Monday, July 22, 2013

Full version of Brusheez is FREE for a limited time!

The full version of my kids educational iOS app Brusheez is FREE for a limited time. Check it out and if you like it please leave a review in the AppStore! 

It has been fun to hear that kids have really been having fun with it and that parents appreciate that their kids will brush their teeth for the whole time.

Wonder Women?

Did this for the themed group art blog at work. The theme was Wonder Woman.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Brusheez App Toothbrush Song First Verse

I made a video showing some of my Brusheez app. This fast forwards through to the brushing timer where you can hear the first verse of my brushing song (that's all me...eek!) and you can see some of the character interaction and customization along the way.

My nephew provided the "Shondicon!" voice during the intro. He's awesome!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sketches at Shakespeare Festival

Some sketches while there was still light out as we were at the first performance of Love's Labour's Lost at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, UT.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


Hi Mom! ;) My first app "Brusheez" just went up today on the iOS App Store. It is a character customization toy for kids to play with that also helps them learn good teeth brushing habits.

You can see more about it here:

Obviously I don't update here very often. But I do have more regular updates on twitter and facebook.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Flying in a kilt

I made this little guy for the iPhone app I'm working on. I used Sculptris to quickly sculpt his basic forms, then made a low-res mesh in Maya where I also rigged and am animating him.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A New MacProject

Here is an unfinished page from a little introductory comic for an app I'm designing. I put my RoboTroll animated short on hold for a bit to shift focus. I plan to start it back up after I get some other things out of my system. I thought it would be fun to try developing some iPhone\iPad apps. So far it's been a nice challenge to learn some of the technical things and I'm excited to see how it goes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

RoboTroll Foot Rework

I'm rebuilding the RoboTroll's ankles as they would not be able to animate the way I'd like. The old setup is on the left, which side will also be surrounded by extra armor. This really only rotates around 1 axis, but my new socket joint on the right will give me full rotation around 3 axes.

I did like the look of the 3 metatarsals on the old setup, but the new setup will function the way I need it to and I still like it. The combined metatarsus has the same curvature as the split metatarsals but isn't really visible from this angle.

Old hinge joint ankle on left - new socket ankle on right.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

He's Aliiiiive, or I am anyway (maybe)

I really don't like those posts where people say, "Sorry I haven't posted in a while", but since this is called "Nate's Plate" I will say I've had some other stuff on my plate like a new baby (very tasty), selling and finding a house, getting a new basement finished, and busy times at work (still).

But I am happy to start back up on this project. Here I've started to model the major forms for the RoboTroll. I'm mostly happy with it, but it still needs some detail work and I'd like to rough him up quite a bit. I haven't decided on the rendering style yet so I won't take the surfacing/texturing too far until I figure that out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sandy's Stuff

Sandy's Stuff

Things have been busy trying to sell our house and find another. I thought I'd post some more old stuff. I wrote and did rough illustrations for a kid's book a while ago and submitted it to publishers. I've been thinking of updating it, finishing the illustrations and just posting it online. Below is the first stanza - which may explain why I didn't hear much back from publishers. :)

Meet Sandy, a kid who had tons of fun stuff
So much that his room wasn’t quite big enough
He had mountains of games, and a million fun things
Like dinosaurs, robots, and shiny machines

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sketch & Thoughts: Asleep on the Couch

Asleep on the couch

Found this old sketch somewhere, not even sure when I did it, or who it is, but they look comfortable. :)

Things are moving frustratingly slow on the Heavy Toll short. Sometimes it's overwhelming to think of the amount of work I need to do, but I guess it's good to figure out what I do and don't like to do as much. Maybe when I'm an old(er) man I'll finally figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SoJo Daybreak Pre Development

Before the South Jordan Daybreak community was developed, I used to take a camera with me when I went running around the area. October 2005.

Friday, August 13, 2010

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scott Pigrim

A Scott Pilgrim homage for the dueling banjo pigs blog,
With apologies to Bryan Lee O'Malley and everyone else ;)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More Sketchbookery July 2010

Some more sketchbook doodles, featuring The Unhappy Stewardess with Strawberry Hair

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Heavy Toll: RoboTroll Head Shapes WIP

I'm starting to model the RoboTroll's head. Here I'm just blocking out the major shapes with plans to give more asymmetry to much of it.