I’ve been taking the metro to work this week, and it’s been great for people watching. I think the work-break-doodle will be replaced with the work-commute-doodle. Definitely drawing on a moving (and bumpy) train has been a challenge, but it helps me not to get too invested, and to just try to make the accidental brush strokes work.
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!
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