Thursday, April 30, 2009

Character Art for the Film

This is a colour key/concept rendering for a character in the short film. This started as a 3D model (which I did not do). I did a quick lighting pass in Maya, and then painted right over top of it in Photoshop.
And yes, I am aware that Pixar did a monster with blue fur as well. The similarity ends there, I assure you.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Environment Test for the Short

Click HERE to see the Quicktime.

Threw a quick test together on the weekend to see how the hand-painted environments might look with the 3D treatment. The top image is the original colour key, and below it is the 3D set. The painting gets 'projected' right into the 3D scene, and the result is the ability to move the camera around the painting in actual 3D space. The quicktime video is just a simple camera move to demonstrate the effect.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

More Keys & Designs

A few more colour keys from the project. These sets will be built in 3D, then fully painted in 2D and mapped with a common camera projection technique. My goal is to make the finished set have the charm of a small thumbnail. So let's see how badly I can fail at that.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Side Project

A couple work friends and I got together and decided to start a small side project! We're currently in the exciting early stages. The cool thing is that each person is a one-man department. I am the color/background department. Here's some keys that I've done, exploring various lighting and color design.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A quick oil sketch of Nosferatu. This is the Klaus Kinksi character from the 1979 version, directed by Werner Herzog. Hard not to be inspired to paint when you watch that film.
Next post I'll get back to the illustration stuff, I promise.

Monday, April 13, 2009


This is the 2-year-old son of my friend and former co-worker, Colin Jack. In fact, some of you may know him from his awesome blog. Easily one of the coolest and best guys I've worked with. I have about 30 of his post-it note drawings of Batman in rehab cluttering up my desk at work.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Big Bridge...and New Website Launch!

The more I paint, the more I seem to appreciate the appeal of a limited palette.

New Website Announcement!
I've been working on a brand new site for the past few months with a really skilled kid named Taher Ali (he's only 17!). His cousin, Danial Jaffry did the coding. Both did excellent work, and the site was launched today. Take a look!