Category Archives: Process



I don’t know why but I love stamps. I also love animating. I love stamps and animating. So for the past two years I’ve had this fantasy of designing a stamp that I could use to identify stacks of animation paper, folders of relevant material, contracts, ALL the clerical shit. Something about stamps makes clerical shit seem romantic. Anyway- for my thesis I’ve gone and done it:

I was gonna carve the stamp myself out of this linoleum kit my mom bought me a couple years back- but I’m pretty bad at carving- and I wanted a stamp that I didn’t have to roll with ink. When I decided to PAY for the stamp to be made- I thought I’d push the limits and add some real thin line-work in there.
It arrived today and I’m super pleased with the results. A cool stamp and a badass laser-etched? wooden block background to help me identify it.
Now I actually have to make my thesis so I can stamp it.

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   I went off the grid for a little while to produce the animatic for my thesis. I usually never bring my animatics to this level- but Peter Chung and Jennifer Yuh Nelson have both infected my brain with the quality of their work and I spent an entire week in a chair drawing my thesis. Here it is in order:

And here it is ALL AT ONCE:

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     It took forever, but it was totally worth it. I feel like I’ve already finished my thesis- now it’s just filling in the spaces. Two days ago I showed it to the faculty, got officially approved, and I start production in JUNE. Here’s one of my favorite stills:

_Clean Boards_5.9.13

AAAAAAAAND the slides I used to present my thesis to the review board:

review presentaiton

Another design for Bill:


Eventually I want to make it more simple and more gestural. I’m going to start animation tests and style frames on Monday. Right now I’m relaxing and collecting neck-wrinkle data:

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LASTLY- I’m designing some stamps for my thesis. Don’t know why- I just like stamps:

stamps stamp3

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board note2_for blog

It’s happening

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Trashed my 3rd draft of thesis!


NO MORE procrastinating – all boards and style development now. IT’S STARTING TO GET FUN.

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Digital Cactus

Digital Cactus


It’s hard to balance coloring with schooling- but the final date has been set: 12pm, January 29th. Danger Island need to be done. Here’s an image to give you a sense of the layer madness i’m dealing with for the hand-coloring:

beach-layersEach one of the pink layers is done being rotoscoped behind elements. Every other color still needs work. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


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