PROFESSIONAL

Pertaining to my labors for THE MAN:

The Boxtrolls

 Posted by on September 26, 2014  Film/TV, PROFESSIONAL
Sep 262014
 
The Boxtrolls

I’ve admired the films of Laika for years, and now I’m pleased to say that I’ve been involved in one; THE BOXTROLLS. From 2008-2012 I worked on this film, and to make this an extra special experience for me, it was directed by my dear friend of many years, Tony Stacchi, and Graham Annabel, a new friend made during this [..read more..]

Apr 182014
 
One Flew Off to CUCKOO’S NEST

July 15, 1986, I left Australia for what I thought would be a 6 month or one year trip at most, but it ended up being an overseas jaunt that lasted the rest of my life. I’d worked in Sydney animation studios since 1982, saving money for a trip to Japan. By mid 1986, I’d got my passport, bought a [..read more..]

3 Little Pigs

 Posted by on August 21, 2011  Drawings, JourneyMan, PROFESSIONAL
Aug 212011
 
3 Little Pigs

Many of the most-fun projects I work on never actually get made, like this one for example. 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 point of view. We learn that he was set-up in the LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD story, [..read more..]

The Cranky Doggy

 Posted by on July 4, 2011  Drawings, JourneyMan, PROFESSIONAL
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 Short Subject [..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 songs to [..read more..]

Jun 132011
 
Ronald Searle's Birthday

I can’t think of any cartoonist that I admire more than the great RONALD SEARLE. Many others feel the same about this superb satirist and stylist, including the 70 PIXAR artists who recently sent him a 91st BIRTHDAY SKETCHBOOK filled with tributes; a project which I was honored (though intimidated) to be included in. It was the one and only [..read more..]

Jun 042011
 
Coming To America

I recently found the drawing that got me my first job here in the USA. These rough character designs of Marty McFly & Doc Brown ultimately landed me an art director job at Colossal Pictures; my favourite company of the many I have worked at. When I faxed this from France 20 years ago, I was working for the Paris [..read more..]

Fish Tank

 Posted by on May 10, 2011  Drawings, JourneyMan, PROFESSIONAL
May 102011
 
Fish Tank

The organising, scanning and collating of old artwork continues… Here’s a FINDING NEMO concept sketch (in gouache and pencil) from early 2000. This was the first time I’d ever worked for Pixar. I was working as a freelance design guy, and worked mostly at home under Ralph Eggleston’s capable supervision. I must have jammed on visdev for a month or [..read more..]

FRIEND!

 Posted by on April 24, 2011  Drawings, Friends, Pin Ups, PROFESSIONAL
Apr 242011
 
FRIEND!

Here’s a BIRTHDAY (21st of April!) CARD for Mr Derek Thompson, honoring the fellow who introduced us many years ago; good old FRANKENSTEIN’s monster. It seems appropriate that my friendship with DEREKMONSTER should have begun on a MONSTER MOVIE. Though that project was never finished, I made many great friends on that crew, Derek being one of them. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [..read more..]

Me and Mr, MISTER JONES

 Posted by on April 20, 2011  Friends, PROFESSIONAL
Apr 202011
 
Me and Mr, MISTER JONES

This charming gouache painting was just given to me by my pal MATT JONES. It may be a GOODBYE present for my departing the story crew we both worked on together, or perhaps it is a SORRY present, to make amends for the incredibly funny good-bye CARD he also did, depicting me in the depths of tawdriness, which was signed [..read more..]

Nov 102010
 
CTN Animation Expo: Table T-05

Here is an AD I made for the PROGRAM GUIDE of the CTN ANIMATION EXPO that I will be exhibiting at next week, (Friday, 19th through Sunday, 21st of November) down in Burbank. This is only the second time that they’ve held this event, and I was at the very first show too, though as an attendee, not as an [..read more..]