Dec. 3rd, 2011-- UPDATED CHALLENGES!


Love creating artwork but you can't find that extra-little push you need to get going? Looking for a community of artists to share your progress with? Want to press your foundations and aesthetic choices to the max?

Look no further! Open Crits is now a WEEKLY DESIGN CHALLENGE that will push you to get back to your foundations to enforce well-rounded drawings. All artists are welcomed, though for now the assignments will be geared more toward animation-themed work.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Space Battle

Just made it in time!
Its silly I know, but I thought I might as well have fun with it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Oh...just felt like sharing. Really happy with this image. Did it in 15 minutes in flash. I love my new cintiq so much *sniffles*
I was so inspired by legend of the guardians. Please see it, if not for the content, then for the amazing work the animators put behind the visuals! The compositions and colors move a relatively cliche story at a new and exciting pace.

Top Secret Background

Wow, I kind of disapeared for a few months there. Awesome stuff everyone!

This is a BG I painted for a top secret super awesome project. Sorry for the bad image quality, I used photobooth (scanner temp out of commission). Otherwise the sky is a little brighter, heh. Did this in watercolors so it will be difficult to change anything (I can photoshop though and I can still add). I was wondering if you guys could let me know what you think? I could use a fresh set of eyes. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I guess I was too lazy to post throughout. But it's probably best that I show this stuff because it's likely that more than half of it won't be finished in the future. At least it's proof that I've been practicing and that the work existed in some form at some point in time.

P.S. I'm also working on a flash pencil test that is relevant to this months category, but none of it looks recognizable enough to post at the moment. I may or may not finish that one...

WIP- Sketch of my house

I thought I needed more practice with layouts, so I did a sketch of my foyer. I plan to color it in photoshop. Hope it turns out.

WIP- Blog Banner

This is a banner I've been working on for my site. I wanted to make the face and skin more dimensional instead of using just flat color, but that didn't work out. I'll try it again later... Color is actually brighter in the psd. Not sure how to avoid that.

WIP- Linoleum Print

I tried my first lino cut and it didn't turn out too well; hard to make a print without a press. I still have some tweaks to make, but otherwise I found a better way to make a print without a press.

Ben's sketch thing

These are some pieces I did for Ben's sketch thing. They aren't really sketches as much as illustrations.

The first is El Chupacabra. He's hungry.

The second is carnage, which I did with acrylic paint. Someone mentioned that it has a slight resemblance to menstruation. I apologize... This was not my intention.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Conflict of the Mind: Redux

Howdy everyone, this is Alex from Uarts. Just wanted to say hello and howdy-do and hope everyone is doing well. Hm, I don't think I could beat around the bush with this one. Right now, I'm currently in preproduction with a revamp of my junior thesis, "Conflict of the Mind." And temporarily adding Redux simply because it sounds a tad cooler even though I dunno what it is the moment. But anyway, this new project is going to be a little bit better (hopefully) than the original. Rather than meeting deadlines, I can take my time shot by shot and make it the way I ultimately want it to be. I'm adding a lot of new moves and in all honesty using...references! I originally thought using references of one self was actually cheating...(I swear, I thought it was.) I never filmed myself doing things like jumping, falling, spinning staves, and kicking with capes on while wearing boxers. I noticed each drawing I make, I'm understanding how the body works and how the body looks foreshortened certain things. I've originally planned the storyboarding to be done sometime in early june even though I started it sometime the last days of May. It's now September and I'm about 75% done with storyboards. The cool thing is, whenever I listen to music or running, I want to add more and more things. The project continues to get bigger and better. Newer ideas, babies getting killed, scrapping older pieces and reworking it. My only setback is probably going to be the soundtrack. I'm leaning towards something more on the time period of baroque while I'm also thinking more of an 8bit chiptune boss theme amongst the painters. Not to mention moves...there's a LOT more moves. Prometheus Punches for all! Hope all is well.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

WIP for August: Wrinkle in Time transformation quick test

More Progress! Half-way there! I think...


yet more space. yes, she has an ipad. sorry it's dark, my scanner was broken when i drew this, so i took a picture and coloured it afterward. space is ORANGE. why? you ask. well, i say, it's because the sun is coming! seriously, though...the ipad would rock in space.

space diving!

hello, all! i'm new, if you didn't know. : ) glad to be joining the community! and i look forward to your assistance with motivation and critique. yay! anyways, here we go: september prompt. i have a few things to share, but i'm going to make two posts.

here's a poster i made for space diving, which is this creative idea i have for one of my latest novels. i figured i'd make a neat "poster" for space diving, so here we go!

 final product

some affects added/some color

 scanned in, text typed out

 original drawing

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"I'll fly away"

this is something i've been wanting feed back on for a while, its just a reaction to one of my favorite hymns "I'll Fly Away" it kind of reminds me of the very childlike desire, to fly away from everything and everyone.

i have some little details left to do, such as, im toying with making the papers under his arms, sheet music and maybe adding some tape between the pages. What do yall think?

Here are the lyrics

Some glad morning when this life is o'er,
I'll fly away;
To a home on God's celestial shore,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).

I'll fly away, Oh Glory
I'll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone,
I'll fly away;
Like a bird from prison bars has flown,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away)

I'll fly away, Oh Glory
I'll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).

Just a few more weary days and then,
I'll fly away;
To a land where joy shall never end,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away)

I'll fly away, Oh Glory
I'll fly away; (in the morning)
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by,
I'll fly away (I'll fly away).

and a youtube video if you want to hear it.

WIP for August: Wrinkle in Time transformation quick test

Yes, I'm still working on it, but it's looking good...I think. Sorry for the bad quality, but it's only a quick test and I was too cheap to buy istopmotion.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


That's right STAR TREK: The Next Generation! A show I watched religiously as a kid every night with my sister while eating from our snack cups. So it's no wonder that when I think of space I think of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise and his loyal crew member, first officer Commander William Riker who is known to have a love fling with counselor Deanna Troi, and Doctor Beverly Crusher who always has a tri-corder handy to scan you with, and Lieutenant Geordi La Forge, the blind engineer nerd, and officer Lieutenant Worf, the tough Klingon, and my favorite, the android Lieutenant Commander Data who has a love for cats. : ) Yes...I just totally geeked out on all of you.

And for you non-trekkies, some research material:

Data and cats:

Riker and Troi's love fling:

Capt.'s line for every episode:

Ok, I'm done...promise

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blurb Listening to Om

This is the initial sketch for a poster sized work. Blurb ponders the universe and listens to it's sound.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WIP for August LATE!

Oops! Lost track of time! This is my idea for August: Famous Novels!

I re-read the novel "A Wrinkle in Time" a favorite of mine. My favorite moment is when Mrs. Whatsit turns in to a alien creature that looks a lot like a centaur.

Here is a link to read all about the book:

Soooo, I decided to tackle some old school animation. Below is my video of just timed out rough drawings of the transformation of Mrs. Whatsit.