Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sphinxes + media share

Some sphinxes from my fantasy adventure novels.

For open minded people with good humor, the strange and wonderful, "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3" on friendship and love.

And an essay I particularly enjoyed by Amy Selwyn, How to live like a motherfucker. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I've been reading a lot of fantasy/adventure books and some of them have mermaids. I fancy them as more creature than woman.

Finished reading Mists of Avalon. I was expecting more magic for such a long book. This is my homage to Morgain LeFey.

This is Guinevere. In 'Mists' she's depicted as a religious fanatic who cries all the time.

And this is a sketch for a guy who left Dreamworks. It was deemed inappropriate because some thought it racist. That was not my intention. I just had a stroke of funky flow. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Gallery Nucleus: Adventure Awaits!

I was in China not too long ago. It felt like months even though it was only three weeks. I visited family and explored the Yunnan Province. This part of China sits at the center of the Golden Triangle, which is a lucrative trade relationship between its neighboring countries, Laos, Burma and Thailand. We started in Kunming and stayed on the Yunnan-Tibet Road, which of course, is a path that links China to Tibet. Our furthest destination was the devastatingly beautiful Shangri-La. This trip made a lasting impression on me in ways I can't even begin to describe. Strangely, it's easier to explain in Chinese. China seems to be a place of enormous contradictions. Such beauty and history, yet great economic disparity and destruction. Lots of destruction and constant building. 

When I got back, Gallery Nucleus asked me to be apart of their travel themed show, Adventure Awaits! It was just the perfect opportunity to reflect on my trip artistically. I'm so happy to have my work hung up by some pretty badass illustrators. The opening night is tomorrow, 5/24, so if you're in LA, check it out! The following two pieces are in the show. 

The entrance to Shangri-La. We needed oxygen tanks to get up here. I experienced a tiny bit of altitude sickness. If the climate weren't so harsh, I would totally live here. It's also a Buddhist temple, so I guess I'd also have to become a monk.

This is a piece I did for my Xanadu project several months ago that I forgot to post.

More to come!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Peabody & Sherman

Three years ago, straight out of school, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work on Peabody and Sherman. Not only did I love the aesthetic of Jay Ward and the premise of a genius dog and his pet boy, I had the chance to work with a team of tremendous talent. The array of places in time periods and richness in Peabody's world as a result of the WABAC (time traveling machine) made this show particularly fun to work on. The art team was led by our production designer, David James and the amazing Tim Lamb, our art director.

I'm happy to say that I have grown hugely as an artist, over the course of this film. The following is a body of selected works from my time on Peabody and Sherman.
All images are property of DreamWorks Animation.

Sherman's first day of school. My favorite piece out of all my work on this film was the classroom painting. I blocked out the school in Maya and finished it in Photoshop. I referred to the look of Dead Poet Society and Bottlerocket for their depiction of East coast private schools. The brighter colors in these pieces expressed the optimistic tone of Sherman's first day. When he interacts with his peers, the stark palette suggests that he doesn't quite fit in with everyone, his difference being that his dad is a dog.

Sherman's room. This was one of my first polished pieces on the show. The concept was that his room was the only place in Peabody's penthouse that looked chaotic. It follows an earlier idea that Sherman could act more like a dog than Peabody. Therefore, his room would be a reflection of that character trait.

Being a genius who has everything, Peabody's only fear is to loose his son, Sherman. Although it never made the final cut, he has dreams about this. The paintings above were for a nightmare sequence. In his subconscious, Sherman was often depicted as a flower.

The hors d'oeuvres and table arrangements for the Peterson's family dinner.

The French Revolution, Versailles, France.

The Renaissance, Florence, Italy. 

The Trojan Horse, Ancient Greece.

Some early visual development set in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Columbus in the Baffin Islands.

Historical figures. One of the coolest things about this film was that different time periods meant vastly different characters. The look of all the characters were based on Jay Ward's world. We worked in the elegantly cartoony style of Joe Moshier.
I was fortunate enough to work on some characters. In the order of placement: Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln, Einstein, Isaac Newton, Montezuma, Sacajawea, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare, Spartacus, Susan B. Anthony and lastly, Sherman's transformation when his cosmic double collides.

Check out the Art of Peabody and Sherman to see more work from our team. Go watch Peabody and Sherman in theaters if you haven't already! You will be dazzled.