Sunday, November 04, 2018

Playing with Cleopatra

Hello there beautiful people! I'm still kickin' it here on this blog. At my school I encourage students to commit to a concept and develop it as if we were going into production. I like to get in on the fun as well when the opportunity presents itself. So this time I chose Cleopatra as the subject of design exploration and had a chance to come up with a few variations in blue pencil. These were done a few days ago. Hope you enjoy the designs.




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dracula - the original

Did you know that in the original story of Dracula written by Bram Stoker in the 1880's the infamous vampire had a mustache? He had one to cover his fangs and he also loathed shaving. I was explaining this to my students the other night in class and thought I'd have some fun coming up with some stylized versions of the character as a demo so here they are. Ball point pen over blue line.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Spyro portrait

This week I had an online session where I worked with a student who was having some issues with digitally coloring their work. His work was coming out a little too light and muted on the pastel side of things. I recommended going straight to a vibrant color for a base and following up with transparent layers of gray to knock back the intensity and also create shadows. I used Spyro as an example and had fun coming up with this quick demo. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spyro 20th Anniversary compilation animated tribute

Hello there you fantastic people! Thank you again for frequenting my blog. I'd like to share something very special with you as this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Spyro the Dragon game on PlayStation way way back in 1997. 

This has been featured on YouTube on September 9 in honor of the occasion. It's a compilation of fan created animation for Spyro created specifically for the 20th anniversary event. It's really amazing to see the variety of work and all the interpretations of the character.  Wow! I'm at a loss for words as to how terrific it is!

Anyway enjoy the video and here's to the next 20 years of Spyro!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I'll be at Power-Con in LA Aug 26 2018

Hey there everyone how are you? Hope you're doing well. It's been a while since I posted. I haven't had the blog or you great people out of mind. Just been super busy with my school and life in general. I'm at capacity with my onsite classes in Burbank and have had to turn away students because of seating limitations. Probably going to have to add a new session during the week to absorb the demand. Also my online classes are maxed out. Don't know why I'm getting all this extra activity. Sure is keeping me on my toes. 

In any case I'd like to let you know that I'll be at the Power-Con in Los Angeles this coming Sunday August 26. I'm participating in a panel in the morning. It's called "Creating the Design and Animation of Filmation He-Man". It'll run from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 Power-Con 2018 LA

The Power-Con will be taking place at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach Hotel. The event is the annual gathering of the communities involved with the He-Man and She-Ra and Thundercats and BraveStarr animated cartoons from the 1980's. It's been going on for many years and keeps getting bigger.

I have a large collection of never before seen art I did from He-Man and She-Ra and BraveStarr. I'll be bringing in some of this work to show along with sharing my experiences and recollections of the time I was at Filmation working on these productions. I'm the last living artist who was on the original He-Man design development team. Looking forward to participating and meeting new people and seeing long time friends.

I have a lot going on that I'll be following up with soon once I get a window to post stuff. Shouldn't be too long as things tend to wind down once summer is over. 

Wishing you happiness and joy and all that fun stuff. And as always thanks for checking in!  

Friday, July 06, 2018

Butch Hartman talks about Crash Bandicoot

Hello there everyone! It's been a while since I've posted. Been working around the clock literally for the past 3 months. Finally wrapped up what I was aiming for. Will bring you up to date soon. Meanwhile I'd like to share a video I discovered. It was posted on YouTube only a few days ago. You can hear Butch Hartman of Nickelodeon fame (Fairly Odd Parents - Danny Phantom etc) talk about his work on Crash Bandicoot early on in the days of Willy the Wombat. Interesting info that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

I'll be back soon and we'll get caught up! Looking forward to it. Hope you're doing great!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Crash Bandicoot - original BG concept paintings - 1995

Recently I received a copy of the Dark Horse Comics publication "The Crash Bandicoot Files" which is a printing of the production bible from the Willy the Wombat days. My art is all over this book. So is Joe Pearson's and also David Siller. Joe's writing is in it as well. I figure the 3 of us comprised more than 90 % of the content. I'd be surprised if it was any less than that. 


I got mine because Joe contacted Dark Horse and explained who we are and it's our stuff that's in their book. So they sent some complimentary books for us which was nice of them. Joe stopped by last week and dropped off my copy. This gave me a chance to connect with him and find out how much of his writing was in this which really helped clear things up for me. Comparing notes / memories and recollections was helpful plus we had a good time being together again.

In the middle of the book there's some double page full color spreads of the original color concept keys created for the game. The layouts were all Joe's and three of the color key paintings were mine.

Alas there was no notification giving creative credit as you would normally see with art books of this type. As I was studying these works I saw something that brought a smile to my face. At the time I was painting these background concepts I had very inconspicuously signed them!

Here they are along with blowups showing my name very tiny towards the bottom right hand corner of each composition. The originals were painted in acrylics. These are scans of color xerox copies that were made at the time they were created in 1995. They were in a folder within my copy of the original Crash bible which I suppose is a very rare thing.






Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Golden Girl - Class demo

This evening I made it a point to create a demonstration in class with acrylic paints. I sketched out a composition quickly in graphite on illustration board and used a very direct impasto like technique to apply pigment as I didn't have much time. Later I used Photoshop to touch it up in a few places and here's the result. Another example of making the best of both mediums. Also the follow up digital work helped me to figure out how to complete the acrylic painting if I wanted to bring it to completion. Not the greatest thing I've ever done but it was fun and good practice and we all learned something.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Animating Crash Bandicoot

Hello there one and all hope everything is excellent with you! I've been trying an animation app called Rough Animator. It's pretty good in spite of the many bugs. I've learned to work around them and am having fun while using the software to teach some basics.

Here's something I just finished. It's the very first time I've ever animated Crash Bandicoot. Not just pose him but actually get the character to move through sequential images. An 8 pose cycle animated on 4's.

I've been doing a lot of cycled animation lately thanks to this very easy to use program. It's inexpensive and the tools are limited. There's no tech support but it can do simple things and it's enjoyable and great for practice.

Anyway there ya go! Maybe we'll see more of him moving about and doing things.