Monday, July 15, 2013

GODZILLA Teaser Poster

awesome:



wish i could be @ San Diego Comic Con just for this panel-!

Monday, May 20, 2013

STAR WARS STORYBOARDS

I was pleased to find out that a new book collecting previously unpublished Storyboards from the STAR WARS PREQUEL TRILOGY was being released by LucasFilm.  I hadn't expected that any of this material would ever see the light of day, as Storyboards are often excluded from typical 'Art Of' books.


    Fortunately, our work had a champion in author J. W. Rinzler, who conceived and pushed for this edition. My Story contribution was entirely on EPISODE III, and much of the my artwork fills the last 60 pages of the book-!


  The book is also chock full of great Story material by Iain McCaig, Ed Natividad, Benton Jew, Rodolfo Damaggio, Brian Kalin O'Connell, and more...CHECK IT-!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RAY HARRYHAUSEN - R.I.P.



   So many heroes have been passing away of late, but few have had a more powerful impact on who I am as an artist and designer as the legendary RAY HARRYHAUSEN.  When fans,  students, or colleagues ask me who have had the most influence on my work, Ray usually tops the list.

    It is impossible to SUMMARIZE the scope and depth of Ray's contribution to Filmmaking, Visual Effects, Animation and Storytelling.  His influence was SO pervasive, that it becomes difficult to identify any Filmmakers of the last half century who haven't been impacted by Ray's work.

  Beyond all of his filmic achievements and innovations, it is in his ICONIC Creature Design and Animation that my heart connected with him.  His manifestation of character and pathos in his creations was staggering, and few have matched his delicate touch and sense of wonder.  I asked him once HOW he got so much emotional anguish out of his creatures ( especially in their death throes ), and he stated that he felt that it was only when he put real EMOTION and EMPATHY into his creation that it transformed from merely a 'Monster' to a 'Creature'  In all my life, I'd never considered that distinction...

 I will always have tremendous gratitude that I had the opportunity to meet with him on two occasions ( the first time pictured above ), and to talk to him about our mutual passion.

  I'll miss you Ray.

Monday, April 29, 2013

BLOWN OUT



 Back in the days when I worked in the ILM Art Dept, the phrase "BLOWN OUT" would be used from time to time to describe a particularly cool, awesome, thrilling, or generally over-the-top kind of thing...today's, "BLOWN OUT" nod goes to this WonderCon Promo Reel for the upcoming Kaiju-Robot-Lovefest, PACIFIC RIM-!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

ROGER EBERT R.I.P.

 

 We lost a giant today, the hugely influential Critic and Writer, ROGER EBERT passed away at 70.  I grew up watching Siskel and Ebert review movies on the PBS show SNEAK PREVIEWS as well as subsequent programs, including AT THE MOVIES...and I sort of feel like I've lost a family member.
   I think I always related more to Ebert's take on the films ( Gene tended to be a bit too tightly wound, IMO ),  and I'll never forget the good impression Ebert's rave about EVIL DEAD 2 left on me. I couldn't find that clip online, so I'm posting S&E's review of ALIENS instead, in memoriam.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

KAIJU FOOTPRINTS


I like the feeling of this new still from the upoming Kaiju vs. Robot film, PACIFIC RIM...and it reminds me of one of my faovrite shots from the 1954 classic GOJIRA:


Incidentally, Gareth Edward's remake of GODZILLA started shooting this week in Vancouver, BC....looks like it's going to be an interesting year for GIANT monsters!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RAY BRADBURY R.I.P.


one of the giants of the field has passed on...

  

i still have this paperback copy of DINOSAUR TALES,  probably the most personally influential of Ray Bradbury's collections...i read and reread it over it over and over as a kid, inspired not only by Ray's wonderful writing, ( including the seminal SOUND OF THUNDER ), but by the beautiful illustrations by the likes of  Stout, Steranko and Moebius...




Friday, May 4, 2012

interview on the KARL SHOW! (UPDATED)

UPDATE:  The full KARL SHOW! interview is now posted...check it out HERE

i'll be doing a 2 hour interview (w/ some music, too) with my friend Jason Lamb tonight on his Portland Radio Authority program, THE KARL SHOW! (starring jason) from 8-10om PST...tune in if you can, although i'll understand if you are watching THE AVENGERS instead.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

more NEW MONSTERS







more new MONSTER drawings for EMERALD CITY this weekend

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New MONSTERS







i've done a whole new batch of original MONSTER drawings for EMERALD CITY this weekend, where I'll be exhibiting with my pals TED and JAMIE...hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

more JOHN CARTER artwork








some more early development artwork I did for JOHN CARTER:

Friday, March 16, 2012

go see JOHN CARTER-!


100 years since it was first published, and after a long and tortured road through the Hollywood development system spanning nearly 70 years, JOHN CARTER is finally in theaters. I started working on THIS version over 4 years ago, contributing Visual Development art and Storyboards...

Here's some of my early development artwork of Tharks, Woola, and the White Apes ( you can find some of these and more in the ART OF book )

Go see it!










Tuesday, September 20, 2011

more Kaiju anatomy



i never get tired of Kaiju-related anatomical artwork ( thanks again monsterbrains )

Monday, September 19, 2011

TINTIN meets LOVECRAFT part 2

I just love these fantastic HPL/TINTIN Book Cover Illustrations from artist Murray Groat:








Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TR!CKSTER SYMPOSIA


TICKETS have gone on sale for the TR!CKSTER SYMPOSIA series. These are a series of in depth workshops and discussions taking place during TR!CKSTER. Some amazing talent is lined up, including Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson, Skottie Young, Doug TenNapel, Scott Morse, Jamie Baker and Ted Mathot. As if that wasn't exciting enough, Brian McDonald will be doing a compact version of INVISIBLE INK.

I'm also happy to report that I will be participating in 2 of the SYMPOSIA: "VISUAL STORYTELLING IN COMICS AND FILM", and "WORLD-BUILDING and the IMMACULATE REALITY"





Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SET



My piece for the upcoming TR!CKSTER Project...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

ONE-Benefit Art Auction-THIS SATURDAY



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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MONONOKE HIME (1980)

How cool is this?!!

I had no idea that the great HAYAO MIYAZAKI produced a book in 1980 called MONONOKE HIME. It's a beautiful fable and one can't help but wonder why it wasn't made into a movie..

It's done entirely in loose an vibrant watercolor paintings...bold, elegant and beautiful...


One can certainly see elements of both MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and PRINCESS MONONOKE percolating here, but it is a wildy different story...


What a treat---Enjoy the entire translated book HERE- !