Sunday, March 23, 2014

Haunted Mansion digital model

Around that same time, I also dabbled with modeling inanimate structures in Maya - such as Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, referring to some elevations published in an Imagineering book.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

3D character modeling

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Before the Florida studio closed ten years ago, we were being trained in 3D animation software. One of the tutorials was of this monster, that I sculpted and polypainted in Maya.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dust-Up in the Desert

In 2009, I did the roughs and line art for a book called "Dust-Up in the Desert", about Lightning McQueen's off-road racing adventures. I believe the super-talented David Murray did the digital paintings.






Digital color paint by David Murray.





Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Helicopter

A spread I illustrated in a Random House Step-into-Reading book, featuring the Dinoco helicopter.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rockwell's pirate

A tight line drawing, based on a favorite painting by Norman Rockwell.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Student film - Matterhorn

One of my student films, from 20 years ago. I'd love to finish animating it someday; a good majority of it is still storyboards, and the sound and video quality is poor. I just wanted to make a fun tribute to my favorite thrill ride - the only one both conceived of and ridden by Walt himself, back in 1959. The Abominable Snowmonster, added in 1979, was nicknamed "Harold" by the Cast Members. 

This is sort of a "what if..." type of thing.




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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Caricatures in color

Here are a couple of caricatures that I managed to photocopy after having gone over them with colored pencils.

Trevor T. - clean-up. Big "Braveheart" fan, hailing from Vancouver. 
Jason P. - clean-up, Florida Studio 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

More caricatures

Yet more caricatures from the "Fantasia/2000" days in Glendale...

David L. - assoc. producer
Cindy B. - clean-up
Vince S. - clean-up
Dan B. - clean-up


Monday, February 10, 2014

Bobsleddin'

This is an illustration I did for fun back in 2001, probably during or right after work on "Lilo and Stitch". The Matterhorn's always been my favorite thrill ride. I was actually doing a 3D drawing (the old red/blue glasses thing), and decided to just color it in with Prismacolor pencils. I had no clue at the time that, in about six years, I'd get the chance to draw characters for theme park merchandise, with some of the best artists and designers in the business.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

More caricatures

Here are some more caricatures done during production of "Fantasia/2000"...

John P. - animation

Larry F. - clean-up

Jim C. - story

Eric S.

Don E. - Producer

Friday, February 7, 2014

Last drawing at WDFAF

It was about this time, ten years ago, that I did my last official drawing at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida as it was closing; it was for "The Little Matchgirl", a beautiful if heartbreaking musical short intended for inclusion in a Fantasia sequel. It's one of the five Hans Christian Andersen classics that Disney has depicted in animation, the others being "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Mermaid", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" and "Frozen" (based on "The Snow Queen").

Along with a little Mickey, I wrote along the bottom: "Thanks to God for the blessings of a ten-year career at Disney - my dream came true every day."