Pencil Jockey

1997-2012: Further reflections on my animation career, that I may one day assemble into a book.

WALL-E: VisDev

 Posted by on November 26, 2016  Character design, Drawings, VisDev, Work
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..]

INSIDE OUT

 Posted by on June 10, 2015  Film/TV, Reviews, Work
Jun 102015
 
INSIDE OUT

INSIDE OUT is an unusual film for a big studio to make; it is very ambitious and abstract. I worked on the story team from 2010 to late 2012, and everyone was excited about the idea, but dramatising that idea was at times quite challenging. I finally saw the film at a crew Wrap Party screening last month, [..READ MORE..]

Here Be Monsters

 Posted by on October 10, 2014  Drawings, VisDev
Oct 102014
 
Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters is a book illustrated and written by Alan Snow that inspired the animated film, The Boxtrolls. The book is a rambling grab-bag of fun ideas, seemingly every idea that Alan Snow ever had up till that point. It is a very enjoyable read, but presented a problem to adapt into a 90 minute movie. There [..READ MORE..]

The Boxtrolls

 Posted by on September 26, 2014  Film/TV, Reviews, Work
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 [..READ MORE..]

France Sketches

 Posted by on February 6, 2012  Drawings, Location Sketching, Travel
Feb 062012
 
France Sketches

Last Weekend, Julia and I returned from a fantastic 2-week visit to France. Our first few days in Paris were a blur of activity; sight-seeing, visiting the Musée d’Orsay, and meeting with my old friends from when I worked at Disney Paris (in 1990). Then we got on one of those fancy TGV trains, and spent the next few [..READ MORE..]

NEMO: Sharks

 Posted by on September 17, 2011  Character design, VisDev, Work
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..]

Warthog

 Posted by on August 25, 2011  Drawings, VisDev
Aug 252011
 
Warthog

This old geezer was the crime-boss leader of the 3 thug little pigs from my last post. This was for a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, directed by Phil Robinson, but it never got made.