January 28, 2010


After about six years of waiting, I finally, FINALLY got the chance to see DJ Krush live last night. This guy has been my favorite turntable-based musician for a bunch of years now. Needless to say, I absolutely geeked last night at Empty Bottle. He came to Chicago twice in 2006, but they were both 21+ shows, but I was only 19 and very, very sad. But good things come to those who wait, I suppose. And things were very, very good last night.

His set was composed of lots of his more upbeat tracks as well as some special gems sprinkled in. A few DJ Shadow tunes here and there, some Dan the Automator as well as some HEAVY Dubstep tracks. We even got a Billie Jean live remix! About a 3rd of the way through the set, Krush decided to drop the most leathel Dubstep tune my ears have heard. My roommate and I have decided to refer to this track as Megatron out of respect.

Seeing this man work his magic live is an experince like no other. Hearing his albums is really amazing, but witnessing him at work live is something totally different all together. I don't care where you live. If you have the opportunity to see this man do so without hesitation.

January 27, 2010

Hi Nu Gundam Complete

Next model is Sinanju. With school starting and all, I highly doubt it will be finished before the end of summer.

January 22, 2010


Being away at school for four years has really made me realize the definition of home.

January 18, 2010

It's a...IT'S A GUNDAM!

It has been an extremely long time since I posted anything model related. With it being a new year and all, I thought it would be a nice time to post some stuff up. Last semester I was so busy with school, I don't think I really ever got a chance to work on a model. The model you'll be seeing is the Hi-Nu Gundam. I think I started this model back during the summer, but I never got past the inner frame. Not having a place to spray paint in also made it extremely difficult to do any model work, but that is what I built my little spray booth for!

I saw a post on Plamo Forum from someone who had the genius idea of using a bathroom ceiling fan as a paint exhaust fan. I'd like to thank whoever posted that on Plamo. I never would have thought of that. Just run the tube out the window and the fan pulls the fumes right out.

I decided that I like the color scheme of the original Nu-Gundam better than the blue/white scheme of the Hi-Nu Gundam. The blue and white just doesn't feel very outer spacey to me.

Just a close-up without the armor on.
This is as far as I've gotten on the model thus far. I don't get much time to work on it, but I really don't have too much more work to do.

January 14, 2010

Staying Busy

Since I'm still on break for a little bit longer, I figured I'd start my projects for the semester a bit early and get some of the mind numbing work out of the way now. Here's the illustration for the character I'm designing/making. This is just one layer of a four-layer armor schematic. I've always wanted to enter in Dominance War and test my modeling/texturing skills, but I've always been too lazy or busy. I don't know if I'll enter this model, as i do not know the specifics of the next competition yet, but I am aiming for the same photo realistic quality. *holding breath*

Still untitled..

January 10, 2010


It's not 2009 anymore. Wow! Well, while everyone is conjuring up their New Year's resolutions, I hope they are also staying warm. It's way too cold outside. 2009 wasn't so bad for good ol' MD. While it has probably been the most introverted and secluded year of my life, I managed to grow exponentially as an artist. I think that word is a good one to use in terms of summing up my goals. Just good old exponential growth. Well, now that I think about it, maybe that's not so true. Exponential growth hints that the scope and quality are both at a rapid increase. For an artist especially, or anyone really, I think that both scope and quality are extremely important facets. However, me personally, I don't believe all my projects need to be on such a massive scale all the time. I like to enjoy the simpler things as well, and I feel that I learned a lot about complexity through simplicity during 2009.

While some people like to say that each new year is going to be big, as if every year isn't big, I must state that for me, 2010 will be massive. I'll be done with my education at the Art Institute! I am looking extremely forward to applying what I have learned to projects that will have more exposure than those I have done so far. Being as picky as I am over my work, it's quite difficult for me to consider anything finished, as you might have noticed by everything on this blog being called a WIP. I don't think that will ever change. Time constraint is an element in the equation that spawns true genius. Nothing would make me happier than to become a part of team that utilizes creativity to teach people something and to maybe even give them a sense of hope. Something positive. My last semester at school will spawn the most closely related symbiosis of my drawing and 3D work that I have done to date.

This project, which still remains untitled, will serve as my full portfolio in the coming months. I'll post some pics soon. But having the chance to re-immerse myself into drawing has really made me more critical of the 3D work that I do. When working in Maya, there are absolutely no limitations, and because of this, I feel as if I have aimed much too low in the projects I have undertaken in 3D. It is my goal to illustrate a more educated mastery over each pixel on display. I also tend to be very impatient in regards to my 3D work in comparison to my drawing. The same elements apply, and I feel as though my 3D work has lost touch with the drawing nexus. I have the entire universe at my fingertips and am utilizing mere specs of sand. It's really time to dig in! In closing, I'll end with some pics of the process so far. This is a few days of work, and you may not be able to identify what you are looking at just yet, but that's ok. It's all about the reveal.

January 5, 2010


I went MIA again. Sorry. I was holed up in Michigan hiding. This is the final cover that I decided on for my comic I worked on last semester. I tend to say that everything is still in progress, but I'd like to consider this finished. I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to get this comic under way as it is something that I have had floating around in my head for quite sometime now. I learned a ton from this past semester, possibly more than any other thus far, and I am looking forward to putting this knowledge to use in 2010.