Wednesday, December 29



This is a drawing of my cats-in-law, done as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law, Twilla.

Saturday, December 18

BIG SCARY MONSTER SCRIPTING PROCESS

I've been working really hard to storyboard this project out. Will Sanders and I have been writing this thing for months and months now, it's been difficult being on different sides of the world (he's in Indonesia teaching English), but it's also been a lot of fun. Both a good excuse to set aside blocks of time to talk on Skype with him, and for why it's taking so long. But between both of us working full time, we've almost got a nice short little script put together. This one is going to be titled, "Flying House."

Brief rough synopsis: While babysitting, The Big Scary Monster throws one child's 900-page manuscript onto the roof of their house. To retrieve it, he grows super giant and puts the kids onto the roof, then proceeds to fly it around like an airplane with them on top.

So here is a rough thumbnail of the part with the house flying around, and a more finished storyboard panel.





After getting a copy of the all-words rough script Will Sanders put together, I drew a whole lot of tiny very sketchy little drawings like that first one. I was able to see what worked and what didn't from the written words on the script, and came up with new ideas and jokes. A lot of the jokes that were mostly verbal I found could be done better with little to no dialogue, which is how I hoped it would be.

I put a rough boards script together, e-mailed it off to Indonesia where we talked some more about it. I then spent about two weeks drawing these bigger, more polished boards (in Photoshop w/ my wacom tablet, using only 3 shades of grey and yellow for the monster). I just talked to Will Sanders Thursday night and we came up with fun new ideas, ways to cut it shorter and make it better. So now I'm waiting for his revised draft of the script so I can re-work the boards.

Friday, December 17

BIG SCARY MONSTER CARTOON PRODUCTION ART

I'm working on a Big Scary Monster Cartoon. This short deals with a job he takes babysitting some neighborhood children, Pickles and Bell.

Below is a rough sketch I did of the trio, and my first pass at a 3D rendering.





When I was in LA, the lead designer for Adventure Time, Phil Rynda, said he thought I did a good job with those 3D characters. So that's exciting and positive. His work is some of my favorite.

I have been working with my good friend Will Sanders, currently living in Indonesia, to write this thing. We are almost done with our second draft of the boards. Once we get those down we'll start working on the VO track, and figure out how to animate this thing.

I've never done a for real 3D character animation. Learning new things.

Also been working to revamp this site. New title banner at the top, not so sure about it, except I like that it's new. I plan on writing new stories and organizing them in a nice way. Like chapters somehow. Probably re-editing some of my old favorites and drawing new pictures.