Friday, June 6, 2014

Wookiepedia

Why did I use "Wookiepedia" as a title for this post? No deep reason. Just couldn't think of any other Chewbacca pun to use. (Well, it was either that or "Chewie the Han that feeds you" which is a bit too pun-desperate sounding.)


Friday, November 15, 2013

Scribblin' - Oct 2013

Every so often, work hurts my puny brain and the urge to do something relaxing kicks in.  So usually, I grab a scrap bit of paper and draw random stuff.  (Yeah.  No need to point out the obvious fact that my work involves drawing and I'm basically working to relax.  Isn't irony oh so amusing?) 
These were October's brain farts.  If you know what any of these things have in common, please tell me.  I don't want to be the last one to find out I've predicted the apocalypse by accident. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Morrie the Inbred Minotaur

Steven Spielberg said he was compelled to direct "Schindler's List". 
Me?  I felt compelled to draw an inbred Minotaur.
'nuff said.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

2013 Overseas Trip Characters: Irish Cat-man

After 15 years working at Weta and because of various other stressful leftovers from 2012, I was feeling a bit wiped out and decided I might need a bit of a holiday.  So in August, after meeting up with my sister and niece in Dubai, we all went touristy around parts of England and Ireland. For the entire month long trip, I intentionally didn't pick up a pencil (which for me is basically the brain equivalent of cntl-alt-delete). However, my camera was never out of reach which resulted in an 8 gig and a 16 gig memory card being filled with all sorts of random snapshots from the trip. Some of the people we encountered were so extreme, I really wanted to get a photo of them so I'd have enough reference to do a caricatured portrait when I got home.  This was one such case.

This man and cat were sitting outside an Irish pub we popped into for a quick road break.  He was trying his hardest to look like he didn't care about the feline but the cat wouldn't have any of it and pestered the man until it got some attention.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The procrastinating son returns.

Yeah. I know. 
Despite all the promises and threats from many years past, you may have noticed I haven't put anything on this blog for a long, LONG time.  But trust me. I have a really good reason. (And it has absolutely nothing to do with being a lazy ass who never completes anything he starts. Neither is it due to being a totally insecure delusional paranoid who dreads showing his artwork to anyone besides the bits and bytes that make up his personal drawings folder on his computer.)

But as the old saying goes, "That's all Cryptosporidiosis Ridden water under the bridge".  Time has come to turn over a new leaf and actually post something new.  Hence this pic of young John Hurt.  Why John Hurt? Well...that's for you to ask and for me to respond with "dunno".


Thursday, June 23, 2011

So THIS is what the jerk has been doing.

Well, it's been officially announced now so I guess I can splurge to the world what has taken me away from doing stuff for this blog.

I've been putting together a book of the art for the upcoming Steve Spielberg movie version of "Tintin".
In it you'll find pieces of art from some of your favourite Weta Workshop artists. Including Frank Victoria, Rebekah Holguin, Rob Baldwin, Christian Pearce, Greg Broadmore, Adam Anderson, Matty Rodgers, Tim Gibson, Paul Tobin, Daniel Falconer, Stephen Crowe and Gus Hunter. Also they are pieces from your favourite Weta Digital artists including Michael Pangrazio and Ravi Bansal. Unfortunately there are also a few scribblings from your least favourite Weta Workshop artist in there too but don't worry. I printed my paintings on cork which can be used as a dartboard if the reader needs to hone their dart throwing skills.

You can pre-order the book from the link below if y'all are interested. It's the perfect Christmas present for people who like getting Christmas presents.

http://www.wetanz.com/the-art-of-the-adventures-of-tintin/

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sketchy Sketches

Whoo boy! Been busy this year.
Too busy to chuck anything on this blog despite all my half-assed promises. Understandable I suppose considering I'm working on ***TOP SECRET***. Especially the section where ***CLASSIFIED*** kicks ***CLASSIFIED*** in his ***CLASSIFIED*** with a pair of size 10 ***CLASSIFIED***. (Man! I'm glad I've got that off my chest. It's so hard to keep a secret)

Anyways, what I've posted here is the scrap of paper I have sitting next to me when I work. Whenever I need to clear my head or give my A.D.D. freedom for a few moments, I type a random famous person's name on the 'puter and sketch a photo that comes up on Google. Only spend about 5 to 10 mins on each one but it's enough to placate my restless ways so I can get back to work.

In other words, I've just posted brain farts. Hope you enjoy the smell of rotten eggs.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Slacker Speaks.

The observant of you ( in fact even the most unobservant of you ) will probably have noticed a severe lack in anything appearing on this blog. I have many excuses, one of which is my usual slacker attitude. But I won't bore you with these excuses (mainly because that would involve too much typing and as I said before, I'm a slacker).
Instead, here's an advert that was published in a couple of NZ newspapers back when a fair few of us New Zealand film technicians were worried the Hobbit was going to be filmed overseas. Because of the tight deadline, it ended up being one of the few times I've sat down at a computer and painted from mid morning, through the afternoon, through the night and way into the following day. In total I was awake for 40 hours straight. (cue the woe is me, sob-story violin soundtrack.) But... hey... it was worth it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Way back in the year 2 thousand and diggity 3..."

"Rowlf" was my Weta merchandising swan song. Made back in (approx) 2002/2003.
That's right! 2003: A time before the invention of the IPod, the PS3 and long before Mr Obama was telling Americans "Yes They could".

After I finished the piece, I handed in my Weta Merchandising badge and schmoozed my way into the design room. Might try sculpting for personal gratification again someday but I doubt I'll ever go back to doing it for money. Not worth it considering the many talented Weta sculptors that are a lot quicker and a hell of lot better than me.


ADDITIONAL BIG, FAT, BLOATED, EGO-BOOSTING FACT: The bust won the 2003 "World's best statue / bust Global Award" from Action-figure.net.
HA! Stick that in your hat and call it macaroni, Yankee Doodle!

Slap Dash Sketches - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 1

Re-learned a basic rule while doing this week's Slap Dash Sketches. Namely don't pick your favourite movie to do sketches from. You'll end up watching the movie instead of drawing it.

Anyways, here's the result of about 45 minutes to an hour of drawing and 30-45 minutes of gratuitous slacking off.