30 Minute Speedpaints and Update

"When you feel good, paint. When you feel bad, paint. Painting always soothes the artist's soul."

Kids & Art Foundation Contest

Creating Lasting Memories For Children With Cancer

Kids & Art Foundation knows that art is one of the best ways to soothe the soul. They create memories for children with cancer and their families by facilitating events with local artists. The art the children make is auctioned off to buy art supplies to keep the program going and allow the children to make a lasting impact for others like them. Although, the art itself may sadly outlast the children with cancer, the memories from the day live on forever in the hearts of their friends and families. 

K&A has partnered with World 143, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between celebrities and causes, to raise donations and give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

You can enter to win K&A’s contest by making a donation as small as $10. The lucky winner gets: a 30-minute workout with Shaun T. (creator of the INSANITY workout), a two-night stay in luxury accommodations in Phoenix, Arizona and six months of private coaching. Read the guidelines and donate on the World 143 contest page. The contest closes June 29.

If you can’t make a donation at this time, you can raise donations for Kids & Art Foundation by selecting them as your charity on Goodshop. Goodshop will donate a percentage of any purchase you make at stores like, Etsy, Joann Fabrics, or Groupon, and offer coupons, so you can save, while you raise.

The Promise

"Let's see how far we can go, as long as we move forward one step at a time . . . "

The Long Journey

'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Day Job: A Stop Motion Animation Auditions

I'm directing a stop motion short film in collaboration with Academy of Art University. I'm recruiting top performing, skilled visdev students at AAU for next semester's VisDev collaboration class; it will be taught by Pixar veteran Anthony Christov. Please submit any questions and demo reels/ portfolio to my producer, Anhng1185r@gmail.com

50 Minute Speedpainting Battles

Over the weekend, I was asked to participate in 50-min speedpainting battles. There were some incredible artist turnouts: Patrick McEvoy, Chris Malidore, Preston Stone, Will O'Brien to name a few. We were given specific topics and a 50-minute time constraint. I had a great time working with interesting styles, different subject matters, and being inspired by other artists and their processes. In my speed paints and in almost every art I make, I prioritize storytelling and mood above painting technique or style. I believe as long as you have a good story to tell, it can be told with just a few lines or shapes.

A Surprise Catch
The Meeting

Speedpaint Exercise in Color & Value

Color Scripting Process

An insight into my process for color scripting as an art director. Camera angles, perspectives, color, and lighting must support the storytelling. When in doubt, pinpoint mood, then go for color & lighting. Try different color combinations in your early trial and experimentation stages, you never know and might be surprised by new and interesting combinations.