Im really happy to announce release the website and Facebook page
for my new independently produced animated web series SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO that premieres
next Monday Aug 6th. Please feel free to stop by, give it a "like" and
check out whats in store. There will be lots of early concept drawings and process posts coming on this blog once the series starts to air. Looking forward to sharing over the next few weeks!
Here's a very poor I-phone photo of the TAAFI shirt I designed to accompany the poster. I thought it might be worth switching it up for the shirt to show a kinder, more gentle monster.
If you are interested in owning one, I'm not sure if they are still available after the fest, but if so I'm guessing it would be through www.taafi.com or possibly the TIFF shop (which is where they were selling over the weekend)
With the TAAFI festival a few weeks away, I thought it might be fun to post a few examples of my process and how we ended up with the final version of the poster that we did.
I initially sent TAAFI some rough sketches of a few different ideas. I blocked in the color on a few of them to help get a sense of the moods each would portray.
After some conversation, we decided that none of these were really hitting the goal of TAAFI's directive, so I did a few more quick sketches including this one below which we ended up moving forward with. Although its extremely loose and rough, I realize I kept surprisingly close to this in the final version. This sketchy bunch of scribbles was done in Sketchbook pro.
Once we were all on the same page with the idea, I started cleaning up the line art in Flash using the brush tool and putting some structure to the shapes.
Here is my first pass to block in the color. Again, this was all done in Flash with the paint bucket tool. I had a few different color ideas at this point, including the "Tribe Called Quest" inspired version below. I kinda dug that version myself but the consensus was to move forward with the more natural color style seen here.
And here is the final version with all the shades and colors that I ended up revising along the way. One of the big challenges at this stage was the request to lay the logo on a white background, but in hindsight I think having to revise the BG to compensate for this ended up really helping the poster. Again, the remainder of the coloring was done in Flash with the help if the gradient paint tool and I ran the final export through Photoshop once I was done to punch up a few of the values.
Now if I could only go back in and fix that blasted tangent on the tip of his horn...
My poster for the new Toronto Animated Arts Festival International was unveiled today. Pretty excited to be a part of this festival and really honored to be asked to do this inaugural poster.
Thanks to Rich and the rest of the TAAFI staff for the super cool opportunity.
There is also a little blurb on their website about the poster here if you are interested.
Ive started working on a new little short film and realized that it could use some props. Rather than throw in whatever came to mind, I thought it might be fun to throw in whatever YOU thought came to mind instead.
My idea is to have you, my blog followers, twitter friends etc. etc. choose an item, any item you want (lets please keep it clean), and I will do my best to somehow incorporate it into my next short film starring this guy pictured below.
It can be anything you wish, as long as it is a THING.
I will take suggestions for one week (from now until Sunday April 1st).
Since I'm unsure of how many suggestion I will get, I cant promise to use yours. I think the best method I can think of is to randomly
choose 10 (Ill take more if I can fit them in), but not
reveal which items I chose until the short is finished. Hopefully giving you a
surprise once the film is done to see if your item was chosen, and if so, how it was
Call it a Mad Libs animation style.
So please join in my film making process and post an item in the comments below.
Looking forward to working with you!
*note - you don't need to sign up for anything to post in the comments. Just write your suggestion and preferably a name (so I can include it in the credits if chosen) and click "anonymous" which will let you post without signing in. Thanks!
I drew this for a little drawing challenge at work last week under the guideline of "unconventional heroes", but before posting remembered that Jessica Borutski
had also drawn a character with a toaster for a head (she must eat a
lot of toast as well). Nevertheless, Im posting this anyways under the heading of Bortutski "fanart". Surely her drawing was buried deep in my subconscious somewhere before this came out so all credit due to her.
Posted this a few days ago to Planet Pulp which is a really cool website I am a part of where various artist post to monthly themes. Feel free to check it out if you have the time, I can always seem to find some great inspiration over there.
Here's a little project I was involved with for MAD TV called "The Green Care Bear". I did the animation on Hal (the more realistic looking guy of the bunch), which was meant to replicate a limited 1960's type style.
It appears the Star Wars Uncut project from back in 2010 has found some new legs thanks to the rights finally being cleared. Here are two links to sites that are featuring my little 15 second section. I cant read the Dutch German comment under my picture but when I ran it through the translator it came up with Animated scene from "Star Wars Uncut": Mike Geiger has filed this 15 seconds. He is a fan of the old "Star Wars" films - the new place he just horrible. Spiegel Online Vancouver is Awesome