I’ve been pretty excited about my first paid professional art assignment as a left-handed artist. A few months ago, my good friend of many years, Carol Hughes, commissioned me to draw the cover for her latest book, OPERATION SNOWBALL, a fun adventure story based on the fictitious (or perhaps TRUE) adventures of her family dogs, PICKLE AND PEARL. It has been over two years since I’ve been able [READ MORE…]
Director and throbbing lump of man meat.
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…]
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…]
If you have around 50 minutes to spare, please watch this wonderful, wise, profanity-laden presentation, as JOHN STEVENSON (director of KUNG FU PANDA) gives his perspective on the creative process, and how to keep the spark alive as a working commercial artist. As commercial artists, the trick is to find true enthusiasm for doing work that is not our own, [READ MORE…]
A few years ago I was given the chance to design my version of a certain martial arts bear that is currently entertaining audiences in movie theatres across the land. The job was only for two or three days, just until the creative team came to their senses and used the supernaturally talented designer who was already working at [READ MORE…]
This picture shows the partnership between one of my all-time favourite human beings, Mr John Stevenson, and PO, a character designed by one of my all-time favourite artists, Nicolas Marlet. As I write this, John is currently wowing them in Cannes with his new movie, KUNG FU PANDA, which he directed (alongside John Osborne). The look of the movie is [READ MORE…]
When I worked at Colossal Pictures we showed animated series ideas to TV networks every year. One of my pitches was about a marsupial magician called KOALA LUMPUR, who I saw as a tiny, mystical problem solver; a cross between Yoda and Mandrake the magician. His action-hero side kick, named Dr DINGO, was a flea-bitten Indiana Jones in a Goodwill [READ MORE…]