Wednesday, April 02, 2014

More Wander

"The Birthday Boy" aired last week, one of my favorite episodes from the season. In honor of that here are some drawings of everybody's favorite fuzzy orange spoon!

Friday, December 20, 2013

More Chip Stuff

Some more refined "Chip Johnson: Space Cadet" stuff! These are kind of boring because they're meant to guide the technical aspects of how to make him move, not really be pretty to look at.


Friday, November 08, 2013

Wander and Sylvia

Here's some more early stuff that's at least semi-presentable.

I was clearly still figuring out how to approach the characters. Luckily "Wander Over Yonder" has some of the best storyboard artists around so I just have to flesh out and play with their great ideas while making them work for the animation pipeline.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wander Over Yonder

Some "Wander Over Yonder" drawings!

90% of the drawings I do are just really rough guides layered on top of an animator's first pass on the show, but here's a few of the cleaner ones from the very first couple of episodes.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Rough Pitch Art

Here is some stuff from a pitch I'm putting together. I've got a few more pieces to work out on it, but I probably won't get around to finishing them until after my short film is released. 
Not really sure about my color design on this one. I've been looking at it so long I've lost all objectivity.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Cool Stuff - Yogi Backgrounds

A lot of other animators don't really understand my love of Yogi Bear cartoons, but there's genius in there I tell you!

The second (and final) year "Yogi Bear Show" shorts kind of had the animators' drawings degenerate a bit, but these background paintings by Art Lozzi are my favorites out of the whole damn thing.

Such great economy and style in these pieces! It's too bad it took until the show was practically over to develop this look. Later incarnations of Yogi cartoons used awful background styling, but they're no good anyway... so who cares?

I kind of like Fernando Montealegre's ultra-graphic simplified stuff from the early "Huckleberry Hound" Yogi cartoons;

and Richard Thomas' loose and trippy paintings are pretty cool too;

I had hoped that when they put out that live-action kiddie movie a couple of years ago somebody would want to make to make new Yogi cartoon shorts to capitalize on the marketing, but that never happened.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Space Cadet

    I've been doing a bunch of stuff to try and get a small and fun shorts program up and running at work.
    "Chip Johnson: Space Cadet" is supposed to be a series of short 15 to 30 second one-scene vignettes centering around an eager young astronaut and his misadventures in outer space.

    The art direction is intentionally simplified so that these will be easier to produce. Start small is the mantra I've been trying to keep.


    You can always get complicated later if you feel like it.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cool Stuff - Santa

This is one of my favorite animation designs; Santa from the Rankin Bass 1969 "Frosty the Snowman" christmas special.

The show was designed by MAD magazine artist Paul Coker, but I have a feeling that a part of this design's charm and appeal came from the artists at Mushi Productions in Japan where the footage was produced. It's definitely got Coker's quirks and comic strip aesthetic, but it's filtered through this early Japanese execution that feels so solid and well constructed.

I love those ridiculous feet.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Spring Cleaning

       It's about time the old blog got a make-over... I think it's been quite a few years since the last one. It's hard to believe I started this thing probably 9 or 10 years ago, I don't even remember what it looked like back then. Every once in a while I just purge it all and start fresh.

       Spike and Pokey are the poor hapless characters of a short film I've been putting off finishing. I've got a couple other projects on my plate to knock out before I get back to it, but it'll come soon enough!