These are some concept drawings from 2008 that are still being used in the theme parks today. The costumes were changed on some of them, I noticed, for the final art - and it turned out very nice! I was overjoyed to see it on banners and merchandise at the Magic Kingdom recently.
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This is a spread from "The Spooky Sound", which I had the pleasure of illustrating for the Step into Reading series for Random House. I usually start with a small thumbnail and then, once my final pencil is approved, I proceed to paint.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
My family and I just saw "Tangled" today, and loved it. Congratulations to the crew, to the directors, Byron and Nathan (whom I had the pleasure of working with years ago at the Florida studio), and of course, to the one and only Glen Keane. The long wait for this film was well worth it, in my opinion, and I can't wait to see it again. Here's a rough sketch and tight pencil I did for one of the activity books.
Friday, November 19, 2010
These are some of the clean-up drawings I did for the "Human Again" sequence in "Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition" (released in 2002)- specifically the scene in which Belle teaches the Beast (or rather helps him relearn) how to read, using "Romeo and Juliet". It was certainly a joy to be involved in this film.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Here's an open edition pin I worked on back at DDG. The subject given was simply Donald and Daisy, and at first I was going to have her sitting on the piano with Donald at the keys, like a lounge act. But, after seeing the tango on "Dancing with the Stars", I figured this would be fun.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
This is a pin I created for the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, featuring the current attic scene with Constance. The grooms' heads are on a separate pin that can be pulled down, making it appear that their heads are disappearing as in the attraction.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Another drawing I made for a "Tangled" activity book. The style of this film is going to be beautiful, from what I can tell - it definitely draws a bit of inspiration from Fantasyland architecture, in addition to plenty of European research. You certainly may have to click on this image once or twice if you wish to see the smaller details.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Here's a pin I designed for the 50th anniversary of the Matterhorn Bobsleds in 2009. I couldn't resist including my family in the image. The overall graphic design of this pin pays homage to the official sticker logo that still appears on the front of each bobsled.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Just for fun - here's the yeti in Disneyland's Matterhorn, also known to cast members as Harold. That attraction has always been one of my all-time favorites at Disneyland, if not my absolute favorite thrill ride. I really miss how the Skyway buckets would glide right through the mountain (once I actually reached up and touched the bottom of one as it passed over my ascending bobsled!). I was such a geek, I had actually painted a Matterhorn jacket, made three flipbooks about it, and made my second animated student film at CalArts about Harold getting laid off, finding work in the park's other attractions. Life imitates art, in certain respects....
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Just rediscovered this photo from 1996. I was at the wrap party for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in Los Angeles, and got a picture with Roy E. Disney. He was always friendly and casual, even at big events like that. I used to see him every so often, particularly during the three years I worked on "Fantasia/2000" (he was the executive producer). Needless to say, I will always feel fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to work there, and was sad to hear of Roy's passing last December.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I did some art a while back for the new Toy Story Playland attractions at Disneyland Paris. Now that the new area has opened, I thought I'd post the drawings.
This last one is a meet and greet area near the Green Army Men parachute drop attraction.
That ride looks like fun!
I drew the soldiers with parachutes for the backdrop.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I just received my copy of "The Spooky Sound", the Cars book that I had the pleasure to illustrate for Random House. It's available in stores now, so if you happen to check it out, please let me know what you think!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Last year, while employed by the Disney Design Group, I was interviewed on the WDW Radio Podcast. If you're interested, please click on the link below:
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This is some art for one of the vans that advertises the Disney Water Parks. I inked the final art digitally with Adobe Illustrator and painted with Photoshop. This particular Ariel is a revised version of one of her standard poses, adjusted and freshly illustrated for better placement in the seat (though the vehicle is not exactly 18th century).
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This is an illustration that I sketched, inked and rendered (digitally) for Disney's Yellow Shoes creative group, promoting Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Just saw the final version today on a billboard!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
If you look closely at the art, I included their initials. See if you can find plump Phineas' "P", eerie Ezra's "E" and grandpa Gus' "G"!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This is an illustration I penciled for "The Incredibles" storybook art pool. (The officer on the far right is a caricature of Alex Topete, my first supervisor back at Walt Disney Feature Animation.)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This is one of the very last pins I designed for the Disney Design Group last year, about this time. I've always enjoyed interpreting the Pixar characters into 2D drawings - it's like re-imagining the films as if they were traditionally animated. The interesting thing about Pixar merchandise is that there are three levels of stylization: 3D computer-generated renderings from the studio, highly-detailed and accurate drawings used for creating sculptures or big figs, and simplified art like this pin. Most of my Pixar experience is from the opportunities I've had to work on children's book illustration, and I'll always be grateful for that.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I was excited to see this Cars book on the local supermarket shelf the other day (it's one of those 2-in-1 books with a bunch of stickers in the middle). A little over a year ago, I had the pleasure of laying out and penciling the "Off-road Racers" story, which included a new character named El Machismo, a big Dodge monster truck. These stories are based on the new Cars Race-o-Rama video game. David Murray, a background painter for many of Disney's animated films (as well as an excellent screenwriter and novelist), did the digital paints for much of this book. Neither of us knew about each other's work on it until it came up in conversation, while we were working together on "The Princess and the Frog". It's a Small World!