February 25, 2008

My WonderCon experience

I can’t sleep so here I am to share my WonderCon experience. I mainly went because my roommate works for a game developer which means him and a guest can get in for free. After attending GDC the previous couple of days, I wasn’t looking forward to being in yet another large crowd. After getting our passes we made our way down to the main hall and set about exploring. We walked around for a while, taking in the sights and such. I couldn’t really enjoy anything for very long because it was just so damn crowded that you just couldn’t stand still long enough to appreciate anything. There was a point when we passed an artist table that had the books of Joe Weatherly, this perked my interest because I had recently done a horse turn around and his book was my main source of reference. The book was five bucks cheaper than it’s normally priced, but money is tight these days so I moved on while still considering weather I should buy it or not. After about another hour of just browsing the convention, I decided to go back and buy the book after all. So when I came back to the table, there was a 30 something gentleman sitting behind the desk that wasn’t there the first time I had passed (there was some girl manning the table earlier). I said I’d like to get the book and when I did the man asked me if I’d like it autographed. That’s when it dawned on me that the man before me was in fact Joe Weatherly himself! I was just at a loss for words, first because for some reason I had imagined him to be some old fart and secondly because his book was such a great source of reference and was filled with knowledge. I had analyzed his drawings for weeks and studied his method of drawing animals. I regained my composure and spouted something that probably went like this, “dur…um, yes please, autograph…” As he signed it I let him know how helpful his book is. He reassured me by saying that drawing horses is hard and that he’s glad his book helped me out. After shaking his hand I walked away, my mind was still racing and I was legitimately star struck. I mean in the same day I had seen Lou Ferrigno, Peter Mayhew (the guy who played Chewbacca) and comedian Brian Posehn (all of which I am a fan of) and I wasn’t phased! So all ‘n all my WonderCon experience was brief but awesome. Here is a scan of the page he autographed and if anyone out there is into drawing animals, this book is a must.

February 22, 2008

Big Update!

It’s been over five months since I have updated, but I’m making up for it now. I’ve been hard at work interning at a local game developer and have learned so much in such a short time. I recently ended my internship so I can focus on my portfolio, especially before GDC came around. I still think my portfolio wasn’t showing all I can do, but none the less I was getting great feed back. GDC was very exciting; I met a lot of art directors and received priceless advice on my portfolio. It was great to see so many other concept artists, it really lights a fire under ones ass when you see the talent you’re competing with. Anyway, the work below is a mix of characters, props and environments. I’ve nothing else to do but focus on my work so updates should be more frequent. Enjoy! :D