Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Good news is on the way

This is my piece for Illustration its about 90% done, I need to do some clean up on it but this is the general look and feel of it.

This image is based off of the James Jean Prada Ads. I wanted to make an image that felt like one of his, and I thought it would be cool to create a prequel to the image I based it off of. Which I'll post below.

Sleep Deprived and still working

One of the many reasons I check Tyler Stout's website every single day. He is an amazing artist and He always has the coolest videos up.

Now go buy some of his prints!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Literal Version

My buddy Chris showed me this a couple of weeks ago, and I just remembered it. I was dying laughing when I watched it.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Best photoshop

Although I am pumped for our new president, I would also love to see this.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


This piece is a poster, to be honest it was just something I wanted to draw the concept came later. This piece will be on the human trafficking of young Asian woman by the Yakuza. Mostly though I wanted to draw a naked lady with tattoos, we just finished having a discussion on ethics in class, and these exact elements caused problems at the BFA show last winter semester, so I decided to try to get into some trouble.


This assignment was based off a proverb or a superstition. I originally chose "Idle hands are the Devil's playground," but as I was working on the concept of the piece it turned into a sort of play on "Behind every good man is a good woman." Which I don't think I need to tell you the concept behind it once you look at the piece.

The Run Down

This one stars me and the Rock though, not Sean William Scott.

First off, I am officially a big wig in the Illustration department. I have been accepted into the BFA program with my emphasis on Illustration!
King Wadester granted me entry and for that I am super excited, I heart that guy. He is awesome, he is one of the people I want to be like when I am an adult, I want to be 33 percent Wade Huntsman, 33 percent Brother Griffin, and 33 percent He-Man, and the last 1 percent is Man at Arms.

I have been pretty busy up here at school getting my portfolio ready and trying to hit on this super hot girl that works at Pita Pit. I have also been painting up a storm, and legally buying music. I have enough reasons to go to hell, I figure I might as well pay for music.

I will post the pieces I am currently working on, mind you these are not quite finished they are getting close but still in the works.

Also Rollans and I are in a moustache growing pact, so I look like a serial rapist who has just finished a tall glass of milk right now. So watch out for that.

Also Darren you black hearted bastard, go pick up gears of war 2 so we can pretend to be tough guys on the internet.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This was on the interweb

It was up on digg, and it is just a cool picture so I thought I would post it.
What actually happened, was I got into this cool shiny car hit 88 miles per hour and invited past me to "pound it" with President Obama.

The killer instinct

Saw this and thought, yeah that is post-worthy.

Congrats to Obama, and the United States, for creating history.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008


I don't.

So this is the first real assignment for illustration class, as you can see I've painted it twice, I wasn't happy at all with the first one. I'm not sure I like the second one, but it could be that I have been looking at it for the last like 2 days. Tell me what you think, do you like aspects of the 1st one? Any changes to the 2nd one?
Am I gay for listening to the Hello Dolly! soundtrack?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I'm going to Prison

to learn "thriller."

I would totally go to this jail, I've always wanted to be able to dance the thriller, this is like the best thing to do while you are in the clink.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wow that's good

Just a little something to tide you over until the DVD comes out.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

For the peeps

I saw this clip today, and I found it very moving. I thought I would share it with you guys, It is the first Daily Show after September 11, 2001. Jon Stewart is nothing less than a treasure and I am so glad he is around. He is an amazing man and I seriously think he is one of those people who cannot be given enough praise. I teared up when he recalled his story about Martin Luther King Jr. The clip really tore me up, when 9/11 happened I was in my business math class in high school, and I was, I think too stupid and too emotionally detached to understand what had happened, this clip gives me the feeling I think I should have had when it happened. Jon Stewart has opened up my eyes to, just the amount of suffering and love that people can have for a city and it's people. I am envious, I truly am of the New York City culture, a love for a city, the sense of togetherness, and the combined humbling effect it had on the city. The reverence that follows the topic. I feel extremely depressed that it has taken this long for me to realize this, but I am glad I have, and I really owe to Jon Stewart.

I also find it very interesting where and when I feel the need to just use the emotions that I have, that a video clip of a comedy show can move me to tear up and bear a tiny bit of my personal side. I am really thankful for that.

Even if I come off a little gay.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


School starts tomorrow and I'm not sure if I'm excited because I heart school, well when the classes rock ultimate, or if I'm excited with the prospect of finally having something to consume my oh not so precious time. It sounds like it is going to be a tough semester, but I hopefully convinced Lizzy to sign up for an illustration class with me, so I won't have to be the creepy art kid in the corner who paints in his own blood.

Either way, on with the day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Enjoy the rest of the summer, you can try to top that picture, but I'm pretty sure that kid is possibly having the best time ever. That, right there; is the definition of confidence caught on film.

