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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kate and Sawyer

Yep, my parents named their dogs after the characters from 'Lost'. So I felt the need to document it as an early Xmas gift for the family. Sawyer is the one on the bottom, a very hyper dog that acts like the alpha but cowers at the first sign of danger. Kate is the runt of the litter but don't let her size fool you, she wears the pants in the family. Putting raggedy clothing on them was another option but I opted not to.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Path of the Gods

This is a special piece that I made for the cover of our wedding thank you note cards. Its a rendering of the location where I proposed to my wife last year on the Amalfi coast in Italy. The views were spectacular of course and I thought no better place than on a hike called the Path of the Gods.  45 minutes into it, the monastery San Domenico staged the perfect setting, with Positano in sight off in the distance. I had to wait out a few sweaty tourists touring the premises before popping the question, she said yes of course, and happily hiked the rest of the trail to Positano for a celebratory Riesling.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Charlie Don't Surf!

This is some development art for a pitch called "G.A.R.Y- One Man Army" I did last year but never posted. It was for a pilot we sold and after 4 rounds of script revisions the network eventually passed. I'm considering pairing up with a publisher to create a graphic novel of the project since we were disappointed with the networks decision. There are 4 of us involved with the creation of this dark and hysterical tale of Gary, the greatest soldier the military has ever known. He took a fall for an epic military blunder and lost it all years ago, but when the military comes calling again Gary is forced out of retirement "one last time" every episode. Forced into mundane life after his discharge, the idea of buying milk at a grocery store makes him rage in public, but when in combat with an apocalypse at his heels his heart rate lowers into a peaceful state. To Gary, explosions are like the sound of wind chimes to a hippy. He keeps things real simple...punch, shoot, explode first, ask questions never.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Savage Brothers

Some recent work I did on a pilot called Savage Brothers as a character lead.  

Dino Wrangling

Heres a couple more images from the iPad book. We're about halfway through now, and decided to put together a pitch for an animated property that looked like a fake Vanity Fair magazine. I did the cover above solely for the pitch, and as soon we finished that we decided the whole thing needed to look like a magazine. The vehicle designs we turned into fake car ads, and all the stories are written like an expose on our characters. Im really happy with the outcome and hopefully we can find a home for it. The bottom piece with the 3 character ensemble is some development work I did for another animated pitch.