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 I talked a bit about working on this show in my earlier five posts about it (which should be easily findable here on the site). The last two seasons are now on Netflix, which means I can finally show my storyboard revision work from those episodes!
As I mentioned before, my work kind of has an unintentional “tell.” You can usually spot it by the “non-photo blue” underdrawing, unless the director chose to remove it. I’m only including a sample of this new work here with this post. You can find even more in the Harvey Girls Forever! section of my Storyboard Revision portfolio, on the Galleries side of my site.
One fun aspect of these last two seasons was that we got to bring Richie Rich (“The Poor Little Rich Boy”) into the show, as part of our regular cast. With Richie’s resources, that opened up a whole lot more story possibilities, and things got even wilder!
It was a real privilege to be selected to work on this project, as one of the first revisionists they hired. The initial draw for me was getting to revisit these characters I remembered from Harvey Comics, in a form that was slightly updated for modern audiences. But as with anything in animation, that’s only part of what makes for a good experience on a show. I also got to meet and work with some very talented folks, all of whom brought a little of themselves to the project. They all had a part in making this show the unique and special project it was.
Much love and respect always, fellow Harvey Kids!
The day is finally here! Netflix has released season 2 of Harvey Girls Forever! (formerly known as Harvey Street Kids). The kids are running around loose and free!
I’ve been waiting to be able to post some of my board revision work on the show. Due to respecting the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) I originally signed, I was unable to post any of this work until the season came out and I got clearance to post some of it. Which I just received today! I am very happy to be able to finally post this work!
I’m only posting a few scenes here up front. There’s a lot more of them to see over in the Storyboard Revision Portfolio on the Galleries side of my site here.
My board revision work kind of has an unintentional “tell.” You can usually spot it by the “non-photo” blue underdrawing (unless the director chose to remove it). I figure having that there doesn’t hurt, because it shows the animators what the thought process was behind the drawing, and that maybe it might even make for better animation.
I was the first revisionist hired on Harvey Girls, and I got to do a lot of fun, goofy, creative stuff. Despite some of the bumps in the road along the way (every show has them), it was a privilege to be a part of this series. I got to work alongside a whole bunch of real talented and creative folk…some of whom I had worked with on a previous series, others who I met for the first time on this show.
Much love and respect always, to Brendan, Aliki and all my fellow Harvey Kids on the crew! I’m proud of the work we did (and glad I can finally post some of mine)!
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,
I think I’ve mentioned this here before, but my first job in animation was working on X‑Men: The Animated Series. And recently (due to interest expressed by some of my current colleagues at work), I’ve had occasion to dig out the box containing my copies of some of the work I kept from that series. This led to my re-encountering a storyboard sequence I’ve always thought of as “Wolverine down in the Subway.” I thought perhaps it (and the story behind it) might be of interest.
My boss on X‑Men was Producer/Director Larry Houston. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better first boss in animation to teach you the ropes. Larry and Will Meugniot co-directed the first season, but by the time I was hired at the start of the second season, Larry was the one still running with the baton. If you liked the series, Larry deserves a sizable portion of the credit for that. He was a big time comics fan himself, and was committed to doing the absolute best job he could with the time and resources that he’d been given.
To get back to this storyboard sequence, this was part of an episode in which Professor Xavier suffered some kind of psychic schism, and a sort of dark version of his psyche broke loose and was running free, creating problems for the X‑Men. It’s long enough ago now, I forget some of the specifics. Larry found he needed a sort of additional bridging sequence that wasn’t called for in the script, so he set about to create it himself, storyboarding it on the fly. It started off with Wolverine down in the subway, unknowingly encountering this dark version of Prof. X. As Larry boarded the sequence, it kind of grew and took on a life of its own. He couldn’t stop!
When he finally finished, Larry asked me to do the cleanup over his penciled board. The artwork was very clear, but in comic art terms he had what might be considered breakdowns, and I was being asked to embellish them. Fun! And that’s the board sequence I’ve posted here. “Wolverine down in the Subway.” Except for the next-to-last page (122, inked by Frank Squillace, because we were coming up against the deadline), it’s all my embellishment over Larry’s boarding. We were all pretty happy with how the final board here came out!
Like I said last time, I feel the need to occasionally post some things to at least remind people of the fact that storyboard revision is one of the jobs I do. Even if all I have to show for it are some random, scattered panels that I happened to have kept copies of.
Here’s another one from a Care Bears board. The overall story is forgotten now, but in this scene, Cheer Bear (in the foreground, speaking) was in an awkward situation where she felt she had to fib to Harmony Bear (in the background). I kind of liked the way Cheer’s facial expression worked out, which is why I hung onto a copy of this panel.
It’s occurred to me that I have absolutely nothing on my site to represent the fact that one of the jobs I do is storyboard revision. Mainly it’s because it’s a difficult thing to show in a portfolio. At the request of the director, you’re drawing random scattered panels here and there throughout another artist’s finished board. If even that; sometimes you might just be redrawing a portion of a panel or figure. Random panels out of context don’t really show much in the way of narrative skills, which is what boarding is all about.
Nonetheless, it seems to me I should still have some things up here to represent that side of what I do. And occasionally in doing that job, I’ll generate a random, scattered panel that I especially like for some reason, and have hung onto a copy of it. So I figure maybe I should post some of those here from time to time. Why not? It lets people know that it’s part of what I do.
So here’s “random, scattered panel” #1: from Care Bears, it’s their arch-enemy Grizzle. I enjoyed doing a panel with a little attitude, and it’s not often that there’s a call to do lighting effects on a board. Dramatic up-lighting is fun!
There will be more random board panel posts in the future, from time to time.