Friday, July 31, 2015

RICK and MORTY- A Rickle in Time

We're back!!! Second season premiered last Sunday, so excited for the new season to finally air and for all the whining about the wait to be put to rest! The first episode probably had the least amount of designs to do out of the whole season but the storyboard team sure had their work cut out for them given that it was rewritten and re-boarded so many times in order to make the high concept script easier to track. The first image above is a rough concept of the void outside the garage with an infestation of Shrodingers cats falling into the abyss below with the first version of the time split efx. I did a few animated takes on the time split efx and a few rounds on the testicle time lord monster before we landed on the final look but after that there wasn't much for design to tackle. The next image is skateboard art I did for the season 2 premiere party gift to the crew. It highlights characters from an upcoming episode that should rival the interest of the meeseeks episode from season one. Everyone was really excited to get these as much as I was.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Season 2 Publicity Art

The wait is almost over for season 2 to come out and I swear it was worth the time. Adult Swim had made their choices for the billboard art this year, but I still wanted to make an original publicity piece that reflected how intense this season is, bar has been raised. This is a piece that started as a collaboration between our prop artist Brent Noll and myself, we discussed what the story to it should be. Brent did a sketch of everyone hovering around a Rick-made chemical invention in his garage. I wanted to raise the stakes and take it further by seeing some apocalyptic destructive Kaiju creatures outside demolishing civilization, and get some good ol' family fun by involving the whole family defending the house from invasion....and of course all roads of resentment leading to Jerry just for being such a, well,...Jerry. I thought it would be funny to put Jerry in this liquid tube that controls the gunnery contraption that Morty is in by tracking Jerrys arm movements, except he's afraid of everything and shoots up the garage 'accidentally'.  Meanwhile Rick is completely engaged in watching cat videos on You Tube rather than save the world from chaos in an instant because..... it can wait. So I recomposed everything and made a quick rough color version of this and just took it the rest of the way with a little help from Jason Boesch on finishing color touches. Secondly, is a quick sketch I did of an Escher-esque Gromflamite compound as another possibilty for publicity art but didn't make the cut. Can't wait for the premiere of Season 2, July 26th!!!!!

Nursery Art 2

Finally finished the other panels to my sons bedroom during some time off. He still reacts to the art and imitates whats going on in each picture which is a joy to watch. Unfortunately it will probably be replaced by TMNT in 2 years but I'm enjoying watching him have fun with the series.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Simpsons Couch Gag Rick and Morty Crossover

Well there was an 'accidental' animated murder tonight of one of America's beloved icons, the Simpsons. Rick and Morty invaded Fox tonight and immediately take out the family thanks to Mortys poor driving skills. Rick gathers some Simpsons goo in a vile, a family portrait, and sends Morty to Asteroid city to make a replacement family, only one problem, vile has been compromised with Rick DNA, (a pc way of saying it). I did the first concept of mutated Simpsons characters that stuck, Jack Cusumano added the yellow on the final to tie in the Simpsons original skin color. Carlos Ortega did quite a few key poses to help guide the animation of the mutation which came out beautiful. Next is a concept I designed of the weird alien cattle that produces the Simpson eggs. This was such a fun bit to get to do, luckily Matt Groening is a huge fan of Rick and Morty and was gracious enough to give us the opportunity to do a guest couch gag crossover. So cool! Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cartoon Pilot walks into a Black Hole....

Inbetween seasons of Rick and Morty I art directed a sci-fi animated comedy pilot. Still not clear as to whether or not it will see the light of day but I wanted to post a few images that I spent a lot of sweat on. The top four Bgs I designed and painted, thought the characters would play well off this look without any black lines which was a much different process than Rick and Morty. I designed the main cast, although the sad sack gay robot was changed later on to be a little more beaten up and gruff looking, I still liked this version. Lastly, the family's spaceship 'Polio', I designed loosely resembling the shape of a thanksgiving day turkey.    

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alien Admissions models

Above are some characters models I made for my Alien Admissions short that we put out just before Christmas. The top sheet are two coked out cuban toucans that run a roach coach in violation of a number of health code violations, only the big guy made it into the short. Below that is Wiggleton, created as another student character in the classroom that also didn't make it into the short unfortunately. He was to be eaten by our Blob character once chaos in the room broke out, only to be regurgitated as a piece of bacon by demand of the principle so she wouldn't lose out on Wiggletons tuition payments.  Lastly is the intention of the cyborg version of Thora I had but this also didn't make it in the short as seen so hopefully when we get to make a couple more episodes then we can address the changes.

