Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Website Mascot Design

I was recently commissioned to design a character to be the mascot for a website business. The idea was to use the character to visually represent five different pages on the site: Contact/How to Find Us, Security/Log In, What to Bring, Greeting/Intro, and Sign Up.

We began developing the character with several different sketches, narrowing it down to three options, and then chose one to use for the final illustrations. The goal for the mascot was to have him be something of a nerd (but cool at the same time), 20-something years old, and dressed casually. Some initial sketches below:

Two of the contestants who moved on to the 2nd round:

The final illustrations:

Bonus! A bit of the process below as a nifty animated GIF. :)


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Funny Phobias Animation


I would formally like to present to you my first stab at traditional animation!

It's running only at 15 fps - largely because the project was a fairly quick turnaround from initial sketches to final product (about 2 weeks). So for those of you keeping score at home, that's roughly around 1,000 drawings if you minus out the time text is on the screen.

Thanks again to the guys over at the creative department at Elevation!


Funny Phobias from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Graysen Green Dress

Earlier this year, I was approached by a couple named Frank and Jessica Bealer to work on their children's book "Graysen Green Dress Tries a Pink Dress" - a cute father-daughter story with a heartfelt military family slant. So for the months of May, June, and July, we worked together to hammer out the layout process and illustrations for the book, and released it July 31st!

Currently, the book is available only for the iPad and Kindle, but we're hoping to have a physical copy published sometime in the future! Below are some images from the making of the book as well as a few of the finished illustrations you'll see in the final.

An early version of the storyboard laid out.

Rough sketches to flesh out the storyboards further.

Graysen's green pajamas.

Finished drawing for the illustration below.

Shopping for the pink dress.

Graysen and her father.

I'd like to thank the Bealers for the opportunity to work on such a great story, and also to everyone else for supporting those of us who tell stories!

Again, the book is currently available in digital format on Amazon!