So there’s this thing, and I guess all the cool kids are doing it over on the Twitters and the Instagrams. It’s called “Art Vs. Artist.” You put some of your work together in this format, along with a picture of yourself in the center. It seemed like something that might be sorta fun to take a crack at, so here we go!
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what all the rules are (if there are any), so I’m probably breaking some of them. I did get the idea that this was supposed to center around faces, so there’s at least that. Some of these samples are more recent and others slightly older. At the moment, I feel like this works pretty well. If I were to attempt this again tomorrow, it’s possible I could pick a few other images.
I feel like I might be breaking one of the rules with my photo in the center. It’s (obviously) not a current selfie. Not by a long shot! That’s a 12 year-old me, on my birthday. If you could see more of the picture, you’d see I was attempting to paint a picture (using oils) of the USS Enterprise firing on a Klingon ship. Why that photo? I figure: don’t we all start someplace like that as artists? Everything else flows from that.
So it occurs to me it’s been awhile since I posted any of my storyboard revision work. As I’ve said before, the difficulty with that kind of work is that you’re generally just adding bits and pieces here and there. But I’ve got a couple samples of scenes from the show Dawn of the Croods that I worked on for DreamWorks. You can kind of spot my work by the non-photo blue underdrawing.
One of the things that I’ve found over my time in animation is that every so often you have those projects that stand out…in a good way! They are special. You have a blast working on them and realize, “Ohh! This is why I got into animation!” Dawn of the Croods was one of those for me!
Part of it was definitely the material. It was so much fun getting to do some of the outright goofy things we did. I loved making contributions to the characters’ acting. But the other part of it was the people. We had a really great bunch of people on that show! It was such a good experience, all the way around.
To my Croods Croo: all the best! Love and respect always,