Friday, August 28, 2009

Haunted Mansion "Welcome to the After-LIFE" game

While working at the Disney Design Group, I was given the opportunity to create the line art for the cover of the new Game of Life "Haunted Mansion" version (exclusive to the theme parks), as well as for the twelve "Career" cards in the game. Garret Webb, Casey Jones and Quynh Kimball designed and "brought to life" all the art on the game board, game pieces and "Residence" cards within; Jose Pardo did an incredible job of painting the final art - giving everyone a ghastly pallor, betraying a feeling of foreboding... (to quote the attraction). This was a lot of fun.

This sequence of images were for the lenticular Madame Leota on the game cover; I animated her face traditionally and painted her digitally. It was a great feeling, even if only for seven frames, to be flipping drawings again on an animation desk in the animation building. I hope the effect works as a lenticular image - I haven't seen the final product yet.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Back in 2004, shortly after the closing of the Florida studio, I was given the opportunity to storyboard at Project Firefly, a local start-up studio of former Disney artists. The first project was "Pooh's Heffalump Halloween", a direct-to-DVD film, followed by "The Tinkerbell Movie" and "Cinderella III". Working in a smaller studio was a great way to learn new skills, and it was certainly a lot of fun.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


What an Incredible studio! This is from 2007, when I went to Pixar in Emeryville, CA with artists from the Disney Design Group. It was an "Artists' Creative Camp", in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, and we had a blast. Not only was the creative atmosphere overwhelmingly inspiring - it made you just want to draw, design, animate, and storyboard all day - but it was so cool to run into old friends from the Florida and Burbank studios, and even some I hadn't seen since CalArts, over 15 years ago!