Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Spooky Sound" book

Here is one of the page spreads from the Cars "Spooky Sound" book that I illustrated.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Biblical portraits

I have always been intrigued by portraits, and even more by the people written of in the Bible. It's no wonder that so much art through the centuries has been focused on biblical subjects. (These were sketched on post-it notes, not exactly frescos.)

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Beast

I drew this for a friend several years ago. If you look closely, you can see a small reflection of Belle in the glass. I still remember enjoying "Beauty and the Beast" at its Hollywood premiere in 1991, at the freshly restored El Capitan theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Florida wildlife

This was for the press page of Project Firefly's website. Aside from the actual firefly, I designed all the Floridian reporters and painted everything on Photoshop.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Children's books for Paradise Press

These are some of the books I illustrated for Paradise Press. I designed all the characters, and had fun drawing them in their little adventures.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Concepts for Tomorrowland stage show

These are concept sketches I did back in 2006 for Disney Entertainment, for a "Meet the Robinsons" stage show that never materialized.

Monday, February 8, 2010

High hopes for "UP"

These are some images I penciled for the Up storybook. "Up" has been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards! I don't think an animated film has had that honor since "Beauty and the Beast", back in 1991.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Sistine Bears"

This was just something I drew in a friend's sketchbook, which was being passed around the studio during "Lilo and Stitch" to be drawn in for fun - sort of like a yearbook. I photocopied it and colored it with colored pencil. At the time, we were looking forward to working on "Brother Bear", and my wife and I had recently gone to Italy for our honeymoon (our "luna di miele") -so there were a couple of mixing influences!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"The Adventures of Lady" children's book

This is another book I had the pleasure of illustrating (again, with the painting talents of Bob Stanton) at Project Firefly. Based on a true story by Iris Pearson and Mike Merrill, it won the 2007 New York Book Festival award for best children's book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"All of Life is a School" storybook

When I was with Project Firefly, I had the opportunity to illustrate a children's book (with Bob Stanton, who provided the wonderful color) based on a story by Kermit Weeks, about vintage aircraft at his Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, Florida. To call it an "attraction" is an understatement - it's an amazing facility that celebrates the dreams and achievements of flight.
The website is It was definitely a lot of fun to work on this book, and I learned quite a bit. Taking reference pictures while flying in a biplane added to the thrill, as well!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wall-E storybook

This is one of the pages I penciled for the Wall-E storybook.