Monday, June 12, 2017

I am still here...ish

If you're interested (does anybody blog anymore?)... I'm keeping up and posting regularly on Instagram. I'll try to do big benchmark posts still here...
If you're still following me...I do appreciate it


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


With some extra time at work, I was so inspired by the new Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond...that it got me to actually play and have some fun in photoshop...drawing and painting. More to come...


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

More Zootopia VisDev and Production work...

I didn't do a lot of splash pieces, on Zootopia. But this is digging into some of what was done.
From a cancelled scene with Nick at the Hopps family house for dinner

From Hopps bedroom- also never seen in the film. Initial brilliant designs done by Andy Harkness
This was a sparring dummy that Hopps kept in her bedroom.

Color scheme from Hopps bedroom. Production Design by Dave Goetz/ 
with Art direction by 
Matthias Lechner

     Texture reference callouts from Zootopia Police headquarters.. Drawing and design by Matthias
                     Lechner. All our props and environments require this kind of preparation.

A simple but really cute newspaper bin from Little Rodentia. Matthias established a really cute look throughoutthat all departments, design/Look/ modeling worked very hard to preserve. I think we did!!

Trash bin from the city. Note wear and tear and specific examples of what kind of paint and distress.
I think Byron Howard designed the Zootopia logo here. I scratched it up.
                                Dr.Armadillo's walk-in clinic. Cut out of the movie...sadly

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Playing around with style....a couple new things

Playing around with shape and stronger graphic design, limited palette, and texture mainly in the lights. Like a monkey with a gun, also trying some new photoshop brushes.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Zootopia Color Keys/ paintovers.....etc

        Zootopia in so many ways is a groundbreaking movie, from its message in the way we view and judge each other through to its game changing animal animation raising the bar on what is possible. The Lighting team was fantastic, and in most cases  was able to take verbal direction and deliver amazing results.All the other departments also delivered way beyond what we could've hoped or wished for. I'm still happy as a pig in sh*t that I was involved.

I post this in the spirit of showing the thinking process that we had in directing the lighters. Though these are retouched or minorly painted by myself, in all cases
they are under the supervision of Dave Goetz, my friend and colleague (and boss) and Brian Leach- our director of Lighting and Cinematography. My apologies to anyone left out.

Early staging keys  pushing big values and shapes

Look of Picture Tests-painted over already beautiful lit sets but pushing separation of values and silhouettes and atmosphere. Little Rodentia by Diana Zeng, and Tundra Town by Amol Sathe. Minor photoshop painting by yours truly

Color Key for the Manchas goes wild seq. Painted over existing rough lighting

                                                         Very early Jumbaux Pop key

Welcome to Zootopia. Early paintover for color atmosphere and staging. Painted over rough lit shot
by Gina Lawes

                                Painted over a shot by Greg Culp and lighting lead, Diana Zeng

                                      Zootopia police department- lighting lead Gina Lawes

Jumbaux Pop-Lighting lead Mark Siegel

 Homesick Hopps-Light lead: Alex Nijmeh. This was our initial key for how dismal her apartment lighting was after her bad day on the job. The Final lighting is far better than this-which is how you want it!!

                                              FruFru's wedding-lighting lead: Diana Zeng

Another very early paintover, for staging and color. Painted over some very well developed lit keys by one of our lighting leads, Gina Lawes. Mainly adding shadow color, atmosphere, vignette