Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Final Thesis Pieces

These are the final two pieces from my senior thesis. Both are paper cut outs with dimension.

 This was the most challenging and most fun of all my thesis pieces to make. The rain is made from easter grass that's glued together. Made of paper, gouache, and easter grass.

This one is small but fun. It's made of paper and gouache as well. 

Both of these pieces allowed me to try new techniques and methods of paper cutting and experiment with it as well. With each piece I do, I seem to learn more and more, which is amazing!

While I was going through all my moving boxes, I found some other paper pieces that I don't think I ever shared. So I decided to post them here.

This was made for a gallery I got to be a part of last year. The show was called "The Cute Show" and featured a bunch of talented artists!

This was also for the same show. It's based off of the Legend of Zelda: Windwaker game. This one never quite got finished but I still enjoy the boat and characters.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Senior Thesis Work

These are just a few of the pieces I did for my senior show a few weeks ago. The entire show was made up of these pieces along with the green puppet and two paper cut pieces.

Digital; Photoshop
Digital; Photoshop

 Digital; Photoshop

Digital; Photoshop

Hopefully I will be posting the paper cuts soon. Right now they are safely packed in about 10 ft of bubble wrap.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Namu the Forest Guardian

This has been a very busy month for me since this is my last month of college. But that also means I've been very productive, whipping out one project after another. So I decided to share one of my projects that I just finished for my thesis.

This is Namu. He is one of the main characters in the story I've been working on for my thesis.

He's a marionette puppet that I've built entirely from scratch.

He has a hinged jaw so you're able to open and close it by using a wire that is attached to the rod that comes out of the back of his head. His feet are also hinged so they can rotate to fit whatever he is standing on.

He also features LED eyes that are able to be turned off and on using the same rod.

He's very easy to use and fun to play with. :> His ears, the curly vine on his head, and his tail are completely poseable, so he can convey a variety of emotions. His back is also completely flexible so he can bend in many ways, depending on how he needs to be posed.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


EDIT: PLEASE stop asking me if you can buy/rent this puppet or if I'll make one for you. He has been gone for years and I don't plan on making another one for your school's event. THANK YOU

I've been wanting to share this with everyone for a while, but I finally just got some good photos of him. This is actually my first puppet I built and he was built two years ago.

This is my version of Zazu from the Lion King, and he's based off of the Zazu puppet from the Lion King on Broadway. Since he was my first puppet, he's definitely the one that I learned the most from. His eyes blink, his mouth moves, and his wings flap. The feathers on the wings, the back of his head, and his tail are all able to be posed in different positions to show different emotions.

Here's a quick video of some of his functions:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Eskimo


This was my final piece for my Zbrush class last year. He also made a great Christmas card. He was a ton of fun to sculpt!

Society of Illustrators!

I just wanted to make a quick announcement. I recently got this piece into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition!

 Paper and Gouache

It's a great honor to have my work included in the gallery with so many other talented artists! You can check out the rest of the winning entries here- http://www.soicompetitions.org/?section=gallery&competition_id=72 . If anyone is in the New York area, I would greatly suggest going to check out the show.

What's truly amazing is that this is actually my second time getting my work into the society. Two years ago I was able to get into the Student Competition with this piece.


I just wanted to share my excitement with everybody and say how grateful I am of everyone's support! :>

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jeff the Deadly Nadder

Just posting another update of my puppet/ costume of the Deadly Nadder from How to Train your Dragon. I still have quite a bit to do on him but at least I was able to take him out for a test spin today and see what was working properly.

I'll actually be bringing him to Megacon this year for his debut, so if anyone's going keep your eyes out and feel free to stop by and say hello!

And here's a video to see how he looks. As you can see, there are definitely a lot of things that I'm still working on. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Hey everyone, guess what I've got. ... Yet another paper cut! I just love making these so much! This one I used a little bit more gouache and watercolor to work on the coloring of the cats.

This piece has a lot more space in it. Each branch goes further back into the picture frame until the last one is actually stuck flat on the back panel.

Here's a detail of the cats.

 It's a little easier to see the depth between the branches in this one.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year

I hope everyone's having a great new year so far! I'm going to try even harder this year to continue to improve my artwork and technical abilities! 


This is my current concept that I'm working on for my thesis. I'm still messing around with the story and the character designs. 

This was also a huge experiment to see if I could take a digital image and make it look like a paper cut out. It took a little longer to do it this way, but I was definitely able to learn a lot from it.