Thursday, December 2, 2010

Run Studios Greeting Card


Happy Holidays!

Back at the Studios, I was given the great honor of helping to design the holiday greeting card. Brett Ciacco, Will Hardin, and I did a lot of sketches and came up with a pile of ideas. After the direction was decided on by our bosses, I painted the final illustration. Chris Lorance did an amazing job adding the lens flare, which in my opinion, makes the piece. And there's nothing quite like a good lens flare!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Birds For Brittany


Howdy Howdy!

Here is a quick little sketch I did for my friend Brittany. It was inspired by some seabirds I saw chilling on the pier when I took the ferry last week.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Late Night Creature Feature


Howdy Folks!

Here are a few silly late night drawings. The first was the result of a challenge to draw a self portrait as a gnome. The costume design was inspired by Rufio from the movie "Hook." Not the whole costume, just the shirt-cut-in-half part. The second had to feature a vampire.


P.S. You should really check out Kit Seaton's blog! She recently finished a sketchbook on the theme "Happy Thoughts" and it's been a huge inspiration to me. It's totally off the hook! I promise it will blow your brain box! You gotta pop a lid on it: http://www.kitseaton.com/blog/?p=378

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Will and Brett Show



Greetings Folks!

Fall is upon us! Halloween, pumpkins, butternut squash, Sasquatch...

Anyways, as I've mentioned in past posts, at the studio where I work we do weekly creative exercises to keep the creative juices flowing through our brain boxes. We also like to draw caricatures of each other. This tradition was started by my co-workers Will Hardin and Brett Ciacco long before I came into the studio, and the legacy continues daily. No one in the office is safe from the constant caricaturizations, but more often than not, I find myself drawing Will and Brett in response to their silly and skillful drawings of me.

"Moonbeam Blast-off" was a theme during the first weekly exercise. Both Will and Brett are great storytellers, they often regale me with stories of yore. When hearing their banter, it's not hard to imagine them as characters on a sitcom.








This last drawing was for the theme "Chin of Doom." As you can see, the Cosmic Conductor is battling an evil mustachioed robot. I'm sorry to say that, although he sports a mullet endowed with magical powers, things don't end well for the Conductor.

Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Now for Something Quite Strange


So there it is, "Attack of Dr. Cheeze Whiz and his Cow Milk Clones." What, you might ask, inspired me to do something so strange and disturbing? Well, it all started with an innocent creative exercise called "Out of the Bag"...

At work one day, the benevolent and well-bearded Animation Lead, Will Hardin, came up with the superb idea of doing a weekly creative challenge. So everyone in the office wrote down words and sentences on scraps of paper and put them in an old paper take-out bag from Chipotle (yes, we proudly recycle). Once a week, we draw two pieces of paper from this wondrous bag and these two phrases create the theme. The challenge is to produce something interesting, and preferably artistic, by the time we reconvene in a week.

So what two phrases produced "Dr. Cheese Whiz"? The two offending scraps of paper said:

(1) Cheeeee-eeeze
(2) Out de door

When I read them, I wasn't sure what they actually meant, all I knew was that I had to draw a cow blasting someone with her udders. Then I started thinking about where milk comes from, and how gross and preverted it is to milk a cow and disgrace it by turning its milk into yellow, moldy bricks. Think about it.

Anyway, thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll have something nifty (and hopefully less disturbing) to share with you next time.

P.S. While we're on the subject of bizarre yet amazing art, I recommend that you check out the blog that Will Hardin and Brett Ciacco maintain (be aware that some of their drawings can be pretty far out) : Gnomes, Jamsters and Other Unsorted Sundries

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy Journey Collective

Hello Folks!

I'd like to direct you towards a great website, Happy Journey Collective! The website was started by a group of talented artists who wanted to create fresh and exciting custom coffin designs.

I feel highly honored that they asked me to create a design for their radical website! Below are some photos of my process. To see a higher resolution image of the finished illustration, please visit their website.










Monday, August 9, 2010

The Wild West


Howdy howdy!

