Thursday, January 15, 2015

Character Design for Production - Online Class

One of the online Character Design courses I teach is specifically geared to prepare artist for the workload of a Professional Production.  This class ( Character Design for Production ) is an 8 week course that takes you through the Professional Production Pipeline 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 assignments, industry topics, portfolio do's and dont's and are often filled with design/painting demo's upon request. Each submitted assignment is given an individual video draw over to help discuss not only the strengths of the submitted work, but ways to improve the design, pose, shape language, ect.

For more info including class sign up, click HERE

Above is an Ice Dragon I designed for Dragons Dev a long while back.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Character Design Classes - New Term Starting Soon!

Hey everyone, just wanted to let you all know that a new term of my online Character Design Classes are now available for sign up.  My three classes are great for not only building a stronger portfolio but also for developing your design skills for Freelance work, TV & Feature Animated Productions.  This upcoming term will finish before spring, which is great for those of you looking to put more work in your portfolios for end of the school year internships or job aplications.

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, December 18, 2014

Mr.Peabody & Sherman

So I know this post is several months late, but I figured there is still a few weeks left in 2014, so I'll post some work that I did for the 2014 release of Mr.Peabody & Sherman.  These are some beat boards I was asked to do several years ago for an earlier version of the movie.  The Art Team and Leadership on the project was great, and so the paintings that you see above is a sample of what I contributed to the show very early on.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears

If you are looking for a great Christams gifts for your little ones, pick up a copy of Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  I illustrated this musical spin on the classic Goldi Locks story and it's out everywhere books are sold.  The pictures above are a sneak peak of what you'll find inside. If you want to skip the lines and buy it online, you can find it on amazon HERE

Friday, December 12, 2014

Love my Lady

I was missing my better half the other day while I was at work, so I drew this to keep her close.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Dragons 2 Charity Auction for Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Above is the piece I created for the Dragons 2 Artists Collection Charity Auction.  If you'd like to bid on the piece you can do so HERE

To see the rest of the Pieces that are up for Auction, you can do so HERE

For mor info on the even, read below:

To celebrate DreamWorks Animation's most highly anticipated and visually stunning sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, over 70 artists and employees from DreamWorks Animation Studio contributed their original works to this collection to help support charity. All items were created and curated by the artist and donated to bring awareness of the film and raise money for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The DreamWorks Artist Collection, totaling 114 individual pieces, represent a wide range of sizes and formats and come to us from writers, directors, storyboard artists and employees at every level. This is DreamWorks Animation's first ever original show of this kind and it is now up for auction! The auction will close on Nov. 11th at 12pm PST.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

At the Old Haunted House

Just in time for Halloween is a new book I just finished illustrating.  It's titled "At the Old Haunted House" and was written by Helen Kettman.  It's a spooky book filled with Ghosts and Ghouls and everything the slithers and goes bump in the night.  The pictures above and below are from the book, with the text not included.  You can find it in stores and online HERE

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


A few ASStronauts landing on an Alien Planet.

10" x 15"
Acrylic & Paper Collage

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.

Paper Collage / Acrylic
8" x 10"

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

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
Acrylic & Paper Collage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bike Rides

Loving our afternoon bike rides!

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

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


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.

7" x 9"
Acrylic & Paper Collage

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

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 . 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
7" x 7"
Jim Flora Tribute

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

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

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