer, and fulfill/ All my Father's gracious will,/ Be in all alike resigned-/ Jesu's is a patient mind./// When 'tis deeply rooted here/ Perfect love shall cast out fear;/ Fear doth servile spirits bind-/ Jesu's is a noble mind./// When I feel it fixed within/ I shall have no power to sin;/ How shall sin an entrance find?/ Jesu's is a spotless mind./// I shall nothing know beside/ Jesus, and Him crucified;/ I shall all to Him be joined-/ Jesu's is a loving mind./// I shall triumph evermore,/ Gratefully my God adore,/ God so good, so true, so kind-/ Jesu's is a thankful mind./// Lowly, loving, meek, and pure,/ I shall to the end endure;/ Be no more to sin inclined-/ Jesu's is a constant mind./// I shall fully be restored/ To the image of my Lord,/ Witnessing to all mankind/ Jesu's is a perfect mind.
1742 Charles Wesley

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Helldiver Infographic (In-Progress)

My last and final semester has finally kicked off and I am doing a nice overhaul to the ol' portfolio. Though I am not technically in the class yet, here is an in progress of an infographic I am working on of the Helldiver dive bomber from WWII done in Adobe Illustrator in Tom Elsworth's class. This is the small far right corner showing the bomber before it does its dive bomb run on a Japanese battleship. Should have the rest of the surrounding illustration finished in a week... hopefully.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trying out new techniques

After looking at some different tutorials, I'd thought I'd try out some of the techniques and experiment a bit as well. I'm not used to using Photoshop this way, but it will be handy for future technical illustrations (even though this isn't one). And if some think this is an awful design for a cell phone... I agree! It was more about the study so the design kind of suffered.

Friday, August 27, 2010

3:30 am

Below are some sketches from a newer sketchbook- which is now home to my 'Resolved' list, a list of resolutions that are a reminder and helpful tool to keep my life focused on Christ. So here are the pages surrounding those resolutions. Nothing much in particular, but just felt like posting something before the Fall semester starts.

Just decided since I found myself up at 3:30am as of now, that I'd post some of the starts to my sketchbook, all of which were done during unfortunate conditions of either strong icy winds of the Warf or in a car, or in an airplane with the passenger reclining into me enough that even my overhead light can't light what I'm drawing. The speedform-esc drawings are always a lot of fun to do and genrally don't take much thought to draw. The last one was on that flight (of which many prayers were made to keep my temper in check with the passenger in front of me) and was an inspired design of the cabin- hence why it looks weird. Why do I try drawing in odd circumstances? I ask a similar question as to why I'm up so late right now... time to sleep.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Industrial Design Drawing 3 Finals

Here is the final for the class (terrible photo). Not entirely satisfied with this product, however, pretty pleased with the fact that it is near impossible to tell what I cut and pasted from my pre-final sketches. This is supposed to be a 'hemispherical touch screen mouse,' use by 3D modelers to have an interactive touchscreen surface to move virtual objects around with a real 3D interface.
Above and below are some robotic animals. If I had more time I would have made at least 25 or more! These things are just way too much fun to do. They are generally done over an overlay of a hardshelled creature and then it is turned into some stellar vehicle whether it be an Giant Isopod hovercraft jet thing or a 'leaping' coconut crab personal transport... you know, because it would be awesome to own one! :P

This last page just shows my pre-final page layout as well as more robotic creatures.

Overall, it was a pretty amazing class. A whole lot of work in a short amount of time, but definitely worth taking. I'd recommend this to any concept artist who is into designing techs of any sort. Well, now time to catch up on some sleep and back to working hard on some more design and illustrating. Zzzzzzz........

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ID3 Final Progress Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak from my final. I took a photo of this so that I could print it out to draw over a copy to get an idea of parts to be shown in the exploded view. This was done using Prismacolor Markers, Verathin, and Color Pencil plus a mesh texture to draw over. I'll see what my instructor has to say and if anything needs to be changed for the Final. There are several parts to this assignment so more to come soon!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Updated ID3 Work

Finally able to take some time to post these up. This a compilation of the past few classes. Above are the 4 exploded views of a Kensington mouse that I had to do in two days. Being sick on one day I ended up jamming 3 of these in a day. If given more time with better health I could have gotten a better result.

These above were an assignment for trying out some Canson toned paper. The fourth page on black and on gray was whatever we wanted to do so I did a jockey riding a robo racing greyhound! I particularly like this sketch.

Above was an experiment with reflective surfaces hence our class having to go back to cubic forms. The helicopter was a Scott Robertson mastercopy to learn how he draws and the two jets to the side are speed forms based off of an F22. So much fun drawing things like the speed forms!
Above was an assigment of speed forms (things that look fast while standing still). Granted, not all of mine look super speedy, but like my instructor said, they do have character. And as an illustrator I believe that to be just as equally important. These were a lot of fun to make.

Lastly are some experiments with pastel and webril pads to create chrome. We had to make flashlights and thermoses. Number 6 of the flashlights kind of looks torch-like to me. Gotta watch where you point your 'torch.' Oh British jokes... Anyway, hope you like it. More to come (working on my final right now- three parts)...