Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Power of Dreams

This year my wife and I attended church on Christmas morning. The eulogy was about the need for man to dream. These are some of my sketches I did to keep my self from falling asleep.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Red Balloon Studies 1-5

"Le Ballon rouge" or The Red Balloon, (1956 French short film written and directed by Albert Lamorisse) is perhaps the greatest short film ever made. I was just a boy in the 70s-80s when I fist saw it in school on 16 mm. Since then I've never forgotten it's message to take care of your friends. To have compassion for animals. To improvise and to think on your feet. To dream and stand up for what you believe in. These are my attempts to understand how each frame charged with symbolism, light, composition and color combine to tell a meaningful story. Cinematographer EDMOND SECHAN must have been influenced by European master painters of the renaissance. I tried to extract and simplify these shots while I had the film on pause. I hope these studies will inspire you to rent this film.

The Red Balloon Studies 6-10


Friday, December 18, 2009


It was like walking through the greatest animation portfolio of all time. Tim Burton is a master story teller and creator of characters. He proves to me that great art needs little more than a pen and paper to communicate it. For those who believe in the power of sketches, and doodles and monsters with eye balls popping out of tentacles this show is it!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Card

This one's a fold out!
8.5" X 25"
(Watercolor, Pen & ink, color pencil, collage)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Huckleberry & Maybe

Commissioned work
Graphite & Charcoal

October 31-November 20th

OK so I finished an entire sketch book in 20 days! Not that I set out to do that but I have to say this is a new personal record for me. I noticed that in just about all my moleskine books I have at least 4-5 pages of the homeless. I'm not sure why I'm so attracted to draw homeless people. Any way click to enlarge. Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lady Bug Comp Journey

I'm trying to get a sense of involvement and sympathy for this little bug by using only 3 values and composition. Enjoy!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Plan it out!

Here are a few thoughts and suggestions in regards to planning your character animation.

Step 1. Have an idea. Search your memory. Your feelings. What do you want to say? Put a message in your art. Make a statement. Take a stand. Have a point of view. How am I gonna go about it with my animation? Play some footage in your mind of how it could be. Replay the footage over and over. DON"T TRY TO RECREATE STUFF THATS BEEN DONE!!!!! Ever. You have your own life, and your own personal experiences that makes up YOU and who YOU are. That's what people want to see. It's your job to get it out of you. Get some fresh air. Turn the computer off. Turn your cell phone off and take the dog out for a walk.

Step 2. Do it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Mouse Funeral

I think a mouse died in my wall some where.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009


Heres a pencil drawing with values that probably could have been pumped up. (Feels kinda grey)
I decided to stop before I killed it. Enjoy!

A random page of Hippos and things,,,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Next up we have a poster for my mechanic! (He's gonna love this and has no idea I'm making it.)
It will be a two color wood cut print. At this point I just want to get the over all feel of the design before I go in and pull out all the details of the figure and machine.

This is Honda's first 4 Stroke production motorcycle the Dream E-type. (1951) How cool is that? This is the great, great, great, great, grand father of all Honda 4 stroke machines. 11, 510 units made in 1951. The following year Honda received the Medal of Honor by the Japanese government for services rendered to the country with the presentation being made by the Emperor. Keeping my eyes peeled on E-bay for this puppy.

And this other page was inspired by a recent camping expedition to North South Lake in the Catskills. Enjoy!