Friday, June 27, 2014

Feeling Moody


A digital painting off a life drawing sketch from a couple weeks ago. Looking at it now, I feel like the pose is begging to go through The Hawkeye Initiative. So if anyone out there feels the urge, you have my blessing.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Bull and the Moon


"The Bull and the Moon"

by Jessica Christine Maria and Dax Schaffer
(Written through a series of inebriated text messages
And semi-inspired by the song "El Toro y la Luna")

The bull fell in love with the moon
And hard for the beautiful moon it did swoon
Swinging on the verge of eternity & insanity
He eventually could no longer suffer the moon's vanity

Thus the mirrors of the kingdom were sought after and broken
Of the bull based moon union, it was no longer spoken
And the frogs were all croakin'
While the wind chimes were strokin'

In a windfall of ultimate chaos and laughter
The lone humans took it upon them to right this disaster
But he wrought his pain about her in alabaster
A solution to this chaos they might together master
"If you'd stop talking so much, I'd probably finish faster,"
She said right then there to that scurvy bastard
The scurvy bastard thought he could probably outlast her
But outlast her he did not, and the older they grew
The marriage did also grow nastier and nastier

More often than not, he hid in the crapper
A solitude from love, they were no longer a factor
In the eyes of the church, they undid their disaster
And request for divorce could not possibly come faster

But the church it did tarry and her anger slipped past her
She proclaimed she could settle but required a tractor
So he acquiesced and they kept their rings
But soon their small love grew great beastly wings
And flapped a new gale to blow away all things
Now the end of days their failing love brings
And a darkest of lands to be ruled by evil kings
The harsh demise of all love is a pain that still stings
This is the song which the apocalypse sings...

"Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count thy headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of leather
Thee had a busy day today"

...Sang the bull to the moon, so he could convey
The true feelings he had for the moon on that day
In which the end of eternity had come into play
For the moon, the bull knew, was an exceptionally good lay
Deep down, he really did want her to stay
And create a new future, oh come what may
So in closing this poem, I will try to portray
Apart from my appetite for crème brûlée
How this half drunken poetry slam was much fun to play
I hope that you also have felt the same way
Of a text to text battle on which I must call parlay
Though my vocabulary has a wide array
I think I am finally out of rhymes, oy vey...

...But for you my dear reader, these silly things we will say

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RIP HR Giger


Farewell Sir, you changed the face of science fiction forever.
There will never be another artist like you.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Misty


There's been a lot of talk of Pokémon for the past few weeks, so I had to try my hand at some fan art. Misty, you will have always been the first tomboy to win this young boy's heart way back when I first received a copy of Blue Version and saw the show in '98 (at the time her character was older than me!). I also appreciated the fact that she was a swimmer, as it was my sport growing up. You'll always be the water Pokémon trainer in my book. You go girl, Lorelei's got nothing on you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UCSB Film & Media Alumni Gathering Sketch at the Hollywood Arclight


Saw some fellow friends and old classmates last night at a UCSB alumni gathering.
As usual, I sat in a corner secretly scribbling in my sketchbook, hehe...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Griffith Observatory Panoramas


Got carried away using the panorama function on my phone at Griffith Observatory. Took some of the photos into Photoshop and manipulated the photomerge option as best I could. Then I just had fun drawing on top of it. There is one sketch in there, so technically I can put this here on my art blog :P Not my typical style of art, but I thought this was an interesting experiment in perspective. I particularly like how you see the same set of stairs from two different angles.

I also like how the image below came out, this one happened just using panorama on my phone :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lanie Jules


The incomparably adorable Lanie Jules was over the other day and asked if I would draw her. Here is the result :D

Lanie is a very talented singer, you should check her out: https://soundcloud.com/lanie-jules

Friday, January 24, 2014

Malocatherine



Naturally green hair girls, let's bring it back.

Wendy-go


Forgot to post this back during Halloween when I did an art challenge for my friends' 13 Days 13 Shorts collaboration. The theme for this particular entry was wendigo. I tried to go for what I thought a more female wendigo might look like. Enjoy!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Steve BULKRON


Artist collaboration with Scott Kimball, who had casually done a sketch of this awesome robo design. I fleshed out the sketch and decided to make a digital painting of it. Just in time for the Pixeldrip robot show we're doing at The Hive Gallery this coming month.

Anywho, haven't put up anything fancy in a long time, so I hope you all like it.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Claim Wizard Design

Yay, I am not dead! I have been super busy because of the new job I've started at an animation house called DUCK studios. Hopefully, I will have time to post some new things soon.

Until then, check out this mascot design I was hired to create a month ago: http://www.claimwizard.com/

Friday, October 12, 2012

"Red Shoes" Animation Test


Red Shoes Animation Test
from Dax Schaffer on Vimeo.


Never did post this. A short animation clip for a collaborative project with a singer named Zana Messiah. More on this later :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On a Hill


My friend Steven's character Elle, from the story he's currently working on. A warm up drawing that I kind of got carried away with today. It's been so long since I just did a fun drawing though, so I had to keep going.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Character Sketches for "Nomadic"


Some sketches for the main character in my story, tentatively titled "Nomadic." Still fleshing out the layouts when I have the time and I feel like it's finally getting there. Been very enamored by the looseness of Miyazaki's character sketches recently, so I'm trying to keep that in mind for stuff like this (not just in the penciling, but the coloring as well).

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Two on a Bench

It's been seven years ago this past week and I'm still mad as hell about you Erika.