Friday, April 11, 2014

Rickdiculous






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

RICK and MORTY - CTHULU!!!




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.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

iPad Storybook






Heres a peek at a few pages I finished for an iPad interactive storybook currently in production. I'm working with writer Matt Carpenter and I'm handling all artwork. We teamed up with a studio in India to help assemble all the materials and technical side to finalize it into an app for the iPad. Its a first for me, so plenty to learn Im sure, but I am really enjoying the process so far.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

9/11 Memorial


This is a collaboration piece I did with my friend Jim Budman. He owns a gallery workspace studio in Venice that  I paint in from time to time. He originally had taken a photo of the twin towers a year to the day before the tragic event from the balcony of his studio in New York. He asked artists to do whatever they pleased with the photograph. The piece covers a little of the story of whats happened since and the moment itself. The matador bull represents the bull market, with bricks collapsing inside of it representing the housing market. The Bear, Bear market taking over, and the Dove in the wine glass is in  honor of the people who passed along with the vertical array of striped color representing the variety of ethnicity.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

FOX - Allen Gregory





I did these pieces during development for Fox's "Allen Gregory". The rough expressions are what the characters ended up looking like in the final form. On the Allen Gregory page and the Principal Gottlieb and Jeremy page, the designs to the left are designs I liked that didn't make the cut. Richard stayed the same mostly. On the previous post below showing Allen Gregory publicity art is what the final design of the characters eventually looked like.