Thursday, December 16, 2010

Keyboard doodles

Going to kick off that New Year's "post more good AND bad artwork to my blog" resolution early by dumping a few of what I like to call "keyboard sketches".

I keep a pad of paper underneath my keyboard. Anytime I need to open up a scene, load multiple charactes, record a shot, answer my office phone, or do anything that takes some time for the computer to think, I doodle! Most of the doodles are pretty aimless and repetitive since my window to draw can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minuets. I feel like if I didn't have the paper there I would loose my mind.

These are some of the pages in my doodle pad from the last 3 weeks. I couldn't include all of them because some pages included animation thumbnails and we are allowed to post anything production related.

Will post some more another time!


Growth through failure.

A recent string of conversations with my friend Austin has inspired me to revisit my blog and give it the proper attention that I've denied it for years. I create personal artwork all the time that never leaves my desk (or desktop) because I tend to shy away from posting it publicly. The honest truth being that I often don't consider most of what I do to be very good.. which brings me to revisit something else.

I am reminded of the values from a wonderful lesson... to fail everyday.

If there is anything that I have learned to be true it is the importance of not being afraid of failure. It's just too stressful to expect excellence from yourself all the time. I almost lost my mind in college trying to out do myself with every assignment, one after another. Then one day I let it go. I loosened up. I starting allowing myself to make mistakes. Lots of mistakes! I found that my failures were not failure at all, they were lessons that allowed me to make progress at a rate I had never achieved before. I began to welcome failure and embrace the growth that naturally came with it. Success was simply just a side effect of that growth.

My drawings as of late suffer both stylistically and content wise, as if I have been stuck in the same "sketchbook", so to say, since graduating college. I am ready to grow again! Therefore, I'm going to make good on one of my New Year's resolutions early and start posting more personal work to this blog. You'll see it all, the good, the bad, and the downright awful... because without failure there would be no success!

An abandoned illustration of a playful tiger cub?

Much more fail where that came from!


Monday, November 01, 2010

Pencil to Pixel at the Oakland Airport

Hey there y'all!

If any of you are traveling through the SouthWest terminal of the Oakland International Airport any time between now and Feburary of next year, be sure to check out the Pencil to Pixel animation exhibit on display! I as well as Pete Docter, Angus MacLane, Don Crum, Austin Madison and Kevin O'hara all have made a zoetrope for the exhibit.

I have not seen the exhibit myself yet, but below is a photo kindly taken by J. Marshall Pittman.

Here is a link to the Pencil to Pixel exhibit

Here is a link to the Oakland Museum of California

That's all for now!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TS3 Postal Service Ad

Here's another spot that the TS3 promo team did this year!

Friday, May 21, 2010

TS3 Visa Ad

I did a bunch of work for this TS3/Visa joint-partner ad. This was a blast to work on!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TS3/Aflac Spot

I did a small bit of work on this TS3/Aflac spot. Keep an eye peeled for it on TV!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Animation - TS3 Website

Hey y'all,

The new Toy Story 3 website is up and includes a bunch of character spots I animated a few months ago.

Click on the characters and watch them come alive. Enjoy!

Toy Story 3: Explore Characters

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Toy Story 3 International Trailer

Hey guys,

Here's the trailer for Toy Story 3! I'm so blessed to have touched this film.

Be there or be square, June 18th!


Sunday, January 03, 2010

Toy Story 1 & 2 on Blueray

Hey guys,

Toy Story 1 and 2 are now available for pre-order through on Blueray disc. The Blueray combo pack includes the DVD of the film. If you do not have a Blueray player now, but plan on possibly getting one in the future, this is a great way to cover both bases.

The bluerays include director's commentary, studio stories, a sneak peak at Toy Story 3, and each include an all new short "Buzz's Mission Logs", which I had the pleasure of animating on.

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will be released on Blueray on May 18th.