Thursday, January 02, 2014

Create a Room

My daughter and I created these room/shadow boxes on Christmas Eve. It was such a blast.

These are just 6 in x 6 in. I'd like to do bigger ones next, with more colors and print outs. I didn't have many resources this time around. I figured the limitations would be good anyways. Just heavy cardboard, paper, masking and scotch tape, and pencil and crayons and an orange marker. I also used a Christmas hook for the lamp at the end. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Croods Holiday

HERE is a short holiday video they made for The Croods. I decided to board this as a gif to show a proof of concept. There's a ghost image of the final poses just to give me a guide to where I was heading. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Croods Credits

I openly admit being surprised by the way the end credits came about for The Croods. I was what was left of the story crew in August of last year. I was asked to come up with some fun character moments/gags. The sheet below is what I printed out for the directors' review. I did about 6 pages like this one.

The directors decided they wanted me to draw the final images and that it'd be best to match the cave drawings used earlier in the film's intro. I was handed some amazing model sheets done by Joe Moshier and got to work. They were then colored by the wonderful Margaret Wuller.

It was obvious enough to come up with specific character gags for each of the voice actors' name cards. 

And we soon realized it was easiest to come up job related gags for the film's leadership cards.Here are a couple of process images. The first being my quick rough pass, the second is cleaned, and the third is colored by Margaret.

There were a few ideas that were roughed out by Chris Sanders and then redrawn by me and colored by Margaret, like this one below.

Here are a couple more for fun.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Boards to VIz Dev

How great is the visual development department?! Here are a few beat boards I did on the original version of Croods that were redrawn/painted by the art department (mostly Dominique Louis). They do such amazing work. I thought these would be fun to see. Januel Mercado shared some of his panels that were translated/painted for KFP2 as well here and here.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Croods Epilogue

So, let me explain.

I almost never color my storyboards, but these came towards the end of production when we were having public screenings, and to avoid the note "we like all the parts except the black and white parts" the studio has us clean and color the boards. It helps, especially when the boards butt up against final "lit" footage.

To help me do this little bit, I was given some shots from the layout dept and some visual development color keys by Arthur Fong. I'm happy with how it came out, it felt like I was FINALLY able to draw the characters a little more "on-model"...too bad it came at the end of production, haha.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


These are from the sequence "Reunited" from The Croods. It was mostly done by the insanely talented Ryan O'Loughlin. Since he had moved on to another show, they asked me to do some fixes for a screening (hence the coloring). This takes place towards the end of the movie, when Eep has lost hope of her father's survival...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Captivating Captive

Here's some more miscellaneous from a sequence called "Captivating Captive" which was also known as "Family BBQ."

I think I did 4 completely different iterations of the scene over the course of 3 years. It went into production pretty late and was even colored for public screenings (not shown here).

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