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