Sunday, November 20, 2011

Monore Layouts

A couple of my finished/near finished layouts for the Hardstuff - Mo Nore Nilk Mow music video I been working on in my spare time.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some recent BGs

I'm starting BG layout on my animated music vid for Mo Nore Nilk Mow. here are a couple "superjail" influenced bg's

Thursday, September 8, 2011

polar bears

Some Polar bear sketches I did as a favor. Just getting warmed up.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Nicky from SJ

I've been drawing a lot of inanimate objects lately for work and felt I was beginning to forget how to draw people. I made a little photoshop painting of a superjail character to jump back into the groove.

Friday, July 15, 2011

venture BGs pt2

The first BG assignment I had on Venture Brothers was taking this sketch design of the Sphinx training room, drawn by Chris Palesty and creating the following tonal for the background painter to use.

Using the vanishing point, I was instructed to use the line tool to draw all my lines and fill them with different values of gray using the paint bucket. I built the BG in layers in case Chris disapproved of anything. Ironically, the one thing he disapproved of was using many layers.

Finally, Chris added the guns on the gunrack.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Some Superjail! sketches

Some sketches from my moleskine sketchbook I made on the subway while commuting to and from Titmouse while in production of Superjail.

Monday, July 11, 2011

White Wolf

When I was in SF in May, we were talking about storyboarding a music video for the White Wolf song Greg and Don produced. First it was suppose to be a live action thing starring yours truely, though that never got off the ground. We did a sketch session and these were my few drawings. Not quite what Greg was going for, though.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clonan Storyboard

I wanted to post this board I completed for the Clonan idea using the Futurama/Simpsons style. There are a couple things I will add in the next day or two to polish it up as a portfolio piece, like notes and a camera move. the BGs might come down a bit too.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Clonan VS the Clone of Thulsa Doom

Here are some character designs I mocked up for some storyboards I am working on for my portfolio. Aiming for the Futurama/simpsons-esque style here. More supporting characters and my storyboard thumbnails to come in the next few days, hopefully.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Superjail! Character Layout "Best Friends Forever"

"Best Friends Forever" was the first episode of season 2 that was animated entirely in NYC. It was the 3rd episode we produced at Titmouse. Throwing this episode into the season 2 premiere was somewhat of a curveball for the fans. It was a statement decrying we were taking season 2 in a different direction. Some of the fans accepted this direction, while others did not. I had a blast working with Christy and the rest of the Superjail crew and wait patiently for news of season 3. here are some of my layouts from "Best Friends Forever".

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Robotomy Vs Horrorbots

In October 2009, I worked as a character designer on a show, tentatively called "Horrorbots" with Superjail! creator, Christy Karacas. I worked with a few other very talented individuals all around... BG design team was solid. the board guys and gals were great. the color team was rad. the show looked great.

we ran into a few snags here and there. we couldnt use "Horrorbots" as the title, because apparently Marvel owns the word or suffix "bots". The production landed on the name "Robotomy".

All in all, I think the show screened well, but alas, like many shows, this one didnt get picked up for a second season.

Here are some of the designs I contributed to the show.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Hardstuff - The Hulk

Over the last couple of years... basically since I moved to NY in early 2009, I started working on this animated music video for the Hulk song I wrote and recorded with my buddies back in SF and Berkeley.

When I moved to NYC, I enrolled in the continuing ed program at SVA to take some lessons in storyboarding and animation. that semester culminated in the beginning of this music video. Initially drawn by hand on paper and a light disk, I scanned the pages and inked them in flash while at my internship at World Leaders producing Venture Brothers. From there, I moved away from drawing on paper, to drawing on the Cintiq.

In my free time for the last 2 years, I would add a scene, finish another and solicit my friends for they're ideas of Hulk Smashing. The goal was to have the Hulk represented in many styles, as comics are often drawn and stylized by many artists. Although I didn't get as many submissions as I had liked, some of my good friends did come though for me.

As I moved closer to finishing the project, both my skills as a layout artist and animator improved. I focused mostly on the character layout and animation while the backgrounds didn't get as much love as I would have liked. although, I did get some instrumental help early on on the BG's from my good friend John Latham.

This is the first animated short I've produced in full. Currently I am gearing up for another music video, however I hope it won't take 2 years to post it on this blog.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Venture BGs Pt1

Back when I interned on Venture Brothers, I did some tonals for the BG artists. BG supervisor George Fort entrusted me with this massive challenge of the NY cityscape. He provided me with the sketch design below, which had the main building drawn out, though the background buildings were rough and it was up to me to tighten the design.

George took the time and care to make sure the central building was complete before passing the job to me, so I can't take credit for the "Impossible Building and Plaza", though all the other buildings, streets and sidewalks were created by me. He gave me some photo reference of the city, and I picked a few landmarks to detail, while other buildings were left to my imagination. I learned some great perspective tricks from that internship and devised a few of my own.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Alice portrait

I initially intended to contribute this little 8x10 to the white elephant gift swap at titmouse this past Xmas but didn't finish in time. I decided to gift it to Christy on his birthday instead.

Acrylic on canvas board.

Superjail season 2 premieres Sunday nights at MIDNIGHT, starting April 3rd.