Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Little Do They Know" (7/21/10)

It's been a while...but now that I've had a chance to gather some thoughts, here is a new Little Do They Know strip.  (The image is wide, so you may need to click further to enlarge.)  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Meet Camille Lyon...

This is still in its early stages – but I thought I'd share a small project I've been working on for David Colman's character design class. Below are some rough explorations of three main characters for a story I've been thinking about, tentatively titled Camille Lyon.  Here goes:

It's basically about a little French chameleon named Camille, who wants to be just like everyone else & blend in with her peers.  In having this mentality, she usually makes a habit out of trying to please others and conforming to popular standards.  Camille is sweet, eager, and earnest – but she is also deeply insecure, shy, and unsure of herself.  She'll even do things that she honestly doesn't like to do, just for the sake of fitting in & feeling accepted.  Since Camille is so preoccupied with mimicking others, she forgets all too often to reach deep within and discover her unique, special self.  As she learns to focus more on herself, she'll eventually come to realize that it's okay to be a bit different, break out of her comfort zone, and stand out from the crowd.

Camille's best friend is a little old lady named Nette, who owns a neighborhood cafe.  Having seen and gone through her share of life experiences, Nette is a constant source of guidance, support, and wisdom for Camille.  She embraces her individuality & relishes every moment of life, while encouraging Camille to do the same.  Nette can be known to be very blunt & honest as she "tells it like it is"...but she does this with Camille's best interest in mind, of course...

Art is a cuckoo bird who wants to become a renowned artist.  Always to be found with a brush or pencil nearby, Art is passionate about art. Sometimes in more ways than one.  You see, Art really does love Art...almost too much.  As talented as he is, Art can be rather conceited and overly into himself – often believing that he is more special and unique than everyone else.  He purposely rejects the idea of conforming, and prides himself in being different and doing things his way.  This makes Art an unlikely love interest for Camille, who is dazzled and awakened by Art's one-of-a-kind, capricious nature.  But Art does have the capacity and the conscience to better himself – especially when he eventually learns that it's okay to follow some rules, value others, and be responsible...all the while being yourself.
(For early explorations of Art, I wasn't sure if he should be a cat or a bird...needless to say, I went with the latter.)

Wow, long post! :P  Still working out the kinks...but I suppose it's a start.  Okay, back to some other work tonight...thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

More Peeps

I've been sketching more people lately, thanks to David Colman's class at the Concept Design Academy.  Here are a few recent pages...I tried using a grey marker for some of these...having fun & trying to improve.  Most were done at The Grove in LA.  Thanks for visiting...cheers :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

And now for something a little different...

Happy Independence Day!
In addition to taking a character design class this summer, I'm also trying things out in a storyboarding class taught by Rad Sechrist at the Concept Design Academy.  I still have a long way to go, but I thought I'd post the following images, which were done for last week's exercise.  I was trying to come up with a germaphobic, obsessive-compulsive type character (anyone who knows me knows that I'm pretty familiar with this subject matter).  I started off with some character design explorations, then picked one design to try some expressions/poses, and finally applied the character to 3 quick story beats. is Jeremy the Germaphobe:

Trying to keep up more with the blog...thanks for visiting!