Thursday, April 26, 2018

Matty the Flying Boy



















Inspired by Matty- a young man I met last September for a brief moment while on a flight back from Vancouver. I'm still not 110% where this concept is going to go just yet but I still fondly remember how smart, savvy and mature-beyond-his-years Matty was on the flight. He's one of those magical kids that's just being raised right and gives me hope for the future.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

People at the airport




















Always one of my favorite subjects to draw. Every time I travel I always take the sketchbook with me and the people that appear at the airport are always a great subject matter to draw. One sees all kinds! It's also a great place to see all walks of life and from all sorts of cultures.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Travelocity TV spot










Thanks to Former Co, I had the opportunity to work on doing the shooting boards for a recent Travelocity TV spot for gnome staring https://vimeo.com/253624537


Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Ford Mustang Bullitt













Just recently I was tasked to help on the launch of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt. The spot was used in the launch at the North American International Auto Show (affectionately known as "Auto Prom" to the locals here). It featured Molly McQueen, Steve McQueen's grand daughter reprising her grandfather's famous driving scene in the iconic 1968 movie. Instead of the streets of San Francisco, it was a take on the Mustang taking on the notorious Dodge Charger in a parking deck for the last spot. Over 110 shooting frames went into the presentation to figure out the complex shots.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

15 years ago












It's hard to fathom that fifteen years ago I got the call to do the storyboards for Eminem's "Lose Yourself" video. It was an overnight project and I had to meet them downtown to get the premise of the video. Notes were taken fast and furious and the boards had to be assembled for the next day. I don't recall if I had to pull an all-nighter for it but I'm sure it was a late nighter at the very least.

The video eventually wound up winning a Grammy as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It's Eminem's most successful commercial release to date.

From that video, I ended up doing a few more of his video projects as well as some members of his crew. They've always been professionals about things and a breeze to work for.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

That one job...













I've worked on numerous projects over the years that have gone absolutely nowhere. Whether it be for a lack of budget, a client changes their mind, a new direction or whatever- I realize that it's a part of the creative process and a part of the business I've grown to accept over the years.

But if ever there was a project I had hoped would fly would've been this one where I would've had to come up with a series of abominable snowmen/ yetis and Chevy trucks. That would've been so much fun! I recall doing this as a sample for the project... only to have it dropped for whatever reason. It happens. I was bummed but being the forever optimist I knew there were other fun projects down the pipe. Maybe not as fun as this one could've been but one never knows what's around the bend.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Elementary school prodigies




















Thinking back to elementary school, there was always one child prodigy in one form or another. I was always the art kid. It was easy for me. I could just quietly do my work, show it, and pretty much hide behind it or even run away from it if I wanted to. But for the ones that got chosen because of musical or vocal ability, they had to have the raw nerves and skills to stand in that auditorium with all eyes on them as they performed. Bravo to them for all of their talents and courage.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Old school wrestling




















During the early 1970's I used to watch Big Time Wrestling on TV. They were broadcast from one of the local arenas. This was long before the glitz, glamour and theater that modern day wrestling is now. Some of those guys were the stars that I found out made a decent living by doing a circuit of nearby cities. But then there were the other guys who would don a mask who were nearly guaranteed to lose. I'm sure some rose up the ranks and made some fame but some of those guys probably went back to their day jobs as auto mechanics, butchers or some other mundane day job.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More tighter work/ interiors
















For some reason as of late- and not that I'm complaining, there has been a small rush on doing a bunch of tighter interiors. No big deal, but it does take a little more time and it just makes me thankful for having had those drafting and architectural classes in high school. Those skills come back to save my bacon years down the road.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Football season around the corner




















In a few short months it'll be full-on football season- from Pop Warner to the NFL. I've always had a fascination for drawing this sport. Maybe it's that football is generally made up of such unique characters. Wide receivers are long, angular and are gazelles. The offensive and defensive linemen are behemoths. The coaches vary from men wearing hats to slobs wearing sweats. The fans are by far the most rabid of any sport as based upon the amount of money this sport generates, the amount of discussion on sports talk radio, fantasy leagues, and just the weekly rituals to watch a few hours of this unique game. It's a wonderful muse.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Drivers' license caricature




















This was a caricature based off of a horrendous drivers' license photo. I couldn't resist the temptation to make fun of the photographs taken with those cameras. There's something about those cameras at the Department of Motor Vehicles that just mangles a person's features which can range from pulpy skin tones, multiple chins, bad hair, etc.. I get that the person behind the camera is no Avedon or acclaimed photographer but they've just never been kind to the applicants.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Laughs & giggles




















It's that crunch time at school right now. The semester's quickly drawing to a close. Soon-to-be graduates are scrambling to finish strong and land their first gigs. Their senior shows are also in the mix and the Juniors are scrambling to find an internship. Everyone is in a tizzy on the campus as the deadlines approach- but rather than panic, I'm gonna laugh my way through it.

Big chunky Faber Castell brush marker with some tweaks of the Pilot SCA-UF marker.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Big Moves




















We just had some neighbors move down south this morning. Sure, the weather up here this last week was miserable but like most Michiganders- we're always looking forward to the next season. But I can't imagine picking up sticks at this time of year and having to set up new roots at a new location any time soon. We can only wish them the very best and hope they find what they're looking for down there- and hopefully it's not just because of the climate.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jane




















My friends' daughter, Jane whom I call affectionately "Stringbean".

Friday, February 24, 2017

Young politicians




















In the post election dust-up, it seems as though there will be more young people stepping forward (which is a good thing) to take charge and play an active role in future politics. At the grassroots level, it has to be thankless and even painful- but I couldn't help but try to capture some of that youthful exuberance and naivete.