We both learned something over the weekend.
Posted on Monday, March 10th 2014
"We find after years of struggle that we do not a take a trip; A trip takes us." - John Steinbeck
Happy would-be-112th birthday to my favorite writer. It was an honor, life highlight, and just a lot of plain ol’ fun to create a google doodle for him. (go to google.com to see everything else!)
Posted on Thursday, February 27th 2014
Been a little quiet here as I’m hunkering down on a project at work. Snuck in some layout studies of one of my favorite films while riding home on the bus. Can you name it?
I’m having a helluva time figuring out how to respond to followers who post in my comment section, including to one follower who has been asking about painting setups. I promise I’m not being a jerk. So if you happen to guess the correct film, please accept an insubmissible but very real nod of approval from me.
Posted on Thursday, January 30th 2014
One of the most amazing humans ever, Dian Fossey. I was incredibly honored to celebrate her life’s work with today’s Google Doodle.
Posted on Thursday, January 16th 2014
Last post of the year.
Happy 2014 everyone!
Posted on Tuesday, December 31st 2013
Went to the Christmas tree farm we go to every year in Martinez, CA. My two-year old rode the tree dolly while Grandpa pulled. The Douglas firs are always healthy and abundant and this year was no exception. But the Monterey Pines (our favorite) are not doing so well. It made me wonder how many seasons we have left here.
I started a larger painting from the sketch, and will hopefully share something soon.
Posted on Monday, December 9th 2013
As part of a quiet and dignified tradition for Finland’s national holiday, students don their white university caps and carry candles and torches in procession through a wintery Helsinki.
They call it, ylioppilaiden soihtukulkue.
Posted on Thursday, December 5th 2013
Things are looking up.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26th 2013
Explorations and drafts for todays Veterans Day Google doodle. I wanted shriners in there – A small town parade isn’t a small town parade without some shriners. Alas.
For the full story on the making of this doodle, visit my main website!
Posted on Monday, November 11th 2013
This year’s Google Doodle for Veterans Day takes place within a small town parade. While a variety of townsfolk participate in the festivities, I chose to focus on a single float featuring several generations of veterans (along with one proud grandson).
Posted on Monday, November 11th 2013
Katy Wu rocked this year’s Halloween Google Doodle! I got called in the last minute to create a couple bg’s for the mini-games… which took roughly a half hour each (and was really just an excuse to steal all her PS brushes). I was just happy to play around on something requiring very little brainpower for a bit – it’s nothing compared to the months she put into leading this project, including art directing the stop motion animation. You guys need to check out her work!
Posted on Thursday, October 31st 2013
The “anatomy” of a recent doodle for Austria. Experimented with ink and colored penciled cutouts, which I then pieced together in Photoshop. Slowly finding my way to a happy medium where I can mix cutout shapes, drawings, and painted elements, reserving Photoshop as a final-stage editing tool.
The doodle itself is based on the lyrics of the Austrian national anthem:
Land of Mountains, Land by the Stream, Land of fields, land of cathedrals, Land of hammers, with a promising future, Home to great daughters and sons, A nation highly blessed with beauty, Much-praised Austria!
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th 2013
Me and my little art director during a weekend getaway to the central coast.
Posted on Monday, October 28th 2013
A liquor store in Berkeley. The original corner entrance has been walled over.
Posted on Friday, October 25th 2013
A few scribbles from last week and the weekend. Amazing that in the East Bay alone you can wander seedy backstreets with freeway overpass views or historic farmlands with towering redwoods.
Posted on Monday, October 21st 2013