Saturday, December 24, 2016

First Look at Captain Underpants

Tra-La_la!!! Hey everyone, Entertainment Weekly has posted a first look and interview about the movie I’m Production Designing for Dreamworks.  I’m so excited for you all to see the amazing work that all the talented artists I’ve worked with have done to create this spectacular film.  Thanks to our fantastic Director and Producers this film has been a blast to be a part of, can’t wait for you all to see it June 2nd, 2017.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picturebooking Podcast with Nick Patton

I recently had the wonderful privilege to speak with the very talented Nick Patton on his Picturebooking Podcast about a few of the most recent books I’ve illustrated.  One of the books we speak in depth about is Monster Trucks, written by the great Anika Denise.  Among other things we also chatted about during the podcast was another recent release of mine 10 Little Ninjas that was written by the fantastic Miranda Paul.  So if you are looking for a fun conversation about illustrating books, design, and visual storytelling, then have a listen and check out the link below:

PictureBooking Podcast

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New term of online character design classes begin this weekend

This weekend marks the beginning of a new term of my online character design classes.  If you are looking to continue to develop you character design skills and are looking for industry professional courses and critiques, check out the links below to the two classes I'm offering this term.  The courses both run for 8 weeks, and the lectures and video demos can be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.  We do have a scheduled 1 hr live Q & Q where we can discuss the topics of the course, industry questions, or more live demo's upon request.  Assignments are also provided with a video recording of draw over notes, so that you can not only receive a critique of your work, but see draw over suggestions of how you can improve and strengthen your design.   So if you are interested in signing up, or are just looking for a little bit more info on these classes, please check the links below.

Character Design for Animation

Character Design for Production

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

10 Little Ninjas

Now in stores and online “10 Little Ninjas” is here!  It’s a new book that I recently illustrated, it’s written by the very talented Miranda Paul.  It was a blast working on this “Ninja” version of a classic story rhyme.  I’ll post some peeks into the book soon, but if you are looking to pick this one up you can find it in a variety of places in stores and online:


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monster Trucks Reviews

A bunch of reviews have been coming in this summer for the book I illustrated "MONSTER TRUCKS" written by Anika Denise.   A few of them are posted below.
★ “It’s a mash-up made in heaven (or maybe hell): ghoulish monsters and larger-than-life vehicles decked out with oversize tires, spikes, and menacing grins. After Denise (Baking Day at Grandma’s) gets introductions out of the way (“Frankentruck is first to arrive./ With a jump of his cables, He’s alive! He’s alive!”), the race is on. The competitors include Vampire Truck, Zombie Truck, and—what’s this?—“a little blue bus looking perky… and cute.” The VW-bus-style newcomer quickly makes short work of the larger, fiercer racers, and a kicker reveals that she’s more than just a pretty fascia. Wragg (Elwood Bigfoot: Friends Wanted!) creates some wicked vehicular hybrids—Ghost Truck fittingly evokes an old Rolls Royce Phantom—and eerie green skies and yellow moonlight set the stage for full-throttle Halloween fun.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“‘MONSTER TRUCKS REV! MONSTER TRUCKS GO!!!’ As a crowd of creepy creatures gathers to watch, five monster trucks—Frankentruck, Werewolf Truck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and Vampire Truck—prepare for a nighttime race. Suddenly, a ‘little blue bus” appears on the track ‘looking perky and cute.’ The larger, meaner trucks smell fresh meat, but after an exciting race, they;re left in her dust. The book goes beyond the simple underdog story, and the very end (‘But HOW did she do it?’) offers a clever Halloween-themed twist. In the energetic rhyming text, exclamation points are plentiful and the action never stops. Vivid colors and textures give the cartoony acrylic and digital illustrations a bold and lively (despite the undead) look.”
–The Horn Book 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kung Fu Panda - Secrets of the Scroll

I had the awesome opportunity a while back to Art Direct a Kung Fu Panda half hour special titled “Secrets of the Scroll” for Dreamworks.  It was directed by the incredible talent Rodolphe Guenoden and was a blast to work on.  I was also lucky to have such an inspiring team of artists working with me : Chris Zibach, Jason Brubaker, Erik Tilmans, Rich Ramazinski, Jason Stoval,Griselda Sastrawinata, Natalie Franscioni-Karp and countless other amazing artists who helped contribute to this awesome special.  Above are just a few of the painting I did for the show, but there are tons more in the special from the artists listed above as there is over 18 min of 2D animation in the special.  KFP Secrets of the Scroll is on Netflix so check it out!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Last weekend for class sign up

Hey Everyone,

If you are looking to build on your character design skills, want to build up your character design / vis dev portfolio, or are looking for some professional feedback and draw overs for your character design work, then have a look at the two online character design classes I'm teaching that start up this weekend.  Both classes focus on different aspects of character design so for a closer look, click the links below.

Character Design for Animation

In character design for animation we focus on the fundamentals of character design, and explore a wide range of assignments that showcase the ways to apply these fundamentals to your work.

Character Design for Production

In character design for production, the class takes you through 8 weeks of professional character design pipeline, so that as we go along week by week, you have a better understanding of what it means to design characters on a professional schedule, and have the work to showcase that understanding.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Character Design for Production

With my online character design classes starting this weekend, I wanted to put a little more info out there about them.  One of the classes I offer is Character Design for Production.  This class is an 8 week course that takes you from beginning to end on the professional production of a character design.  Whether you prefer designing in a more graphic and 2-D style, or are looking to develop a design with more of a 3-D sensibility, this class covers it all.  We focus on the fundamental building blocks of designing characters for production, which is how to make your designs be functional characters for animation.  Each designer starts out with their own concept and story description for their character, and week by week, we take that concept and story through pose sheets, expression sheets, turn arounds, ect.  By taking our design concepts through all the production stages that a professional project requires, we let the design evolve towards the end result, which is a fully functional design that can act / perform on screen.  Each week has a different lecture and demo which focuses on a different aspect of the professional character design pipeline.  And as work is submitted each week, I do draw overs on top of the submitted designs and talk about things we can do to not only improve the said design, but to improve the big picture of the character.  By the end of the course, you'll have 3-4 new spreads for your portfolio that shows you not only have the understanding of designing a character for a professional production, but you also have the work in your portfolio to show it.

For more info on this class, or to register to sign up, click HERE

Monday, July 18, 2016


...very distinguished Yeti

Online Summer Character Design Classes

Hey Everyone,

I'll be teaching 2 online classes this summer for character design.  For those of you who are interested and would like more info on the classes check out the links below:

 Character Design for Animation

Character Design for Production

I'll be posting about these two classes this week leading up to the start of the summer term, and if you want to see some demo sketches from the weekly live Q & A sessions we have during the online course, head over to my tumblr to see more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Book Out Now "Monster Trucks"

Hey Everyone, this week marks the release of a new book I illustrated titled "Monster Trucks."  It's a fun and spooky smash'em up picture book written by the very talented Anika Denise.  If you want a sneak peek of the book, I'll have some pics posted over on my tumblr.  If you are interested in picking up the book you can find it in stores and online:


Barnes & Noble


Tumblr Too

Hey everyone, I've started a tumblr to go along with this blog so if you are on tumblr you can check out my posts and updates there too, check the link below:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Year, New Books

With the new year, comes new projects.  And a few of those projects I have going on this year are the release of a couple new books, one of which is titled 10 Little Ninjas.  Written by Miranda Paul, this book hit's shelves later on this year.  You can Pre-Order the book online here.  I'll post some more previews as the book get's closer to release.