Saturday, March 27, 2010

Incredibles 5th Anniversary pin

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

"Cars" Off-road Racers book

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!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Disney pins

I finally put together a visual collection of all the pins I worked on while at the Disney Design Group, from 2007 - 2009. Just click on the image to see them larger.

Below are all the Haunted Mansion pins and pin sets I designed.