Motivating Giraffe kickstarter

Motivating Giraffe Kickstarter… If you haven’t had the privilege of reading it yet, you’re in for a treat.

Motivating Giraffe

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Hi guys!

Sorry, I know you thought you’d gotten rid of me but I wanted to keep you updated!

While I should have been working on a research project, I’ve spent the last couple of days excitedly looking at different options for a Motivating Giraffe coffee table book. In the goodbye thread on Reddit, a couple of you suggested Kickstarter as a way to fund the project which, after some research, seems like a fantastic idea.

The great thing about Kickstarter is that it is all or nothing – if you make a pledge but the project doesn’t raise enough funds, you aren’t committed in any way.

So check out the link below if you’re interested. Thank you again for your incredible support – with every comment you guys reaffirm my faith in people, you really do.



$10: a thank you in the book’s credits +…

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Evolution of Blue


Blue (early 2014)

When Blue Moon first started, there were only two main characters, Red and Blue.  Over time as I’ve worked and re-worked the storyline, things have grown.  Now I have five or so main characters and a surplus of supporting characters and extras.

I found it interesting as I was looking for something I haven’t posted yet at how much things have changed and seeing as I haven’t posted much of Blue (as I’ve been really concentrating on Red because the story more or less starts off as her story), I thought it would be interesting to post the evolution of Blue thus far.

They start off from 2006ish up until early 2014.

Here we go…


I forgot Blue use to be the half asian one…

blue3 blue4 blueboy5 red-and-blue

These were all back when the story was still placed during the present, instead of 150 years in the future as is is now… Also, they weren’t attending a Military Academy.


I’m not really fond of these hair styles, guess when I start to really dive into his character, I’ll be changing things up again.


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  -Unknown

The Expected Journey


Area map of where the Blue Moon storyline will take place.  The red line shows the route the main characters take on their journey to the Jupiter Launch.  I need to put information for exactly where on the Bay City Islands the Jupiter Launch is and show where the Auburn Military Academy is.

Ended up taking a Google image of Boston and editing it in Photoshop to get to this point.  Really glad I didn’t decide to create it from scratch like I initially wanted to.  Too many unnecessary details.


“An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it.”  –Don Marquis

I <3 Pinterest


To any artist out there who hasn’t experienced the awesomeness that is Pinterest, first of all, shame on you, secondly, go do it NOW!!!  It is super helpful with finding and organizing resources, references, and inspiration for drawing.  They have anatomical photographs, muscle structure breakdowns, form and shape breakdowns, character sheets, and so much inspiration I often times get lost in it.

I’ve been on Pinterest since midway through this year and I felt I was excessive with the amount of boards I created, how anal I’ve been with the naming conventions (gotta keep everything organized and ensure everything makes sense), and the shear amount of images I’ve combed through to get the amount of pins within my boards.

I’ve created 60 boards, with over 2,300 pins in total.  Most are Anatomical References, but I also got some really fantastic Blue Moon inspiration and references in there.  I thought I was excessive, but I’ve met my match and then some…  

This power user (Character Design Reference) has created 310 boards, with a staggering 43,608 pins.  All geared towards helping artists in the process of creating characters.  This guy has everything any artist could possibly need in the way of reference.  From separate parts of the body (face, eyes, nose, arms, etc), age specific boards (child, teens, adult, old man, etc), clothing (modern, genre based, period based, and culturally based), character poses, almost a hundred boards on different creature designs (animals – both real and fictitious), environments, and a bunch of helpful tutorial boards.

If you’re like me and you’ve accumulated a mass amount of reference images from strenuous Google image searches, you’ll appreciate the ease of use and visual appeal to the organizational options Pinterest provides.  It’s also a great time saver and frees up hard drive space as well.  I actually prefer finding and pinning images via my phone and I using them for reference while I’m working on my computer.

Also, for those times you’re feeling artistic block and can’t seem to get the juices flowing, great place to get inspired!  Just don’t get lost.  Stay focused.  :)


“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”  -Johann von Goethe

Patience Young Padawon


Doing my best to be patient during this process.

I find myself getting so caught up in the work that I forget to save my in progress work, so I end up with larger jumps in the in-between steps than I’d like.  In the end I’d like to have just the finished stages for Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, and Back and if I’m feeling really crazy maybe one 3/4 view in-between each of those.  Then I’d have a grey tone version and a colored version for reference.  I feel with that I’d be able to draw her in whatever pose I need to when I get to the comic stage…

Then I start thinking about the fact I still have to do the body in all these views too… then some of the most common facial expressions, all in full color.  Quite the journey ahead of me.

So, yeah… Patience.



“I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”  Vincent van Gogh

Baby Steps


I can already see the benefits of having a head turn around bearing fruit, just seeing both profile views at once has allowed me to catch mistakes I hadn’t even think to look for.  Also, once completed this should help eliminate the discrepancies of facial features from drawing to drawing.  As a reference, moving slowly and ensuring I get her face just the way I want it will be a huge time saver later down the road.

But what I’ve really been enjoying is how much I’ve been learning about the human head.  I’ll look at some reference, draw some, look at some reference, realize one of the other drawings are just a tad bit off, correct it… wash, rinse, repeat.  Very helpful.  I know I have a long ways to go, but I’m loving the journey.


“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”  –Ayn Rand