Friday, May 21, 2010

120 [m ] : South west Animation Conference & Expo

SWACE Banner art
Blue and black pencil on paper

38.1 x 20.32 cm (15.00 inch x 8.00 inch)


Here is a piece of freelance where the assignment was to draw and draw and draw some more for one night. It's also an example of what you can get for $100 and a good story. The catch is this: with the job's initial specifications as the client's only input, I delivered just the drawing with no inking, no coloring and definitely no vector work or fancy Photoshop® layering of elements.

The art was intended for the top banner of the SWACE web site an event celebrating all sorts of animation. The art is intended to reflect that. Most of the characters are intended to represent or be reminiscent some animation character, show, short or style without infringing on those copyrights. In regards to that last part, I may have overstepped that line in a few places.

Without going over the whole piece, of which I haven't even counted the characters, here are some highlights:

- Bunny the Birthday Squirrel in an early WB shorts style (McKimson-ish maybe?).

- Little Tuffy with over-sized mallet in a simple style a la "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy".

- "Time Flyers", a fourteen year old idea featuring time travel in a cardboard box.

- A baby oyster which I used to hide as a signature in occasional Disneyland work.

- Walt Disney.

- Lots of Shmoo-like characters inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's work.

- Cowgirl with giant revolvers. Not a specific character, but just because I wanted to draw a cowgirl with giant revolvers.

- A sky scraper which was a very obtuse reference to the Tom Hanks movie "Big." I think now I should have at least drawn in "Transformer" like arms. No, it has nothing to do with animation. It spilled out in the whole free-association process.


  1. I never got paid for this job. So I really DID do too much for this thing.

  2. Sorry to hear you didn't get paid... :/
    It really is magnificent!
    Especially love the big bird and the alligator