Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fang character sketches

Fang is a desert warrior with a cool grenade launcher. She helps our heroes from the shadows and is a beautiful mysterious stranger.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

VENTURE BROS sketches: Season 4.2 M-M-M-MEGAPOST

YO! This is a massive post of sketches from the later half of season 4. Like, a lot of sketches. Alright lets get started!

Pomp & Circuitry

Hank being a sass-machine. I think the stack on the right is him talking about Post-Crisis Batmans.

Dr. Phineas Phage. In this shot the BG was supposed to zoom in the whole time he jumped to take you through the window, but instead it zooms just a little bit and then stops. Well I guess that only bothers me.

Impossible is like a silly putty

I had a lot of fun with Doc on this scene. I like when he pretends to care about something to ride his dad's legacy.

This ep also had an incredible action sequence that I didn't do much on. I tried to step up my rate of work on this season so I could do more scenes but unfortunately I still missed out on a lot of the best stuff. wah

"Every Which Way But Zeus"

21 being badass.

I did some of the Hank/Teddy Ruxpin/Doc interrogations in this ep. It was cool to do acting on Doc because you couldnt see his eyes at all. I tried to get more descriptive with his mouth.

Teddy Ruxpin on the other hand, needed a unique mouth chart because he only has three mouth positions. I think my boss Miguel Martinez-Joffre did those. I tried to also make sure that Teddy's eyes rolled down into his head just like the toy. Buuuut I dunno if that came across in the episode.

And here's Desmond getting punched in the face.

"Everybody Comes to Hank's"

Here's a huge dump of Hanks. This is like everyone's favorite episode this season and I don't blame em, it's got a lot of the Hankinator and some REALLY cute Alchemist stuff. They make a surprisingly good team.

A weird note: The "Butterglider" song sequence from the season premiere was shipped overseas with this episode because the premiere ran long and this ran short. I like that this was a Disney-esque song parody but it was earnest also.

"Bright Lights, Dean City"

A few Phantom Limbs and Incorrigables. Phantom Limb's arm power is an awesome "prop" that we reference every time he uses his power. It's a chart that cycles through bones veins and outer lines with specific instructions on how many frames each is exposed for. So cool.

Doc and the Brown Widow. I tried to get the car to get stuck in the spiderweb in the same exact way as the old Spiderman intro. I guess it's pretty hard to get specifically crappy animation because it looks too well-animated in the show. TOO WELL-ANIMATED!

"Assisted Suicide"

Oh man big 21/Dr. Mrs The Monarch episode!!! I am so happy to draw Dr. Mrs The Monarch as she's one of the few female characters and a consistently confident one at that.

Orpheus!!!! People always complain that there isn't enough Orpheus but Ive always felt that he's the best when he makes a big impression every once in a while instead of every show.

Argh. Notice that all of the doors in the episode all open away from the camera when in most shots (and the design above) the doors on the left should open towards the camera. The doorknob positions would be all wrong, right? I know, I know... it doesn't matter. But it doesn't make any sense.

21's epic speech.

I saw some .gifs of Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's cheer routine on the internet like 20 minutes after the episode aired. Blew my mind. That is always like the most surreal thing to me. Anyway I loved doing this scene, I always jump at the chance to animate some dancing! I ended up looking stupid dancing in my chair at my desk trying to figure out the timing. Also people didn't believe me when I said I was looking up videos of cheerleaders for reference.

A Hank zombie. The best zombie.

"The Silent Partners"

I don't actually have a copy of my pages from this board! But I found one thing.

Pirate Captain. I tried to make sure he did this corny arm swing a lot.

Unfortunately this was my last episode. I got the call that I got the job on Adventure Time and the schedule didnt work out for me to be on the hourlong finale. Whoa. That's gonna be the first Venture Bros thing in a while that I'll be watching without having worked on it. Feels weird man. I read the script though and it was GREAT, I can't wait to see it.

I am so sad to not be working on VB any more but if it continues I'd love to go back some day. I learned so much there. VB is so ambitious and I got a chance to animate so many different moods and styles. I feel so lucky that I got to work on it. Thanks to everyone on the whole crew, especially the designers, board artists and revisionists who's art I got to work with. Big thanks to Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick for making the show great.

