Dec 6, 2018

Mural spotting

David Guinn's Glenside mural project has been completed. The remaining lights were added in October. The mural was designed and painted by Arcadia University students with David's supervision. I stopped by yesterday to get a closer look.

Commuters on Easton Road are now treated to a tunnel of lights. If you hang around long enough, you'll notice the colors slowly changing.

At South Street and 5th, this mural, also installed in October, looks back.

According to this article, the artist is Paul Stone. He paints eyes.

Dec 3, 2018

Place holders

This is the initial animatic for the mid-section of Fatal Error. These are very rough sketches to figure out the timing, postures, and expressions.

Nov 25, 2018

Spinner with audio

Here's a clip that will be in my next animated short. The spinner is out of control and grinds to a halt.

Nov 24, 2018

Comic books online

Friend and fellow painter, Anders Hansen has called my attention to the Digital Comic Museum, where hundreds of royalty-free comic books from the 1950s are available for free download.

I've been keeping up with the latest Battle Angel Alita comics (AKA: Gunnm) on It's a sort-of Napster for Manga titles. The English translations are pretty bad, but it tides me over until the official print versions are available. The movie version, Alita: Battle Angel will be in theaters in February.

Nov 18, 2018

Return of the spinner 3

Colors in Blender are determined not only by the color assigned to the object, but also by the lighting. This version required a lot of fine tuning. I keep making little adjustments to it. I'm using 3-D software to create something flat.

Nov 17, 2018


This is my quick rendition of Laguna Beach, California. I'm sending my cousins a thank you note.

Nov 16, 2018

Voice recording

I completed the audio for Fatal Error over the Summer. I spent hours reciting the lines repeatedly into a recorder, trying to match my actual line readings to the version I have in my head. Playing it back later, I'd find that the quality wasn't right and do more takes.

It's reassuring to see professionals going through the same process. This video from voice actor James Arnold Taylor of his Fred Flintstone recording session is a great example of what it's like. He has to match the performance to what the client has in mind, so the client is on the phone while he's doing it.

It feels ridiculous repeating the same lines over and over with slight variations, but that's how it works. He says that there are a million ways to read a line and it's the truth.