Monday, January 4, 2021

Katrina Von Kapital Character Design - The Brave Locomotive

A minor character in The Brave Locomotive, Katrina Von Kapital is the railroad Baron's beloved daughter and heiress. She mingles among a group of wealthy railroad investors eager for the Baron to deliver on his promise of a big future. Despite having a small role, Katrina is supportive of her father at every pivotal moment.

Her character design is an evolution of the original take on Henry's loving wife, Scarlet (back when Henry was romantically connected to the boss's daughter.) Putting her in the Baron's entourage was a fun opportunity to bring this version of the character back in a slightly new way.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Foreman and the Bounty Hunter Character Design - The Brave Locomotive

Since 2020 was a villainous year, here are the two most villainous characters in The Brave Locomotive - the Foreman and the Bounty Hunter. 

The burly Foreman runs the lumber yard where old locomotives are reassigned and worked to death. The austere Bounty Hunter keeps watch for runaways. The Foreman is being animated by the talented Sam Cabanac, and the Bounty Hunter is being animated by the talented Ole Loken. 

Many thanks to Kazimir Iskander for exploring ideas that helped me arrive at these final designs.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Railroad Baron Character Design - The Brave Locomotive

My final character design for the railroad baron in The Brave Locomotive. His main scenes are being animated by the brilliant Maƫl Gourmelen! Huge thanks to my good friends B.J. Crawford and Dale Baer for their notes and explorations on this character!

Thank you to everyone supporting our crew on Patreon!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Scarlet Character Design - The Brave Locomotive

My character design for Scarlet, the engineer's spouse, in The Brave Locomotive. All of her scenes are being handled by the talented Slaven Reese!

Thank you to everyone supporting our crew on Patreon!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Happy Animaniacs Day!

Happy Animaniacs Day! Congratulations to Scott O'Brien, Genevieve Tsai, Gabe Swarr and the whole team on the release! Two and a half years ago I made this concept art for a deleted sketch about a windy politician. Thanks for letting me be a small part of the process!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Momala and Uncle Joe

Decency. Democracy. Diversity.
Dancing. Dad joke energy. Dental goals. Day of relief...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

"The Brave Locomotive" - Patreon

Pleased to announce the launch of the Patreon page for my musical short film The Brave Locomotive

I am producing the remaining four and a half minutes of the six-minute short as a grassroots independent. All support of this project will go directly to the incredible animators, painters, CG artists and musicians who are helping me complete the film. 

I love old-school animation, trains, musical storytelling, and the magic of combining the talents of many people together. As I like to tell fans of the teaser I released online in 2015: instead of building a model railroad in my garage, I am making an ambitious animated short about railroads with some of my favorite artists.