Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I was closing my eyes to try to visualize the scene I'm working on and a figure much cooler than this one came running through my thoughts. I tried to capture it as a drawing but it was too evasive, and this is what I'm left with.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Another Yearbook on it's way

In this digital age, we take thousands of pictures a year - most of them are horrible, but what do we do with them? For the past two years my wife and I put them all together in a "Yearbook" and publish it through Blurb. It's a great way to actually use these pictures that we so generously shoot.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

PJG claims Producer's Choice and Viewer's Choice Awards

Not only did I not expect this, I didn't do anything by way of telling people about the competition to get the votes! To my great luck and support, there was a mass email sent out at work for me about this and I heard of another one going out on BYU's campus telling people to go to the Nicktoons website and vote for the film. And as a result, we won the Viewers Choice. A month ago, Ben, the Producer, and I went to the Nickelodeon Studios for a party. We knew we had won the Producer's Choice Award. But the viewers choice was still up in the air. So thank you wonderful people who took the time to check out the film and who voted for it. Those of you who voted for something else, you should see it again.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Guy a-walkin'

I am SO lucky. I am also very grateful. Sony rocks and I feel overwhelmed by how this is all coming together. Here at the studio, Marcelo Vignali gets some people together and heads over to a local Greek place where they sit down and draw the people around them. I tagged along this time and plan on making it routine. At the end of the sketching session, the group singles out someone just walking by and they all memorize him/her to the best of their ability and then go back to their respective desks to then put it on paper. Then they'll be posted on the Sketchclub blog. Great exercise in memory retention and quick observation. I think this poor guy noticed us all studying him as he walked down the street.

Happy Hallowe'en

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sony Story Artist!!!!

I feel like the luckiest person in the world! Just last Monday I was offered a job with Sony Pictures Animation as a Story Artist! Here's a quick run down of how it happened:

Monday - Sept 8th Blue Sky Studios got my Layout demo reel
Tuesday - Sept 9th I got a call from Blue Sky and a phone interview with the Layout people
Thursday - Sept 11th Blue Sky called with an offer! And it was a really good one! I was very pleased with it. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it was in the industry and I would have been foolish to not go after it. They let me know they were on a pretty tight schedule and needed to get an answer to them by Monday the 15th. I sent out a bunch of emails - one of which was to an recruiter at Sony Pictures Animation with whom I had been in contact. I asked if she knew of anything going on in Sony with Story positions. She emailed me back quickly and the ball was rolling.
Friday - Sept 12th I got a call from this recruiter saying that Sony was interested in interviewing me at their studio on Monday!
Monday - Sept 15th My interviews went better than I expected. I was relaxed, the conversation was great and I thuroughly enjoyed it all. On my way out of the parking garage, the VP of Productions came out and stopped me in my car and told me that I have the job if I want it!!! Want it?! Of course I want it!!! I was on top of the world!

So my family and I are now off to LA to live the dream of a story artist! I can't wait!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Here we go again

It's bound to happen one of these times, right? I keep getting closer. The first time I applied, I was in college, didn't have much to show and they were very polite, but i'm sure they laughed when I left the room. The second time I applied was for the After Effects position. Though I was recommended by the person they were going to hire, someone else was hired before I even got my portfolio in. With the Layout Artist, Pixar actually called me up and flew me out for an interview. That was amazing. Thought they didn't offer me a job, I was that much closer. Now, I'm gearing up for round four! Wish me luck.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My recent venture into water color...

This painting was done in about an hour. I know it's not amazing, but my enthusiasm for watercolor has just been rekindled and this is right at the beginning of the wave. Hopefully things will get a better as I keep practicing. We just got back from a visit to Idaho to visit a friend, and as a thank you for staying at their house, I sat out front and painted the scene before me.

I would also have you know that I did not make the painting from this photograph. The difference in perspective you see is the difference between the naked eye and the focal length of the camera lens. So please don't dock me points for not getting it to look exactly like the photograph that you see. But I was impressed that Marianne was able to get a picture from almost exactly where I sat to do the painting.

I have a lot to learn about painting.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Jonas Boy

This is a portrait of my newest little boy for a gift to my wife for this year's Mother's Day. I know there are many problems, but seeing as how I'm not really a portrait artist, I'm pretty pleased with this. I know if I put in more time, I could iron this out to be a bit more technically accurate. This is about 6 hours of work. Black and White rocks. I don't want to leave out Max, so I'll be posting another portrait of my first born. We'll see how that one turns out.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

May Demo

I have been working on this over the past couple of weeks and I would bet I've put in well over 60 hours working mainly on the Half Pipe Dream, not to mention working out all the little details. The Devil is in the details... Ain't it true.

Anyway, I want to spend more and more time on this thing because it needs so much work. But I have to get it out before I miss an opportunity. There is a trade off, do you sweeten the demo reel - thereby increasing your chances at the golden job? Or do you quick get something together and sent out, before the rad job gets nabbed? It's a toss up.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I have gotten great feedback from people on this little piece and one of the comments was the screen direction issue at the very end. Here is a side by side comparison of the two.

Monday, April 28, 2008

complete with Titles

I am very interested in hearing your critiques. I know that it is standard to just leave a "feel good" comment - ex. "wow, I love it!" "Perfect!" "Don't change a thing! You're amazing, Glenn, and you should work for Pixar!!" Don't hesitate to leave that as well, but if you see something that could be better - let me know. I am using this for a camera-setup portfolio piece and I want it to be nice.

Grazie amici

Sunday, April 27, 2008

full first draft of Half Pipe Dream

Here it is, the entire first draft of this little exercise I've been working on. Like I mentioned before, the idea came from a childhood dream, but I'm using it now to explore camera angles and camera movement. I welcome criticism and approval just the same. Let me know if this is understandable. What works and what doesn't work for you? What is confusing?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Half Pipe Dream rough draft

When I was a little kid, I was really into rollerblades and one night I had a dream that there was a skate park that had a roller coaster roller blade track. That idea has been rattling around in my head since then and I thought that creating it in 3D space might help exercise it out of my life! Plus this is just way cool to look at without the danger what could happen on a track like this.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A smile might be nice

I don't think of myself as an angry person, but I've been noticing that most of my drawings come out with angry eyes and expressions. Maybe its the cool lines that mad eyes make.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Nervous Pooh

This is in honor of my big brother, Scott. You know when you anticipate doing something stressful, like speaking in front of public, you get the butterflies in your stomach? Scott claims that there is also a link to the bowels - that you get nervous poo. This is my birthday present to Scott. Here's to you big brother, thanks for inspiring me!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Marker look

I like the look of those newspaper comics. They make good use of white space, and I wanted to give it a shot.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I just got this really cool new toy and I have to bust it out every now and then. Today, at work, some people were asking about it and this is the result of a quick demonstration of its power. I few weeks ago I saw someone else with this on their desk and, I admit that I was jealous. I told Kristen about it and immediately began trying to figure out some way to justify buying it. Then Kristen went ahead and bought it for me. We'll figure it all out later! :) Just kidding Mom and Dad - we are very responsible people.

Friday, January 25, 2008

my replacement

My son is only 2 1/2 and he's alreadydrawing these amazing pictures. Is this normal, or am I just another overly proud father?
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