Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Character Design for Production Class


As promised, I'll be posting a little bit about each of my online classes over the next week for those of you interested in a little bit more information about the classes.

Character Design for Production is an 8 week course that takes you through the Professional Production Piepeline for Character Designers.  This class will focus on taking your designs through this pipeline all while learning to make your design functional for animation.  We will cover both common, and important types of assignments that will be expected of you as a working professional.  These assignments include creating Pose & Expressions sheets, the importance of Functional Character Turnarounds, and more.  You will walk out of this class with not only the experience of a real professional setting, but also with professional quality work for you to showcase in your portfolio.

Just as my other classes, each week has a different 1 hour lecture that you can watch on your own time as many times as you'd like.  The lectures breakdown the details of the weeks global topic, and is accompanied with a demo of the assignment for that week.  We have weekly live Q & A sessions where we discuss the details of the lectures, the assignmnets, industry topics, portfolio do's and dont's and are often filled with design/painting demo's upon request.  Each submitted assigment is given an indevidual video draw over to help discuss not only the strengths of the submitted work, but ways to imporve the design, pose, shape language, ect.

For more info including class sign up, click HERE

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Character Design for Animation Class


As promised from last week, I'll be posting a little bit about each of my online classes over the next week or so for those of you interested in a little bit more information about the classes.

Character Design for Animation is an 8 week course that breaks down all the universal fundamentals of professional character design.  Each week has a different 1 hour lecture that you can watch on your own time as many times as you'd like.  The lectures breakdown the details of the weeks global topic, and is accompanied with a demo of the assignment for that week.  We have weekly live Q & A sessions where we discuss the details of the lectures, the assignmnets, industry topics, portfolio do's and dont's and are often filled with design/painting demo's upon request.  Each submitted assigment is given an indevidual video draw over to help discuss not only the strengths of the submitted work, but ways to imporve the design, pose, shape language, ect.

All in all, the goal of the class is for each artists to not only understand the fundamentals of professional character design, but to learn how to imbed those fundamentals into your methods of designing characters everytime you sit down to sketch or draw.   Each student should be able to leave the class with at least 8 new portfolio pieces, and a strong understanding of how to use those designs to strengthen their portfolio as well.

For more info including class sign up, click HERE

Some work from the Students during the Spring Semester



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Summer Character Design Classes


Hey Everyone, just wanted to let you all know that my Summer Term of online Character Design Classes are now available.  The Summer Term is great for developing your Portfolio and Design skills for Freelance, TV & Feature Animated Productions.  Plus, the Course runs before most Year Round Schools start back up in the fall, and of course before the CTNexpo in the November. 

Each class has a different focus around Professional Character Design and I will be posting a little bit about each class in the coming days.  For imediate info and class registration you can check out each class below:

Character Design for Animation

Character Design for Production

Art Direction for Character Designers

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Band Shirt


A few years back, I was asked to create some art for a band t-shirt. They wanted something with a split screen idea, and so we ended up with this idea of 1/2 astronaut, 1/2 alien, in a Jim Flora-ish insipred design. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

ASStronauts

A few ASStronauts landing on an Alien Planet.

ASStronauts
10" x 15"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2010

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last Nights Demo

Here is a little Vampire I drew last night as a Photoshop Clean-Up Demo for one of my CGMA Online Character Design Classes. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Flight & Fury

As part of promoting the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, a large collection of Dreamworks Artists are putting together a Gallery Show / Auction next month.  All of the money from the event will be donated to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles  The Gallery will be on dispaly at Gallery Nucleus from June 21st - July 6th, with the opening for the show on Saturday evening, June 21st.

Above is my submission for the show.

"Courious"
Paper Collage / Acrylic
8" x 10"
2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mothers Day Painting

This was my mothers day gift to my wife Crystal this past weekend.  It was painted from a recent vacation we took, and there is nothing I love more then seeing our daughter Willow in her arms. 

Pager Collage / Acrylic
16"x11"
2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Favorite Friends

This piece was my contribution to the current show "Imaginary Friends" at Gallery Nucleus.  I drew inspiration from the imaginary friends my daughter might have, thinking about them hanging around in her thoughts.

