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Planes

Here are some story panels I did for Disney’s Planes in 2013.  The process for these was to take the 3D character models in Maya, light and render them and create the simple 3D backgrounds. The main portion of this task was combining all the elements and creating a digital painting in Photoshop.  One of the challenges for these was to make sure the planes are always positioned so you can see their mouths -so you can read their expressions.  This task was much easier on Cars as their mouths are right at the front.  With Planes, the long fuselages presented a challenge.

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My Animation Reel

Here is my new animation reel highlighting the work I did at InLight Entertainment.  We did a number of projects for Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon and many others over the eleven years I worked there.

 

 

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ZBrush Portrait Scuplture

OldManPortrait001This is a turntable render of a recent work in progress done in ZBrush.

 

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in Cars 2

 

Recent Work: Life Drawing

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Here is a selection of recent life drawings.  These were done during various workshops with Noah Layne.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Cars 2

 

Some sketches from Cars 2

I did quite a few storyboard drawings for Cars 2 on the Explorer.  Usually I do these kind of illustrations in pencil, but this time I used Flash for the job.  There was a ton of work to do, so keeping the sketches loose and quick was the way to go.

That’s Finn McMissile in the foreground (above).  He was  voiced by Michael Caine -one of my favorite actors.  My father said he went to acting school with him in London.  I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but it makes a good story.

If you like Michael Caine, check out a movie he did in 1981 called The Hand.  Caine plays a comic book artist who loses his drawing hand in a freak accident.  Then Caine loses his mind and starts murdering people…  or is it THE HAND?!?!

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Cars 2

 

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Cars 2 – Models

I built and textured three of the characters for the CARS 2 Explorer title;  Lightning McQueen, Pacer and Sheriff.   Of the three characters I found Sheriff (bottom image) the most difficult to do.  It wasn’t that he was more complicated than the others, it was that I had less reference to go by.  I wound up basing the model on screen grabs from Cars and a toy car I bought of the character.

Here is McQueen with Mater and Finn McMissile (below).  I composed and lit this shot and did the over-painting in Photoshop.

This rendering of the Pacer (below) was never seen in game.  It was part of a group of images sent off to Pixar for approval – which is why the background is so simple.  One thing about creating this model was that originally the model said “Pacer” on it.   There are three Pacer emblems on the car and you can see the one on the hood here.  At one point during the project having the rights to use the name “Pacer” was in dispute, so we were asked to remove the “P”.  So the character was called “Acer” instead.  I did notice when I saw the film, though, that the “P” had returned.

It was a bit of a trip down memory lane modelling this car, as I learned to drive on my mother’s Gremlin (also an AMC car).  The sideview mirrors and door handles were identical on those cars.  I hadn’t thought about those details in ages.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Cars 2

 

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More art from Cars 2

This was one of my favorite scenes to do.  When the staff at Leapfrog saw it they thought it came from Pixar,  so that was a nice compliment.

Here is the rough as rendered in Maya:

And here is the final version after painting:

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Cars 2

 

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