Perfect hair + Ice cream + No pants = all smiles.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rob Riggle

I think he is awesome

I was dying at the end of this clip.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I might give him a second chance, I read "The Great Gatsby"....... in 9th grade. I didn't like it, we even watched the movie for it. I personally have a man crush on Robert Redford too and I didn't like it. My brother Craig came out and visited for a couple of weeks and he left me a collection of F Scott Fitzgerald short stories to read, mostly I just wanted to read "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," that movie looks awesome, but I have been just reading some of his short stories, and I like them, especially "Bernice bobs her hair." That is my favorite one so far, I enjoyed Benjamin Button, but I think it's super depressing, very interesting though.

I know I always hassle James and Valerie about how bad "The Great Gatsby" is, mostly because if you have ever met me, that's kind of my thing. Find something you like and then pretend that you are gay for liking it, even though 90% of the time I enjoy it as well. I bet if I read that book again I would probably really enjoy it, but I am just stubborn enough not too read it again just so I can disagree with people.

Life of Pi

I just finished reading, "The Life of Pi," which is an awesome book! It's a story about a man who is stranded on a life raft for I think it was 227 days, with a freaking Bengal Tiger. Pi, the main character is from India and is traditionally Hindu but explores Christianity and Muslim, he doesn't understand why he has to choose only one. He talks about this and his life on the raft, about his struggles to survive his loss of humanity and respect for nature. I don't want to spoil the book at all, so I am going to keep it pretty vague, but seriously I read this book in a couple of day, and I really reccommend it.

Also the pictures are pitches by Tomer Hanuka, for an illustrated version of the book, also that guy is awesome.

My thoughts on..... stuff that doesn't really matter

I just finished reading Alan Moore's "Watchmen," which is being called the most celebrated graphic novel of our time.

First off let me say, I really really hate Alan Moore's writing, seriously I would rather watch meatspin.com until I bleed out of my eyes than read his stuff. (DO NOT GO TO MEATSPIN.COM, unless you are Darren, then check it out you might come to a realization about yourself. but seriously don't go.) But, being the oh-so open minded person that I am, I read it at the behest of my older brother James (who put Craig TenBusschen on my Hollywood video account as "lover" and I have to explain it every time I rent movies.) Well I read it and it's not bad, I was expecting some huge payoff the whole time, like a Usual Suspects finale, and it kind of happened but no where near the scale I wished it would. All in all I'm not a big fan of the Watchmen, the movie looks awesome from the trailer, but I mean I just wasn't super impressed with it.

Don't think I would leave you hanging after that, of course you are now wondering what perhaps is the greatest graphic novel of all time.

Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," hands down the ultimate graphic novel. This comic book is amazing, so good I get a tingling in my pants when I even mention the name. It has everything you could possibly want, a old man batman coming out of retirement, and showdown between the two titans of DC comics, Batman versus Superman, and alright it does have a Robin in it, which I know looks bad but this one is a girl, so it's not overly homo-erotic.
This graphic novel is phenomenal, I think after reading it you will see the actual value of comic books and come to understand that everyone, I mean everyone is a nerd somewhere deep down. Apart from the Reading Rainbow finish to this post, I will say go out and read them both if you are even slightly interested in comics, they are both worth reading and they are also well recognized in the community as being nerd gateway books.

If you like the movie The Dark Knight, I really think you will enjoy the The Dark Knight Returns.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Last couple of images

From head drawing class

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Nu Pastel

Can Suck it, I'm not a fan, I really like Charcoal instead, maybe the next one will turn out better.

Aside from the awesome left handed writing on the other one.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


yeah thats the models name what now, she also kicked my trash in Risk.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

An idea for the next International Film poster. Still needs a lot of clean up work, but this is the direction I'm thinking, and some color options.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yeah I did that

Yeah I put a wolf in the header, what now? and yeah the placement is off, and that makes me mad, but I'm not sure how to fix it. Maybe I put a ridiculous font up there too, so what!

Friday, June 20, 2008

More Head Drawing

Not too big a fan, tried a new medium, and I wasn't a big fan. but meh.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Another Poster for International Film

So I like Mucha, sue me

America part 2

Craig sent me this amazing link from Ghost World.

I love that guy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

America in less than a minute


And a public service announcement, yeah a toofer.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Head Drawings and my first prints

Another head drawing from this morning.

Lizzy helped me make this action Jackson. pretty cool stuff, I'm pumped to take printmaking this fall.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Verdict

I am going to choose to follow James. I think the new Indy movie is good, and that we should cut an old man a little break, maybe.

Here is what I thought in the shower.

