Also, I’ve been answering some very good questions over on my question and answer blog Ask Sam Sketch lately - check it out! I get a lot of e-mails with people’s questions (which I am always happy to answer), but many of those questions are already answered on the Q&A blog. :)
Last weekend, Gilbert and I celebrated out 3rd anniversary. It has become something of a tradition for us to celebrate our anniversary at a California mission (I don’t know why, we just do) - and this year we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. Gilbert and I both love missions, and it was a beautiful day. So, today for my warm-up, I cranked out this little painting. I was also very excited to try out the photoshop brushes I recently downloaded from Kyle Webster - they are so much fun and this painting was done with several of them. I definitely recommend you buy them - they are a great deal for super high quality art brushes.
Haven’t done this in a while - sketchbook roundup! These were mostly done on public transit - it seems sketching on trains is the only sketching time I get in these days. I’m working on some personal paintings this week also - (first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do that too!) - so hopefully I can share those with everyone soon. Cheers!
This June I’ll be speaking at Valio Con design conference - I hope to see you there! http://valiocon.com/
"Valio Con is the FUN conference. This is our fourth annual conference, and each year it gets better and better. Our goal is to inspire you to create and build amazing things.
The conference is on the beach in San Diego, California. We can’t think of a better place to connect with friends, old and new, than in a relaxed beach environment with sunny walks on the warm sand, and inspiring talks from people doing amazing things.
You’ll hear talks from people who are ‘doers’ and risk-takers. They’ll be sharing their inspiring stories on how they’ve built their own products, services and projects.”
This color key (designed by the awesome Aaron Spurgeon) was one of my favorite color keys to paint… even if it did make me really, really hungry. Actually, being inspired to eat because of this movie was sort of an occupational hazard. This color key is a pan, meant to start at the bottom with the characters and pan upward to reveal the cheese spider. I enjoy how deliciously dramatic it turned out… even if the burger looks a little cheesy. (Ha!)
More lighting and color keys for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! These color keys were my first real test in painting keys - and it was definitely trial by fire. This is actually part of a much larger sequence that myself and three other vis. dev. painters (Seonna Hong, Dean Gordon, and Jerry Loveland) worked on together. It was such a unique experience to paint this way - since we each took a section of the sequence, we had to make sure what we were painting linked up to the paintings of whoever was doing the sections before and after our section. I loved painting this - I think I got the most exciting part, even if I did get sick of painting coconut milk after a while! And let me tell you, painting coconut milk in direct sunlight, against a yellow sky… not easy.
Seeing this sequence in the film was so gratifying - the shots, especially the shot of them flying down the fruit waterfall, look exactly like my paintings. It was surreal and wonderful to see my work on the big screen - which is why I also included an image of my name appearing in the credits at the end of the film (along with the names of the many other talented artists I worked with). I hope you forgive me my giddy-ness, this was my first time getting to see my name “in lights;” and to have that moment be alongside people, and for a project, I truly love… well, it doesn’t get much better than that!
(Top image designed by Pete Oswald.)
I guess now that the movie is out and the “art of” book is in stores, I can show some of the work I did for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! Please pick up the “art of” book; it is, in my unbiased opinion, really gorgeous and full of amazing art by talented artists… not just me. I feel really honored to have so many of my paintings included in it!
These paintings are some examples of the many color and lighting keys I did for the film (I will be posting more of these for sure!). I feel particularly proud of this sequence. Dave Bleich, the film’s Art Director, created a beautiful color script for the movie, but this sequence was to deviate from the original color script… and as a result, Dave really let me take the lead on deciding the tone, lighting and color. It was an incredibly rewarding experience! I learned so much about his process of coming up with the color and lighting, and this was my chance to really put those lessons into action. Thanks, Dave, for letting me make the grass green.
More Cloudy 2 art to come soon!
This Saturday (the 28th) from 3-6PM at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra I will be participating in a book signing and Q&A session for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! Click here to see the official page for the event. So, if you’re in the LA area this weekend, bring your questions, get your books signed, and come say hello!