Here's some of the work I did on wreck it ralph~ It's coming out this weekend-GO WATCH IT! : )
Jun 6, 2012 6:55:00 PM
Great short film I had a chance to work on, Paperman, is opening up Annecy this year. If you have a chance to go there, don't miss it! I was lucky to work with John Kahrs who directed the film, Jeff Turley who art directed it, and Patrick Osborne who was the animation supervisor~ Also wanted to mention the amazing work done by Hyunmin and Sarah Airess (hand-drawn leads), who were responsible for the final look of the characters!! These were the early visdev pieces that were done at the start of production, one of the pieces has a George drawing that was done by Tom Gatley, amazing character designer at pixar. Tom's work on the film, Earl Oliver Hurst, Hardie Gramatky (and many artists of the 1940s California Watercolor Society), Milt Kahl, Saxon, and Searle inspired me a lot to find the tone for these pieces.
Jan 11, 2012 6:15:00 PM
Check out this amazing hand-drawn animated short by Minkyu Lee!! Stunning and beautiful work by one of the most talented friends I know~
fanart I did for Matt Roberts' character designs (http://hoodoohullabaloo.blogspot.com/) .. My version of Shade and Jangles ..something that's taken years for me to finally finish.. sorry Matt!
Feb 1, 2011 7:37:00 PM
testing out TVPaint brush engine.. trying to get a similar brush with the one I have in photoshop.. The thing that annoys me is that there isn't a way to control the size of the grain in pencil mode.. and it also has some semi opaque marks .. anyone out there know where I could get a good croquil ink pen for TVPaint?
Jan 4, 2011 7:17:00 PM
Thanks again for all the wonderful comments on the end credits! Here is something I did for the micro gallery show~ I learned painfully how hard it is to pull off real ink drawings without a undo button! My respect for real ink illustrators has gone up tremendously- This is my first attempt (besides the ones I ruined by smudging the ink with my pinky) with a actual croquil ink pen~
Nov 29, 2010 10:04:00 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful comments for the last post! It's always great to hear encouraging words from fellow artists~ Just came back from a awesome vacation week and decided to put up more tangled stuff- these are from the end credits of tangled~ really tried to push a bit more caricature/cartoon look for these.. Some pretty obvious inspirations were Searle, Hank Ketchum, Owen Fitzgerald, and Mel Crawford.. all awesome artists I look up to!
Nov 19, 2010 1:06:00 AM
Hey everyone! It's been a while since I've posted anything on this blog.. just been really busy at work and usually too tired to draw anything not work related.. which is not good~.. Next weekend the movie "Tangled" is coming out, and it's my first real screen credit on a feature film as a character designer! I'm really proud to be a part of this film and the talented people that worked on it, especially the directors (Byron and Nathan) who gave me my first real opportunity to do character design proffesionally.. On the actual film there only a few credited for the character designs (me, jin kim, bill schwabb, and glen keane).. but there were many talented character designers that were on it earlier that had tons of fantastic stuff.. (joe moshier, tron mai, lorelay bove, claire keane, brigette..etc) that never made it to the art of book but should have been recognized as well..
Stylistically, my job was to make the characters fit in the same world as Rapunzel.. who was drawn by none other then the great Glen Keane! He had already done soooooo many awesome drawings on her for the past 7 years at Disney that Rapunzel already had a real clear direction on who she was and how she should drawn.. It was a tall order for me to follow up on it so I did my best to really understand Glen's aesthetics and his influences.. I made it a point to really look at his work from his more recent Tarzan drawings.. to some of his early stuff like Oliver and Company and Ratigan from the great mouse detective.. even looking at earlier artists like Ollie Johnson, Fred Moore, Hank Ketchum, Kathee Kollwitz, Leyendecker, Robert Fawcett, Hirschfield, Carl Spitzweg, Raphael and photographers like Edward Steichen.. I found that even Glen's animation notes were hidden gems on his design process as well.. It wasn't good enough to just copy shallow mark making or shapes but to understand his perspective and the "why" he draws the way he does..
In the end, I don't even know if all this studying had a direct impact on the drawings I did.. or if I really succeeded in understanding the "glen keane" style.. but I did learn a lot and grew from it..
Glen's vision for the aesthetics for the film was summed up with one word: sprettzatura.. which means "art that hides it's art".. something I'm always trying to strive for myself every day!
So go check out the film next week~ Practically all the shots had Glen drawing over the key poses in the scene so you can see his touch everywhere..
..and stay and check out the credits as well! : )
Aug 6, 2010 4:26:00 PM
If your around L.A., come check out gallery nucleus! Our visdev department at disney is doing a book signing/release party on August 7 (7-11pm)~ There will be a ton of great art there to look at~
Some of the people featured in the book are:
Bill Schwabb David Wormersley Doug Rogers Justin Cram Jeff Turley James Finch Kevin Nelson Lorelay Bove Mac George Scott Watanabe Victoria Ying Bill Perkins Britney Lee Jin Kim Mike Gabriel Claire Keane Daniel Arriaga Raffaello Vecchione Paul Felix
Jun 23, 2010 8:18:00 AM
Recently, it seems like in the animation industry drawing rough has become a style in it of itself.. and nothing else! There is the mantra "It's better to draw rough and make it clear then to worry about the details".. or.. "block in the general ideas first..then the details are secondary".. But here is another perspective from a great draftsman Rico Lebrun (famous fine artist and teacher at chouinard and disney)
"Even the slightest indication must at all costs avoid vagueness. The writing must be intense and specific. The blocking in of large mass, simulating boldness, is often a promissory note which we will not be able to honor later. It is, in fact, the story of the particular will lead properly to the general. A false reading of the particular will change the entire structure"..
here is Lebrun on sketching..
