John Hays

Jan 282015
Phil Robinson

A beloved longtime member of the Bay Area animation community, has finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer after battling it bravely for over 3 years. Phil Robinson will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jennifer, and his many friends from around the world, me amongst them. Phil came to the Bay Area in the early 1980s but I first met [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 in 1990, I was working for the Paris Disney [READ MORE…]

Rough designs

 Posted by on April 22, 2010  Character design, Drawings, VisDev  Tagged with: ,
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.

The Baddie

 Posted by on June 13, 2008  Character design, Drawings, VisDev  Tagged with: ,
Jun 132008
The Baddie

Here is my take on “the baddie” in a project I worked on recently. The job died almost as soon as I delivered the artwork… which was a bunch of character studies; both B/W sketches and a few colour pics like this one. 90% of such jobs tend to die on the operating table.

Effective Detectives

 Posted by on October 14, 2007  Character design, Reading, VisDev  Tagged with:
Oct 142007
Effective Detectives

This is a design I drew years ago (in markers pencil and gouache) for a story idea, created by John Hays, about a weirdo San Francisco detective. The project was called THE DICK. It also illustrates my most recent reading obsession; detectives; hard boiled, soft boiled and scrambled. This fascination came to me by way of the informal paperback exchange [READ MORE…]