Monday, November 28, 2011

Kitty Pic

I painted this for a friend. She has a tiny miniature cat, so I thought it would be very clever to paint her a gigantic cat. Ok, maybe it's not that clever of an idea, and the cat isn't even red.

No cats are red.

Oh man, what was I thinking...

Well, Happy Birthday!

3.5x3.5 in. Gouache on paper.

Monday, November 21, 2011

It Rained Yesterday

It rained all weekend actually. I had some Gouache left on my palette, so I did this quick painting.

Post-CTN update coming soon! I think:)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Haruki Tanuki Offers Sake to a Pretty Lady

This time, with smaller balls.  Since he's a shapeshifter in the mythology, I assume he can inflate and deflate them as needed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tanooki Mario

So, this article caught my attention today. Apparently PETA members are upset with Mario cuz they think he watched "The Silence of the Lambs" too many times, skinned a tanuki, and wore the fur as a full-body suit. I've seen that costume at the furry store, and let me tell's totally synthetic. Either way, it appears tanukis are dealing with the drama perfectly well:

Mamma mia!

Trouble with Indecisiveness

I am annoyingly indecisive about tiny little things. Making dinner plan with me goes kinda like this.

Or shopping...

It could go on for hours.

So last couple weeks I was faced with a difficult choice. I had been working on a painting for Ryan's sister. It's her extra-bonus-track wedding gift.

I painted two of the similar ones:

I like it, but it's hard to see the contrast in the dim lighting.

So I look at painting #2 I made.
More contrast here, but I still really like the birds in #1, and the texture, and, and, and... I couldn't make up my mind -_-'
That was 10 days of me obsessively asking Ryan about his opinion (and combating it, then asking for more opinion.) I did follow Ryan's thought at the end on this one, and I think it was a good choice.

I guess I should take him to Islands.

Monday, November 14, 2011


I cleaned my plate of boards a half-hour before the next assignment was handed to me!!  For that half-hour, I was fully caught up, owed nothing to anyone, and I think I saw behind the curtains of the universe.  (There's actually just a bunch of dust and a handful of old brooms back there.  Nothing exciting, really.)

By the way...Fawn and I will be at the CTN Animation Expo on Saturday from 10am to noon.  Find us at the Disney Animation booth if you'd like to show your portfolio, chat, or have a staring contest or something.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Birthday Fox

Painted this for my friend's Birthday. Gouache on paper:)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Girl of the Day

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Pixie Hollow Games

It's been a long time coming (over a year and a half), but my first Disney project is about to go public. On November 19 at 7pm ET/PT, the Disney Channel will air "Pixie Hollow Games," a half-hour special from the Tinker Bell franchise.

I started on the project after its first story screening and stayed to the very end of story development, so I witnessed at least three totally different stories before the film settled where it is now. Character designs changed. Character personalities changed. We must have brainstormed and boarded enough "fairy Olympic" events to make a six-hour movie...and then it was shaved down to fit in a half-hour television spot. But that's the story process for ya...draw a bunch of options and most hit the cutting room floor.

Here are some moments from early versions and brainstorming sessions that never made it to the film:

Rumble (of the Storm Team) bonding with Clank and Bobble.
Possibly the hardest event of all...Berry Eating!
Fashionista Rosetta preparing for the Games.
Clank joining Rumble in the muscle-relaxing hot tub:

The hazards of being the Garden Fairy mascot:

Here's one of the events I created:  Mouse Polo.  I believe it's still in the film, but it was shaved from a full sequence to a moment in a montage:

Below is a final render from a sequence I boarded, featuring Glimmer from the Storm Team.

These fairies are excited to see the Pixie Hollow Games.  Hopefully you are, too!

For more info about the Pixie Hollow Games, here's an Animation Magazine article/interview with director Brad Raymond...or you can visit the Disney website.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tinker Bell 3D

I took a 10-week sculpture class this summer at work and I made Tinker Bell!

I never sculpted anything more than what I made out of play-doh when I was in elementary school. It was nice to get to do this with instructions. Ron Pekar is a very supportive teacher. He also teaches a few other art classes at Disney.

I'm sending Tink to be bronzed this week (to immortalize my mistakes forever:) Her wings are made separately and will be attached later, like this.

More of the close-ups.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011