Monday, June 30, 2008

I Grad-e-ated!!!

Whelp, I just recently graduated and it feels great to be out of school. I attended Eastern Illinois University from 1997 to 2001 and majored in graphic design. After a few low paying and unsatisifying jobs later, I found myself working in bars making more money and having more fun. A few years later I decided that it was time to grow up and follow my passion. I enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago in the Media Arts and Animation program. 2 1/2 years later, I finally graduated!! It was the best and hardest decision Ive ever made. I was $3000 away from being completely debt free when I enrolled at AI. Now Ive got lots more debt!! But I also have a job doing what I love to do and the best work environment and co-workers ever. Ive been working at my job part time for 2 1/2 years now and Im finally full time. The company is Farm Creative Parlour. We specialize in photorealistic renderings of products, specifically in the contract furniture business. I get to do a little of everything here which is awesome. Ive created character designs, environment concepts, storyboards for animations, models, textures, and animations. Check it out here: FarmCP

Here's my Demo Reel.

The whole reason I started this blog was because of John K, one of my all time favorite cartoonists! I stumbled upon his blog a couple of months after I started school and it was a constant source of inspiration and helpful resources. Thanks John.

Heres some picts of what Ive been doing in the past couple of weeks.

Setting up for the portfolio show.

Saman, Timmy and Kelli.
My booth at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
My Mom and Pop.

My girl Nicole, and my great bud, Saman and his wife.
Graduation party!
Nicole, myself and Bryan. He says he has gigantism. I tell him hes just fat like me.

Nicole's dad, my sister's husband Chris, My uncle Tim, My dad and my bro.


My website is up too! Check it out at

See you later!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

New Chacho sketch and Ink

Im in the process of getting ready for my Portfolio show on June 18th. Im updating a couple of pages and decided to crank this drawing and ink out tonight. Its been awhile since Ive inked in Illustrator, so it was refreshing to do this little dude.