Been a while since I posted random sketchbook drawings. Here’s a few:
Here is a painting I just finished for a fine fellow I met at the first CTN expo in 2009. He is working on a 3D short film called “Ride With Me”. I will post some of the character designs I did in another post. A few sketches for this piece, because that’s always fun:
My good friend Ian Samuels is getting underway with his CalArts senior thesis in Directing. Ian and I have collaborated on numerous projects (including our upcoming children’s book) and he has a terrific imagination. If you can spare even $5 to help support his film it would be much appreciated!
Visit and donate at his Kickstarter page.
And just as a fun tease, here are a couple of designs I did for him early on for this film (they ended up being a little too muppety, and not lobstery enough. Based on that sentence alone, you know this project will be bizarre and entertaining!):
Really excited to be a part of the 20th Anniversary tribute for Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. One of my favorite Burton films, for sure. My piece is a “reimagining” of the famous ice sculpture scene, given a new context. I had no idea how hard scissor hands are to draw.
Happy V-Day from Sugar Plum and Lil Cupcake. (An old friend asked if I wouldn’t mind drawing this for her and it sounded like fun…so I did.) My valentine is out of town, but I will be celebrating by going to see The Decemberists kick off their new tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland! Hope everyone out there has a good day, whether or not they buy into the manufactured Hallmark version of Valentine’s.
So, what was it that made Kabam interested in buying a little casual Facebook game company like WonderHill? Well, I’m not exactly sure, but I think it mostly hinged on our final WonderHill release, Dragons of Atlantis. This was a huge departure for us as a company, as it was a much deeper and more realistic strategy game than anything we had done before. It was a big gamble, but in the end it paid off! Dragons is now one of Kabam’s premier titles. You can play it on Facebook here.
I didn’t spend too much time on Dragons, as I was moved to a new project when we were acquired by Kabam. I did get to design the logo, as well as work on battle reports, store items, and a couple of Facebook ads. I also included a few studies I did for learning dragon anatomy.
This project had some amazing talent on it, including Art Direction by Kate Burgess and gorgeous paintings by Rosie Sullivan. They both helped me out with trying to wrap my head around a more realistic style than I’m used to. Had a great time stretching my artistic limbs…
I’m happy to present my piece for a new ABC book project for Tools for Schools Africa. A while back I was invited to participate by friend and illustrator Mike Boldt. I was intrigued to see that I got the letter “X” and had fun researching xylophones in true Ghanian style. (Did you know that xylophones were invented independently in both Africa and Asia?) All the pieces should eventually show up on the blog Mike has set up. (I love Alina Chau’s piece!)
I don’t usually post too much process stuff, but it might be fun for people to see:
Step 2: This is where I decided to add a background, change the poses a bit, and start tweaking composition so your eye flows in a more circular direction.
2010 is gone! 2011 is here!
One of the more interesting things that happened last year was the acquisition of my employer, WonderHill, by social strategy game giant Kabam. I thought I’d finally post some of my work from WonderHill, from games like GreenSpot, Enchanted Gardens, Harmony Mahjong, Three Hills Solitaire, Fairy Rescue, and Tattoo City.
Hey folks! Just wanted to let you know that I have put up some new prints in my Etsy shop! I’ve also got a sale going right now. Just enter “HOHOHO2010” at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase! Time to get that holiday shopping done…
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