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Thursday, June 18, 2009


I was working on visual development for a "Gator Farm" in the film, Jack & Ben, and kinda fell in love with drawing alligators. My friends, Ovi Nedelcu and Chris Sasaki did some amazing alligators too. I was really great to see everyone's different take.

Graveyard Angels

A few years ago, I was working on designs for a graveyard (for the film, Jack & Ben) and thought it would be visually exciting for most of the gravestones to have wings of some kind - as the film was about two bird brothers. I was inspired my grave stones from cemeteries in the South. I really liked the idea of these angels as "guardians" of the cemetery.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Log Tugger

One of the many cool things about living in Oregon, is all the amazing history just laying in fields or on the side of the road. While driving on the highway, I saw this amazing old truck sitting in a field, covered in blackberry vines. After doing a bit of research, I found out this old truck was used in the logging industry as "tugger". My understanding is, it was used to pull felled trees from the woods into open fields where they could be loaded onto logging trucks.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

1965 Mercury Comet

I love the '65 Mercury Comet. It is the "ideal" family station wagon.

Scary Wallpaper

This is some "Scary Wallpaper" I designed for a CG demo reel. I wanted the wallpaper in this old house to be subtly uncomfortable. The painting of this looks amazing, you have to look really hard to see the skulls! This pattern might make cool pajamas.

Fisherman's House

These are a few takes on one of the villager's homes I did for a version of The Very Old Man with Enormous WIngs. The dwellings in this village are supposed to look rustic and timeless. I figure the poor people who live here are satisfied with the little they have and don't really aspire to much. I tried to show some of that in these sketches. These designs are intentionally loose, and serve as conceptual drawings to help the director visualize the short story he was working from.

Old Fishing Village

This is a design for a fishing village for an animated short (A Very Old Man with Enormous WIngs) I was working on in Portland. The time period for the short is supposed to be pretty vague. I was inspired by Cuban fishing villages of the 30s and 40s and border areas of Tijuana, Mexico.