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

VENTURE BROS sketches: The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider

Ohhh my god I forgot about Venture Bros!!! I mean... I didn't forget to watch but I forgot to post sketches from my work on the episode. Some people like to see these. They are so old to me. Oh... I am so nostalgic for New York.

A little background: I was one of four Animation Directors on The Venture Bros. After the storyboards are completed we were tasked with timing out all of the action in the episode as well as clarifying character acting and adding little bits of funny business. Our job builds heavily on the work of the Storyboard Artists and the Storyboard Revisionists. Direction drawings are like the extra spice that punctuate these moments and work toward solidifying the feel of the show.

I only worked on the first 7 episodes of this half-season. I moved out to LA to work on Adventure Time and I missed my chance to work on the season finale extravaganza. (I read the script though and it's gonna be super-badass. Wish I got to work on it.)

Anyway let's get on with it!

Monarch's Butterglider! It's like a weird flying Segway. At least, that's how I thought of it. I also did a cycle for the exhaust when it's not moving. I was really impressed by how this came out, especially the smoke trails when Monarch flies in a circle. Really nice.

Some laser effects. Also some Billys! These are sorta wonky but man Billy was one of the best characters to draw because he's cute.

The Henchman go rogue. On the bottom-right you can see a plan for the order of the darts hitting Hatred's back. No reason it's that order, it's just gotta be planned out somewhere!

A nice detail in this episode. As hatred runs up the Venture Compound stairs, he wildly shoots into the crowd of Rogue Henchmen and nails this dude in the gut. If you can find it in the episode it looks totally brutal. That guy probably had a family! Sad.

Here's some of Hatred flipping out. These drawings of him spinning around wildly and grabbing his gun look very exagerrated. That's not a terrible thing because the overseas studio sometimes underplays the expressiveness of poses.

Okay that's it! Greetz to the VB crew I miss alla yall.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

whoa hey Minicomic at SDCC!

So I'm gonna have lots of copies of my new comic TENT SALE at San Diego Comic-con this weekend! I don't have a table or anything though. I'm just now realizing that I don't know how anyone reading this will find me if they want it. Welp! I'll probably be at the Adventure Time and Venture Bros panels. And you know, maybe you happen to see me and we can trade! I'll be around. Or not. Whatever! I'll put it up online soon anyway.

The comic is a expanded version of a three-pager I did last year. It's not the same as that. I went back and redid stuff and there are a lot of new pages. I'm proud of it but it's my first stab at comics in like 5 years. And this is my first Comic-con in 5 years. So I'm nervous and I feel rusty.

Anyway work on Adventure Time has been all-consuming and I've been pretty silent online for a lil bit. I'm tweetin from time to time at @ianjq

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Friday, May 21, 2010


Rebecca and I watched all of LOST in like five weeks so we wouldnt miss out on the ending!! Here is my tribute to LOST. Or mainly my tribute to the main character's weird face:

Friday, March 12, 2010

oh yeah! adventure time!

Oh right I should probably say something about this on my blog. This past month, I left NYC and my favorite show The Venture Bros. :(

...for LA to work on Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time With Finn and Jake"! It's been a big bowl of culture-shock since then but boy howdy I'm having a lot of fun and learning a lot of new stuff. This show has a talented and dedicated staff, every day it seems like I meet another genius. It officially comes out on April 5th but they're showing preview episodes on CN now. I really like the show- the designs, color and timing are really crazy and the humor isn't condescending, sarcastic or mean- it's prob the most earnest kid's show I've seen.

I'm getting settled out here so expect more posts soon. New comics are coming, too! Sadly I think nockFORCE is done so I need a new project.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

please understand me

Friday, February 12, 2010


Today I did a guest strip for the webcomic GastroPhobia. Go look!

Here are some sketches I did to warm up

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

snow sketchy


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

(slightly) new reel

It's got clips of the Moby video and a new project for the BBC4. Everything else is pretty much the same but I trimmed the fat here and there. Music's the same too.

Welp! That's all I have to show!