Finally decided to color in one of my rough pages for Doctor Roboto's Neighborhood, just to test some design theories, color ideas, and speech bubbles. Some things obviously worked out better than others, and changes will definitely be made; but over all I think it worked out as I expected :) Look forward to more tests!
Oh man...I love being busy! I am also very conscious of how little I update this blog...which should hopefully be an indicator of my workload :)
I've been having a blast turning my old animated sitcom pilot into a comic book/graphic novel! The script has just been sitting around for ages, and I just finally decided I wanted to see it and share it, in whatever form I could manage. Animation would've been ideal, but would take me years and years, so... This comic is also taking a while, but I've decided to not give myself a deadline, and just focus on turning out something that is the best I can possibly manage. Currently doing a test coloring of one of my rough pages, just to test out a visual style. That should be up shortly!
Professionally, I'm in the process of wrapping up one project, and doing some boards on another. Can't share any details now, but be sure to look for links here, as soon as they're publicly available!
This is just a little Criterion Collection style DVD packaging cover for a fictional movie dreamed up on the Horsetrack Hooligans podcast a few weeks ago. It may not mean anything to you, but I'm actually quite proud of it :)
Finally got around to posting the animation I did for the 24-hour Transmediathon. It ended up taking about 60 hours in total (including writing, voicing, and storyboarding), but I think it still looks pretty good :) Enjoy!
Hey all - I'm sure most of you are aware that from 4pm today through 4pm tomorrow I will be writing, voicing, and animating a piece for my buddy Steele Filipek's 24-Hour Transmediathon for the American Cancer Society. What is a transmediathon? Well, essentially, over this 24-hour period, I and several other (mostly NYC-based) artists, writers, and creatives of all stripes will be creating bits of the Dock Doyle universe over a wide range of media (thus "transmedia"). It will be as if this character has been around for most of the past century in all the forms of media that have existed in that time - radio plays, books, comics, music, cartoons, poetry, etc.
My piece will be a short cartoon in the style of 1970s Hanna-Barbera classics - mostly because they took a lot of shortcuts and I'm pretty confident I can get out one or two minutes of animation in that style done in a day. Also, since it's going to be a complete production, and not just animation, I will be playing the role of producer as well! I'd like to thank my friends Brian Carroll and Stephanie Tait for agreeing to help out with recording and voices, as well as my friend Nick Zingraf for helping out with some funky 70s-style bass licks to help complete the illusion. Ideally, this will end up being indistinguishable from a Hanna-Barbera cartoon actually produced in the 1970s.
However: As this is for charity - the idea of which being to raise funds to help fight cancer - I will not be posting this cartoon on my website or anywhere else online. If you'd like to see it, I strongly encourage you to donate as much as you can via our Crowdrise page. For as little as $5 you will receive the Dock Doyle ebook containing EVERY bit of the Dock Doyle universe created this weekend, including my cartoon.
As a bonus, I will also attempt to record a time-lapse screen-capture video of the entire production process - from writing to final edit - both as a window into my creative process and proof that I actually did this in the allotted timeframe :) This "behind the scenes" video may make it onto this site...
Anyway, thanks for reading all of that! Time to go take a nap and do some last minute wrist stretches...
Very first bit of true 3D animation. It's not much, but it only took about 80 minutes :) Look for more where this came from!
Finally finished putting this together. Learning After Effects has increased by orders of magnitude what I am able to accomplish, both creatively and professionally, and this is the first real example of that. I felt it was huge enough both as an accomplishment and as a thorough compendium of the various artistic media in which I work that I gave it its own page (and made it the landing!).
Look forward to a lot more animation in the future, now that my workflow speed has been drastically increased, as well as live action special effects shots for various clients.
Anyway... Stop reading and start watching!
I feel like a magician :)
Whipped together this intro this afternoon, to be part of my upcoming show reel.
More attempts at turning my concept artwork into animation for my After Effects reel.
Be sure to turn on the HD settings for this one, to see some of the detail :)
Here's a little video I made in After Effects this afternoon. Learning my way around some new plugins, and having a ton of fun :)
Hey guys! So I just completed a run of designs I'm calling "LightSpace," based on actual Hubble images of nebulae and galaxies - treated and processed to look somewhat like watercolor paintings. It comes from an earlier attempt to do actual watercolor paintings of nebulae, but I just couldn't improve on nature :) I also opened up a shop at Society6 to display and produce them.
The designs are on dozens of products from art prints to t-shirts to iPhone cases to shower curtains. I hope you'll take a look and share or purchase if you find something you like. Enjoy!
Just completed this kickass wall mural for a friend over the weekend. It was a great, fun, collaborative and at times tedious process that yielded a great result. Hope to do more soon!
Just a little speed painting based on another speed painting that I quite like from DeviantArt. I tried to paint it from memory, and I couldn't recall the exact process, but this is as close as I've come. 1.5 hours in Photoshop. Hope you like it!
This is probably my new favorite drawing I've ever done. It's part of my TR Frankenstein Adventures pilot, wherein a sensationalist newspaper reports on TR's encounter with zombies with their own, wacky depiction of the living dead. It pretty much turned out exactly as I pictured when I wrote it :).
A little bit of concept art for The TR-Frankenstein Adventures. I added a little bit of animation to it, but not really worth the hassle of uploading it. Done in Photoshop in just under four hours. Enjoy!
Decided to learn my way around Adobe Illustrator by doing a self portrait in the style of Archer. I recently learned that they draw all their characters in Illustrator (and animate in After Effects!!!), so I set about learning more about how that's done, as it might be a good way to get some animation done in the future. Thoughts?
Spent the weekend on this. If this series comes to fruition, I'd love to have the title card for each episode done like the title page of those old Sanborn Map Company maps that are from around the same era. So beautiful. I did what I could to capture it (time permitting) and included my main characters as well. Doesn't it make you want to see it? :)
Hey guys! Inspiration struck last night, and I just had to make this and submit it to the Threadless Tees "Big Lebowski" contest. Sorry to keep imposing, but it's a tough competition and your votes would make all the difference. Click the link or the image and in a couple seconds, you will have helped this design get printed! Thanks all :)
Just submitted this design to Threadless' Big Lebowski contest, and it could really use your help to get printed. I think it could really tie an outfit together...
Just another study. Spent a LOT of time on this, so I can't give a count of hours, though probably 10-12, and it's really not even complete, but I'm done with it :) Was mainly studying buildings, though I did make some progress on clouds and mountains as well. Getting better with the lasso tool, too.