Jeremy came over last week and we set up a quick glamour lighting scheme. This is Katy with the full treatment.

The lights were set up in what's called a clam shell. The master light is above the model with a piece of matte board reflecting the light from underneath. A hot backlight is blasting out the background.

i first saw this technique at Kelby's Shoot it seminar. Jeremy immediately know the technique in addition to several others. The image was shot with a D700.


Studio 101

Here is an example of the compositing demonstrated at this years Studio 101


New series

This is a new series I'm working on between my sketchbooks. Its under drawing, called "Tough Guys". I'll try and post some process between a few.

Heres the original sketch, traced in Photoshop, printed, then inked with a micron for expression.

Final, painted with textures in Photoshop.


Sketchbook Revisted

Just got this sent to me, sounds cool

meanwhile, i have been working on a bound reeplica of one of my themed sketchbooks called Nightmares and other Maladies. Depending on the bind, it might be around 44 pages. I'll put up a SWF once its finished and sell them for around 10$. hope you like it


Hamilton Wood Type Museum/Workshop

Here are some images from the Wood Type Workshop in two Rivers WI. The museum is curated by Jim Moran, an awesome guy who is not only knowledgeable about the history of type but a great instructor in regards to setting type. I highly recommend spending the day at the museum to all designers and artists who like to get dirty.



The Uncanny Valley

I'm still working on a short essay titled the Homunculi Theory which I thought was going to be one of the more provocative titles I had come up with until this thing was sent to me.  We have been talking a lot about what made the Mo-Cap Robert Zemeckis movies so creepy. Apparently we were not alone, in fact there is quite a lot of literature to explain why "almost" life like is worse than a corpse or a zombie. This gray area between robot and human is called the uncanny valley.

What I find most interesting is how people have tried to pin point what exactly it is that is so unnerving about the look of these things. All of the explanations make sense but some see more plausible than others.



If your looking for something to read and have already plowed through all of the Hellboy's and everything by Alan Moore, you should move onto Scalped. This is an awesome series by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R. M. Guéra, published monthly by Vertigo Comics.

I dont want to spoil anything so I'll just let you dive in but i will say this, it's not for the faint of heart.


New Stop Motion 

Here are the boards for the new animation Bradley, Dom and myself are about to begin. It's a nightmare Katy had as kid, it's really creepy.

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More nudes

I have to remember that I have been classically trained to render boobies and butts


cooking with semiotics‏

I saw this video in undergrad and have had trouble sleeping ever since. Thanks to Jeremy Schulz for finding the clip. His site is