Friday, November 11, 2011

CalArts Portfolio: TAKE 2

Trying again for CalArts! There's still a lot of kinks that I wish I could have worked out, but it's a huge improvement from last year's monstrosity of an application (that is what I get for trying to apply to college / perform in an open Winterguard / animate a film / throw darts at my English teacher / prepare to play at Carnegie Hall ALL AT THE SAME TIME).

Character Animation

Demo Reel

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Painted on some canvas shoes.

If anyone wants a pair of these, I'm willing to negotiate a price. Just drop me a message at:

Friday, September 9, 2011


CSSSA ended more than a month ago. I think I've finally stopped crying enough to talk about it.

500 of the most talented art students thrown together into one environment and studying what they loved best for an entire month. Nothing short of pure heaven. I'd give my left toe to go back in a second.

Anyhoo, here's some of the stuff I managed to poop out during my time there:

Our first project was to animate a 3-5 second video using cut paper. Although I had animated before, this was my first experience with stop-motion.

During the second week we had a dance party where we wiggled around the classroom like the awkward teenagers we were. Our assignment that week was to animate our attempts to break it down.

My last and most favorite assignment was to create our own short film. The minimum was 20 seconds, but I ended up making mine a little over a minute. I was heavily influenced by experimental animation during my time there, so I decided to do my film using a method called "charcoal smearing." (You take a piece of paper, some charcoal and you create each frame by smearing or erasing your previous doodle and drawing on top of it.)
I did this film for an old comic book artist who was a resident in my parent's nursing home. In his younger years, he'd worked for Will Eisner (who I am terribly inspired by) and was still a crazy-awesome artist even in his nineties. Miss you, Chuck.

We did life drawings almost every day. It was my first time drawing from a live model! Most everybody improved massively from the start of the program to the end and I'd like to think I was no exception.

A few of the ones that I am not embarrassed by.

Aaaand of course, a couple of pages from the ol' sketchbook:

 Blind contour. We had a field day with this.

During our graduation ceremony, we crowded together and hugged and cried and laughed and shared stories about our month together. One tangent in particular stands out to me as the defining moment of CSSSA. 

A classmate of mine was sharing about how when he went home, his parents would want him to be something, lawyer, whatever. But he just wanted to be an artist. And that's when we, all of us, just broke down. It had hit me then that I would not see these people for a long time, probably never again, at least not in an environment like this one.

I spent the next six hours crying. I thought I'd never stop. I was away from home for the first time in my life, in a strange new setting with strangers who in a month's time became my friends for life. Every doubt and insecurity I had about becoming an artist seemed null and void. During that wonderful, wonderful month, everything just seemed indescribably possible.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Good-bye K9

Last week, I left my hometown of Sacramento behind for my dream school, the California Institute of the Arts, to attend CSSSA, a rigorous month-long training program for aspiring animators (more on that later). Before I left, K9, my high school animation studio, through a thank you party for our fantastic instructor, Mr. Sullivan. I doodled a card just for the occasion.

From the moment I stepped in, it became apparent to me that K9 was more than just an animation class. I can't begin to describe the level of preparation, opportunities, and good memories this studio has provided me over the past year. I'm going to miss this place so much.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


After months of cuts, delays, and stress-induced hissyfits, my studio has finally finished our annual film. I hope everyone enjoys watching Tea Time as much as I do. :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Big day

Getting ready to graduate from high school today (not too terribly excited for that). I made a couple of thank-you cards for all the teachers who've helped me throughout the years.

For my librarian

History teacher

Art teacher

Monday, May 16, 2011


Myself and the other lovely people at K9 Studios are getting pretty close to finishing up our annual film. This year's project, Tea Time, is a dashing tale about adventure, imagination, and the love shared between a boy and his cookies. Here's a sneak-peek at our protagonist, Michael Boy.

Drew these little ditties for our team t-shirts. Michael Boy designed by Jacob Lucca.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Was feelin' kinda sappy today so I charcoal'd up some Amelie Poulain doodles.

On tilt.

On that note, the final confrontation in this movie between Nino Quincampoix and Amelie is probably my favorite kissing scene ever.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I decided to apply for the InnerSparks program at CalArts this year. Sounded like some fancy fun so I threw together these three pieces real quick.

1st prompt was to draw something unique about yourself. Did a self-portrait featuring myself and Mitch, my imaginary boyfriend (because real boys are gross) who also happens to be a giraffe.

My Imaginary Man

2nd piece was to do something displaying your technical skill. First time using sepia-toned ink and gosh am I pleased with the results.

Norbert the Viking

Ran into a bit of trouble deciding how to color this last piece here. Ended up making 4 different versions. I'm taking a liking to number one best, I think. The title is inspired by a Joanna Newsome song.

Peach, Plum, Pear v.1

Peach, Plum, Pear v.2

Peach, Plum, Pear v.3

Peach, Plum, Pear v.4

And lastly, my flip book! One of the girls in my Winter Guard does this move during our show and I thought it might be fun to animate. Exactly 25 frames penciled by my loving hands.

Monday, January 17, 2011