Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Grayscale Markers

I got some grayscale markers from my brother-in-law for Christmas....

....and they are FUN. (Thanks, Dave!)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rupert is ALIVE!!!!

Here is my final for Barry Zundel's Character Creation class. This is the culmination of dozens of hours of work all semester-- designing, modeling, texturing, rigging, and, finally, animating. Hope you enjoy it!

Rupert Discovers His Tail... from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Animation

Here is the final for the aforementioned class taught by Cynthia. It may not show, but I've learned a TON!!!
(Sorry-- it's a bit small, still rough, has weird aspect ratio issues and is a bit light! But other than that....)

Monday, December 14, 2009


I do animate sometimes.

This was our first assignment this semester for Cynthia (Overman) Hogan's class. There are a few things I'd like to finish, but, alas, I'll never have time.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Some quick sketches of different rats for a storyboarding project.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Clueless Discovery Won 2nd Place!

I've already posted this video before, but just wanted to announce that it won second place at the BYU MindMashup SPARKY Video contest (what a mouthful).

I've also submitted it for the international contest, which is being held sometime early next year. Hopefully it keeps on almost-winning!

Thanks again to everyone who helped (or just watched it and laughed).

Clueless Discovery from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Friday, October 16, 2009


I have figure drawing again this semester with Chad Barksdale. Wanna know a secret? I'm actually enjoying it!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rupert has Texture

More progress on Rupert. I've learned so much about UV mapping and texturing, it's not even funny (really, it's not). I'm not sure everything looks perfect, but due dates force you to abandon stuff sometimes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Beauty and Beast

A rough comic for the Y Not Art Blog's Disney/Marvel Mash-up topic.

(click the thumbnail for a legible image)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

While You Work

A little animation test in Flash I whipped up today at work. Hope-a you likey.

Can you tell I'm a fan of this guy?

More Stuff (told ya)

So I am in the most awesome class imaginable-- it's a Maya class taught by Barry Zundel where we work on one character the whole semester-- modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, the works. I feel like I'm in a bit over my head (because everyone else in the class is a junior or senior), but I'm learning an incredible amount. That's a good thing, right?

Here is the layout for my character: Rupert, a cuddly stegosaurus.

I just finished the model (and I hope I did okay-- I'm not really sure how everything should be done at this stage so that everything that follows will work well).

But I'll definitely keep y'all posted on how Rupert comes to life over the course of the semester!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome to the Program

Yeah, I haven't posted in forever because I've been more busy than I thought possible. The Animation Program is a blast! I've got some awesome classes from some incredible teachers. I'll post more in the next few days, but here is my character design for Kelly's Intro to Storyboarding class.

His name is Sheldon. He's a reindeer that can't fly.... and he likes to make toys (thus making him an outcast of sorts among reindeer).

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Clueless Discovery

Here is a video I spent all summer working on. It's for a contest on campus. (Sorry it's a little small here...)

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Thanks to Mary, Mark, and Matthew (and everyone else whose name starts with "M") for all your help.

Friday, August 14, 2009


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Hawaiian Painting #1

This piece was a blast to do. It's-a for the Y Not Art Blog (as everything is these days). I'm hoping to do some more of these!

Friday, July 17, 2009

My Father is a Triceratops....

My favorite artist right now is probably none other than the great Anthony Holden (that "probably" really took the umph out of that glowing intro...). While I don't claim to possess one iota of the talent that Anthony does (I don't even claim to know what an iota is...), I do love his style, and tried to emulate it with this piece.
(This also doubles as a piece for the Y Not Art Blog! Two stones with one bird!)

Thursday, July 16, 2009


I haven't ever really done this layout/conceptualizing/environment stuff. But I toyed around and this is what I came up with. It was kinda fun, in a frustrating way (or was it kinda frustrating, in a fun way?).
Another piece for the Y Not Art Blog.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Me at 15

This is me 10 years ago. It was hairdos like this that made God decide to revoke my folicle privileges. Another piece for the Y Not Art Blog.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Baby Came!!!!!

Our baby girl arrived last night! She's soooo beautiful (where'd she get the hair?)! She and mom are doing great!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Disney's Low Point

Our topic for the Y Not Art Blog was "Disney's Low Point", and I have to say that all those direct-to-video sequels were not quite their finest hour. So I just whipped out a few from the collection and snapped a photo (click for a larger image).

My question for you is this: did you actually enjoy any of the Disney sequels? What's your favorite?

I remember when "Return of Jafar" first came out... and I was so excited, but once I watched it, I was scratching my 10-year-old head wondering "why wasn't that as good as the first one? It looked kind of.... cheap..." I then came to fully adore "Aladdin and the King of Thieves," mostly because Robin Williams resumed his role as Genie.... but I haven't seen it since I was wee....

Other than that.... can't say I've enjoyed too many of them...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Learning Flash

This is a test from my first run through of character animation in Adobe Flash. It's an incredibly intimidating program, but now that I'm learning it (a tiny tiny bit), it's been a blast.

I'm hoping to turn this into a minute-or-so-long "commercial". (there will be more than walking involved. Promise!)

Saturday, May 30, 2009


We saw Pixar's latest, Up, today. It was amazing! I absolutely loved it, from start to finish. For me, it's right up there in my favorite films of all-time (along with Ratatouille and Toy Story). I highly recommend it!

Oh, one last thing. We saw it in 3D, which wasn't too bad. I think the whole 3D thing in general is still a wee bit gimmicky, but these guys did a good job not beating the audience over the head with it.

Oh, and the 3D glasses made everyone look like they dressed up like Carl Fredricksen for the movie.

Nicely done, Pete Docter and Pixar!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Open Drawing

So I learned two things about myself today during the Open Drawing Session.... 1) I draw a million times better when I'm relaxed (duh!), and 2) I am a million times more relaxed during drawing sessions when I listen to music and don't worry about the people around me. So I tried applying these two epiphanies today, and I must say they worked! My drawings may not be the best in the world, but I actually came out of there happy with my work instead of frustrated!

Here's what I got (some didn't photograph so well-- sorry):

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Baby Time!

Mary's gonna be induced in about two weeks.... and life will be turned upside down (and backwards). We're excited!

Another piece for the Y Not Art Blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Only the Good Sketchbooks Die Young

Time for a sketch dump.

This is my wife and the cute little guy she babysits.

Quick anatomy study (on my own. Really!).

The legendary Uncle Bruce (and some cousins).

Wiffle Ball home-run derby

The fam.

And lastly, some character designs for an upcoming project o' mine.