Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sensation and Perception

A small section of my Default Mode Network animation which got left out due to time constraints I set on myself. Still fun though, thought I ought to post it anyway.

Tools: Adobe Flash

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Conditioned Reflex

My friend Andrew Dimond asked me to illustrate a short story he created for the UH Graphic Novel Seminar and immediately after reading the script I was hooked. The story follows Aleksey, a young Russian participant in Pavlov's behavioral experiments. You can read the entire piece here!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Brief Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Hans Berger, inventor of the electroencephalogram was one of the first people to theorize that the brain remains perpetually active, even across a wide variety of mental states. Whether we are awake, sleeping, focused or daydreaming our brain is always hard at work. Obviously there are key differences between these states both physically and subjectively. But how do these differences translate into brain activity? Recent fMRI investigations have shown consistent patterns of activations in people's brains when they are awake (but resting) and this has been deemed the "Default Mode" or "Resting State" network. This animation explores some relevant theories theories its activations and potential applications of the research.

My first full-length animation!
Tools: Adobe Flash

Completed: 2/5/11 but re-edited 5/15/11 to fix issues I was having exporting sounds. Success!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Painting Update

I feel like I'm ready to start edging away from only painting movie scenes, so here are some of my more recent experiments in acrylic funtimes.

"Great Job!"
(for Tim!)
The heads come from the main characters in the television program "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job." The bodies were chosen because they are my friend's favorite animals.

"The Past is a Grotesque Animal"
(for Will!)
This is based on one of my favorite Of Montreal songs, specifically the lyrics "But you know, no matter where we are / we're always touching by underground wires"

"The Doors of Perception"
(for Augusta!)
Inspired by the William Blake quote ""If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite." It really amazes me that an 18th century poet could make such accurate observations about neuroscience and physics. A man ahead of his time. 

(for Cyndi!)
A nice depiction of our warm, delicious chemical dependence.

"The Tree of Life"
(for Mike!)
Reinterpreting the work of Gustav Klimt. It needed a swing.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

onward March!

A collection of some paintings based on movies and music for friends.

"I'm Sorry, Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That."
(for Will!)

"Get In!"
(for Nat!)

"Party Hard"
(for Aaron!)
[And so that you can have some context for this particularly disturbing image, it is the album cover for Andrew W.K.'s 2001 album "I Get Wet" and the title references my favorite single from the album, Party Hard.]

"Colombian Community Center"
(for my mom!)

(for Kyle!)

"Blue Steel"
(for Britt!)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Coming Soon!

Default Mode Network animation to be posted within the next few days.
Just tidying the sound a bit and writing up the citations.
This project has been ongoing since November, so I'm pretty excited (hence the prepost teehee)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Specialization is for Insects

Citation: Time Enough for Love - Robert A. Heinlein

::edit:: Thanks for the encouragement, internet! I've made this into a poster at if anyone is interested.