A short while ago, a fine gentleman and talented artist by the name of Tony Elmore asked me to join a collective he had started. All the artists started in locations west of the Mississippi, so he came up with the slick name of the Wild West Collective. Every month, Tony interviews a different artist from the collective and features some of their artwork on the website. I feel greatly honored to say that I am the featured artist for August! Please visit the Wild West Collective website and check out what it's got going on, there are a lot of links to some great artists!

P.S. If you look closely at the painting I did for the WWC, you'll notice that it is a mix of acrylic paint and ballpoint pen!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Super Cosmic 2D Animation



Howdy Folks!

I'm really excited about what I have to share with you in this post! As I mentioned before, I've been interning at the super cosmic Run Studios since June. Everyone who works there is mega rad, you should check out their website: www.runstudios.com

The first project I had the opportunity to work on was an amazing 2D extravaganza! We did it pretty old school, drawing and "inking" all the frames by hand. The boomin' crew at Run have some mad 2D skills and feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with them.

The video was for the Yahoo/Microsoft Search Alliance, you can check out the video here as well:

http://www.searchalliance.com/home


I was given the great privilege of working on several really cool parts of this video. I'm especially proud of the fire breathing dragon and the man throwing sunglasses that I got to animate. All the animation for the background characters is mine as well. There are some few other misc. shots as well as a lot of scanning and laying out frames that I got to work on. But in the end, I was a small part of the Run team. The crew at Run is so passionate and supportive, and I'm really glad to be working there.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Feeling Cosmic in Washington

Howdy Folks!

In the time that's passed since my last post I moved to Washington state! I'm living in the radical town of Kirkland and doing an internship at the super cosmic Run Studios. Everything has been stellar so far and I'm just a short ride from Seattle! Speaking of Seattle, here are a few doodles I did when I was there last week. I saw these people walking around and I'm pretty sure that if I had heard them speak, this is what they would have said:


Well, that's all for now. But I have many projects in the works, so I hope to have something to share with you soon! Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Unicorn Yeti and the Bushman

Greetings One and All!

Here are some fancy new drawings from my book of sketches! I'm in the process of moving, so I haven't had time to do full scale illustrations, but I've been having lots of fun just dinking around with pens and watercolors.


I did these first two when I was at the airport a while back. I was looking at a potted plant and I started thinking about the creatures that might live inside. I want to give a big shout out to my friend, Ryan, whose work was a huge inspiration for these guys. Ryan's got an amazing menagerie of characters and creatures in his portfolio, so I recommend you go and check that out (right now! Do it!): www.secoraillustrations.com

This last guy here is from last week when I went to the zoo. Thanks for taking a look! Ya'll come back now!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Birdland - Part I


Howdy there!

I'm chilling at the Denver airport, so I thought I'd do a little update. Lately, I've been drawing some funky little birds and I'd like to hear what you guys think of them. In the next few days I'm planning on coloring them and posting the finished product for you all to dig. I've been in love with Charlie Harper's book "Birds and Words" for some time, so it was fun to do something in the same vein.

While waiting here at the airport, I ran into my friend Blake. You should really peel a lid on his blog, because he spends a lot of time doing nifty drawings of people at the airport as well as creating an array of funk-tacular creatures: http://bachamness.blogspot.com/

To wrap things up, I would like to direct you to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators website. Last year I was lucky enough to get a scholarship to attend the Rocky Mt. chapter's fall conference, and they posted one of my illustrations and a quote: http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Chapters.aspx?R=40&sec=News

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Zoo Animals

(click image to enlarge)

Howdy Folks!

At the end of last month I went to the Denver zoo with some of my drawing buddies. The above drawing is the Dandy Lion. My buddy, Chris, came up with the name which inspired me to create this crazy, yet nattily dressed lion. Below are sketches from the building that I like to call The Reptile Room.

And this here is a moving picture of a swimming lizard.

video

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Colorful Animals in the Sketchbook



A few days back, I did these little sketches when I was at the coffee shop hanging with some friends. I had brought along my portable watercolor palette and two of those nifty brushes that hold water in their handles. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

King Yeti Love Jazz

Howdy folks!

Just finished a new illustration! I've been told that digital illustration is the wave of the future, so thought I might give it a try.



Here is a little movie showing the final stages of the process. Thanks for taking a look!




Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pencil Test Magic






Howdy Folks!

Lately, I've been working on a short animated intro for my portfolio. I decided that it would really benefit if it had a running giant in it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Robot Jazz Lessons

New Painting!

Robot Jazz Lessons! Only 50 cents each, what a steal!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Sketchbook Pages!

Howdy howdy!

I am happy to inform you that I have updated my website! Most specifically, I divided the sketchbook page into three sections: creative, people, and animal. There are some spiffy new drawings (if I do say so myself) and I would be most honored if you would take a moment to check them out: http://andymusser.com/Sketchbook/sketchbook.html




Additionally, the homepage has been redesigned so that thumbnails of new work can be continually added and updated. So from now on, you can just go to www.andymusser.com and check out the "New Work" bar to see all the great new stuff on the site!

Oh, and recently I finished "Mail-Order Octopus," a new black and white painting! Dig it!



Saturday, February 20, 2010

6 Different Ways to Tie Your Shoes


Howdy!

Below is a little Flash experiment that I would like to share with you! A few days ago, I did some sketches of people tying their shoes. I was really digging the color pencil drawings but wasn't exactly sure what to do with them. It occurred to me that it would be fun to make them into a little Flash presentation! Below you will find the resulting interactive presentation! Enjoy!

(Press the "Next" button to scroll through the drawings)




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Demo Reel, Super Deal!

Howdy Folkettes!

I have much to share with you! I just finished a new illustration and I compiled my demo reel!





The illustration was done for a competition in which the theme was diversity. My concept behind this picture is that the old lady is knitting sweaters for all the fairy tale creatures to show her love and acceptance. Everyone is having a great time, especially the Big Bad Wolf, who has made friends with all his enemies. Life is good!

The demo reel was made to generally showcase my animation skills. I'd like to thank Flo Musser, who wrote and performed the neat little song that I used for the sound track. She wrote the tune and we recorded it in the space of five hours!

We'll, I'm back to the drawing board! I'll write again soon!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Oui oui, I designed a T!

Hello Foxy Mamas and Hep Daddies!

I recently designed a t-shirt for Threadless.com! The battle isn't over yet, however, because I need your vote! If you have a moment, please use the link below and cast your vote (and you can even leave a quote)! Thank you kindly!

Score this design: "Heavy Beats," to help it get printed on Threadless!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monochrome Magic!

Howdy Hi!

I have some new illustrations to share with you all! Lately, I've been working on developing black and white spot illustrations for my portfolio. To add a bit of a challenge, I have been trying to finish each in under two days. My process has started to develop into a routine, I usually come up with the idea at night and then the next morning I finish the illustration in a few hours.

To speed things up, all of these illustrations were done in mixed media, utilizing India ink, acrylics, and pencil. In a few places I even used ballpoint pen to add small details. I used Photoshop for clean-up, but the pieces were done pretty analog.


"Southwest Santa," acrylics,ink, and pencil on illustration board.

Description: After the holidays ended, I was listening to Bob Dylan's cover of "Must be Santa" and felt oddly inspired to do something Christmas themed. I guess Bob can have that effect on people. On a side note, the cactus is named "Mr. Wactus the Talking Cactus."

"Mr.Whiskers and His Magical Cats," acrylics,ink, and pencil on illustration board.

Description: A little while back I did an illustration for a story called "The Magical Cat," about a man/cat that rides the train. In the intro, it briefly mentions how many feral cats ride the train too. When I did this sketch last year I really liked the composition (and I love to draw cats! But who doesn't?!) so I was very happy to be able to do a finished piece.
"The Three Little Pigs," acrylics,ink, and pencil on illustration board.

Description: Classic folktales and strong silhouettes are always fun too! I've been studying the illustrations in the old Wizard of Oz books, and realized that John R. Neill broke things down into a really simple value range. Often times he used only black, white, and simulated gray (through cross hatching). In this fashion, I try to use only three values in my sketches to get the basic silhouettes and composition. My palette for the final piece has a six step value range, which allows me to work relatively quickly.

You can also view these illustrations in the new
Black and White illustration section on my website! Check it out: Black and White Illustrations on andymusser.com