Hey there everyone! Thanks for continuing to visit my blog while I take some time to prepare new material.
This is some art from early in the development of a personal project I was creating called "Montgomery Thump and Timbuk too." It's from way back in the summer of 1985. Living in Burbank and having a great time. I'd open the door to my apartment and friends would hang out and party while I painted. I was coming up with some ambitious stuff in those days. This was one of several works I came up with that would get lots of attention in animation and heavily influence the creative course of the industry.
The original is painted in acrylics. Did it by hand the traditional way before the advent of Photoshop or the existence of any digital illustration software. It's painted on heavy duty watercolor board and is large. About a meter in length. These images are scanned from letter sized color copies.
This is for the Crash Bandicoot fans out there. Here's some inside info on what was in my portfolio when I was invited to meet with a couple of new guys in town who called themselves Naughty Dog. When I met them in December 1994 at Universal Studios in Hollywood, what do you think was in my book?
Take a look at the original Crash game. See any similarities in the feel, ambiance, and even a character whose face is lining the pathway?
I knew what was happening as the direction I got for Willy the Wombat was most certainly influenced by my project. I went along as I had been used to it virtually every time it was presented. Montgomery Thump impacted all who had seen it and were aware of it back then. It was a trailblazing property throughout the 1980s and beyond. Among the best kept secrets in animation from that period in time.
I'm happy to finally have the opportunity to present it unadulterated. I really appreciate the opportunity to be working on it again and to be able to share the project publicly for the first time in its long and amazing history.
You can catch up on the story by following the chapters I've posted below so far. More content on the way.
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