Sunday, December 21, 2008

Grandpa Apel

My Grandfather passed away in mid-October. The entire Apel Family used to take summer vacations in Holland, Michigan. My Dad and my uncles had told me stories of when they were younger, my Grandfather used to sit on the beach wearing a pith helmet and carrying a pair of binoculars to check out the girls sunbathing. He would tell my Dad and his brothers and sisters that they were not allowed to call him "Dad" on the beach, he was to be called "Rich Uncle George". I loved that story about him and I wanted to commemorate it in a drawing. This is that finished drawing that I gave to my Grandmother and my parents at Thanksgiving time:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas present to anyone who looks at my blog

Hi Folks

Sorry it has been so long. Here's some doodles I did in Sketchbook Pro on the Cintiq at work:


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Creepy Clown

I had to buy a bag of these cheese puffs at Albertson's the other day, just because the clown on the packaging is SOOooooo creepy. The company that makes the cheese puffs is called Payaso. They were on sale, I think because people were just too scared of the crazy clown to buy them.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Post Labor Day

The last month has been pretty hectic for me. I had plenty of people visiting me here in LA, I met some great new friends, I ended a job and started a new one. So far I'm looking forward to what the next few months might bring. I'm hoping that with all these new changes I'll find more time to work on more personal projects. For now though, here's just some sketches I came up with a few days ago:




Monday, August 04, 2008

Update on my website

I finally updated my portfolio pieces on my website. I kept putting it off and finally late last night (or should I say early this morning?), I decided to finally do it. If you're interested in checking them out, just click on the link to my website on the right.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Comic Con '08

I really only drew while I was sitting in the Ralph Bakshi discussion. He had some pretty entertaining stories. I kept drawing his hands, because he's got these big sausage fingers. I think I remember hearing or reading a story by John K. talking about Bakshi's big hands. He was definitely right, I just wish I was a bit closer to get better detail.





Sunday, July 20, 2008

Late Night Drawings

I haven't drawn for myself in over a week, so I decided to pick up the ol' pad and pencil around 2am last night. In fact lately I do most of my drawing late at night. It seems that's the only time I can find to do it.
The drawings below are in the exact order that I drew them. The second and third drawing were inspired by Harold Lloyd shorts that I was watching.
My favorite of the bunch is the third from the bottom. It's funny because I think it looks like my interpretation of a Lars Edwards drawing (if you want to know who Lars is, find the link to his site on the right).








Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Creatures and characters

Been in the mood to draw a lot of creatures lately... here's some of my latest and some other random people:









Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Creature portraits

I was in the mood to draw some creatures, something I hadn't done in a long time. I'm pretty happy with them. I think I may continue with it and see where I go with it. Maybe even finish some up with some color.



Saturday, June 07, 2008

Character sketches

Pierre Cerrato, Dave Stone and I have been talking about doing a short for two years now. We know we want to do it, but it's just a matter of all finding the time to work on it together. Now it's even harder, since both Stone and I are on the west coast and Pierre is in Atlanta. We will get it done though.
I created some character designs for the main character the other day. Many of these won't be used, but I was trying to get a feel of the character's attitude.






New Reel

I posted a brand new reel. Check it out on my website, www.optionjoe.com or just click on the link to the right.

Friday, May 09, 2008

In LA

Hey folks

I'm officially a California resident and I just went to the Marc Davis lecture at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Man it got me excited to draw. Not only did the panel (Andreas Deja, Eric Goldberg, Pete Docter, and James Baxter) have some amusing stories and clips to share, Andreas also pulled out a stack of drawings from the nine old men. He had some early drawings up to some of their last theatrical drawings. It definitely was inspiring and just proved the fact that I can also grow as an artist/animator in the years ahead.
They are also opening an exhibit of animation art and we got to see a preview of it. Some great artwork, from Mary Blair Alice and Cinderella pieces, to Maurice Noble layouts, to Gay Purr-ee model sheets, to development stuff from Warners (Animals) and Disney (Jekyll and Hyde). Very cool and it opens officially next week FOR FREE!
I'm excited to meet and see more amazing animation folks out here in the near future.

Friday, March 28, 2008

End of a sketchbook

We had a good run ol' friend. I even used some of your pages double sided (something I rarely do). I have to move on to someone else though. So long dear sketchbook and I'm sure to look upon you from time to time... cheers.




These are some sketches that I did at LAX


I really liked how these two guys were conversing. The guy on the left was very energetic and in the guy in the right's face most of the time and the guy on the right was just laid back and listening.

I saw this fat kid in a HUGE sombrero with a backpack on just twisting back and forth. I really would like to do some kind of painting or animation with it. Simple, but funny.


This old guy was great. It's not often you see people at the airport dressed up, but this guy was wearing a blazer. He's definitely old school.






These were sketches I did at Borders today


This is actually a sketch I did at LAX, but I really wanted to make a drawing of this dude I saw at Borders in Glendale. He just looked so jovial and into the book he was reading. He was obviously too large for the chair he was sitting in as well and was WAY too dressed for winter, especially when it was like 60 degrees outside.


I was flipping through the channels before I went to borders and I came across the univision or telemundo version of Family Feud. This guy is inspired by the dad of one of the families on the show.