Here’s my first stop motion animation using paper cut outs. It star’s my alligator character Ajax, and how he retaliates against a rude golfer.
This is a rough paper cut out of the shapes I needed for the body.

Student Show Exhibition

Well I found some time to post some pictures from the College for Creative Studies Student Show Exo. It was a little stressful at first. I didn’t know the exact measurements of my section and I didn’t want to overlap into Rachael’s wall. We also didn’t know what artwork could stay up due to “quality”. However, Rach and I seemed to pick our strongest stuff and it all stayed!

Rachael’s half of our wall.
All of her artwork can be seen at her site:

We were able to wrangle up a table to put her two awesome maquettes and the dolls she made of my characters.
And here’s my half of the wall. I matted character sheets from my Snordo Dragon cast. In the middle is some screenshots from my film Camel Country, and we finish off with assorted character designs and concept art. (found among the sketches and character concepts on this blog!)
Here’s the box that the dolls will be living in for the month. Perfect sized box that was whipped together in about an hour and a half.
Here’s the sign on the door as you walk into this particular gallery. I was excited to see that the faculty took a shot from my Camel Country film to put on the sign.

Ajax Character Art

I found some character concept from a story I came up with a few years back.
Gator Golfer told the tale of a rude and rich golf pro who decides to construct his own private 18 hole golf course in the Florida Everglades. Ajax, the head alligator of the area, decides to retaliate in order to save his home, as well as the environment for his fellow swamp neighbors. The two characters agree to a contest to see who owns the right to be in the everglades, and whoever wins at 18 holes of golf wins the swamp. As it turns out Ajax knows nothing about golfing and cheats in order to win, while the pro golfer turns out to be a dirty rotten cheat himself, hence why he is such a “pro golfer”! The story from there chronicles whose the better cheat.

Vince Fly-trap

I wanted to take a break from creating characters from animals, so I took a stab at creating a character out of a plant. Low and behold, Vince the Venus Fly-trap. Above, you can spot where I have some different head designs.

Murray Monster

Meet Murray, a rejected design of a monster for a class assignment. Here I am trying to design a character that boasts the best in retro style, and alas, he doesn’t make the cut. He was criticized for looking too much like a werewolf and too dog like. I personally think he was kinda hip and cute for a monster. Hang in there buddy, I’ll use you at some point!

Renzo Manta

How do you make a cartoon character out of a Manta Ray? Well I tried this test, and I came up with Renzo!
Renzo Manta is my newest character I have had the pleasure to create. There’s something about semi exotic animals that I like to characterize. They are familiar enough to recognize, and yet still able to stand out as a new cartoon character.
This is just some character studies to get the design right for him. I decided to have him with kite like arms and the head fins just over his eyes. Now real Mantas don’t have legs obviously, so I created fin like limbs to make him able to stand. The tail is a simple line, similar to a common mouse tail.

Renzo, I figure, would be a very curious character, questing to know more about the ways surface dwellers live. A bit naive about things, but that’s what would make him such an engaging character. He has a natural instinct to learn about new things and look at them in a new light. Due to lack of knowledge, he would be brave enough to front anything all for the sake of interest.

I’m still cycling through colors with Renzo. The blue version I think makes him a bit friendlier, while the traditional black makes him look more realistic. He’s a fun character to draw, so there will definitely be more drawings of this new creation in the future!
Fun facts about Mantas:
-They are quite friendly and curious about human nature. They will often swim with scuba divers and approach stopped boats.
-Mantas are able to breach the surface like dolphins and whales.
-They have a “wing span” of about 25 feet, and can weigh about 5,000 pounds.
-They hang out in the tropical waters of the world.