Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and may 2013 be joyous and prosperous!

Every year I make a resolution to draw more and 2013 will be no different. 

I constantly feel like I should be drawing more and I look forward to posting these drawings here on my blog. 

Here are two sketches I did over a year ago, but I really like where I was going with these designs. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Newer Giraffe Sketches

It's been a busy past two weeks. I went to the CTN-Expo and had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new friends. My wife and I went to Las Vegas and met up with family for the Thanksgiving holiday. And now I'm fighting a cold. Ugh.

Here are a few sketches I made a few weeks ago. I plan to post more new stuff soon!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


In the character design class I took over the summer, one assignment was to create three librarian heads. I had sketched a bunch out, but of course only submitted the three the assignment asked for. 

My wife, Rebecca, had suggested to me that I use the librarians I had designed and create full bodies for them in an environment. The characters and environment are all designed to look like it was a moment in a public library in the 1950's. This is the result:

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Giraffes are some of my favorite animals to draw at the zoo. At the LA zoo, you're really close to them and in some areas you can even look at them eye to eye. 

I had taken some old drawings in my sketchbook and reworked them to make characters. 

Here are a few:

Monday, November 05, 2012

Jack and Jill Layout

Last year I had taken a class through the Animation Guild called Composition for Animation and Film. 
The class was taught by Will Weston, who is a full-time professor at Art Center of Pasadena. 

Our assignment for the class was to create a layout for a boy and girl character (Jack and Jill) who discover a shipwreck in the middle of the desert. 

I had created a layout that Will Weston liked, but he said I could make improvements.

I fully intended to make the changes, but never could find the time. When I finally had the time, I of course couldn't find all of the notes he had given me. Still I made improvements and added color and this is the latest version.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Playing around with Photoshop

Trying out different effects and keeping a simple palette

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Random Drawings

Here are some random drawings I sketched over the last year:

This is a Muppet-ty caricature of me that i was thinking of using for my cinemascapist blog
(Check it out at

This was no one in particular, but I think he looks like that dude from Barney Miller or maybe Ron Howard?

I can't remember who I was caricaturing in this sketch

I sketched this while at work one day. I had an episode of Mr. Ed on that Clint Eastwood guested on when he was still a star on Rawhide. I created a caricature of him then, and then how he looks today.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Working on my portfolio

Working on more character design stuff for my portfolio. Here's the latest:

Monday, October 08, 2012

Nate Wragg Class - Week 7 - Animal Drawing

I'm way behind on posting drawings from the class I was taking. I'm so behind the class has already ended and even after this animal drawing, I still have one more assignment to do. 
I posted the rough of this pig drawing before our honeymoon, but I finally had time to clean it up

New Reel

For those who are interested, I finally had a chance to edit my reel. I may re-edit again in the near future, but I wanted to get some of my current work out there for those hiring to see.

Sketches Abroad

I  haven't posted in weeks, and one of the main reasons is because my wife and I had a three week honeymoon in Europe. Here's just a sample of the sketches I did abroad. 

Monday, September 03, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design class - Week 7 - rough

This week's assignment is to create an animal character. At first I was roughing out a giraffe character because I love to draw the giraffes at the LA zoo. The more I drew the character, the more it seemed too similar to Craig Kellman's design of Melman in Madagascar. Instead I decided to draw a pig. Here's my rough design. I'm not sure if I'll have time to clean it up this week.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class - Week 6 - Final Dragons

As I said in an earlier post, this week's assignment was to create two dragons. One in the style of cartoonist Ronald Searle and the other in the style of Jay Ward, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle and George of the Jungle. I first created the dragon in the Ronald Searle style:

And then I designed that dragon to appear more like he stepped into a Jay Ward cartoon:

Overall I'm happy with both results

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class - Week 6 - Unused Dragon

This is one of the dragons I designed and cleaned up. I thought the character looked familiar, but I wasn't sure where. Then I saw a commercial for the new How to Train Your Dragon TV series and saw how close it resembled on of their characters. So I'm not submitting it for my class, but I thought I'd post it on my blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class- Week 6 Rough sketches

This week's assignment was to draw two dragons. One in a style like cartoonist Ronald Searle and the other in the style of a Jay Ward cartoon (Rocky and Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle, etc.)
Below are my rough sketches for the Ronald Searle character. I'm happy with most of them, unfortunately after I sketched a few, I realized how much they're influence by Nico Marlet's designs for How to Train Your Dragon. In any case, the one I finally chose to clean up I'm quite happy with. I'll post both the finished Jay Ward Dragon and Ronald Searle Dragon later this week.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class - Week 5

For this week's assignment, we were asked to design two characters interacting on a park bench. 
I hope the story I came up with speaks for itself. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nate Wragg Class - Week 4 assignment

To continue with my last post, in our class we were given the assignment to create three librarian heads using simple shapes. I chose to create 3 people who look like they would've been librarians in the 1950's. I'm happy with the results.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class Week 4 - Rough Sketches

The next assignment for Nate Wragg's character design class is to create a line-up of three librarian heads using basic shapes. These are just a few of the sketches I came up with yesterday.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class Week 3 Rough drawings

Here are the rough drawings. If you've been following my blog, you will notice I reused a sketch from earlier I did for the pirate on the left 

Nate Wragg Class Week 3

This week, our assignment was to create 3 pirates in a lineup using basic shape language and making sure the silhouette reads. This was a hectic week for me with work, a premiere party for the web series I worked on and my birthday, so I didn't have as much time as I would've liked to work on this assignment. I'm hoping that I can revisit these characters soon.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Nate Wragg Character Design Class Week 2

The second assignment was to create a "medieval warrior" again using a simple shape, but making sure the silhouette reads. We were given the choice of making the character young, old, male, female, but to keep with the "knight" theme. I chose to do a modern day little boy dressing up with found objects to become a knight.

Nate Wragg Character Design Class Week 1

A couple weeks ago, I started taking an online character design class through CGMW Master classes. Nate Wragg, character designer for Ratatouille and Toy Story 3 and now working at Dreamworks, is the instructor. Our first assignment was to create a monster using a simple shape (Circle, Square or Triangle). I used circle and here's the character I came up with.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Little Monster Characters

I've been working on creating characters that are in their own world. My wife, Rebecca, suggested to me to create monster characters as kids, because they are characters that everyone has seen before.
I sketched the characters individually on paper with blue pencil. Brought them into Flash and cleaned them up with the line tool. I brought the cleaned up drawings into Illustrator and changed the brush strokes using pre-made brushes. I then brought the new version back into Flash and colored them there.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dandy pirate

Another sketch from Stephen Silvers posebook app. This was a timed pose. 2 minutes and maybe a little extra for tweaking

Sketching on the go 2

Disheveled guy at airport

Sketching on the go

Old lady at museum

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Big Mouth Beaver

Designed this guy last night. I just call him Big Mouth Beaver. Maybe it's because I grew up in Troy, Michigan where we had Big Beaver Road. No joke, it's Exit 69 on I-75.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Angry Farmer

Another sketch based off of a pose from the Stephen Silver Posebook App. I say based, because the character the model was posed as was a witch doctor, but it's generally the same pose

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mafia Guy

Based off of a pose in Stephen Silver's posebook app

Monday, June 11, 2012

Shady Old Guys

A couple of color sketches of shady old guys