Nursery Art

My wife requested some art for our sons room, so naturally I couldn't go buy art for the room and started to write out a quick children's story to fill up the walls with story art of our own. She has a thing for lemon trees so I decided to make it something nice and simple centering on a baby lion living in a giant mystical lemon tree comprised of tons of characters who could never logically live in  a lemon tree of course. These first two pieces are already hung up and my son laughs at them every time as we sing it to him in the midst of a diaper change. I'm planning on making at least two more pieces to the series to fill up the rest of the room once things slow down with Rick and Morty.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Alien Admissions

Alien Admissions is live as of today! This is a project I created along with Andra Moldov and Matt Carpenter a couple years ago, which has finally been brought to life in an animated form. Its a super low budget short created for the web with high hopes to continue on and make more. Plenty of room for improvements but am happy with the results nonetheless given the small amount of time and budget that it was executed in. There was a lot of characters to establish in its first outing, so hopefully if we get another shot at it we can get out and explore their world more, and show how the aliens integrate into society in the most awkward way possible. Enjoy humans!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rick and Morty DVD!!!

It has finally arrived! The anticipated Rick and Morty complete season 1 DVD came out on Wednesday with plenty of extras and commentaries from Matt Groenig, Pen Ward, Al Jean and many more. I spent a couple weeks concepting and executing the packaging after a few rounds of conversations with Justin Roiland and the folks over at Adult Swim and couldn't be happier with the outcome. The idea was to have the portal in the same exact position on the front and back of the slipcase seeing Rick and Morty leaving the living room during another fickle family fight on the back,  travelling to the front cover with Rick showing Morty the freedom of the universe, so it seems like a tangible portal that R and M have travelled through in your hands. Once the slipcase is taken off it reveals the amaray art of something commonly seen in the show "Oh shit Morty, runnnnn!!!". I tried to include the most influential characters seen in season 1 creating a 'Wheres waldo' effect treasure hunt of the Rick and Morty universe. The top version is poster art created in conjunction with the DVD but the poster wasn't part of the plan for the DVD release unfortunately. Hopefully soon they will add it to the official merchandise train. Enjoy!        

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ricksy Business

This is the bizarre creature featured in the finale episode of Rick and Morty called "Ricksy Business" that takes Lincoler down. The idea behind it was to create a menacing bioluminescence cat like creature. I did some pencil sketches while getting my car repaired over lunch and tried to add a mix of bat, saber tooth tiger, and chimera features into one animal. I wanted it to have lifeless eyes with no pupils to make it feel like the ultimate killing machine with no other purpose. Turned out to be one of the scariest creatures of the season, onward to season 2!!

Friday, April 11, 2014


So if you haven't seen this episode already than it would look like I have some serious explaining to do concerning the subject matter of the artwork above. The 2 BGs on top that Jeff Mertz designed are from "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". I painted the bgs and assembled the multiple Mortys orientation on the showroom window to Evil Ricks layer. Disturbing, I know, took me some time to wipe the dirt off afterwards. The next three are quick concept roughs as a jumping off point to get the conversation going before we started production on this episode. Originally I had the idea that there could be these giant levers and giant wheels that all turned at the same time causing all the Mortys pain within their torture devices but when all the Mortys get released at the end proved to be too much of a logistical nightmare so we took them out. Lastly I worked on a special animated episode of NBC's Community- GI JEFF - as a props designer for a month. Above is the 'Submachopter' that was a special new vehicle just for this one off episode. A toy version had been made ahead of time for a fake live action GI Joe commercial within the episode so I had a model to work off of already to provide special views for the animated segments.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rick and Morty - Color Sketches

The top 5 are quick rough concept sketches providing a starting off point for the design and color palette to get the mood of a sequence and get the conversation started. The top one is my favorite, the ending to the Love potion #9 episode in what looks like a hopeless post apocalyptic world. The next one was for Anatomy Park, a first attempt at the haunted liver, the stringy meatball looking monster was the start to what became of the tuberculosis character. The spaceship rough was started on the shape of a dumbell and ended up being the final ship design. The Rick and Morty cronenbergs were so fun to make and were some of the first couple to be nailed down. We figured out early on that it would be intriguing if the cronenbergs were an amalgamation of various elements, i.e. what would your grandmother mixed with a baby and an alley cat look like, possibilities are endless, some of the seasons best characters were generated for that episode based on that idea. Next are some quick initial roughs of Prince Nebulon played by David Cross, the one second to the left was the jumping off point for the final design.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rick and Morty - Lawnmower Dog

