Nov 16, 2008

C Block Poster Sketches

A few quick color pencil poster designs..I like the first one...thinking of developing it further.

new stuff

blue angels flying in "diamond" formation.. there is about 18 inches between them...this is how the navy gets young people to enlist. sign me up! Here are some of Oleg's pictures from the day:

when the poses are long I have to time to draw the drawers. :)


Oct 1, 2008

Sep 28, 2008


-what pictures?-

My trip to Crater Lake...
this is the deepest lake in the States with depths reaching 600m! The volcano exploaded 1000years ago, and over time filled up with rain water which means its super clear; hence the blue photoshop filters here...thats what it looks like!

how do i work this thing...
Sorry for the lack of posts...Its coming soon...I've been super busy with my move to Berkeley, and I just recently got myself a laptop and got back online..I've got lots of drawings to post, so keep checking in...
over and out

Jun 10, 2008

Stuff I did last year

Some design work i did at my internship between 3rd and 4th year...for about a month I got to draw monsters, aliens, mythological creatures, and hot babes for a stop motion commercial...It started off as monsters at the drive-in and later ended up in an old theater...

Apr 20, 2008


The other day Nick, at the Sheridan animation tech office, asked me if by any chance I made my film as a dedication to Laika (the 1st space dog). He brought to my attention that recently it was the 50th year anniversary since the historic sputnik 2 flight which delivered Laika into Orbit.

So I thought I’d make a post about Laika’s extraordinary journey:

Laika is Russian for “barker”, which is now also referred to a breed of dog: mongrel (mixed breed).

She was found wandering the streets of my home town Moscow, and along with 2 other dogs began training for space flight. Training included: keeping the dogs in progressively smaller and insolated cages for increasingly longer periods up to 20 days, placed in centrifuges that simulated launch accelerations, and exposed to machines that simulated the noise experienced during launch.

Before the flight one of the scientists brought Laika home so she can play with his kids. He said: " I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live." .

There days before the start of the mission Laika was placed inside the small cockpit and chained to restrict her movement to standing, sitting or lying down. She had access to gel form food on board, and fitted with a waste bag.

Her craft, Sputnik 2, was a rush job to meet Khrushchev’s request to launch the next satellite on November 7 (the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution). The team designed and built the craft in four weeks. So on November 3, 1957 the satellite was launched.

At peak acceleration Laika’s respiration increased to 3-4 times the pre-launch rate. Her heart rate increased to 240 beats/min from 103 (pre launch). There was a malfunction during separation, and some thermal insulation tore loose, raising cabin temp to 40°C. (the ideal temp planned for Laika was 15 degrees) After three hours of weightlessness, her pulse went back down to normal and she was eating again. After 7 hours no signs of life were received. Laika had died from overheating and stress.

Her sacrifice however, proved to the world that surviving launch into orbit was possible, and paved the way for human space flight.

A few days ago on april 11, 2008 a monument dedicated to Laika was unveiled beside the military facility that hosted the mission in Moscow.

Laika, was in fact the inspiration for my short film ‘C BLOCK’. At one point it was even titled ‘Laika’, but due to various reasons (including the fact that my dog never actually goes to space) I chose an alternate title. I just like to think that the name of the dog in the film is Laika.

Guess what I’ll be naming my own dog in the future?

Well thats all I have to say...thanks for reading my wikipedia summary :)

Oh, I also found a couple of interesting documentary clips to give us a glimpse of the space race in the 50s: