12.26.2006

Natural Disaster

This last couple were done on/in the airport/plane on the way back home for Christmas vacation. More soon!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Land Ho!

12.20.2006

W.I.P. - freelance book

This is a cover page for a freelance project I'm working on for a book. I'm also doing seven black and white illustrations for inside the book. These will be published for teachers of around kindergarden to 3rd grade students. I'll post more progress as this is worked on a little more.




















































Merry almost Christmas!

12.14.2006

Ratatouille Art!!!!!!



I just got the Art of Cars and currently reading it now. I can't wait for this one to come out! This is the official cover just released.

12.13.2006

12.12.2006

Starbucks Schmucks



This is my part of Tremendoustan's second episode, Starbucks Schmucks, that I animated. See the whole episode here:

Tremendoustan 1



This is the first part of the first episode in which I rigged, set shots, and animated. Go see the whole first episode.

8-bit

These pieces are for a game by Liquid Generation called Escape from Scientology Land. The style of the game was to look like the 8-bit old school Zelda/Ninja Gaiden type, but the main idea for this game is you are a guy named Gene in Scientology Land ruled by Xenu, and you need to escape from Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other scientologists. Sounds a lot like Hollywood to me!























































































We actually made 3 levels to this. You can play the first part here , the second part here, and the third level here. Go play, it's actually a lot of fun!

12.07.2006

True-Life Adventures

Tonight I went to see John Canemaker host the celebration of the release of the True-Life Adventures at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood with Roy Disney (and a couple other guys but who cares next to John and Roy!). What a treat!

Roy told us some stories about his Uncle Walt telling him the story of Pinocchio when he was sick in bed around the age of nine. He said that's around the time Pinocchio was still in the story department. When he went to see the movie over a year later in the theater, he was very disappointed compared to the story Walt told him. That's kind of expected but still great to hear.

There was also one of the cameramen, Paul Kenworthy, that shot some of the True-Life Adventures (including The Living Desert and The Vanishing Prairie) who spoke briefly about his experience. When I used to watch these as a little kid with my grandpa (he had a collection on VHS), I used to think the True-Life Adventures were completely natural and wondered how they got so much great footage of animals fighting, but in actuality Kenworthy revealed to us that they would place the animals in the habitat just to "see what would happen". There's a clip of a bobcat and boars I believe in The Living Desert where the bobcat is scared off by the boars and climbs a tall cactus to escape but to find himself stuck at the top. But Kenworthy said he had a friend who raised the bobcat and let them use the animal to see how it would react to the boars. They got a good take of the action and never got the bobcat back.

At the end of the night, I had to congratulate Mr. Canemaker on his oscar in person and get a quick snapshot.

11.27.2006

Boy Concepts

Some concepts for a short story I thought of yesterday. Usually I'll draw up concepts of an idea I have so that the idea is at least recorded and then forget about the idea for a few years until I randomly go back into old sketch books for ideas. Most of the time these ideas usually get lost because I'm moving forward or look back and say "what the heck was I thinking? This idea stinks!"

Anyway, today I was really excited about the little story I came up with and maybe will stick with it for an upcoming Flash diddy, or at least an illustration. Maybe I'll even share the idea with you someday, but for now here's some concepts of a little boy.

Vormator

I'm currently working on a few things right now, and one of them happens to be this piece for a competition over at Vormator.com.

It's a piece that needs to be done in Illustrator, limited to only a certain number of shapes that you can work with (they provide the vector elements file for you). It's a great, challenging piece to work on!

Oh yea, and if your piece is good, they'll publish it in a book! How exhilarating!

Here are some characters I've made for my piece!





11.21.2006

Oldies but Good-...eh...Just Oldies
























These are just to give you a basis as to where I stood artistically around 1-3 years ago. None of these were for any subject in particular other than my own imagination and free time. In these personal exercises, I was striving for readable silhouettes, appealing characters, and strong expressions.

More Old Comics





Old Spectator Comics from Edinboro

Just so you have a little history on me, I pulled out these oldies that range 2002-2005. These are some comics I did for the college newspaper, the Spectator.





These were mocking the SGA of Edinboro University from cutting and denying any more money to the activities under no reasoning. They got mad at the Spectator for mocking them, so we did another just to rub it in.

11.17.2006

Doodle 2

Doodles



To get this thing started, I'm going to try to add at least one new doodle or animation everyday for the next week. Hope you like!

Reel Fall 2006




So here's a little spot to plop some of my animations and doodles. I may not be able to update this too often, but will do my best. For now, here's my newest reel as of Nov. 16! Enjoy:)

As a quick intro, I'm a fulltime character animator at Liquid Generation Studios and freelancing on a music video for Sony Records London. I've worked as a freelance character designer and animator on TV and web since graduating.