If you are interested in purchasing this piece, you can have a look HERE

Favorite Friends
8"x10"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Character Design Class - A Few Spots Left

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know, that there are a few spots still available in two of my Spring online Character Design Classes.  Both classes don't start till beginning of next week, so if you'd like to sign up you can visit the CGMA site here for more information:

For Character Design for Animation click HERE

For Character Design for Production click HERE

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bike Rides

Loving our afternoon bike rides!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Online Character Design Classes

 
For more information or to Sign Up for my online Character Design Classes please check out the links below.

For Character Design for Animation click HERE

For Character Design for Production click HERE

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day to my Beautiful Girls!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rainy Day

Willow making sure Scout get's his bath

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Winter Semester Character Design Classes

For more information or to Sign Up for my online Character Design Classes please check out the links below.

For Character Design for Animation click HERE

For Character Design for Production click HERE

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guinness + Mary Blair + My Wife = Perfection

So I know this is a little off season, but this morning I stumbled upon this piece I made a few years back inspired by a Mary Blair panting and my wife Crystal.  Crystal and I had just spent some time in Ireland, Scotland, & England with some friends drinking as much beer as possible, and my wife's love for Guinness got me inspired.  I knew there was a really great illustration that Mary Blair did of a girl holding a large pitcher of fruit juice, so I thought I'd swap the girl for "My Girl" and the Fruit Juice for a nice Pint of Guinness.  You can find the great Mary Blair original with a google search and you'll see I tried to keep mine as similar in style as hers, with the obvious few tweaks.

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Character Design Class

Hey Everyone, I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a 2nd Character Design Class for the Online Design School CGMA.  This 2nd Class will cover what it takes to work as a Character Designer for a Professional Production.  Click HERE for more info on the Class and how to sign up.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Love My Girls




The Best a Husband & Father could ever have!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Character Design Class -Winter Term Sign Up

Hey Everyone, just wanted to let you know there are only 5 days left till my next class starts. So if you'd like to sign up for my 8 Week online Character Design Class for the Winter term, click HERE for class sign up info.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rise of the Guardians



Several years ago, I was asked to create a few illustrative story murals for each of the main character's for Dreamworks new movie Rise of the Guardians.  Production Designer Patrick Hanenberger had a great idea of establishing each character's background story in the form of a mural.  In doing so we began to not only develop each characters shape and color language, but we had a fun time capturing bits of each characters background story which came from the original story material from William Joyce.  Shown here are just a few of thees mural illustrations I did, you can check out the rest of the murals in the art of book, as well as a few other sketches I did for the film.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Character Design Class Sign Up

Hey Everyone, just wanted to let you know we have one week left till class starts. So if you'd like to sign up for my 8 Week online Character Design Class for the fall term, click HERE for class sign up info.

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Little Hide & Seek

Recently came across this painting I did last year.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Character Design Class - Pirates!

Hey Everyone, my online Character Design Class just did an amazing weeks worth of Pirate Designs for our most recent assignment. The class is really turning out some amazing and inspiring work, so I thought I might contribute! Click HERE For more info on my Character Design Class and how to sign up for the Fall term.

Friday, August 10, 2012

From the Vault - Puss In Boots

A year or two ago, I worked on a really cool trailer project for Puss In Boots. The idea was to create a "Spaghetti Western" style teaser trailer for the film. We wanted to take page out of the Sergio Leone book of film making for this piece, and we had a blast doing so. It was a really funny sequence that Head of Story Bob Persichetti Conceptualized and Story Boarded. Chris Applehans did some Preliminary Design and Layout work, Jakob Jensen created the funny and highly stylized bit's of Animation, and I Locked and Set the Style, Painted the Backgrounds, Colored the Animation and put it all together in After Effects. All in all it was a really small crew, but the end result was something really fun and charming. It was cool because in a way, it was as if we were making a little film, at a really big studio. We ended up not using it as it didn't end up fitting with the tone of the final film, but I think the trailer is an easter egg or a special feature on the Blue Ray, but I'm not certain. Above are some Final Stills from the Teaser Trailer, & A Logo Chris and I Conceptualized which I created with a Two Color Linoleum Block Print, inspired by the great Saul Bass of course. All artwork above Copyright Dreamworks Animation.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Online Character Design Class Sign Up

Hey everyone, the next term of my online Character Design Class starts next Friday, July 20th. If you'd like to take the class, make sure to sign up by next Friday. Space is limited and last term was full with a wait list. For more info on the class check out the class description page HERE

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Character Design Class Has Begun!

