Character design

Designing characters for animation and comics is one of my favourite things to do.

Nov 262016
 
WALL-E: VisDev

This is some visual development for WALL-E drawn back in early 2005 while I worked under the great production designer RALPH EGGLESTON in the Pixar ART department, before working in the story department on the same project. In its very earliest incarnation, WALL-E started as an idea developed by PETE DOCTER, but when it went into production the [..READ MORE..]







NEMO: Sharks

 Posted by on September 17, 2011  Character design, Pencil-Jockey, VisDev
Sep 172011
 
NEMO: Sharks

Here are some visual development designs I drew for FINDING NEMO back in 2000, when I was freelancing for the Pixar art department and RALPH EGGLESTON. This was around the time that I began doing artwork in the computer, and in fact this first colour image was one of the first I'd ever finished in Photoshop. The character [..READ MORE..]







3 Little Pigs

 Posted by on August 21, 2011  Character design, Drawings, VisDev
Aug 212011
 
3 Little Pigs

Many of the most-fun projects I work on never actually get made, like this one for example, a very fun project directed by Phil Robinson at Wild Brain in San Francisco. These sketches were done for a re-telling of all the classic FAIRY TALES where the BIG BAD WOLF is the baddie, BUT this time told from his [..READ MORE..]







The Cranky Doggy

 Posted by on July 4, 2011  Character design, Drawings, VisDev
Jul 042011
 
The Cranky Doggy

A fun project I worked on a few years ago was HUBERT's BRAIN; a quirky short CG film produced by Wild Brain (the original, San Francisco branch) and directed by Phil Robinson & Gordon Clark. Starring Peter Falk (Columbo) Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) the film won an Outstanding Achievement in an Animated [..READ MORE..]







Jun 282011
 
Cattlestar Galactica

Many years ago my friend GORDON CLARK hatched an animated project about a bio-dome of cattle lost in outer space. It was called CATTLESTAR GALACTICA. While the Sci-fi set-up is a cross between "LOST IN SPACE", "SILENT RUNNING" and "SPACE 1999", this story would have been largely a musical, with the bufoonish space cowboy singing lots of goofy [..READ MORE..]







NEMO: Fish Tank

 Posted by on May 10, 2011  Character design, Drawings, VisDev
May 102011
 
NEMO: Fish Tank

The organising, scanning and collating of old artwork continues… Here's some FINDING NEMO concept sketches (in gouache and pencil) from early 2000. FINDING NEMO was the first time I'd ever worked for Pixar, as a freelance visual development artist, working mostly at home under RALPH EGGLESTON's capable supervision. I must have jammed on visdev for about 6 months [..READ MORE..]







Rough designs

 Posted by on April 22, 2010  Character design, Drawings, VisDev
Apr 222010
 
Rough designs

Here are some rough designs from a few years ago. This project died pretty soon after the design process began, which happens to most projects I work on in development. What was unusual (but may be the shape of things to come, unfortunately) was that the company went bankrupt before I had even finished the rough drawings.