Thursday, December 8, 2011

New room is under construction

Helping my friend, Mr. Andrew Way, construct a small cabin in my apartment.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Creature Sculpt Complete

Finished and baked this creature yesterday. (Thanks to Angeline and Steve for the use of their oven late last night.) As you can see, I totally burnt him. Ah well. Now he's just a darker brown. Next I need to clean up some of the tiny cracks and blend in the hairline a little better with Magie-Sculpt and then paint him. I could totally see him as a I giant animatronic puppet with yarn dreads. Of course I don't think I'll ever get around to doing that, but it's fun to think about!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stop Motion Sunday: Mah Shoes are Dirty!

Learning stop motion the hard way, with Marla ( and Geoff (

Here's my stop motion walk cycle test:

See all of our clips on Geoff's youtube channel:

Me in my kitchen. Photo By Geoff Evans, all rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Weekend Escape to Joshua Tree

Last Friday, Hollye texted me at 10am to ask if I wanted to go camping in Joshua Tree. I said "yes!" She said, "Great! Be ready by noon." This gave me all of two hours to pack for the cold desert and find a cat sitter. Normally, I would not agree to something like this on such short notice, what with all the preparation and planning I like to do, but I was having a rough couple of weeks and felt this might be the perfect chance to get me out of the house and active again.

We stopped along the way, at the Joshua Tree Saloon, which promised burgers, beer, and kitschy mining decor with at least one cattle skull. We left shortly before karaoke began and arrived at camp late that evening. After much hunting, we finally found an open site at the Belle Camp grounds, in cozy lot #3. We setup camp and set to drinking. On a chilly walk around the camp, we met another group of campers, out for the weekend to celabrate their friend's birthday (hence referred to as "The Birthday Crew"). They had a fire and we had none, so they invited us to hang out with them for the evening. To bed around 11pm.

Saturday, I awoke unaided at 7am and busied myself with long walks around the desert and cactus photography. My camp mates slept in until 11am. After a late breakfast, they spent the day rock climbing as I watched on, terrified. After dinner we drove to the first gas station just North of the park, and bought firewood and other necessary provisions (hot dogs, beans, Ho-hos, etc...). We visited the Birthday Crew that night to deliver said Ho-hos and 3 CDs from Hollye's car collection. The birthday girl rejoiced. We returned to our site for more camp fire stories. I tried to go to bed at 9pm, was too cold, came back out and eventually went to bed at 10pm.

Sunday, I slept in until 7:45am. We drove to a nearby trail and hiked 4miles round trip to see the Lost Horse Mine. It rained a bit on our hike but the burnt landscape and mine were awesome. Afterward, we returned to camp. Ate lunch. Napped. Ate dinner. Napped. Drank around the camp fire. Went to bed at 9pm.

Monday. Awoke at 7:45am, again. Hid in my warn sleeping bag until 8:30am. Packed up my tent stuffs. I was just starting to make breakfast when I realized our camp had been ravaged by crows. Hot dogs missing! Woke up my camp mates. Picked up our scattered trash. Complained a lot. Found Hot dogs on car floor! Made breakfast and packed up our site. We were on the road back to LA around noonish.

All in all it was a very fine adventure. A much needed break. And an eye opening, mind clearing, perspective shifting experience. Just what I needed.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Crowded and warm. It's bed time for bonzos; our last night in Oakland. For now.

Creature Anatomy with Jordu Schell

I continued my character from last week into this and developed the secondary forms, detail and story telling.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Character Design with Carlos Huante

My first alien sculpt (of my own design).

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011 Level 2

I have been up in Oakland/Alameda for a month now. Here's what I have to show from the last week's level 2 class.

Learning anatomy from Andrew Cawrse and Eric Wilson really is like trying to drink from a fire hose. No matter how thirsty you are for knowledge, the stream will totally knock you on your ass.

My brain is melting, and casual conversation with my housemates quickly turns into an anatomy recap. "Today was really good. I'm a bit tired. Yea, the weather is great. Oh, did you know that the biceps is one of those rare muscles that crosses over more than one joint? Yea, it originates from the coricoid process of the scapula, over (but not attached to) the humorous, and inserts into the tuberosity of the radius bone in your forearm."

Class has been great. I'm meeting all sorts of amazing industry people. From doll makers, to special effects and make-up artists, toy designers, character artists, etc...
That's all for now.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Exterior Environment Design

Simple value thumbnails for exterior design.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Odd Memorabilia

My Grandpa Joe, a.k.a. Dr. Joseph Mark of Livingston, NJ,  was born on September 14, 1919 and passed away a few months ago, on Thursday, April 28, 2011. He was 91. These are photos of a WWII handgun and dagger found among his belongings.They are roughly worth $200 and $500 today, respectively.

Born in Translyvania, now Hungary, in 1919 and raised in New York City, Dr. Mark moved to Livingston in 1954. He was a U.S. Army veteran in World War II, serving with the 106th Infantry Division.  Although he avoided being killed in action, Dr. Mark was among the many Americans taken prisoner by the German military. During the Battle of the Bulge, Dr. Mark was held as a POW, and later at the German concentration camp, Berga. A concentration camp where German forces sent enemy soldiers who were suspected of being of Jewish descent. He survived, and was awarded the Purple Heart and, later, the Bronze Star in 2009 after the story of the GIs at Berga was investigated by CNN.

When asked last year by his grandson, Etan, how he had come into possession of the pistol, Grandpa Joe responded soberly and frankly, "I had a knife, and the other guy didn't."

As one of the few long living survivors of Berga, he has been featured in several books and documentaries, including:

The gun has since been disposed of in parts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sketching and Playing with Line Weight

Here's an update of what I have drawn thus far for my Intro to Entertainment Design class. Tonight I'm supposed to be doing this week's hw, but instead I'm having fun learning how to ink my drawings, and play around with line weights.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cubicle Decore, Construction Complete

My biggest contribution here at Dreamworks (in these short two months), has been helping my desk mates, Jen and Lucy, build a pvc frame over their desks. Measured everything out during lunch last week; took a few quick trips to the hardware store this week for pipes and paint; cut everything over two lunches, Tuesday and yesterday; and painted and constructed today. This, and four bug fixes, will be my legacy.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ride stats (before my phone died)

Sent via Google Maps: Rachel Mark sent you: LA River Ride Map

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Sadly my phone died 30 miles from the finish line. But here's the map from my ride first century ride!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

35 mile mark!

Pictures from my first century ride, from the 35 mile mark!

Monday, May 30, 2011

43 miles!

My track:

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


With the help of many friends from Sew LA (, the dresses are finished in record time!