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I am an art director / production designer in both feature and television animation. The posts here are a mixture of professional and personal art.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

For the last two years I worked as the art director on this movie, with some very talented people. This is the cover I did for Animation Magazine although I don't think they used it after the disappointing box office performance.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Last year I did some (uncredited) matte paintings for a truly awful Nicholas Cage movie about a ghost or something. Here is one of them

Here is the original film plate

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Here are some screengrabs of my 3d teaser "The Ghosts of Tiverton Place". I worked on this last fall to keep up with my Maya and After Effects skills, and as a creative test. I wanted to make something that created technical problems, but solve them with creative and artistic solutions, rather than throw more technology at it.
The original story itself is narrated by young 12 year old Jonathan Tiverton, who moves with his mother to the gatehouse of Tiverton Mansion, after the death of his soldier father in the Great War. Strange things begin to happen around Jonathan after they arrive. Does it have anything to do with the uncle who invited them to live there? Or is there something much deeper going on?
I'm currently working on more shots for the teaser- to show Jonathan and some of the characters in the movie! Stay tuned...

You can watch "The Ghosts of Tiverton Place"  HERE

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Here is the mysterious Mr. Anubis. He's a supporting character from a long since dead movie project I created with some friends called "The Adventures of Harry Sprinkles".

Monday, 2 March 2015

A background painting I did for my friend David Stodolny's very short animated short. You can watch it right HERE:

Friday, 30 January 2015

I was the art director on "Gnomeo and Juliet" starting back in 2008. I was immensley privileged to work with Karen deJong the production designer, and Kelly Asbury the director of the feature, as well as the great Gary Dunn, who designed all the marvelous characters.
My job was to guide the creation and look of all 3d assets- characters, props, sets, foilage, matte paintings....from the flat page all the way through to final picture, according to Karen's and Kelly's wishes. I also painted some matte paintings, color keys, additional designs and anything else that needed attention.
I directly oversaw all you see below, but keep in mind that many dedicated, hard working people contributed to the content. Unfortuately I am not good at keeping records of my original art and designs after a project, which is why there are mostly only final shots below instead! I seem to do that- and that's a bad thing.

 An example of a color key I painted over the layout screengrab:

...and the final shot: 

                                                    some of my matte painting work...

I remember having quite the discussion with the director Kelly Asbury in a lighting review over the pretend high price of the Terrafirminator. I won and got to keep it at that price- since I also designed it and its website! I never did see that pretend money though.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

I was honoured to direct and art direct a short Simpsons segment about three years ago! I remember the episode involved Bart making an animated film, and attended the Academy Awards Ceremony as a nominee. The other nominee was a "Mixar" film called "Condiments" - this was the segment I did along with a group of super wonderful, talented people at Starz.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Shane Acker's movie: "9". I was lead artist on this project. Almost every shot contained a matte painting, either inside the shot, or "on top" of the shot. The budget was small, so it became an art driven film: We solved the technical problems with creative solutions, planned well, and delivered on time. Although I did all the work you see below, there were many other dedicated people who worked hard to complete the final shots.

Of all the shots in the movie, the one below was by favourite- only because it took me 2 hours to complete- we were so pressed for time. The only 3D part were the two tiny characters and their shadows.

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