Today was a bitter-sweet one, because it was my last day working on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Working on Cloudy has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I could not have asked for a better crew - they are the most talented, kind-hearted, brilliant people; and I know they will be life-long friends. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity, not just to get to work on this truly wonderful film, but also to become friends with these amazing people. I am so proud of what we created together on this film.
Above is a screen capture of the leek character from the movie’s trailer; the leek was the first thing I painted when I started working on Cloudy almost 7 months ago (designed by the talented Andre Medina). Hopefully someday soon I can post some of the work I did for the movie - and many of my paintings will be in the "art of" book, so I encourage you to pick one up when they come out in August (I think).
As for me, I am staying on at Sony Pictures Animation (hence the “sweet” in the “bitter-sweet”) as a visual development artist on one of Sony’s up-coming animated feature films! Another adventure begins Monday!
The amazing and wonderful Cloudy 2 crew!
Another SpongeBob background painting. This was the first painting I did when I started on the show. When I did this, I had not painted with acrylic paint in 5 years (and I wasn’t very good at it then either); you can definitely see how rusty I was . This might not be the most beautiful or accurate Chum Bucket painting ever, but it definitely marked the beginning of a new-found love of traditional paint. Anyway, I thought it might be fun for everyone to see a less-polished painting - there is always something new to learn in this business; you’re never done being a student!
In the process of learning how to paint in the SpongeBob style, I was given several backgrounds from previous SB episodes to replicate. This is my painting - a “master copy,” if you will - of one such SB background. I am particularly fond of this painting because the acrylic paint version needed almost no touch ups digitally (except for the line work and shadows, which are almost always added later over the acrylic painting in photoshop).
Recently I did an interview for DeviantArt’s “Project Educate Week.” The interview is about being a working artist and breaking into the industry… and just some general lessons I learned along the way. Click here to read it!
EDIT: Also, this blog is within spitting distance of 100,000 followers! Woah, how did that happen!? You guys rock!
The teaser trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (the movie I’ve been working on as a visual development artist since November) came out yesterday! Check it out!
A little while back I was contacted by the awesome folks over at Soul Pancake to do one of their Art Attack videos! It was such an amazing experience, and definitely a challenge to come up with a painting out of thin air in about four hours. It’s funny, inevitably there are things about this particular painting that I would have changed had I had time to step back from the process of painting it, but I sort of like having this time-capsule of what my initial thought-process is like. It’s certainly enlightening, and I think has helped me to fix some bad painting habits I had developed. Just goes to show you, sometimes you need to see your work through the prism of another medium, in this case, video!
The Soul Pancake crew were wonderful, and I want to give a shout-out to Jacob Menache, Ethan Coco, Gary Haroldson, and the director, Bayan Joonam - you guys ROCK! Also, many thanks to Anabella Casanova for contacting me about this opportunity.
I also did a short interview about what I do, my process, and my thoughts on art and adventure, which can be viewed here!
Seasons greetings and an early happy New Year, everyone! It is a bitter-sweet end of year for me - 2012 was the year I saw many of my dreams come true - but I know 2013 will bring even greater adventures!
I want to take this moment to thank everyone who has been a follower and a supporter of me and my work these last several years… It’s been so wonderful getting to know you all through the internet; and then this year getting to meet many of you at conventions and such! I can’t believe the tumblr is nearing the 60,000 followers mark - I really appreciate everyone sticking with me. If this blog has taught me anything, it is to never stop working, because, of course, “inspiration comes of working.” So I hope you understand me when I say, I wish all of you a year full of work!
Also, a note on things to come - in the new year I will be announcing the particularss of a raffle give-away, in which several lucky followers will get the chance to win copies of the "Reality is Overrated" poster I created for Chris Baty. Keep a look-out for the details! But until then, happy holidays! See you in the new year!