Friday, December 2, 2011

Draw over!

Hey all! Thought I'd share a little draw-over I did on a pic from 2008, just after I graduated. I might still take one more pass at it, but I'm pretty happy with how it looks right now.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

My 220 Animation (boards)

Here is a sneak peak into my animation this semester. I got my team and my story, this weekend is just about finishing that storyboard/animatic and doing the final edits before we get down to the dirty work.
 I'm in charge of boarding the beginning scenes so this is part of that beginning sequence before the good stuff starts to happen....

I don't want to say what the story is (at least not yet) but I'm pretty excited about it and can't wait to see the final result. My team will most definitely ROCK this assignment!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2d animated dinosaur project

hi lmu animation kids (or whoever still checks this blog [web-drifting blog ghosts?]),

My name is Brian Engh and I'm a dude who went to LMU and now I work as a freelance artist/animator. I am currently working with a paleontologist and some other LMU animation alums and former staff on putting together a small spec documentary about reconstructing dinosaurs through animation that will be pitched to several major networks that offer science related programming (Nat Geo, Discovery, Science Channel, PBS etc). The documentary will culminate in a short animated scene depicting a moment in the life of a prehistoric animal, in this case a dinosaur from portugal named Miragaia. You can check out our first pass storyboard, some dinosaur sketches and our mission statement on our production blog here:

As the project develops we will be updating the blog with relevant materials. As we get some animation on the page we will most certainly need help with cleanup, coloring and basic compositing, so anyone who's interested in getting some hands on experience with an interesting traditional 2d/false 3d/after effects hybrid workflow, or anyone who thinks it would be fun help clean up a bunch of dinosaur drawings should read our mission statement and check out the storyboard on our blog and get in touch with me. historian(at)dontmesswithdinosaurs(dot)com

I hope you're all having fun making cartoon movies in college!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tablet Practice

I haven't posted here in a century so I thought now was better than ever especially since I just got my first Wacom tablet a month ago...

And this is the result of summer cartoon watching....and two seasons of Batman Beyond :)

But there's also photoshop and non-fanart tablet practice. I realize there's something about me and drawing kids. I think I just feel more comfortable drawing them in crazy things like tube socks and weird expressions. Or they're easier......I'll go with the former.

Also with this new purchase I'll finally be able to start that art blog, so I'll be doing that on blogger as well.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Friday, June 17, 2011


So this is one of my homework assignments for Rad Sechrist's story class at CDA. 

My character's name is Kael but he doesn't remember who he is because of an enchanted mask that accidentally got stuck on his face. All he knows is that he was some sort of assassin. The girl in the shot, Angelie,  is a wannabe wizard who ends up tagging along with him. I'm thinking maybe she was the one who accidentally got the mask stuck on his face.  I dunno. Still a WIP of course. Hope you like. :D

PS. This blog is getting no love! People should post more! 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Superman, Turn Around Please

Poor LMU nimators blog, I've totally forgotten about you! Seems like im not the only one either, as this place is starting to look like JJs personal playground (not that I mind, good job man!)

Anyway, this is a superman turn around I just finished (no shit, right?). I'm really starting to enjoy turning characters and I think I'll be doing some more real soon. Like, right now.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Hey guys! Here's a collage of various Batman doodles I did in February and March. I'm sure there's a bunch more that I havent scanned yet!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Long Holidays "Through Two Lenses"

Hello friends!
I recently did an album cover for the amazing band "The Long Holidays," my long-time friend Jim Holmquist's band.

Give 'em a listen!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Monster mash!

This started as a doodle, but then I decided it sucked so I actually broke out the anatomy book and really worked the design. The result is, I think, pretty awesome!

This guy is from "Katana Gunslinger" issue 01. The basic concept is that a dude is infected by some alien organism that gives him super strength and causes him to lose all his skin (hey, I didn't write it...). I figured it'd look rad if it caused bone mutations, too.

In case you never saw the comics I drew for my friend, this is the original version of this monster. I think the newer drawing is a little cooler.

Just a little...


Saturday, May 14, 2011

And Yet another "finished" Thesis.

Hey Everyone,

I finally get to join the majority of y'all as alumni! Hope everyone is doing well in the big scary world. Thought to post up my finished thesis film on my personal blog, and well it's not fun to post on just one site--I obviously need to barf it on the internet. Though apparently sam and spencer beat me to the punch, on well. Try to enjoy it anyway!

or ya know just push play below :D
One Art One Love

Thanks for watching guys. Truly appreciate it.


Friday, May 6, 2011

My senior thesis film

Heres my finished thesis film!
password is: thesis205

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

practical effects

i like them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hey Guys

Rough Thesis Animation <---CLICK THAT

Hey I got a big old chunk of roughs from my thesis (actually some has been cleaned up) Any who...I just was wondering for some feed back since things are going well and have time and I could fix potential problems. Feed back critics whatever. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

how birds happened

this isn't done. the creature on the far left is getting replaced with a closer relative of early dinosaurs.

hope you all are making awesome films.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Number 21

There just arent enough hours in the day. Must do more. In the mean time, this is number 21. She rides monobikes in the Venetian League AA Circuit.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Superboy Smash!

