hairy at the heels
Here's this year’s Christmas video card! Our Christmas was filled with snow, a goofy Santa, presents and tons of cute Korean kids! Enjoy, and have yourself a Merry Christmas.
Music: “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” - Julian Casablancas
I made this illustrated icon of my own website for my wife’s blog. The inspiration? Well it’s getting a bit chilly here in Busan, so I broke out the old pipe over the weekend. Unfortunately I forgot that I needed to buy some tobacco. Disappointed, I decided to make my icon an illustration of what I wish was reality. Either way you should checkout my wife’s blog, where you can see this icon in all it’s tiny glory amongst other amazing things.
October is a designated month of creepiness here at the House of Cruz, so here’s some zombified candy corn. I’ve never been a big fan of candy corn, and death by zombies is one of my biggest fears…so I decided to combine the two to make something not quite as good as either.
This is another character from the wife and I’s collab project. His name is Kisanim (기사님), which isn’t a name at all. It actually means “driver” in Korean. This character is actually based off of the driver of The Magic English Bus I used to work on, whom we all actually called “kisanim.” He was an older, gentleman whose real name I never knew. He was very sweet and was a real problem solver when it came to mechanics. In our collab project Kisanim is a stoic genius that can drive anything from buses and tanks, to planes and ships. He very rarely speaks, but when he does it’s always in Korean.
Every once in a blue moon my wife hangs out with a girlfriend or two, which gives me a free night to myself. I usually call up a friend to hang out and watch a movie or play video games with. However I’ve been a little hermetic as of late, so I usually end up watching old episodes of Ultraman and eating Red Baron microwavable pizza. What you see is the exact portrayal of those bachelor nights where I am as happy as a geeky pig in slop.
Sooo…in my 6th grade class the students have this small writing assignment where they have to fill in the blanks of a written letter with the key expressions they learned for the day. I was bored, so I decided to take a crack at it myself. This is what I came up with.
Here are a some outtakes from my vlogs. There are so many pitfalls when filming by yourself, but it’s quite fun to see all your blunders edited together. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube.
I’ve finally finished it. After pushing through all my summer camp planning, I’ve managed to carve out some time to finish this guy. Our two adventurers finally meet the illusive Sasquatch. He’s definitely a nice guy, really down to earth. We made plans to go grab a pizza later this week. Hah hah! I hope you guys like it…now, onto the NEXT ILLUSTRATION!!!
Today is my 9-year dating Anniversary! Yes, on this day 9 years ago I asked my wife to “officially be my girlfriend.” I know it sounds childish and cheesy, especially when I think about it now, but it was the first step in one of the best decisions of my life. So in honor of our anniversary, I’m posting this video that I made for her while we were dating…in which it is evident how foolishly in love with this woman I am. (Enjoy a good laugh at my expense)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a decent illustration, so here’s something to tide you over. This character is part of the wife and I’s collab-project. It’s an expression study of Mordecai, a small dragon based off of my pet bearded dragon of the same name. The expressions are actually based off of my own, especially the one in the second row right.
I learned a new word - “사라지다 (sarajida)”. It means “vanish.” So I made this quick little strip to help me remember. It’s a magician trying to make a bird vanish. He does, but not the way he expected. He makes a quick exit in the last frame…I would too if I exploded a bird in front of a bunch of kids.
This is my day as a geeky ESL teacher in Korea, complete with Edgar Wright/Sam Raimi style editing.
Music: "Goody Two Shoes" - Adam Ant
After sitting on my shelf for almost 6 years I’ve finally gotten around to editing the footage of my wife and I’s trip to London. This video is very dear to me for a few reasons: (1) This was our honeymoon, which was quite a lovely way to start off our marriage. (2) It has always been Noelle’s dream to experience London first hand. Considering she’s the biggest anglophiliac I know, this was her dream come true! If you notice, I am not in any of the footage, which only confirms my theory: I was not actually on vacation in London. I was just there to document her experience. (3) This video documents our very first trip together, but also the first steps of our great adventure. We’ve traveled to so many places, learned about many cultures, and gained unforgettable experiences. I look forward to the future and all that it will bring.
Here’s a mildly clean sketch from the wife and I’s collab project. The next step is correcting and adjusting a few things about the sketch…then base colors. I’m so excited because it’s been a while since I’ve illustrated, and what better way to kick it off than with the Sasquatch. Oh Sasquatch…I wish I could meet you fo’ reals-ies!
Maybe I’m a little late, but hey…it’s still Easter somewhere. Plus who doesn’t like a giant robot…let alone two. I’m the red one by the way.