Saturday, November 16, 2013


I'm currently attending the "Creative Talent Network" Animation Expo . This is the cover I designed for my portfolio, inspired by those vintage "large letter" postcards, which actually seem to be making a come back!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Tell-Tale "Art"

Here's a few additional pieces I did for the "Tell-Tale Zone" crowdfunding campaign.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Season 2 Teaser for The Tell-Tale Zone

Get in the "zone"!

UPDATE: The official crowd funding campaign for "The Tell-Tale Zone" has been launched! It was my pleasure to provide  artwork for my co-worker, Marcellus Baron, which he is using to pitch the project, and give you a tease of the "feel" of what the series will be like. If you were directed here from the official site, then you have travelled in the right direction (so far!). If you are one of my followers, or if you came here by chance, then feel free to  check out the site for "The Tell-Tale Zone" crowd funding campaign:

(A few months ago, I was approached by a co-worker of mine to assist with the creation of a short video to accompany a "crowdfunding" campaign, to generate some money to make a series of films that parody the old "Twilight Zone" series. My job was to do some drawings which he has animated with "Flash", (adding music and sound effects). The campaign should be going "live" shortly. In the meantime, "submitted for your approval" are some of the drawings. I'll provide a link to the crowdfunding site once the campaign officially begins. )

Monday, September 09, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Taking it to the streets.

Just trying a bit of "realistic", two point perspective. I got a tip from some of the recruiters at  the recent CTN Expo to include a few realistic pieces in my book to a) show that I can handle the realistic environments, and, b) just include a wide variety of styles in my body of work, since a LOT of my current stuff leans towards the "cartoony" style. This is sort of a "finished" rough. I have yet to add the lettering to the marquee on the convenience store. Note the banners on the lampposts. I designed each of those separately, and used the "transform" tools in photoshop to tweak them to work in perspective.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

How To Draw Marvel The Disney Way: Under The Sea

As the Disney Co. continues to exploit their acquisition of the Marvel World, they now take you under the sea. Meet Princess Namoria, the Submariel, as she confronts the villainous "Professor Octowoman". Will the Submariel agree to Professor Octowoman's Faustian offer? Seriously, I'm temporarily lacking for a copy of Photoshop, so I'm using markers on a photocopy of my cleaned up drawing (the rough is below). I've also adjusted the brightness and contrast. My previous post featuring Marvel/Disney hybrids was done back in 2009, and it is by far, the most popular thing on my blog. I later discovered that by entering  the search terms "draw the Disney way" into Google, one is directed almost straight to my own blog! It's about the fifth result that comes up!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Croodaceous, period!

 One of the films I have been most anticipating for 2013(A.D!) is about to hit theatres. I'm talking about Dreamworks' "The Croods"
 I thought this would give me a good excuse to post some drawings I did last June for a "cave people" themed Fathers' Day Card. I did this before seeing any artwork from "Croods". I hope you like it! Notice how the design of the father "evolved" from the early rough to the final version.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

"That's How I Bowl!"

Ah, the joys of getting back into old school, hand crafted animation! For reference, I looked at some bowling footage on YouTube. The idea of a "bowling troll" came partially from "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving. I will try to shoot my animation in a more "web friendly" way in the future. So far, I'm just aiming my ipad at the moniter on our pencil test machine at school to document the work. The upside of this, is that you can hear the classical music station in the background, as well as bits of chatter coming from the room. A little "slice of life" of an evening at the Academy, served with a little rough animation.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Taking "Wing"

 Well, I have noticed that whenever I post a video of some animation I've done, even if it's just an exercise, my traffic goes up. So to all my followers, thank you! I notice I've been getting visitors from everywhere from here in the U.S. to Russia, Belarus, and Venezuela, as well as people from Malaysia. That's only a partial list.  Here is a wing flap cycle, with the individual drawings as well!

Rough layout of "alley" enviornment, 2 pt. perspective

Here's an exerise in 2 point perspective, depicting a city alley like one you might find in a "noir" type of story. It was sort of a "demo" I did for one of the students at the Academy. I  sort of "eyeballed" the horizon line and scale. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Look who's walking!"

Here it is! The female walk cycle that I promised earlier! I'm trying to encourage the other students at the academy to try this as well, and I want to work on refining my own skills as well.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Run, Brock, Run!"

Here's a slightly tighter version of the run cycle, still based on "Brock" from "The Venture Brothers". I made good use of model sheets obtained from the blog of Stephen Destefano.
Thanks, again to Charles, and the rest of the faculty and students of The Animation Academy.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

Walk the Dawg

At the Academy, we've been getting back into the actual craft of animation, which is an important skill to develop as we prepare to hit the big time and actually start going into production and begin telling stories with animation, which is, after all, the ultimate goal of all this. I did this walk cycle based loosely on the "Barnyard Dog (or Dawg)" from the "Looney Tunes". He doesn't have a tail yet. The ears were re-worked by Charles.(there's a link to his blog on the right). I also posted the cycle in motion on YouTube. I'm currently working on a female walk cycle, which, so far, is looking really good. I'll post that soon.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pure Imagination

I can"t take credit for this (early 70s) Oompah Loompah. It is the work of Joel Valdez, another student/instructor at the Animation Academy in Burbank. It's interesting that, even with a 21st century cinematic "reimagining" of the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" book by Roald Dahl , the 1971 version is still the definitive one, beloved by people like me who remember seeing  it in theatres upon its first release, as well as people far too young to have done that. The Oompah Loompahs from 1971 were performing in "orange face" years before John Boehner got into politics. So, hope you all like this and be sure to visit Joel's blog (there's a link on the right), as well as the blog for the Academy.