Monday, August 24, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Get Schwifty- Early Concept Sketches

Time to get Schwifty in here! The first piece is a concept sketch of a flashy solar system set up as a Japanese game show with a disco ball sun and comets spotlighting recently removed planets as contestants with the intention of a giant plasma ray committing animated genocide on a cosmic scale if they don't perform a hit song stat. The next page is a variety of Cromulon head roughs, I started out with more of a deity take similar to the Rapa Nui heads but Justin wanted them to look bored in search of that sweet melody. Next is Birdworlds establishing exterior, I wanted to form the structures around the idea of swallows nests made of mud mixed with adobe style homes, and give off the sense of birdpeople being hunter gatherers. For the interiors I loved the idea of having the inside/outside feel of building his home around the trunk of a tree with bohemian/native american details, but my favorite detail is the scattered newspapers underneath his bed nest of twigs, even Tammy can't change old bird habits.

Monday, August 17, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Total Rickall - The evolution of a parasite

Total Rickall had a crazy amount of new one off characters and once again the board artists had a real challenge having to stage and track so many characters on screen together. For the true die hards, if you noticed the green rocks from episode 2 that Rick puts in the trunk of his ship you might have seen a couple pink eggs attached to the rocks, the same rocks Rick throws in the trash at the top of this episode. The first parasite, post transformation, is the only one with larvae growing off its back suggesting that others had been laid in the house. From the beginning Justin pictured these parasites with a beef jerky body and after much research of microscopic bacteria/parasites (which is absolutely terrifying by the way) I started some roughs. During that process I thought it needed a dramatic death mechanism by having its neck foreskin fold over its face ending with tendrils shooting out its mouth gasping its final breath to contrast the colorful over the top nature of the parasites pre-transformation. The first page above exhibits my initial roughs and the more refined color versions I tried, but the transformations proved to be a real challenge for animation so the color team had to really simplify the color which worked better in the long run. Next are some early sketches for Tinkles and friends, which were a lot of fun to be able to introduce another style to the show, the far right one is the final color version credit to the color team. Lastly Hamurai, I started with more of a cartoony take on him but Dan wanted to go with a more realistic look to him.

Monday, August 10, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Auto Erotic Assimlitaion Early Concept Sketches

Here's some early concept sketches I did for the latest episode, first being Ricks subterranean layer where he chained up Blim Blam the Korblok. There were many iterations of Blim Blam before landing on the right hand side one and the color team took it further for the final broadcast version. Originally the six blue blob patterns I designed as six beak mouths above his red mandibles only to be used when he screamed but it got lost in translation so it remained a pattern instead. The following pieces conveyed the architecture of the planet I wanted to use, gave it more of what I imagined as a futuristic scientology style campus canvased with cultish looking church glass. The BG team ran with it and turned it into a unique metropolis and the painters simplified the glass color in a way that made this one of the prettiest RAM episodes despite its bleak ending.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

RICK and MORTY- Morty Night Run

This episode was so jam packed with really fun designs. The first two pieces are rough concept drawings I did of a shady space garage that Rick sells his anti-matter gun to Krombopulous Micheal. I wanted to give it a wet and steamy mood to it, and for the final version the color team took it another 10 steps and really made it look amazing. I did quite a few rounds on everyone's favorite assassin, K Micheal, who "just loves killin" played by Andy Daly. These were my favorite 5 out of like 40 before his color was finalized. The next two are roughs of a character that got scrapped from the episode, Krootch, an alien pimp that tries to trick out Jerry as he's walking around Asteroid City lost and confused trying to find his way back home. It was a funny bit but Harmon felt like the stakes needed to be higher and make the environment scarier and unpredictable to terrify Jerry more. Next, are some sketches for the Garble alien who was a throw away character I did as a redline from season one that Justin and I always loved and wanted to find a way to get him into the show for season two. I didn't realize how much it would get used this season, but it was awesome to see it make an appearance in our Simpsons couch gag and a version of them as handmade puppets for a live action promotional ad for the show. Next, is my second pass on the Jermaine Clements character, Fart of course. Loved the way it seeped in and out of tight spaces....brrrrrraap! Lastly, my first rough of Gear City focuses on Gearheads garage. Justin wanted to have a mix of bright plastics with greasy gears and I tried to give it many chasms below the surface level so there were a lot of options for the ship chase sequence to dip and weave in and out of levels of gears and piping.

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.