This is a hippo sitting in a salon. I included the hippo because the background itself felt empty without her. I think the comedy of this background comes from the animals depicted as beautiful fashion models in the picture frames on the wall. Reminiscent of my Aunt’s salon of the 1990s, I was inspired by the framed black and white photos of beautiful people with extreme hair designs.
One of my favorite artists is Pete Oswald, whose art I first was introduced to via Clone High. His art inspired me to explore a 1950’s design style for backgrounds and art in general. I used this background for one of my college animations.
A forest in winter and footprints; this sketch provided the inspiration for the animation, iTey.
This and the next image are backgrounds I made for a project that never came to fruition. You may notice a bump in the bed? Perry was going to be placed there at a later point once animation began.
The second Perry background was his bathroom. He was going to fill the empty space in the bathtub attempting to dye his fur pink... forever.
If you've seen my animation page already this one should be familiar. Dusty, the main character of our "Rough Cuts" project, was shyly waiting outside of the studio to try and interview his love interest for the show, Kat. You can watch the short on the Animation page
Again, this is a background from one of the two "Rough Cuts" shorts you can view on my animation page. It's the set of a TV show being produced within the show called "Molé."
Digital Art & Storyboard Mockups
Before our iTey project became what it now is, I had come up with a few story panels that were part of quite a different story entirely. These two images were part of a proof of concept and are examples of scene layouts.
Partial storyboard that displays both movement and a stationary camera focusing on a single scene. Perry, the deer, comes into the scene answering the phone and immediately has a change in expression.
This is a background I made for a project I would later turn into a 3D project for Lansing Community College. “I became interested in this flat, sort of 1950s design style for a while which led to this background.
Gopher, not his real name, is a character I came up with for a personal project I've been working on. Designing and sketching characters is a passion. Gopher is required to retrieve oddly specific items from the warehouse and overcome some terrifying obstacles like Cults and Spider Queens along the way. He is typically terrified of everything, but above all he's most terrified of losing his job, so he retrieves every item, no matter the danger!
Claire is from the same project. She's a mysterious girl who very well might just live in the warehouse. Her job is to locate and inventory every item. It's an impossible job, really, but it's sort of her life's work. When Gopher needs to find something he turns to Claire to help him locate it.
This is the little girl from the iTey short on the Animation page. It was animated using After Effects, There are as few moving parts as possible so some of the character’s features are hidden; a scarf covers her neck, her legs pop out of her jacket and so forth
This is Dusty, the main character of our "Rough Cuts" project we were working on at The Blank Frame. He's a squirrel with big ideas who wants to take over his father's movie studio some day. He has to compete with Wally, however, who is almost robotically good at churning out money-making show after money-making show, all of which have no soul. Dusty, as a character, is our representation of what a lot of big blockbuster movies and hit TV shows are missing, the soul of the film industry. A filmmaker who cares more about the project than how much money it can rope in or how many toys it will sell.
Dusty has gone through a lot of changes over the years I've been working on him. Originally, he was just an orange ball. As he evolved so did his personality. He is adorned with a beret, changed to a bat, then to a human, and finally to a squirrel.
These are the mouth shapes for the Dusty Rig's "3/4 Head", some finished for reference, and some sketched to see the process.
These are the sketches for the mouths for the "Side Head Turn" the Dusty Rig.
These are the sketches for Dusty's feet.
I consider myself a cartoonist so I surprised myself with this drawing.