I received a last minute request to put a cover together for Animation magazine featuring a story on Rick and Morty. This was based on a scene boarded by Juan MezaLeon in a future episode, a bg by Jeff Mertz that was colored by Jason Boesch. I had to recompose our existing demon characters (can anyone recognize them?) which set the tone for Rick and Mortys attitude expression, can't wait to hold it! Next is Snuffles, Mortys dog, who becomes Snowball in the exoskeleton who takes over the world in order to castrate the human race. Snowball was one of the first designs I did along with this walk cycle. The bg sketch was an early concept drawing I did for Snowballs palace that was almost cut from the show. The original Snuffles was based on Justin Roilands 3 pups who joined us most of every day in the office. Next is Scary Terry, a legally safe knock off of Freddy Krueger, they even joke about it in the episode. The one on the left is the first drawing I did for R+M. We had to change his knife hands into small swords to achieve part of the safe knock off. I suggested the idea to give him a testicle chin that would undulate as he talks.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Introducing CTHULU!!! This is a design I did for the Rick and Morty opening title sequence, which turned out to be one of the trickier scenes of the season to nail down. I was so excited to work on this mythical creature and really wanted to finesse it as much as time allowed us since it appears in every episode. The beak mouth on the second page I referenced an Octopus mouth and was shocked to find how their mouths really worked, so for our Cthulu this is whats revealed underneath all those tentacles as Cthulu comes flying into screen trying to grab Rick and Morty. I created a profile and front flight cycle to make it easier on the animator but the animator didn't seem to follow the board posing and all that we gave him and had kind of dropped the ball to those involved, still looks great, but can always be better, hopefully if theres a season 2 we can fine tune it. For the color we wanted it to feel like it had this evil inner glow existing inside that propels it. The Cthulu holding Rick and Morty is a special pose I did as my departure drawing to the rest of the existing crew on my last day there, (the actual drawing was much more phallic). The show premiered last night on Adult Swim and am so happy that the crew can finally enjoy all the hard work put into this beast of a show and share it with the world. So proud. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Flying Primates

I designed this character a few months back and was waiting for a window of time to be able to do a 3d paint exercise with it...him...her? and loved the outcome. Not exactly traditional Halloween fare, but I really enjoyed creating a mythical creature concept out of a bat, baboon, and a moose - MooseFeratu Bat! - with an Abe Lincoln beard to boot. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October Birthdays

May seem a little too cute sitting on top of scary monster promo art, but hey what the heck. I just did this quick piece of my infant son to print out for all the October birthdays coming up. Making grandmas happy :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Irons in the fire

It's been awhile since my last posting but all for good reason. I've been Art Directing the much anticipated new series for Adult Swim called "Rick and Morty" and had my first son in May so its been a good yet crazy year so far! The first image is teaser promo art I put together for the show which premieres in December. The image later became the art for our billboards in LA, Atlanta, and NYC.   There will be more on this later once the show has aired, can't wait!! Before working on Rick and Morty, I went out on the story pitch trail to try my luck out at the networks. The next piece is a character lineup I did from one of the shows I helped develop called "Alien Admissions"- a workplace comedy set at a storefront language and culture school that teaches alien immigrants how to be Americans. The third image is for another show I helped develop called "Love on the Air" - it follows the story of Rodge Morris, Marin County's most romantic DJ that could use a little love. Single for the first time in his life at age 36, soft-rock DJ Rodge Morris finds his naively romantic notions of the world leave him unprepared for the harsh realities of 21rst- Century bachelor life.      

Monday, December 3, 2012

HUB - Dan Vs.

I had the pleasure of working on the HUB networks "DAN VS" this year. I helped out halfway through season 2 with turnarounds and designed characters for season 3. Under the tutelage of the lead designer, the immensely talented Chris Battle supervised this graphic character style. I really enjoyed  working with Chris and learning the style and simplifying designs in a way that was so liberating. My favorites that I had the privilege to design are in the top row of the first page above.