Sunday, April 19, 2020

Better Days Ahead

Greetings to you wonderful people who follow my blog. Thank you as it has been my privilege to have your attention. I hope you're all doing well and staying healthy during these challenging times. You and your loved ones. I've been very busy since the year turned. As with everything else the changes taking place have affected what I do as well. With the adjustments I'm making I feel they are positive ones that will lead to an improved way of doing things. 

In the meantime here's a little message from Crash and Spyro as they team up to offer a word of encouragement. Stay strong friends! This will not last forever. It will pass. There are better days ahead that we can look forward to!

Monday, January 20, 2020

My school The Animation Academy is 22 years old

Thought I'd share this milestone with all you great folks. It was on this evening in 1998 at this very hour in the back room of the Coral Cafe in Burbank California that The Animation Academy held its first session. We had a sold out class of 20 students.

The Academy has been a major influence in the animation industry in that time. We continue to have a positive impact in many ways. Especially in people's lives.
Celebrating 2 decades and 2 years of great experiences!

Keep Creating!!

Sunday, January 05, 2020

20 Years to the Day - The Beginning of Jak and Daxter

A few days ago I realized something. That in early January 2000 I signed the contract to begin work on a project that would become Jak and Daxter. I searched my files and found the contract. The date was January 5.

So this is it friends! It was 20 years ago on this day I signed the deal to get started on "Project Y". The rest as they say is video game history. This is a graphic I created in honor of the occasion. I plan on featuring a lot of the unseen art throughout the year.


Wednesday, January 01, 2020

ArtShark sez Happy New Year 2020 !!

A greeting from our long time representative at my school in Burbank. Have a great New Year and New Decade! Wishing you the very best in all the days ahead!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Crash and Tawna Together Again - 2020

Received a request for a reunion of Crash and Tawna. Drew this a few days ago. Hope it does the trick! 

I just realized this is my last drawing of the year and the decade!

A very Happy New Year to all you great people and thank you for following my blog all this time! Hope your best dreams come true in 2020! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Finished this greeting for my school just a few hours ago and would like to feature it here to say hello and wish you a very Merry Christmas !! It's our mascot character ArtShark just being himself.

I hope you have a special time full of love with people that mean the most in your life. Thank you for the fun of sharing my art and thanks for following my humble blog and for visiting also. Wishing you joy and peace and prosperity and good health and creativity and all the good things in life !!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Ho Ho Ho... Is that you Santy Claus?

Seasons Greetings dear Blogger friends and followers! I hope this finds you well and happy!

It was last Sept 17 this year that I was toying with images of Santa Claus helping a student in class understand the idea behind concept design. That is to try different approaches to a theme and see what you wind up with. So here's the demos I did that evening starting with the original page and then featuring each design on its own.





Thursday, December 05, 2019

Elfin Girl Head Rotaton

Here's another class demo for my beginning character design students. I started it on November 5 then did the 2 back views on December 2 and completed the pencil line early today on December 5. Sometimes it's not possible to do the entire work at once so I break it into sittings and eventually complete the drawing in class.

I'm sure you've heard it before from me that rotations are an essential aspect of professional character design as they are the bridge between the concept and production. Also they're excellent practice for developing solid draftsmanship skill and they're fun to do.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Crash Bandicoot Doodles from 2013

In the early days of posting on my blog it was a time of uncertainty for the Crash Bandicoot community. I noticed a high level of anxiety among fans so I did what I could to contribute to keep Crash alive by drawing him. It had been a long time and only periodically would do something I wasn't especially excited about.

I knew I had to practice so on September 19 2013 I sat down and sketched Crash to get back into it. These are the pages I did minus some images that didn't quite make the cut. 

I'm archiving my work from the past few years. That's what lead to this rediscovery. It was fun and something special drawing Crash back then. Like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while and catching up on things.







Monday, November 25, 2019

Facial Expression notes

Here's something from over the summer. I gave my students a little demo on things to keep in mind when managing facial expression models for their characters.