Saturday, November 17, 2007

Grossology Development

For a brief stint, between projects, I worked on some development for Nelvana in 2004. This show is now in production. The character designs, they went with, are amazing, I'm not so impressed with the locations. I think the world could've been a lot richer given the proper background design. Most productions believe that locations don't really matter. I guess that's why Hollywood scours the globe and spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on just the right setting for a movie,......but in cartoons, it doesn't really matter!?? Oh well.

Here is the lineup I designed. This is Lab Rat's pet rat. Lab Rat is in charge of analysis and information gathering using the Grossology computer and lab.

This is the exterior of Ringworm Junior Highschool. Ty and Abby, the main characters, are students here by day and Grossology operatives after school.

Here we have the Grossotorium. It houses a holographic imaging device and a large library of gross things. Just what every kid needs.

This is the secret tunnel underground for the secret Grossology complex. This is how they would access the Grossology Lab and Grossotorium.

Here's several versions of the Grossology Lab and computer. For the last version, I was asked to add things around the room to create an environment that looked as if a kid would hang out here.


This is a version of Ty's bedroom at home. I didn't get to Abby's room. I did a drawing for ther house which was a typical suburban street.


I really was involved in developing this concept because I was not sure of the premise of the show and thought that it would need strong characters and good stories to make it interesting. I had even thought of characteristics for Ty, Abby and Lab Rat. I also came up with an idea to separate their secret life with their regular daily life. Nothing I did made it to the series,......it felt like a complete waste of my time and energy. It's too bad.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wayside School Special

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the small crew who put this show together. I was in charge of location development and design. Mark Ackland created the character style. Ricardo Durante was the director and helped with both character development and locations, as well as his other duties. I had a great time working on it. I think it shows.

Here is a rough design of the school. It was used in some promotional material.

Below is Mrs. Jewel's class room, as seen from her point of view. For those of you unfamiliar with the stories by Louis Sachar, the school was original designed as a 30 class horizontal structure. The builder made a mistake and it ended up as a 30 story high structure, with a make shift look. Hence the weird design.

This is a reverse view

This is the teacher's lounge. Where they can hang out and have a soda? I was told to make sure it didn't look like a real bar. Teachers drink....never!

This is the rather confusing cafeteria.

Here are some views of the hallways,....consisting mostly of stairs.


This is Principal Kitswater's office. I never cleaned this up. The paint department proved to be capable of painting from a rough, so thats as far as it got. The painting turned out amazing.

The vertigo inducing stairs, from the main floor up.






Friday, August 03, 2007

Invite For A House Party

I did this graphic of my new home for the house warming invite. Sadly, it's the only new art work I care to post. I'm off on vacation for a week and it couldn't come at a better time. I need the rest. Hopefully more new artwork will follow over the next month or so.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Yin Yang Yo- Season 2

It's been a while since I've added anything new here. I've been busy moving to a new house and working on two shows at once. One of which is YYY. I'm doing preliminary drawings for the board artists. So far, the scripts have made me laugh out loud, several times. That's a good sign. Here's a couple of designs for Coop's house.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sidekick - development

The designs below were done for a series of short 5 min. episodes. It was a project developed by Todd Kaufman and Joey So for Nelvana's Funpack block of shows. There were 5 of them all together to make the series. I worked on the first Sidekick episode briefly. Most of what I did was merely pre-production. The series turned out quit nice.







All the shows for the Funpack block were creator driven shows. Too bad nothing came of it. Not one was picked up as a regular series despite several awesome concepts.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Can't Get Enough Of That.......

I was sifting through some of my drawings the other day. I came across these rough Layouts I did for a freelance job. Take a guess as to what they were for................




In case you're still baffled........they were done for a Sugar Crisp commercial. Man,...it was sweet drawing the Sugar Bear. Unfortunately the cleans are long gone and It doesn't seem like I made any copies. I set up the front gate as a multi-plain truck in. It's too bad the finished commercial lost the flavour of these roughs.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Development - Peep And His Big Wide World

This was a project brought to Red Rover Studios while I worked there. It was a quirky and sweet show. We did some development and then it just lost steam. It wound up at another studio and it looks cheap.............too bad. Here's what could've been.





I would've really liked to see how this project could've turned out. The last drawing shows the characters. They were primary colours. Peep on the far right, was yellow, the duck below the log was blue, and the bird on the left was red. It had a lot more potential than was realized.

Care Bears Movie 2

I was asked to do some designs for the next Care Bears film while working on Wayside School when I was at Nelvana. Here's a couple of locations.......



The film was also CGI, so these are just rough guides for the modeling department. I have not seen the finished film, yet. These were a lot of fun to do, very soft, fluffy and happy......just like me!