Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Guardians boards reminded me that I never any Dragon Holiday Special boards. And since I hear it is going to air on Fox on December 17th, I figured I should post a scene that never made the final cut but we all loved because of the village kids. I was told they wanted to include the scene in the DVD extras but the kids who did the scratch track weren't SAG actors so for legal reasons it was left out. This is the second sequence of the movie and it changed so many times, that editorial told me the board count was over 2000 drawings by the time I finished it. It's a relatively short scene too! That just goes to show how flexible a story artist has got to be, and to not be precious about the drawings!
I can finally post these boards I did for Guardians back in 2009. I worked on the first version of this movie, before Jeff Lynch was removed as director. I had a lot of fun in story meetings with Jeff, the Head of Story Chris Appelhans, and Ryan O'Loughlin for my first three months on the film as we brainstormed the mythology, themes, character and story arcs. It was a real learning experience and super creative. I left the project after six months to go work on the Dragon Holiday Special: "The Gift of the Night Fury". But I miss those days of being holed up in a small conference room and wrapping our minds around such an epic story, and I'm really grateful to Jeff for being included in those meetings.
This was the first confrontation between Tooth and Jack when he discovers the power of the teeth she collects:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
So I have dug up some old paintings from 2004 that I did for a class on children's book illustration. It was my first time painting since art school, so a lot of it was experimentation and working out the kinks and the rust.
I thought I'd post them just to see my evolution since I started storyboarding. There are a lot of choices I'd make differently today, but I do miss the physicality of paint, paper and pen. And I kinda liked this little guy.