Sunday, May 17, 2015

G. Mi Aziz Dragon

Did this art for a Prince Philip costume last year....turns out Dragons are an endangered species and slaying one can get you 20 years in Fulsom Prison these days. Who knew?



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Lone Ranger

Back in 2009, I did this Keynote presentation for Disney Interactive in an effort to get hired there as a Creative Director. The Lone Ranger hadn't even been filmed yet. In fact, all I knew is that Johnny Depp was signed on to play Tonto. They asked me to visualize how I would set up a Web Portal to promote the movie as a franchise and suggest some game and product ideas. I envisioned using 3D elements throughout as a novelty and even provided some 3D glasses to my interviewers to show how it would look on screen. Below was my presentation. I had to knock this out in like a week (for free by the way). The fact that I had zero Interactive or Web based design experience hardly phased me. I think it was a decent effort all things considered, but at the end of the day, my inexperience in this area doomed me...I had to ask what "UI" stood for in an interview...that'll do it, I guess. As you may recall, the movie didn't exactly warrant a franchise.
I enjoyed the challenge though. Everything is a learning experience.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Popples!

I did these rough one sheet comps for Saban last year....kinda fun.









Friday, February 13, 2015

Antman Product Comps

I did these a couple of years ago as a super fast 24 hour rush for a client of a client when the movie was first announced and there was essentially nothing to work with as far as reference. Never heard squat about it after that.....meh.









Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Macy's Christmas Animated Window Display

Back in the late 90's I had the pleasure of helping to develop the Christmas window display for Macy's Herald Square in NYC. It was based on a sweet little animated short from "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" 
I went to Florida on behalf of Disney and worked with the fabricator (Creative Arts) who did a fantastic job on the whole thing. I lost the original drawings long ago but I recently found these photos online of the finished windows. It was really fun and dare I say magical.
Keep in mind that most of the characters were animated with simple movements so you can imagine the budget on this thing....man, those were the days.






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fun with Pooh

Again, from many moons ago.
This is one of those few occasions when the final product actually looked pretty close to the original concept sketch.



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Circa 1996

I designed these for Disney Store in 1995 for the 1996 Christmas offering...(yes, we actually used the religiously insensitive term "CHRISTMAS" back then.)  I have a pristine set stored in the attic and despite how everybody told me back then to save everything Disney, they are worth essentially nothing as far as I can tell...even with the original drawing. Nobody knew the still embryonic internet and it's global yard sale site (AKA Ebay) would result in a deflationary butt whippin' on Disneyana merchandise back then. Oh well....maybe if I hang on another 19 years these things can help finance that biometric/robotic walker that I'll need by then.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Adventure Time Game Cover

I illustrated this earlier in the year. The client wanted an uncharacteristically painterly approach that is way different than the look of the show....it was kind of a fun little project to be a part of....



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Disney Shareholder Certificate (Commemorative)

Inexplicably, I was tapped to do (most of) the character illustration for the new Commemorative Disney Shareholder Certificate available at Disney Store and yes, you actually have to own a share of Disney stock in order to buy one which means I can't get one...It's very close to what I turned in exactly a year ago, but somebody added the Frozen characters and moved a couple of things around. This was actually the second version that was commissioned as the first version was mostly nixed by Mr. Iger himself because, understandably it didn't represent enough of the newer and newly acquired characters and properties. If you're thinking, that Capt. Jack Sparrow doesn't look enough like Johnny Depp, you are right...and that is on purpose for legal reasons. If you are thinking that Walt doesn't look enough like Walt....it's on me.


This was the first version. I liked some of the storytelling happening in this one and the inclusion of some great classic characters that didn't ultimately make the cut.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yet More B&B

 Here are some quick down and dirty product concepts for the How To Train Your Dragon franchise. These were done about a year and a half ago....they were probably commissioned to help whet the appetites of vendors and/or studio upper management to the merchandising possibilities....I had never drawn any of these characters before this, so they're probably fairly off model.....




Friday, September 5, 2014

Bread and Butter

This is a tiny sample of stuff I do to make a living from just one of several clients.....in some cases, the ideas are pretty much dictated to me and in others, I'm asked to come up with the concept. Either way, I feel pretty fortunate to be in this business. These were done over a year ago....