I've never been any good with action shots but I figured I'd give it a try tonight. It's half inspired by Young Justice (the show, stuff I've seen at WB, superheroes in general, etc) as well as Jay's drawing on DeviantART: "Superman Punching Ground"

I wanted to post my Black Canary drawing too but my external's being stupid and won't show up. >:|

Any hoo... I could really use some tips on how to make this better and other action shots in the future!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I think I need to try and contact peter and get him to post to this blog himself.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My First Full Animation : aka my 120

So here is the source of my idea for my 120 animation. It's my character Toni doing what she does best, telling a story for her little brother (and possibly some stuffed animals) to enjoy. I'm thinking about doing a combination of cells and paper for this one, but I have to solidify the actual 30 second sequence first to make sure that I will or wont (as well as empty out part of my savings to buy cells, anyone know where I can get a sizable number of cells for cheaper than 75 cents a pop?).

Also, ignore the ghost that appeared due to scanning diffi(laziness)culties

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Hey guys!
Over the next few days I'll be doing a huge dump onto my blog. I pretty much havent updated for the past 2 weeks since I've been getting used to my limited free time, but I think I'm back on track!


Monday, January 31, 2011

Sketch Fun

I dont just draw quick shit nearly often enough.

More thesis progress

Been a while since i put anything from my thesis on here, so figured Id jsut show a few screenshots.
Inside the main characters old apartment: Hes been imprisoned for years and escapes to find the world he once knew completely torn apart. These pictures show the version of his apartment as he remembers it, and then a picture of its current ruined state.
Heres a screen from the opening prison scene that the main character is escaping from.

This is my soldier character now fully textured.
Critiques and any thoughts are welcome.
- Spencer

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

look! a t. rex!

feathery t rex

they probably didn't have feathers - there are a few small skin impressions of t. rex scales. that said, their ancestors had feathers so its entirely possible that t. rex had feathers on parts of its body for display. It is also possible that baby tyrannosaurs had a downy covering to keep their little bodies warm (little bodies have a harder time keeping a consistent temperature).

do you want another (better) t. rex?!?! try clicking on this one! its like magic! two dinosaurs for only one click!

A Girl and Her Robot

I think this is the first thing that I have done entirely digitally. I dont really like using an intuous, but until i get my cintiq it will have to do.

The girl was inspired by my purple haired girlfriend. The robot was inspired by Akira Toriyama. and robots.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thesis Still. Hot Damn!

Hey Guys,

I've never posted on the LMU Animators blog, but I wanted some feedback.

This is an almost finished still from my thesis (Courtesy of Haley Foster, Hannah Olson, Sam Lewis, and myself).

It's nightime and I tried to get moonlight into the scene along with his fan lamp.



Teresa Leong

Monday, January 17, 2011

Zoo Sketches

Kim and I went to the LA zoo on the weekend before classes started. Here are the results.

Peter Brandt is an LMU animator from a few years back

There's a lot of ninja talk goin' on, so I thought I'd contribute this to the discussion. This is a short film that an LMU graduate from a few years before me is working on in his spare time:

The animator's name is Peter Brandt. You should all go check out his youtube channel here:

I think his work is pretty inspiring. Not only is his animation really well done, but his action sequences are meticulously detailed, and well conceived. From what I can tell he gets good ideas and then elaborates on them to such a degree that his work brings to mind the mantra of John Hammond from Jurassic Park, "We spare no expense!"

Peter Brandt spares no expense.

Cowboys and Girls

I really dont know why I put these things together. The other day I got to do some life drawing of a cowboy. He was a good model, and it was a lot of fun. All of these are three minute poses. (Except the bonus dinosaur, he took ten seconds. I timed it.)

This morning I warmed up by drawing some cute girls. They took about 15 minutes each. Always a good way to get started. Anyway, when I was done, I felt like putting them together.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I have had a character floating around in my head for a while named StarShine. She doesnt have a story, kinda just more a bout a look. Anyway, here she is at 3 different points in life. I think the two youngest are a bit tooooo similar, but I had fun anyway.

Also, JJ has somewhat inspired me and I will be making a point of posting to my blog every day this year. I wont put them all on here, that would be annoying, but if you'd like to follow along, my blog is

Katana Gunslinger

Hey all!
I drew this today and I'm pretty happy with how it came out! It's of the main character, Grey, from that comic I drew called "Katana Gunslinger."


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sketchy Sunday 11

Old 2010 Christmas doodle request that was supposed to be finished but instead got abandoned. I thought I'd finish it this weekend but never got around to actually completing it and then the Laker game distracted me.

Super Fighting Robot!

I actually colored one of my pieces! Holy crap that never happens!

I wanted to do a fun drawing of Mega Man's classic jump pose. All in all, probably 2-3 hours of work in this?


People Watching in Santa Monica

Hey guys!
I went people watching with my friends Christie, Jen, and Rafael and it was a BLAST! Here's a "best of" from my pages today.

Check the blogs of Christie, Jen and Rafael, cause they'll hopefully be posting their work from today and you've gotta see it. They're all super skilled! We're going to go drawing again next weekend. Anyone interested?


Friday, January 7, 2011

Black Sheep by Metric

I was bored earlier today so I listened to the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack. Should be clear which song I got inspired by. :P

It's still a work in progress, but I figured I hadn't posted anything for a while so here ya go.



Thursday, January 6, 2011


5 hours work on this.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

mexican devil monster!

drew this for Jose today. he's planning on bringing the devil to life.
it's for a scene based on this:
'El Diablo en La Iglesia' by José David Alfaro Siqueros.

So, too metal? Not metal enough?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sketchy Sunday 10

This is half of something for a buddy on DA.