Thursday, November 29, 2012

This one took way too long to finish, particularly on my mac at home which seems ten times slower than my work pc.  But at least I can stay on target with the self-imposed deadlines...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

He's a day late...hopefully I will have a chance to back up today and finish the Fates too.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This was a bit of a rush job today, but I wanted to finish one before I left for the Thanksgiving holiday and who better to celebrate than Mother Earth herself!
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:

And this was another confrontation, only this time North is upset that Jack has allowed Pitch to escape:

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.

Tuesday's offering is Eros...

Monday, November 19, 2012

And the Letter D.
I also updated Ceres after doing some image research on Greek cornucopias.
Happy Monday! Now I get to go home :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

And now I am caught up for the day with the Letter C :)

I missed a day because I smashed my drawing hand in a door jamb in some freak accident. But here's to Letter B!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I posted these a few days ago on my Tumblr and Twitter accounts.  They are working designs for the series of children's books I am working on about the Zodians.  There will be one book per sign to explore the challenges of each and the way in which those so-called vices can actually be our greatest virtues.  My premise is that it is only when we have embraced our "shadow side,"  that we can truly begin to Shine.
So I've decided to do an ABC Board book on Godlings and Goddesses.  The plan is one letter a day, schedule permitting. Here's my idea for the Letter A.  I'm thinking of adding a short description beneath each character, but don't want to make the whole thing too cluttered, so the actually book design is still in the planning mulling around in my brain...More to come :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Rough color sketches for my friend's project that I rushed out in 30 minutes today.

Thursday, November 1, 2012