Friday, February 21, 2014

Ground recon and rapid support concept.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Herders: Updated

Some good fun here, as I've been working on this painting on and off for quite a long time now and have just been able to put together enough time to finish it. The piece was inspired by an N. C. Wyeth painting of a sheepherder moving his animals through a canyon.  I just thought it was a beautiful moment and it made me imagine people at harmony with their animals and environment; a seemingly ageless relationship acquired through millenniums of living closely side by side.  These herders take the little creatures into areas of heavy growth and use their appetites to thin the rapid vegetation to a suitable level for settlement.  They eat just about anything down to bare soil. Beyond that they travel tirelessly along the trade routes from one village to the next keeping the roads clear for lines of caravans moving vital goods.

Below are some Gouache sketches that were done around the same time as the digital.  I was just sort of working on these separately and wasn't really worried about keeping the designs straight so they deviate a little.  I don't think I'll do much more in this vein, but sometimes I just want to explore a couple more angles in the same theme.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

A gift to my lovely wife.  Merry Christmas! Hope you all get what you want!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oz: The Great and Powerful Circus Comps

Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful has finally come and gone and it was truly a transformative experience for me.  I spent nearly two years working on it from its early beginnings with the ever professional and kind Sam Raimi through to its late days in post.  It was a film where I had the opportunity to work at almost every level on a film that an illustrator/concept artist could and really see how the sausage is made--in the best possible sense of the phrase. :) I can't say enough about the crew of the film and in particular would like to thank director Sam Raimi, Producer Grant Curtis, Production Designer Robert Stromberg and Art Director Stefan Dechant for giving me a chance to prove myself as an artist and the patience to stretch my skill into new directions.  

Without belaboring how cool it was to work on I just wanted to finally put up some work.  With this post I'm sort of starting at the beginning, but the rest will probably not be in perfect order.  Thanks!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oz: The Great and Powerful Balloon Crash

Oscar Diggs hits a cold draft of air and gets dragged down the falls into the Land of Oz.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Welcome to Emerald City

A lot of us spent tons of time in Emerald City.  It was sort of an architectural wonderland for me as I got to cover ground that I hadn't before, really trying to get the place to look masculine and powerful as an icon while also feeling lived in.  A lot of the dna and many elements of the model came from Dylan Cole's short stint on the project, while much of the city was modeled by The Third Floor's Brian Pace, Maria Serrano and Felix Jorge.  I did lots of proportional tweaks, trim work and was responsible for the main buildings and arrangement of this version of the city.  It then went over to the wizards at Sony to become what finally went on screen. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Emerald City

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