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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lilo and Moana

Black India Ink and water color on water color paper.  
27.9 cm x 21.6 cm (11.00 in. x 8.50 in.)
2016

In this double-Disney-movie-crossing and time-crossing image Moana and her pet pig, Pua meet Lilo and her pet “dog,” Stitch. Inspired by a suggestion offered during one of last year’s “What Shall I Draw Today?” sessions, this unlikely meet up was one of the top nine liked posts on my Instagram @monstregram7.


In it”s creation, I thought that Pua’s abundant cuteness would instantly win over the young Lilo. Meanwhile, alien Stitch turns his destructive impulses on the oar of island princess, Moana. The choice to put Lilo in her hula costume was to help her visually align to Moana’s costume.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Joker of the Club Made for You and Me



Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.  
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
2016

From a suggestion submitted during one of my “What Shall I Draw Today?” sessions, this DC Comics / Disney mash-up was one of the top 9 liked posts on my Instagram, @monstergram7

As some mash-up ideas come to be, this is The Batman villains The Joker and Harley Quinn dressed as Disney’s perennial Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse I’ve drawn more or less in the style of early seasons Batman: The Animated Series animated TV series (1992).

At least Harley’s red, black and white costume could accommodate Minnie’s often seen white polka dots on red motif. With The Joker, he’s pretty much unchanged except for Mickey ears and a tuxedo color close to Mickey’s of the Disney theme parks.


I think these two dressed this way looks like it could have been a visual gag or Easter Egg snuck into an episode.

Hidden Figures


Conceptual drawing
Water color and black India Ink on watercolor paper. 
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
2017

In making this poster for the illustration of my review of Hidden figures, I kept thing as simple as possible by focusing on portraits of the main characters. Circles are always powerful focusing elements and the NASA logo/ insignia is basically a blue circle. Of course, in it’s simplicity, I allow myself to more quickly move on to other things like house cleaning and working on the next art piece.

Link to my 5-point review of Hidden Figures @ That’s Good Spam

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rapunzel: The Usual Morning Line Art

Rapunzel with Pascal
conceptual sketch
Walt Disney Consumer Products
Red pencil and black ink on paper
March 2015

One of my basic responsibilities of a character artist working for Disney Consumer Products, is to create art for licensing. While such art may be custom created for specific pieces of products, more often the character art is conceived, developed and finished as “ready to go” art to be included in style guides, collections of themed art and design elements.

At the start of the process of making style guide art, artists like myself will make as many pieces of conceptual art (commonly called “concepts”) as possible in some given amount of production time. Rarely, do these concepts look like the beautiful, inspiring Artworks presented in “art of” books that celebrate the artistic contributions on beloved animated productions - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Frozen for two examples. Typically, a concept for Consumer Products might be little better than a stick figure gag drawing. A concept might be scribbled flowers in the hands of princess art that already exists. Yes, for the benefit of having more concepts from which to choose, the process sacrifices the crafting of ideas and art.


A close-cropped picture of this Rapunzel concept was one of the top nine liked posts on my Instagram, @monstergram7, in 2016. The composition survived the layered deliberation process and a final, color version is included in a Disney Princess style guide.


As far as developing concepts, I’m thankful to the Tangled filmmakers for the song sequence “When Will My Life Begin” in which Rapunzel sings about and demonstrates about 22 different activities in a series of quick cuts. This is a good list from which to pull answers to the initiating question, “what would (can) Rapunzel do?” The addendum to that question is “… that looks good on a tee-shirt” is often an initial qualifier as what gets into a style guide. 

When Rapunzel sings the line “I’ll play guitar” she strums a power chord on the instrument. However, from just that short scene (in animation a “scene” is what plays between cuts or edited transitions), we reason that Rapunzel is a good guitar player and can play and sing a variety of tunes and performances.


post script: “Line art” for what ever the origins, is generally a drawing consisting of lines without color or gradations of shade. For example, the black printed art in coloring books in line art.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Beauty and the Beast: Bittersweet and Strange

Water color on water color paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
2016
Here’s another 1 of the top 9 liked pieces posted on my Instagram feed, @mosntergram7, a painting commemorating the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the beloved Disney animated feature film, originally posted on Monotonae Nov. 24.

Personally, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of my top 5 favorite of their animated features, and it’s my number 1 if I answer from my gut without internal deliberation. None of the continuity errors or the weaknesses of the young animating crew detract from the essential message of the film, “true beauty is what’s inside.” Plus, Disney was still building on the success of The Little Mermaid (despite The Rescuers Down Under) and it happened to be the right film at the right time for me and my Disneyland friends.

By now I’ve drawn Belle and Beast a lot. I have had the opportunity to do so professionally on Main Street of Disneyland Park, and with Disney Consumer Products. This new piece was done from memory inspired by a moment in the ballroom dance sequence. If any one thing makes this different from my work for product art is the choice to have Belle’s eyes closed. Sure she closes her eyes in the film sequence, but folks on the production side want to hedge their sales bets by establishing a character connection with the consumer/audience with open eyes and better yet eyes directed at the consumer.