The first week is underway and in the books for my Character Design Class for Animation and it was a great first week. All of the students turned in great work, and it's already proving to be a really strong class. To learn more about this course or to sign up to be on the waiting list for next term, click HERE.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Heartwork


A while ago I was asked to contribute a painting to this amazing project known as "Heartwork." Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies within the art room at the Target House (a wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude® Children's Research Hospital.) Every year, a group of artists will create a series of posters to raise money for the art room. Each of the posters will feature a different interpretation of the St. Jude Target House elephant mascot, chosen because it represents family, long life, strength and playfulness—attributes with special meaning at a place designed for families to live, play and heal.

If you want to learn more about the Target House, click HERE

If you want to purchase one of the many Heartwork Prints to help support this cause, click HERE

My contribution to the project is shown above, and should be available for purchase on the website sometime soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Online Character Design Course


Starting on April 21st, I will be teaching a new Online Character Design 8 week course for CGMW. In this course we will be exploring the various and important aspects that go into designing characters for animation. We'll be exploring how shape language relates to a characters personality, we'll disect how one adapts to designing characters in various artistic styles, and we'll begin to discuss what it takes to mold yourself to becoming a professional designer.

Click this link HERE to go to the sign up page for more info on this character design course.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Nightmare Show In Paris



This past weekend, I was one of the many contributing artists to a Nightmare Before Christmas Show that took place at the Arludik Gallery in Paris. My piece was a tribute to Zero, and explored the idea of what he might play fetch with. If you are in Paris, swing by the gallery and check out the great collection of contributing artists.

Fetch
7" x 9"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Something from the Vault



While I finish up various other projects and a few long overdue paintings, I thought I'd post a piece I recently re-discovered when going through some old paintings. This was done for a show I was a part of in San Diego in 2009. It's pretty simple : Floating brain in a robot suit meet's little red bird.

One the way to work
5" x 7"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2009

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jim Flora Tribute



Jim Flora is easily of my favorite artists of all time. His style has been a heavy influence on the animation industry for years and years. I've always loved his amazing balance between graphic design and story telling. His illustrations jump off the page with so much life. Above is my next submission for the Jim Flora tribute on the collaborative illustration blog Illostribute.com . I wanted to play off a big style key often seen in Flora's work. Limited & contrasting colors, and a two sided story of a characters good times and bad times.

High's & Lows
Digital
7" x 7"
Jim Flora Tribute
2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Art Show Tonite



Tonite in LA, I'll be contributing to an Art Show inspired by classic Kung Fu Legends & Myths re-imagined by Author Ryan Gattis. My Piece is shown above, and nn total there are 16 different artists each contributing one piece to this show as well. The show opens tonite at Gallery Meltdown 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles and runs for a couple of weeks.

For more info on the show, Author Ryan Gattis, and the other contributing artists, click HERE

Painting Above
God Of War
16" x 12"
Black Ink & Paper Collage
2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Movie Poster Show


A little while back I was asked to participate in a Movie Poster Show where every piece entered into the show is a poster inspired by a feature film. For my contribution to the show I thought I'd put a darker "Saul Bass-esque" take on one of my favorite films of all time, Dumb & Dumber. For my concept, I thought I'd focus on the moment when Harry & Loyd find their dead parakeet Peety with his head cut off.

As for the show, it's in Brazil, so it's a bit too far for me to attend, but for more info on the exhibition and to see some of the other contributing artists, head over to POSTER LAB and have a look.

Dumb & Dumber Poster
18" x 12"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Cereal Box Paintings

Last year I was asked if I would design and paint a couple of Yeti & Sasquatch themed fake cereal box covers. Being a huge fan of vintage cereal box design I thought it would be a fun little project to take on. I referenced and took inspiration from classic cereal box designs for this project and below is what I ended up with. Both paintings are a combination of Acrylic Paint and Paper Collage and measure 20" x 16".



Abominable Frostbites. I had previously done a Yeti Cereal Box design a few years back and thought I'd use the same name, but created a new overall design for this painting.



Big Foot's Camper Crunch. This one was a completely new concept.



There are a few of my preliminary paintings I did when I was just conceptualizing the characters. They are pretty similar to previous Yeti & Sas designs I've done, but I still wanted to mix them up a little for these Cereal Box paintings.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!



