Friday, April 29, 2011

Final Story

A father and daughter own and operate a repair shop, Danielle (Dani – 17 yrs) and Richard (late 30s-early 40s), in a small, West-coast city. Dani follows in the footsteps of her quirky father who is brilliant as an inventor and she often can be found wandering the outdoors, collecting specimens from nature to expand her knowledge of science. Her father believes that he has created an invention that might patch the holes in the ozone layer. The artificial ozone patches however, are designed to repel chemicals that come into contact with it, begin conflicting with the elements of the natural ozone layer and begin to repel it. As the remaining ozone begins to deteriorate, people begin feeling the drastic effects on earth, plant-life and wildlife dying, water supplies dry up and oxygen grows thinner and thinner. Before time runs out, the father hopes to reverse the effects of his experiment and attempts to put his recent experiment involving a set of stones that can harness energy capable of achieving time and dimension travel that has not quite been finished yet. They do indeed transport the father, but the stones are left behind. The daughter is left to combat with the declining conditions of the planet and attempt to find a way to use the stones herself so that she may save her father. She fashions them into devices that she attaches them to an earring and her set of work boots. She is skilled, but not as adept as her father in the ways of science, and therefore has no idea of how to track where or when her father may have gone, causing her to search through a vast variety of times and dimensions to search for her lost father. She ventures off into time and space just as the very city she lives in begins to melt and collapse into flame. Each dimension that she enters presents her with an alternate world, with an alternate planet-threatening disaster and an alternate version of herself. Each alternate-self she encounters presents her with a new set of skills and abilities that she has mastered only in this world. She continues her nature-collecting habits in these new dimensions, storing specimens of plant, insect, etc, in the jars attached to her belt to bring with her when she returns to her own time. Gaining skills, equipment, and special abilities, she quests for her father and a way to return to save the dying planet in her own dimension.

I was envisioning this story as a video game, each dimension functioning as a new mission, or new level.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Big Huge Games Trip


I’d like everyone to meet me at the Mount Royal Light Rail Stop at 4:20 PM on Wednesday. Even if you can drive, I’d prefer that you light rail with the class as I have papers for you all to sign.

Bring your dinner and money for a roundtrip ticket on the light rail ($3.20).

At Big Huge Games we’ll do the following:

1) Studio Tour

2) Demos (3d Studio Max and possibly one other one)

3) Brief Q&A with industry professionals outside of concept art

4) Critique of Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot. Guest critics are Andrew Auseon and Big Huge Game artist/designer Jessica Hara.

Because we have a pretty good projector, you don’t need to print the final Jo-Jo pieces. We’ll just look at them all together on the projector.

Following those four things you’ll all be released to take the light rail back to MICA.

For next week:

Take your story idea and do ONE concept, either character or environment, of your choosing.

Print this out to at least 8” x 10” and bring to class for one last critique.

Be prepared to briefly explain your story. Also give a quick write-up of it on the blog with your post.

Thanks! Email me with any questions!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


In Class Homework


This Guy!

A character from the first week! He looks really fast but hes really not...

monster thingy (in class)


I've been wanting to try this for a while


Strength Roller Derby Final

From way back at the beginning of the semester.

I took a thumbnail from the first assignment, from speed.


Here's Jo-Jo for tonight's assignment

I did another environment for my re-imagined story. Mine was 'the little matchgirl' done underwater, to remind you. I went through my sketches for that assignment and found an environment I really wanted to do along with the one I actually did for the assignment, and this is it.

yeah, those are rivers in the ocean. it can happen!


Worked with one of my concepts from Speed from the first assignment

Class Concept

I decided to work on one of my wonder thumbnails.

In Class Concept

Born This Way

I'm on the right track baby I was born this waaayy!!

~ Jungle Book Sea Vitch


The kite from the Jungle Book, which I've been wanting to do in fancy colors ever since I did the sketches. I realize that between the colors and the face feathers it isn't exactly kite-accurate... but it was ridiculously fun to do, and that's the most important part. Right? Right??

End of Class Assignment

Return to an assignment you've worked on before. Look at a character or environment you wanted to pursue that you didn't.
By the end of class tonight, 10 pm, complete a color concept of that character or environment and post it to the blog.
Make these at least 8.5 x 11 inches.

For homework this week you only need to come up with your story and decide what you want to do as your final concept piece for the last week of class. It will be an environment or character from your story, but for this week all you need to do is come up with the story. Start the concept if you want to, however.

Take care, and everyone have a great week. I'm sorry to bail!

JoJo and the Fiendish Lot mood pieces WORK IN PROGRESS!

I know Colin... I'm a huge poop! These last two weeks have been just crazy..... I promise they'll be completely finished VERY soon!!!

UPDATE: a little more rendered....

Wes, Avernus, and Tatoo Parlor

The mood piece isnt quite there yet, but the environment and character just needs to be sharpened and cleaned a bit.

JoJo and Le Fiendish Lot

Max walking down a foggy, deserted road in the after life, the beautiful Harlan Hogg, and the murky Baltimore stream.


JoJo and the Fiendish Lot

My Sherwood gardens one came out really weird looking so I think I'm going to try and re-do it before next week and I'll do so more touch ups on the other enviorment too.


Jo-Jo Twins and Hog man