Sunday, December 24, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Oh by the way...Copyright!

Pandora's Box, the airship "Utopia" On the Road to Utopia, Lamby, Obsidian the Dragon, Herman Bear, Pandora, "Cubcake", the "Mother Earth" goddess and the "Bio-Soldier" are all copyright © 2006 by Ken Roskos.

Pandora's Box, found on the road to Utopia!

Its getting there, still doing a rough cut in After Effects, will do more over Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Between Thanksgiving and Now

I had lost the latest file for my poster for the Guild 839 party. Here was the last backup file. Its pretty close.

I wish you the Bestest and Brightest!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Pandora's Box, found on the road to Utopia!

Lamby, "Bear" (just "Bear" for now), Obsidian the Dragon-guy, "Cubcake", Pandora herself and the Bio-soldier. On a trip like this, you find out who your friends really are.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A talking toilet

This was done in "layers", not pose to pose. Its been a long time with this one. Enjoy!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hello ma Baby, Hello ma Honey...

Warner Bros. Classic Animation...Man, those were the days...Just needed a bit more savvy in dealing with the animation world before the big meltdown.

From the depths...

Sort of E.C. meets Fearless Fosdick meets the Spirit..?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween is over, but-

The party is not over: We still have the election coming up, and then the Holidays! (this is part of the Road to Utopia universe)


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Still working on it...

Maybe "Road to Utopia" is not working. Part of the plot is that the heroes create so much trouble for each other that all the bad guys have to do is play it cool and let the heroes destroy themselves. Let's see if "Pandora's Box" works as a catchier title.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Utopia: the Airship

Captain Kirk had the Enterprise, and the Doctor had the Tardis; so I tried to match one of my characters to the vehicle that was right for him. In this case, my bear built himself an airship that's part rocket-ship as well. He's a nice guy, so the ship isn't loaded down with weapons. But he will find a way to build in other gadgets, and give it super-speed too!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Guilty pleasures

Donjon! Best new comic I've seen in a long time.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Road to Utopia, really ruff!

The cast...A Dragon, a bear and an android. And the mysterious beauty.

On this trip, what could go wrong?

Saturday, September 30, 2006

One more time

All right, they say "don't die with your music still in you". Well, I've been turning it over on how to make my private world palatable to the public. A good story, and characters people can identify with, and care about, that's the trick ain't it? Whether this will just be a comic, a Flash project, or a full fledged motion picture, all I can say is...

Watch this space!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


I miss this style of drawing...Things had volume back then.

The real McCoy!

Here's the old trooper..!

Ancient CG Part II

First time making goblets on the old IBM PCs. I was floored...! Back then, that is.

Good ol' pen plotter print out too, I think.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


It was 20 years ago today...Next year. But I drew this with a mouse on an IBM PC at Lakeland Community College in my first computer graphics class. Couldn't wait til next year!

This planet is just a bundle of nerves.

Something from a 1990 sketchbook. Helping a friend in Florida using Deluxe Paint while I was still living in good ol' N.E. Ohio at the time. I was also the first time I ever used a modem to email the artwork to anyone. I think this was just Rapidiograph pen and ink.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Real Heroes

'Nuff said. No more arm-chair "country club" generals.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

the MetroCel days

Here's a sketch I did for the company T-shirt when we were digitally painting some Ren and Stimpy shows. The shirts were never made. But those were great times, even after the Northridge quake.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Still here

Survived dental work, the coffee pot burn and jury duty. Just some slices from my little dramas this year. Now my computer lab job is in trouble again. But Woodbury University has resumed classes for the Fall, so I have to get going.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Aye Aye Captain

Ok, I don't work at Nickelodeon, but I had fun drawing and then warping good ol' Spongebob with Photoshop. Took this from my sketchbook during my trip to Canada.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Pencil Test Animation

Here's some work I did at 1on1animation this spring. Still needs more work. But I owe this success to MIKE POLVANI. Have a look!

1 on 1 animation

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Quick sketch, colored in Photoshop. Kind of mixed California and Canada together...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Sketches-Yes!

Yay! New art finally! Its not Siggraph or San Diego Comicon, but sometimes nothing beats doodling on the porch at a cabin up in Ontario, Canada.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Back from Canada

Hey gang, had a good time near the town of Parry Sound, Ontario. While I didn't make it San Diego Comicon, or Siggraph in Boston, maybe these doodles I did on the porch of my dad's cabin are just as valuable.

I still have to scan them in of course.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

King of the Hill, Hank's dad.

Cotton Hill. Selfish, hostile son of a gun. That's why we like him! (Copyright Fox)

King of the Hill

Here's one of my first scenes when I worked on the show's 3rd season. Wish I could have done more funny stuff like this. (Copyright Fox)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Cool School

Thou sayest that thou wish to breathe life into the passive page? Check these guys out:

1 on 1 animation

Friday, July 07, 2006

"Breakin' my money-maker?!?"

(Art by Hayao Miyazaki)
First I took a spill on my old ten-speed a few years ago, and banged up my right elbow. Then on this 4th of July I had my own "internal" fireworks by spilling a cup of coffee straight from the machine onto my right wrist! Very clumsy, very painful. Can't damage my main "graphic interface" too much more. Made me sit down and think, and be grateful.