As a watercolor painting, the making of this brought memories of my aforementioned time working on Main Street making personalized original character art that were reproduced for wristwatch faces. I still self-describe my efforts with paints as a “colorist” rather than graduating to that of a “painter.”

The logo is included as a mark to signify the anniversary. It’s nothing official and probably would be very different if I spent more time developing it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rogue One

Conceptual poster design
Black India Ink and water color on watercolor paper.
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
2017

Here’s my poster to illustrate my review of the movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on That’s Good Spam, my “bookmark” blog.

Similar to the design conceit for many movie posters, this one features almost exclusively the film’s characters. I attempted to weight the character scales pretty equally, with the primary protagonist, Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones, at the top and centered. All the rest are members of the resistance/rebels if not of the team of the film’s name. I didn’t go far for reference, as I did base all of the character images off of the same one poster used in actual marketing. The vertical, scratchy lines was initially inherent of the fine quill tip ink pen. Rather than going in with solid back areas, I kept the tight hatching liking the overall rough, unfinished appearance as if it contrasted with the sleek polished aesthetic of the film’s galactic empire.

I chose to only reference the galactic empire by the partial Death Star weapon at the top. No Darth Vader. No AT-AT’s. This by no mean signifies that I have planned a contrasting sister poster of Imperial characters. It was entirely a decision of economy.

[link to my review of Rogue One]

[link to That’s Good Spam]


The Nightshade Before Christmas

Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.  
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
2016

This is one of the top nine liked drawings posted on my Instagram @monstergram7, Sally with a jar of deadly night shade.

If you’re a fan of the film in which she appears, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or a fan on Disney film in general then you are probably well aware that Tim Burton not only wrote the story that served as the basis for the stop-motion animated film but created the designs for its characters. His art style is rather sketchy with an almost etching appearance. Some of this were pickup as design cues with raked textures on the sculpted environments, Jack Skellington’s pin-striped suit and Sally’s hair. Rather than copying Tim Burton’s style, I based this drawing on stills from the film and then applied hatching for shade and texture typical of inked comic art. The steps went 1) “I’m going to draw Sally”; 2) find a picture of Sally; 3) draw Sally in pencil; 4) ink Sally including suggest her hair texture with uneven lines. No other agenda than that.


If murderous intent were ever entertaining, then the way Sally continually attempts to execute the end of her mad scientist creator, Doctor Finklestein, is one of the best filmed examples of that. One such plan in the film involved deadly nightshade is a common name for an actual plant. More importantly, the name clearly lets you know that it is poisonous, and that’s perfect comic stuff. And here, Sally is so please to have her little hands on a jar of it.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Moana

conceptual poster design
Black India Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper. 
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
2016

Here’s my poster to serve as the illustration for my review of the movie on my “bookmark” blog That’s Good Spam, as I’ve begun this summer. Despite the fact that monotonae is a nine year old blog and That’s Good Spam is a seven year old blog, it’s taken an Instagram feed with its hunger for daily postings for me to make real my idea to create original illustrations to pair with my ramblings and reviews.

In this image I use the cropping to help hide the weird fish-eye-lens perspective I’ve attempted to draw. Having drawn Moana character art for Disney’s licensed consumer products, I know too well the challenge of drawing Maui’s intricate tattoos. Moana’s sailing outrigger canoe offers its challenges as most vehicles do with their comparative sizes in compositions highlighting characters.

Then there’s Pua the pig. His inclusion in this marketing-aligned mix of characters is not accurate to the film’s final story.

Regarding my Consumer Products work, I’ve yet to see any of it used on actual product. As with the launches of nearly all CGI family films and modern digital printing, most non sculpted products try to make use of the CGI images. The accompanying cel-animation style “drawn” character art may be used for things like “color me” place mats and the basis for enamel cloisonné pins and embroidery. The stylized Mona paintings sported by Disney Store items was created by Disney artist Ricky de Los Angeles.




Monday, November 28, 2016

It Doesn’t Have To Be a Snowman

Here’s a bunch of Frozen themed convention commissions and sketches.

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Long Beach Comic Con, CA
2014

Long Beach Comic Con, CA
2014

Trading Card
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Trading Card
2014

Trading Card
2014

Trading Card
2015
Disney’s animated feature, Frozen, premiered November 2013. At my first comic convention of 2014, Wonder Con, the Frozen characters proved to be popular commission requests. Sure a large part of that can be attributed to the fact that the city of Anaheim is home to Disneyland Resort and is packed with Disneyphiles. Still, Anna, Elsa and Olaf continued to pop up on my commission request lists for the year.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Turns 25

Water color on water color paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast celebrated the 25th anniversary of its premiere theatrical release.