I think this movie is missing 2 things, (besides Gimli) I think the drive to push and strive for greatness is gone from George Lucas' eyes. I mean when Star Wars came out he was pushing everything, and now he is just using the same techniques everyone else is. So the things that made the originals great aren't there. He was working crazy hours when he was making star wars, he really had a yearning to make something great. Where as now it feels like he just threw something together, just to quell his boredom. The "Heart" is missing as well, he is already famous and rich and considered a genius, he has lost the will to go higher, because he is already near the top. It's like if your teacher tells you, "you're the best in the class, hands down." You lose a little of that drive, because you have some what accomplished it, so the work you produce afterwards is missing that extra something.

But I do think it is cool that Joe really tried to like the movie. I want to give you E-Props.

Love it

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Post

I understand that I am not as witty, clever, smart as Joe or James so don't be too critical of this.
Also I like early 90's references.

It's like which dad should I choose, the George Michael artsy type, or the tight laced Jewish accountant?

Maybe I should consult Sam as he sneaks into my bedroom window,

or confront Six. If I am really lucky I'll be able to walk out into my backyard and Mr. Feeny will give my life some real direction.

Is Joe right?


Is James right?


Is Darren being emo and not updating his blog?

I personally liked the new Indiana Jones, I went into the movie thinking that it was going to be an cheesy action movie, like the previous ones. Excluding Temple of Doom, that movie, I don't even know what that movie was, except terrible and a topic of childhood nightmares. Personally I would toss that one out of the trilogy and pop in the new one.

I do want to point out that all of Joe's point are valid, but I'm going to chalk that up to the "burden of knowledge," (thanks Scrubs) One of the reasons not to continue your education is you enjoy movies so much more, I mean you could probably watch all all the movies currently out right now and be completely satisfied. Which leads me to believe that you will never be able to make another "good" Star Wars movie or another good Indiana Jones movie, because the generation that idolized them are all grown up, we know too much. Of course a lot of that was a bit too unbelievable, I agree with James on this too, the atomic bomb, the monkeys, the waterfalls, a bit too much. But I know you didn't watch Star Wars and go "there couldn't have been those explosions in space, there's no oxygen." Or think to yourself "there is no way you could build a space station that big."

Although I think dumbing yourself down to go and see a movie is terrible and you shouldn't ever have to do it. I do think that you should every now and again remember that you are going to see a movie, it's meant to be outlandish and over the top, it if all could really happen it would be boring. I went into the movie knowing that people didn't like it and thought it was too far fetched, so I went in as a clean slate, well as much as I could, not to be tricked into judging the movie before I saw it.

I was smiling for most of the movie, (and laughing, but mostly at the Janitor from Scrubs, WTF mate, you shall remain typecast) I really had a good time, James and I were giggling to each other and making little fanboy comments the entire time. This movie took me back to watching the old movie at my grandparents, and how hot Karen Allen was in raiders, oh yeah!

I liked the nods to Close encounters and American Graffiti, When the movie was all over I seriously just pictured two Titans of film, basically having a tickle fight in their matching Indiana Jones pajamas. The movie felt more like two old guys filming a inside joke. That is another reason I liked the movie, it felt like they were just winking at you the whole time, like "did you see that?," remember when?

I think that Indiana Jones isn't meant to make too much sense, it tries, oh yeah it tries, with all the references and research, it's like an episode of C.S.I where they spew facts at you and you just assume that Catherine Willows is hot and agree.

All in all, I am going to have to say the new Indiana Jones is on my list. It made me feel like a kid again, I was all wide eyed and grinning. So even though the movie had its many flaws, I loved watching it. I do think everyone should see it, if only to form their own opinions about it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Oh wow

I found this "gem" in my digital illustration folder, this is the second digital painting I ever did. Suuuuuuuuuper good?

and yeah if I could pull off one of those epic wolf shirts, you know the ones, with the lightning in the background, or the native American medicine man, or the silk button up one. I would totally have a collection of them.

Dinking around

Some more from the stuff I do when I am bored series.

Head Drawing

This is my head drawing from this morning, I thought it turned out pretty good. It was from a live model, my first real attempt from a live model, since those ones back in the day with Mike don't really count. We haven't really started working on all the details of the face in class, but for my first attempt, come on!

I think it looks better in person, but meh.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Down time

Just messing around, I needed to take a little break from my graphic design project. Thought it kinda looked cool so I thought I would post it.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

You never finish anything, you just run out of time.

Poster for the upcoming showing of Akira Kurosawa's film "Dreams." I talked to some of my teachers and I think I would like to make this into a portfolio piece, so I am going to rework all the line qualities and some of the shapes and all that jazz.
I am happy with the way it came out, I worked pretty hard on it and I think it paid off.
I hope that this poster is well received, it will crush my little ego, if I get peed on by the "critics."
but I would like to hear any thoughts or suggestions, looking at you BFA junkies.

