Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mr. Blu Bird!


I have always wanted to live on Main Street USA. I love Disney parks. The excitement, the attention to detail, the smell of the water in Pirates of the Caribbean, (you guys know what I'm talking about) I love it all. I also enjoy using Twitter and other forms of social media to follow some of my favorite Disney folk and friends as we discuss all things Disney.

One of my good friends, Rustin Jessen (proper Disney folk) and I have teamed up to create a new social media site based on Disney parks called Mr. Blu Bird! While we can't go into all of the details just yet, we've started sharing some of the character work and background illustrations that will be woven into the website experience.

While we continue work on the site, I thought I would take a moment and share some of the development sketches behind the design of Mr. Blu Bird.

blu_02 After working on several, more complex designs, the final build ended up being much simpler, and easier to manipulate for future poses.

blu_01 An earlier concept had our bird based on a certain mouse.

Here's the final, approved pose. Lots of appeal (at least we think so) and easy to manipulate!


Stay tuned for loads more, and oh, don't forget to download a desktop wallpaper while you wait!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Apperson Prep


Recently, I had the fantastic opportunity to work with the good folks at Apperson to help develop Apperson Prep, a new interactive educational tool for teachers and students. I was brought on to develop a cast of characters for the brand, as well as for a series of animated videos. Along with character design, I was given the responsibility to build background scenes as well as develop a mascot and logo for the Apperson Prep school featured in the animated series. Go Ferrets!

You can see some of my illustrations in action over on the Apperson Prep website.

Over the next few months, I'll be talking about some of my illustration work that went into the designs of the two main characters, Max (the boy) and Marty (the ghost). But for now, you can check out some early, refined development work for these two characters.

REVISED_BOY The early Max was much younger. The final design made Max appear much taller and lankier.

REVISED_GHOST_02 Even early on, I drew the ghost with an addiction to coffee.