I've known Francesca Natale for 8 years now and I've always wanted to work with her on some of her designs. This is our first collaborative effort together. I love her character design work and chose this as my first pass at one of her characters. This characters shapes were so much fun to work with. I modeled him in Zbrush and Maya, and lit and rendered him in multiple passes with Keyshot 5 and final composite was done in Photoshop. I used this as an exercise to get familiar with Keyshot. Original was rendered at 32 bit colour depth which produced very rich colours. Unfortunately, due to file size I had to compress it to 16bit for posting online and it did loose the richness of 64bit original size.
It's been a few months since my last posting, but I haven't been idle. I've been busy creating artwork for a few of our ongoing projects. Our latest effort has been for this years Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Contest. This is the title character I developed with Mike and John Erskine-Kellie, the writers, for our short film entry "Gogozilla vs. The Airplane". You may recall an earlier version I posted here quite sometime ago. This particular contest is for a much younger demographic of 2-5 year olds. So I modified the original design to make it more suitable for a younger audience.
I've always enjoyed producing characters, whether as a puppetteer, animator or sculptor. One day 3 years ago,I had some free time to record some pig voices. My recording space was highly reflective, but I was able to record my spluttering pigs as best I could. Here's a belated birthday greeting to my friend Audrey. I'll post more soon.
I've been keeping very quite for the past several months, but that doesn't mean I've been idle. For the past 3 years I've been working on personal work, starting with shorts. I performed a number of different roles, from initial story, voice over, concept design, to art direction, and directing.
Along the way, the focus shifted. I got in touch with Mike Erskine-Kellie, who I'd worked with many years ago whilst I still lived in Toronto. Mike's an amazing writer with a tremendous sense of humour, who last I knew at the time, had been doing live theatre performances. I was thrilled to hear back from him, but was more than happy to hear that he had been writing professionally for a number of years. Not just any writing though, he was writing animation scripts and had worked for a lot of companies I'd known of for years. Studios local to Vancouver such as Studio B, Nerd Corps, and Bardel, and international studios like PBS and Disney. Needless to say his body of work was impressive and it was just what I was looking for.
So after a few skype sessions Mike and I started working together to flesh out the work I'd been doing. We retooled the last short I'd been working on called "A Night at the Slop" and ultimately decided it needed a complete re write and whilst we were at it a complete over haul of what we were going to do together moving forward. So our partnership started. We now have a lineup of several IP's (Intellectual Properties), in various levels of development. I'm very pleased to announce that one of those properties has now been optioned by Thunderbird Films. I'm referring to our adult TV series "Big City Pig", which I have been posting concepts of for several months now. I will be providing more details as we move forward with this exciting project. Here again is our protagonist Arnold Schnitzel..........
I've been quite busy lately and haven't posted anything in a while. Moving can take it's toll on my creativity. I finally had some time today to do a sketch in Zbrush. I've always liked characters with horns. I'll be adding more in the next few days.