Here's the card my wife Crystal and I put together this year. Since we normally dress like elves the entire month of December, we thought it would be fitting to showcase our "Yuletide" fashion on our card. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Sound Of Light



A while back I was asked to create a few paintings for the amazing composer Michael Giacchino who did the music for LOST. The concept was to paint the connection that lived between the music and the show. Being not only a HUGE fan of the show, but also a BIG admirer of Giacchino's work the request was a dream job. As the concept developed, I really wanted to showcase the "moment from the show" as if it were a play, with the orchestra filling out the edges of the scene and fading away into black. The music is such an important part of the show, that I wanted the orchestra to feel as though they are part of the cast and set, playing in the scene with the characters from the show. For style I kept the characters in silhouette to create a "likeness" of who was there in the scene, but with the idea to focus more on the "moment from the show" rather then illustrated caricatures of the cast. I kept the color pallet simple, kept the lighting bold and took inspiration from Mary Blair's island paintings from Peter Pan.

The Sound of Light
29" x 12"
Acrylic & Paper Collage
2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wedding Aniversary Gift


Here is a painting I recently did as a Wedding Anniversary Gift for a couple who met in London.


8" x 10"
Acrylic / Paper Collage
2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TODAY...Live Demo and Q & A!



Motivarti has asked me to be a apart of their on going "An Afternoon With" artist Lecture and Demo series. Join us as I'll be discussing my career in the animation industry, my personal projects and children’s books. I'll also be discussing approach to character design and visual storytelling.

The event will take place at Gallery Nucleus on Sunday the 16th of October at 1pm and will run till 4:30 - 5pm. To Pre-Purchase your tickets to this event at a discounted rate click HERE . Tickets will also be available at the door at full price.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this type Motivarti event or would like more info on the event you can visit the event page HERE

The four-hour event includes:

- a one-hour lecture with Q&A on my career, my thoughts on creating art, and my approach to storytelling

- a two-hour collage demo, in which I'll be creating an original fine art piece

- a raffle of the original artwork created during my demo

-an opportunity to purchase a limited-edition, numbered and signed print, which I've created exclusively for Motivarti for this event

- an artist meet-and-greet, with print signing


So there's the run down on the whole event. Come out if you can, it's gonna be a lot of fun.

**The Piece shown above will be available as a limited edition print for this event. The print will be signed and numbered.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Forstbite Blues


Here is a limited edition print that's going out with the Frostbite toys.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Online Workshop with CGMW


Hey Everyone,

I wanted to mention that I recently recorded an online demo / workshop for the website CGMW. The workshops runs just over two hours and in it, I go through my process of how I go about designing characters for animation. From start to finish I show my process, from starting with doodles and character concept sketches to final paint. If you wanna check it out, or dig up more information on this workshop, you can visit the site HERE and check it out.

I should also add that there are other really cool workshops and online classes taught through CGMW, so if you have a minute, take a look HERE to see what elese they have on their site.

As for me posting more artwork here on this blog, I'm officially back from vacation now, so I'll get to posting stuff ASAP.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

LOCALS : New Artwork



Hey Everyone,

The last few of my pieces for my solo exhibition LOCALS at Gallery Nucleus are now online. If you wanna have a look, you can find them HERE .



Pieces seen above are Local Neighborhood Watch & Local Upper

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Print - Sasquatch Summer


Hey Everyone, just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out to my show this past weekend, and to everyone who checked it out online. The show was a blast and it was great getting to meet all of you who turned up. If you haven't seen the show yet, you can check it out HERE On Gallery Nucleus's Website.

"Sasquatch Summer" is a new print of mine that debuted at the show, and now you can find it HERE , it's also avaliable online and in the store at Gallery Nuclues.

I'll also be debuting a few more pieces from my LOCALS exhibition. These were peieces that were not finished in time for the show, but are making their way to the gallery this Monday, so if you are interested, contact Nucleus, and you can see these pieces before they go online.

And lastly, My new limited edition toy "Frostbite" will be making his way here to the blog and my online store on Monday, so there will be more information on him then, so stay tuned.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gallery Show Opening - Tonite!


Hey Everyone, Just wanted to put out a final word on the opening of my solo exhibition : LOCALS. The opening is tonite from 7pm to 11pm. Included in the show is all new artwork, plus I'm debuting my brand new limited edition toy : Frostbite. I'll post pics of him here tomorrow, but if you wanna see him tonite, come on out to Gallery Nucleus, he'll be waiting.

Local Poet and his One Man Band
12" x 8"
Mixed Media on Wood
2011

For sale now at Gallery Nucleus