Friday, October 28, 2016

Merry Munster Halloween!

Hope all you boys and ghouls have a spooktacular weekend, and a Merry Munster Halloween!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings is such a beautiful film. One could write thorough and layered essays about the wonderful thematic and cinematic devices at play in this film (uncommon for animation.) My favorite things about it: the breadth given for a sweeping score, the nonverbal storytelling, the meticulous details, the melancholic and earnest tone, the dynamic range of light and dark, the grit and stakes, and the sense of magic. There is an almost Life of Pi-esque blurring of metaphor and reality as a coping mechanism for the tragedies that befall the protagonist, and a compelling play at where truth, memories, and dreams overlap. This is one of the most rewarding American animated films to come along in a very long time. It’s a commendable progression from where Walt Disney left off with films such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi. Can’t wait to see it a third time.

Sunday, August 14, 2016


Wind down sketch tonight - cleaned up an old drawing from my 2008 sketchbook.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Tamatoa Tribute Sketch

My very last scene published on Moana turned out unexpectedly to be one of my favorite character animation assignments of my career. Tamatoa, the kong-sized coconut crab, is a dastardly decapod performed brilliantly and fiendishly by Jemaine Clement from "Flight of the Conchords". This character is a perfect exploitation of the physical possibilities of the animation medium, Disney appeal, and the elaborate grotesque detail of CGI. Here's my tribute sketch to Tamatoa!

Friday, June 10, 2016

"Zootopia" Animation Reel

Scenes I contributed animation to in Disney's Zootopia.

© Walt Disney Animation Studios

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lannister Family Portrait

Celebrating the debut of Season 6, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones with this take on the loving, loathing Lannisters.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Jungle Book

Was inspired to draw the 1967 The Jungle Book villains with influences from the terrific new Jon Favreau film.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

RedLetterMedia Caricatures

Tribute piece to Milwaukee's own RedLetterMedia, known for their scathingly entertaining movie reviews.

Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, Jack Packard, and Rich Evans.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Disney Caricature Show 2016 - Last Call!

John Musker and Ron Clements, our wonderful directors and two of the most-caricatured artists at the Disney studio over the years. I drew them how I often experience them: in passing and in a hurry to their next Moana production meeting.

Animation industry celebrity couple Boris Maras and Amanda Zima.

Maisie Williams Caricature

The lovely Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) from Game of Thrones.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Disney Caricature Show 2016 Revenge Board

Three Disney animators generously drew me for the 2016 Disney Animation Caricature Show. These are my retaliation drawings for the Revenge Board.

Michael Woodside (and Jack)

Allen Ostergar IV

Andrew Ford

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hook and Tinkerbell

Hook and Tinkerbell illustration for part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation request in Minneapolis.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Zootopia Interview

Spanish-translated morning interview I gave at our hotel in Santiago, Chile about Disney Animation and Zootopia.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Zootopia" Crew Caricatures

While playing around with the awesome Photoshop brushes by Shiyoon Kim, I drew some caricatures of my colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Our Zootopia directors - Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Rich Moore. Incidentally, our crew wrap party is tomorrow! Cheers to these talented and immensely hardworking filmmakers who brought together this wonderful film.

Our wonderful lead actors, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman!

Our animation leadership (the Zoopervisors!) - Jennifer Hager, Chad Sellers, Nathan Engelhardt, Bobby Huth, Kira Lehtomaki, Renato Dos Anjos, Tony Smeed, and Jim Hasman.

The roughest, toughest critter, never known to be a quitter! Zach Parrish, fastest animator on Zootopia and head of animation on Big Hero 6.

Unflappable Minnesotan Kaileen Kraemer is always helping animators out of jams when it comes to technical difficulties. She has a heart as big as her hair!

Waiting for lunch at Disney's Tujunga studio food trucks with animator Abe Aguilar.

Hilarious and awesome animator Alex Snow!

Dave Sandwich - three Davids, one small corner of the animation department (Hardin, Lisbe, and Stodolny.)

Ice skating with animator Riannon Delanoy during production.

Justin Sklar, one of my favorite animators / personalities at the Disney studio. We began as trainees together in 2011.

Our animation production support - Mariel Song, Nicholas Ellingsworth, Sarah Kambara, and Mary Howie.

Monday, January 11, 2016

"The Brave Locomotive" Two-Page Spread

Sample two-page spread from my children's book The Brave Locomotive, to be released fall 2016. Stay tuned! :)

"Zootopia" International Trailer

Stills from scenes I animated in the new international trailer for Disney's Zootopia. Bun means business!

"Zootopia" Trailer

Stills from scenes I animated in the new trailer for Disney's Zootopia. I am thrilled to have been a part of this movie!

And from USA Today, here is a screenshot of Judy, Bonnie and Stu Hopps from another scene I animated.

"Monument" Poster

A piece of development art for a personal project.