Lizzy just sent me a picture of the final layout, so this is the poster in all its glory.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Noah and the Whale

I like this song, not too sure about the band, and the Wes Anderson knock off video.

Amazing stuff

Tyler Stout got to do the artwork for the Flight of the Conchords CD. It is amazing, he is a demi-god.

Also they released a new video for "Ladies of the World"

Girlie Mags

Lizzy "don't call me Liz" House brought me back an awesome magazine from Portland, and yeah it may or may not be a magazine for the XX chromosome population. BUT don't stop reading there, because it has a sweet interview/article on AMY SEDARIS! Who battles Tina Fey in an epic ring of platinum chains for my heart. She is awesome, I like just how creative she really is, she is like Martha Stewart with out the hard knock prison lifestyle.

Also as a side note to our readers, this is pretty much spot on how I see Brother Griffin in class. As I believe this picture was taken in class.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bravia does it once again

The Sony bravia commercials are without a doubt the coolest commercials ever, other than that guy dancing rubbing his stomach for little caesars. The other schweppes commercial is also amazing, sony is raising the bar. I'll see if I can't track down that other commercial. Oh yeah the bravia commercial is all real, stop motion clay bunnies no computer generated stuff.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Paper, Rock, rubber hand?


This is crazy to watch, almost makes you a little sick watching it, but really cool to see.

M.C Pee Pants loves Star Wars

Amazing rap. Has some language in it, so don't play it around small children.

This post is for Darren. I hope he hasn't seen it already.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Lion,-----, and Bears, Oh Bye

This is a project for my graphic design class, an environmental issue. I picked "extinct in the wild" animals, so they still exist just in zoos and private habitats, but not in the wild. I like the way it turned out, but I came to the conclusion while I was working on this and talking to the other graphic designers in the class, that I think I am more of an illustrator than a graphic design. Mostly because graphic designers don't like to draw! So Huntsman and I made fun of them for a little bit, and I think that illustration is the way to go.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


is back in full swing, here in the icecap known as Rexburg. Seriously it was snowing a little yesterday. How is someone supposed to go to school in the summer if it is still snowing. Wouldn't be Rexburg if it wasn't I guess. I have a full course load this semester and it looks like I will have to attempt to be a real college student, not just a slacker art major.
I did just have a baby though, I named it MacBook, and its white, so no controversies with this unplanned bundle of joy.
Also this might perk up some ears, I have head drawing this semester with a certain moustached villian who parades around during the day as Senor Griffin, he is a player for life.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hair today. Gone today.

Time to get my hair did, for school. I have however had a deal with my grandpa, who vowed not to get his haircut before I did. Oh how the mighty have fallen, he gave in the other night with this quote, "I can keep the girls off me with my curls." So for the sake of fidelity in my grandparents relationship I will head out to the cutting salon.

Oh Samson, I too will soon be powerless.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tyson sent me another gem

Tyson sent me a link for a clip of this new show on the Vh1, it is awesome so I will share this bounty with you. It's called Free Radio

Also the clip below is just amazing.

because they make her throw up!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Be Kind Rewind

Got to see this gem last night, and first impression was wow. This movie doesn't disappoint it was great. Michal Gondry's mind is amazing, the remakes were unbelievably awesome. You leave the theater with a one of those classic good feelings, much like Ron Howard would as you faded out of Mayberry. I think this movie could be the catalyst for a new jump in amateur film making, the whole time I was watching it, I thought to myself I could do that, or I have that stuff at home.

What is awesome they are promoting people to swede there own movies!
Swede-ing by the way is wht they call what they do, but I don't want to ruin anything I swore by the same code those kids on the reading rainbow did, I can't ruin it.

something, i'm not sure though

I'm trying to make this painting feel like a really messing and thick painting. I am still working on it, like basically everything else, but I like the way this one is going.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Not quite sure what to call this

All I know is that this is Darren's Christmas wish for next year, which will not be quite on par with R2D2.

I was bored just hitting the "next blog" button that pops up from time to time on my blog. I ended up in a person who is far more lonely than I, he creates action figures in his spare time including this early Victorian knight? Either way we are going to classify this under the makes Allen feel better about being a nerd, a nerd that hopefully will never reach that level, if it does feel free to attack me in an alley, but I must warn you, if that day comes, I shall be wearing my armor and talismans that prevent harm.

P.S also does it bother anyone that he looks like he is wearing a set of dockers under there?

Monday, February 18, 2008

I haven't been slacking I swear

Just been busy this week covering shifts at work, and it was my grandfather's 75th and Candace's 26th. so busy busy busy, I have a bunch of unfinished stuff I can post though.

Here are some of them, also I am so pumped for Indiana Jones! and not pumped so much for 10,000B.C although it should star that guy from angel, he looks like he belongs in that period.