February 24, 2010

Plant a seed, grow a tree, build a dream.

Here is a drawing I did with my COPIC marker at midnight last night while watching the end of Thunderheart.  It grew across two pages.

February 23, 2010


I drew this favicon today for my website: Brianbatista.com. 

What's a favicon? It's a favorites item icon,.
 ~the little thing in your web browser next to the url address.
It also shows up in a bookmarks list next to the name. 

Upon a bit longer inspection I figured out how to better fit longer ears into the design, use more squares, and some more color. I like it better now, it's more me.

February 22, 2010

TWOSDAY (on Monday)

I know it's Monday, I should have waited until tomorrow to put up this link. I put it on facebook and have been getting a lot of positive response, so why not here.....

Here is one of my first animations. All hand drawn on paper. The frames are colored blue/pink on every second frame to give it a blinking purple look. I couldn't decide on blue or pink so I went with both!
The thing was waist height by the time I was complete. It taught me a ton about animation. Looking back now, I'm not too happy with the movement but it was a learning experience, that got me to where I am today.  The frame rate is not correct online but you get the idea.

February 19, 2010


I decided to further my concept from a few drawings before (Soul Soda). I woke up this morning at 6am, 'cause on of my best friend sent me text me from the airport on his way to Cabo. I took the opportunity to polish up a proposal that was due today and make a few drawings. I feel plain good about the day an hope you enjoy these drawings.  Made with my COPIc marker and Prismacolor markers.

I love the idea of two openings for my vampires fangs.

Here is my vamp enjoying his Soul Soda.

A quick background sketch. Very moody. A bad mood;)

February 16, 2010


I had an AFA grant that I decided to write this week-end. It went better than expected! This is my lucky 13th try, no successes. My fingers will be crossed for the next few months.  This project allowed me to
catch up on my daily drawing practice by producing a number of storyboards for my application. I spent a whole day drawing the inking and shading with my grey scale Prismacolor pens.

Here are some hot air balloons. instead of baskets they carry whales into the air.

Later this bunny in a biplane drops bombs onto the landscape.

These tasty dancing snacks are enticing the movie monsters appetite in the front row.

But when fire breaks out, they get frantic. The red carpet turns out to be a tongue, oh no.

And wash them snacks down with some bubbly soda that melts your skin.
Popcorn anyone?

February 11, 2010

Leaping tiger

Even though I was sick all week I made art!  Here is another design I made for the Year of the Tiger shirt design. It is painted in acrylic on canvas and measures 18" X 24". If you look back through my sketches you will see where this one derives.

Here is the initial reply I got in regards to the picture:

I love your tiger. I wish I could HUG you!!!!!! Thank You soooo much for pushing through this while being sick!   So far everyone is enchanted by the great focused energy and warmth of your design! We have a meeting this evening and I am positive this is a go! 
Just in time! Have a cup of ginger tea and feel the love I am sending your way!!!! I know this tiger will serve as your familiar all year long! 

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Tiger! 
I hope you feeling fine and  showered in sweetness this Family Day/ Valentines weekend!!!

February 10, 2010

Color me cowboy boots

I was really ill this week-end. I didn't get a lot of drawing or reading done. I watched a lot of movies and slept. That's about it, I didn't even eat.  Anyhow, having very little energy to put forth much effort  I drew my snakeskin cowboy boot that was at the doorway about 5 ft away.

I like how it turned out, but I might like it better if you color it;)

February 5, 2010

Right in the tinker!

Done while viewing Peter Pan with HB, Copic and prismacolor pens.

My new saying.............

February 4, 2010

Magic Grip Jar Opener

I found this yesterday by my scanner at work and couldn't help but think it was the coolest packaging ever, not only is it bright pink but it has a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I flopped it on the scanner for you to enjoy.

Loosens Jars and Bottles, Protects Table Tops, Removes Clothing Lint, Grips Hand Tools and saves Hands Carrying Heavy Things and works as a mini-mouse pad.

February 3, 2010

Sugar Pot

I want a little sugar
in my bowl
I want a little sweetness
down in my soul

I bought this chrome covered little sugar bowl at Value Village one day. Last night I decided to sketch it out with an HB pencil in the dark while watching the Crow.

Who put the sugar in the sugar bowl?
It was me, and I put some pieces of vanilla in it to make it taste yummy.

February 1, 2010

Soul Soda

Why haven't I though of this before??????

It's perfect, canned souls for your enjoyment.  
They make you feel like someone else, if just for a moment.

They make you burp. 
They make you pee. 
And afterwards you'll feel like me.

They make you pee. 
They make you burp. 
A new soul sucked with every slurp.

I'm going to further develop this idea into an animation.

Doodles during my adult 2D animation class. I used a bunch of dollar store markers and whatever I could find in the supply cabinet at work.