Art From “Splurgle!”

Here are some illustrations I created for  a project called “Splurgle!”  This Leapfrog game features a raindrop named Splurgle, who needs to navigate his way through a series of pipes to get back to his lake.  My part in this project was to illustrate a series of panels that would explain ideas like volume and the processes of condensation, evaporation and freezing as Splurgle would need to change states to get through the pipes.

The idea was to create illustrations that looked like they were being shown in a classroom – as if there was a film projector showing the film on a screen.  I decided to make the illustrations look something like what you might see in those UPA Cartoons from the 1950s (this was the studio that created Mr. Magoo among many others).

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I made a set of twenty-three of these in about two days.  Usually, I am called upon to do more detailed and demanding work that takes a long time to do, but this was refreshing to make something more simple and with obvious imperfections like the wonky hand drawn letters and off-register colours.

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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?!?!