"..When we cannot really talk we gossip. When we cannot draw we "sketch" hoping to bypass the difficult through brevity.. the sketch should be the unering chart of a condition. It should never be used temporarily to placate vanity, which seeks to affirm itself through the delusion of promises made and promptly forgotten. Anxiety can encourage vacillation to suggest promising but untenable hints. It can lead you to shoot a round of ammunition at an imaginary target while the enemy is sitting on your rudder. It can reassure for the wrong reasons.."
Jun 14, 2010 5:35:00 PM
all on photoshop! : )
Jun 2, 2010 9:49:00 PM
Homage to Earl Oliver Hurst! one of my favorite artists~
May 12, 2010 1:30:00 AM
May 5, 2010 4:39:00 PM
Hey everyone~ check out the pecknpaw.blogspot.com- The visdev group over at disney is comming out with our own art book, loosely based off what the story guys did with torch tiger but this is more a art book then a comic book. There is a ton of great art in it!! we'll be selling them at comic con so come check it out~ :D
Jan 27, 2010 6:10:00 PM
this looks awesome! go Studio 4C!
Jan 21, 2010 6:21:00 PM
this battle is so fun! You can see Link from Elite Force and Salah going crazy over Yoshie and her crew~~ haha.. awesome!
I wonder if animation will ever have this vibe in the movement!
Jan 5, 2010 6:33:00 PM
Hope everyone got to see Prep and Landing on ABC this winter break! I was lucky enough to do passes over the character designs and they even used some of the designs on the show: Santa, and Ms. Holly (the secretary lady).. There were also a lot of exciting preproduction art that never made it to the screen.. We earlier envisioned a more Rankin and Bass meets Pocoyo Christmas Special style.. but later got scrapped sadly! I would have liked it to be more of a mini Asterix flavored european comic world.. but it still came out appealingly! Some great character designers that contributed were Joe Moshier, Lorelay Bove, David Coleman, Bill Schwabb, Bert Youn..
Jan 4, 2010 7:03:00 PM
Just started getting interested in learning about C.O.G.(center of gravity)! A lot of the drawing and animation books I've read mention the concept of balance in figures.. and this is terribly important in drawing, design and animation.. but hardly devote a lot of pages to it..
Remembering Milt's advice, "You need to know what you'r doing before you caricuture it".. I changed my focus from art books to google videos and books! If you really want to know what weight is and understand it is from the inside out.. I really recommend using google to find out! There are a ton of videos, and ebooks out there for free online.. and during my search I found a lot of other topics on the way as well..
During my search on google you can watch a physics teacher taught about c.o.g, people that design toy airplanes talking about balance and c.o.g, ballet books that talk about c.o.g, rock climbing books that talk about c.o.g, sports coaches talking about c.o.g, martial artists talking about c.o.g... all cross-referencing each other!
one of the most interesting things that came up from this search was learning about gait analysis.. there is actually a field of study that centers around the mechanics of human movement.. and books that talk specifically on what goes on in your body when you walk! I found that c.o.g. is extremely important in the movement and structure of humans..
learning about weight and balance really helped me connect the dots when I came back to drawing the figure.. Not only did it help with thinking about posing and movement, but how I design and structure my characters as well! It opened my eyes that there are reasons why living things are designed a certain way.. and how appropriate things are designed based on their function.. and within that amazing grace! Made me think on how God designed our world with a purpose and with great beauty!
I really recommend learning c.o.g. and concepts of weight if you are studying anatomy! Great anatomy artists that I look up to like rico lebrune and marc davis all had a great understanding of this~ why shouldn't we?
Anyway, hope everyone gets to take advantage of the google search on their learning journey!
Dec 29, 2009 7:06:00 PM
awesome! kite and fishboy~
Dec 15, 2009 2:12:00 AM
This is Popin Pete, One of the original members of the Electric Boogaloo, dancing! He's been popping since 1970s with his brother Boogaloo Sam.. A popping Legend~ (You might have seen him in Breakin next to Poppin Taco, One of the robots next to Michael Jackson in Captain EO).. Here is a clip of him freestyling with a pole.. haha
Sep 25, 2009 12:32:00 AM
Sam Jackson studies from Soul Men!
Sep 14, 2009 9:30:00 PM
in memory of michael jackson.. Kite ripping the shit out of the Heartbreaker track!!
Jul 28, 2009 10:21:00 PM
a caricuture of yumeki~ young talented dancer who destroys that guy in the clip below- found out she was out here in Long Beach but I couldn't make it to the competition.. anyway she is hella funky! She hits these poses that remind me of capcom!
Jul 23, 2009 6:41:00 PM
inspired by Bob Tupper.. just recently signed up for cartoon retro.. love all the art on that site!