Tuesday, August 9, 2011
So sad to hear the news of Cornelius Cole's passing. Corny was always such an uplifting and encouraging teacher - and he was hilarious. He would share stories at your cubicle, help with a walk cycle, then later you'd hear his unmistakable voice saying "Where's my mocha?!" This of course was what he'd accidentally (or not) spill onto the butcher paper on the floor as he was teaching gesture sketching/life drawing, and then use a stick to get an even better artistic effect with the spilled mocha! He still defines my early-90s CalArts experience, and I hope we can all continue to share his infectious enthusiasm for this crazy and wonderful art form. God bless you, Corny.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Apologies for the long delay - I've been quite busy. The big news is that Disney has been gracious enough to hire me again!! I'm a character artist designing merchandise and collectibles exclusive to the Disney theme parks. It is such a joy to work on old and new characters, and to continue their stories as they relate to the attractions and environments of the parks and resorts. I'm also excited to be working with some of the best artists and designers in the business, who also happen to be great friends and fellow Disney enthusiasts.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
One of the highlights of working at a small studio (I was at Project Firefly in Orlando from 2004 to 2007, following the closing of the Disney Florida studio) was getting to wear different hats for different projects. On the "Curious George" film, I was one of the character animators (both rough and clean up) - and it was an absolute joy. Every scene, such as the one here shown in an early pencil test, presented new challenges for me. I was thrilled to have had the opportunity.
It's funny - whenever I draw Woody from "Toy Story" for a children's book or on theme park merchandise, I have to be careful not to start drawing Ted (the Man with the Yellow Hat), whose features I find to be slightly similar in some regards.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
One of the interesting things about working on this film was that you animated every character in the scene, instead of being assigned to one particular character. It was also the first time I'd had the opportunity to animate professionally. After a decade of working as a clean-up animator at Disney (embellishing the rough drawings of the animators), it felt good to loosen up a bit. Also, working together at Project Firefly - formed after the Florida studio had closed - felt very much like the old days at CalArts. Definitely a lot of fun!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I had the opportunity about 20 years ago (!) - to meet and get the advice of Ollie Johnston, one of the famous "Nine Old Men" of Disney animation. He was at the animation art gallery at the Disneyland Hotel for the release of his and Frank Thomas' book about the making of Bambi. It was early and barely anyone was there, so I asked if he'd be interested in giving me some animation advice. "Sure," he said, so I ran all the way back to my car in the Disneyland parking lot (now California Adventure) to grab a couple of my primitive flipbooks. Back at the gallery, he graciously flipped through them, said that they needed "more squash and stretch" and wished me luck, as I had told him that I was applying for CalArts. A wonderful and endlessly inspiring person, for whom I will always be grateful. He passed on in April of 2008.
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