Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ryu and his lil Hadoken

So it turns out that I really like making these. This one uses the original animation from Street Fighter 2 plus a couple in between frames for a better flow. It was hand drawn and animated in Photoshop CS5. I worked at 300 ppi at 800 pixels square and then shrunk it down when I was finished for ease of loading online. Hope you like it!

While you're at it, go on over to my Tumblr and "like" or reblog it. It's a good way to know if these are something that people would like me to keep posting or not.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Dragons on the move...

I was playing around today with the old NES sprite animations for Double Dragon. I used their funky, 3 frame walk cycle to create little cartoon guys. Who knew it was animated gif day?! The background was thrown together rather hurriedly so I may go back in and  tune up the drawings while I fix the background. Then again, they may just stay like this as an excercise. Feel free to use them as avatars as long as you link back here or give me credit. :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Laser Cats at Gallery 1988

I had the distinct honor and privilege to participate in the Grand Opening show for the new location of Gallery 1988 West this past Friday. The show; titled,” Is This Thing On? #2” was a secret blackout show. Specifically, that means that people had no real idea of what the show's theme would be until the doors were opened that night! Of course, the artists were aware ahead of time and so we had some decisions to make. The theme was Saturday Night Live- any era, any characters, anything.
It was a fantastically broad area to work within but was so rich with fun imagery and story -so I was really excited.
I made a ton of sketches from a bunch of different skits. I really liked what was going on with the sketches I got from the digital short I chose. Ahem, this may be the only time I ever paint nine cats into the same painting. Ok, then again, it may not be. At any rate, cats with lasers shooting out of their mouths happened all over this painting. 
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I chose Laser Cats. The boys from the Lonely Island (Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) have put together one of my favorite series of short films in SNL history so I thought it fitting to pay a little homage to them through this.
Gathering reference for the painting was super fun since I got to go back through and watch all the shorts over again. You can find them on the Lonely Island website, and Hulu if you'd like a quick refresh.
I've always loved 70's and 80's movie poster art so I used one of the greats from that era of genre of illustration, Frank McCarthy, as reference. Here you go:

By the way, you can also view my Laser Cats painting on Buzzfeed and Huffington Post along with a bunch of other awesome SNL inspired work!