It could have been much, much worse. Still hurt like Hell. Before this happened, I was watching the "Princess Mononoke" and I kept noticing how Ashitaka's arm became scarred fighting the giant boar who took on the curse. Premonition? Didn't get the message I guess.

Animated 3D Logo

Here's a nice reacreation of the Brentwood TV Funnies I did for Tom T Animation...

Friday, June 30, 2006


Just wish "Denny's" architects didn't swipe so much from this design.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

More Maya Character Animation

Gittin' back on it!

Click down below to stream it from YouTube:

Monday, June 26, 2006

Animation Homepage updated

Accidently lengthed the url for my homepage. Getting a better website strictly as a demo reel/portfolio site is on my to-do list. This blog is turning into more of a scrapbook, but I'll try to keep it centered around animation. The trouble is, animation spreads over into other art fields. But being flexible doesn't hurt, right?

Ken Roskos 3D

The Biggest Star at E3...

At least the only one I instantly recognized was Optimus Prime.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

My Maya Animation for "Mars Bar"

Please click on the link below to see my latest Maya character animation.

Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Casting not quite so long a shadow...

Accidently clicked the shutter during a visit at Taliesin near Scottsdale back in February this year. But it was the first time I had ever set foot on ground trod upon by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Important Fortune Cookie

Got this after treating myself to an all you can eat buffet. Made sense after I started work again at Woodbury University in Burbank CA.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bubble bubble...

Quick thumbnail colored in Photoshop. She's got something cooking in that lab...

Graphic Novel roughs

Something I did over a year ago, couldn't get it to crystalize with the writer.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Great Photoshop Demo

Yep, Christophe Vacher was a hit on June 5, 2006. I'd say 839 Animation Guild members want more Photoshop training.

Just my humble opinion...

TAG Blog: PhotoShop ace at the TAG Computer Lab tonight

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Please use the Animation Guild computer Lab!

Please help us improve the Animation Guild computer Lab by responding to some of the questions below:

What hours would serve you best? ___________________________________________________
Would an additional Sunday afternoon or perhaps a Friday session help? _____________

What other software packages do you prefer or would like to try? ___________________
(The lab is equipped with Photoshop, Flash, and Mirage storyboard software, Maya, After Effects and Shake. Plus there is a high speed internet connection on a Mac G5.)

What further special guest lectures and demonstrations would you like to see? ______
(In the past we have had experienced Photoshop, Flash and Maya users share their knowledge and experience.)

Are there any other areas of animation training the lab could assist you with? ______
Such as video games, internet and technologies yet to come? _________________________


The Mirage digital storyboard class taught by Rusty Mills is very much in demand, and the lab administrator, Ken Roskos is on hand to assist with Maya, Photoshop and other computer animation software problems.

We can offer genuine human interaction and support in a a no-pressure, non committal situation. If you are not satisfied by a book or surfing the net alone. If we can’t find the answers, we’ll try help you find someone who can.

Please contact us at, or call 818-766-7151 for any software questions or computer animation issues, and the open lab hours are FREE to Guild members active or inactive in good standing. Any feedback on lab hours or subject matter would be most welcome!

And please mention the lab to Guild members you know who don’t have access to a computer, or have been unsure about entering the digital animation world.

Many thanks!

Ken Roskos
Lab Admin

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mars Rover Short Film link

Check out our film on this link:

Unibot's New Head

Actually he's had it for awhile. Check out the nifty pneumatic lift cylinders that allow him to talk. Kind of looks like a pie? (The previous head looked like an old radio. Our director had me change it.) I think I did the texturing on the head; his eyes have lights with shaders. Gibran Jimenez did most of the modeling and texturing for the Unibot. Its been a long project.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Survived "E3"

Lots of Thud and Blunder, and plenty of swag, will try to upload some pictures.

Some of the designs for the games are quite cool, are games like movies that you can control?
Nothing overtly gory or sexually lude, but the no one under 18 years old rule still holds.

No holodecks yet...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My Homepage

Will be updating this site from time to time, hope to get more animation on it

TAG Lab on Evening Hours

Hey group, starting May 1, the lab's hours are changing:

Mondays______4 pm-9 pm
Tuesdays_____4 pm-7 pm
Wednesdays___4 pm-9 pm
Thursdays____4 pm-9 pm
Saturdays____noon-5 pm

Closed Fridays and Sundays

Contact us at to let us know if this schedule suits
you better, and if there are any other changes you would like to see.

Ken Roskos
TAG Computer Lab

Monday, February 27, 2006

...More Los Feliz work...

...from Diana Coco's gesture class...

And...Daffy Duck! from my Warner Classic Daze.
Daffy's beak is out of joint from some mishap.
Wabbit Season! Duck Season!

And more...

Life Drawing

Life Drawing at the Loz Feliz Drawing & Painting Workshop sponsored by Ben Fried!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

More fun with bump maps

Still had to mirror it in Photoshop.

One more planet

More fun with bumps and camera.

And one more of my "Enterprise"

Star Trek. When will it return? Strange new worlds. Leave that to me.

More space stuff