The Process Continues…

The Panda Guide
Character Sketch 4

My first instinct was to create a Panda spirit that leaned more the the natural side of things.  Meaning it would still have fur on it’s face, maybe a tail, and it wouldn’t wear clothes.  I had found some inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki and have her face mainly human, but with heavy Red Panda features.

She would be sitting in the middle of a bamboo field and would be using some spirit magic to effect the area around her.

One of the requirements for this Character of the Week (CHoW) challenge was to create the staff with a panda head some how implemented.  I didn’t figure out how I wanted that to look and later on it would be another problem I would have to deal with as the deadline approached.

The process continues…


  • “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”   -Seneca

Character Sketches 3


Doing some small thumbnails to explore, clothing and personality options. This stage in the character design process is fun because you get to push the character in so many different directions and try things just to see how they go, but it’s also challenging coming up with fresh ideas.

Once I started running out of ideas, I knew it was time to pick my favorites and start combining ideas together.

We’ll see what that looks like tomorrow.


  • Do something now that will make the person you’ll be tomorrow proud to have been the person you are today.
  • “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”
    –Muhammad Ali


Begin Again


The Panda Guide
Character Sketch 2
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
-Karen Lamb

Character Sketch 1


The Panda Guide
Character Sketch 1

The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

The Little Things


This was one of my first digital paintings I did back in 2006/2007.  I ended up working on it for about a month or so, but the whole time I was completely absorbed in the little details; I was working so zoomed in that the overall picture suffered because I was too focused on the small things.

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.”

-Jonathan Swift

Walk the Line


“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”

–David Viscott


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”



“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

-Barbra Johnson



“The worst bankruptcy in the world is the person who has lost his enthusiasm.”

-H. W. Arnold