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.