Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, August 23, 2013

Photoshop TIPS and TRICKS

I call 'em Photoshop T'nT.  See what I did there?  So clever.

Get 'em while their hot. So far I've done four in four days.  Will the trend continue?  Time will tell.  For now, enjoy the videos and if you have a question - send it on over.

Unerase tool - Use the Eraser to UN-erase

Quick Selection - using the selector tool


Free Transform

Monday, August 05, 2013

Just before we go to lunch on Mondays,  some friends (Steve Macleod, Ian Abando and whoever else decides to jump in) and I get together and study out a movie.  We scrub through the timeline until we find a particularly dynamic shot then we pause and draw.  But only for a couple of minutes.  These are no masterpieces.  We are just studying the amazing work and trying to absorb some of it's coolness. It has turned into quite an obsession.  Only a few minutes of study, but a ton learned.  I love it. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Movie Studies

Monday Movie Studies - INCEPTION.  Every Monday Steve Macleod, Ian Abando, Cinzia Angelini, and I get together and scrub through a visually stunning movie and stop every now and then and take a couple of minutes to draw out a thumbnail version of the frame.  Lots of fun - the learning/geeking out kind of fun.  Nice to be around fellow nerds!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bubble Time

These are some pictures from last summer, we had a kick with bubbles.  I was going over some old pictures today and thought these were share worthy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Storyboarding Class!

I was asked by the CG Master Academy to teach a storyboarding class and I'm pumped about it!  I'll be using the material developed by the master storyteller Steve Macleod who I work with at Dreamworks.  Classes start Jan 19th and there are only a few slots available.  Check it out, let me know what you think.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Birds Nest

Kristen and I have just gone through the laborious process of buying a home that Kristen has called "The Bird's Nest", so I came up with this painting to celebrate our first home!  We never thought that we would be able to buy a place in California.  We are so blessed!

Thursday, August 09, 2012


A scan of my gesture drawing class yesterday.  I think it was a 3 minute pose, maybe 5.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cast Max

My boy fell hard the other day and broke his arm.  He's taking it really well, I've been amazed at his patience.  The day his cast went on, I sat down with him all seriously and asked, "How do you feel that you'll be missing the last couple of t-ball games of the season?"  He looked up, and smiled big, "GREAT!!"

I guess t-ball isn't this kid's thing.  :)

New brush doodles.

I recently came across some new brushes and played around a bit.  These are the result.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

quick sketch

Wow, my last post was 4 months ago?!  REALLY?  Sheesh.  I always thought I would be good about these things.... guess not.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday, December 09, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Playing with some brushes.  This is not the doodle you were looking for.  Move along.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

sketch club doodles

I had a free day yesterday and filled it with good things.  I took Max to school, went to the gym with Kristen, saw the Muppet Movie with my kids and wife and had a chance to visit Sketch Club with Marcelo Vignali and the gang.  It was awesome to see the familiar faces those people are amazing.  Here are some doodles from the lunch.  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cool little drawing exercise, I took this quick doodle and filled in the face.  I'm sure you're like me, everywhere I look, I see faces.  I'm not hearing the voices yet, though.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Adam Sandler

Did you know it's Adam Sandler's birthday? Of course you did.

Friday, July 29, 2011

new caricature

Meet Alexa, she has been at Sony Pictures Animation for a while and now she is leaving. I had the pleasure of working on this caricature for her.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pokemon Max!

My boy is turning 6 years old next week! He wants to have a Pokemon themed party and so we made a playing card for the invitation to his party! I love that Kristen put that he evolves from a five year old!

Happy Birthday buddy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bad boy...

I gotta figure out how to be a better hubby.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Luc Desmachelier

Sony says good by to an amazing artist. Bon voyage, ami.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Creating the Anhedonia Logo


This is the animated logo at the end of the new television show, Mr. Sunshine. Think "Sit, Ubu. Sit." or "Bad Robot!!" You can see it better quality at

A few months ago I got a call from my friend Matt Davis asking if I would maybe, possibly be somewhat interested in considering working on a logo like that for Matthew Perry. I jumped at the chance. The company is called Anhedonia Productions, and you're probably wondering what in the world "Anhedonia" means. It's the inability to experience pleasurable emotions from normally pleasurable life events. A pretty crappy situation, but comedy goldmine.

I worked with Andy Erekson and Marcelo Vignali (and his daughter) to come up with a list of 50 ideas of what this logo could be within the theme that Perry had already set up. I boarded out 7 of those ideas and created 3 animated beta tests. Here are some of my favorites...

For exploration:
Face on Jumbotron
Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center
Birth of a child
Bear Attack
Jack in the box
looking at the Mona Lisa

Storyboarded Ideas:

Animation Tests:




I took all that stuff into a meeting with Matthew Perry. It was one of the few celebrity encounters that I have ever had and it was awesome, I won't deny it. We didn't have much time so I started with the story boarded examples, then the videos, then we went over the list. My original idea was to have a new tag at the end of every episode, and Matthew liked that idea a lot. We were all set for it but when he found out that this would be coming from his own pocket and not the studio's, he reconsidered.

The work on this logo went quickly. I probably spent a total of 10 hours on it is all. I think the fact that it was only 4 seconds long was a perk. I finished everything up and sent off a version to be approved and never heard anything back. I knew that they were running out of time and didn't have the final logo so I contacted them. Ben, the guy I was working with, said that there were no notes back on it, which is good news. I delivered the final version and collected my check. It was a great experience.

You know how normally you start out all excited about a project and when you get into it you start to hate it more and more until you question your own worth not only as an artist but as a human being? That never happened on this project. I completely loved working on this thing and now I'm sitting here wondering how I can get more business like that. If you know anyone who needs an animated logo at the end of a sitcom on network television, be a pal and send 'em my way, will ya? Thanks!