Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picturebooking Podcast with Nick Patton

I recently had the wonderful privilege to speak with the very talented Nick Patton on his Picturebooking Podcast about a few of the most recent books I’ve illustrated.  One of the books we speak in depth about is Monster Trucks, written by the great Anika Denise.  Among other things we also chatted about during the podcast was another recent release of mine 10 Little Ninjas that was written by the fantastic Miranda Paul.  So if you are looking for a fun conversation about illustrating books, design, and visual storytelling, then have a listen and check out the link below:

PictureBooking Podcast

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New term of online character design classes begin this weekend

This weekend marks the beginning of a new term of my online character design classes.  If you are looking to continue to develop you character design skills and are looking for industry professional courses and critiques, check out the links below to the two classes I'm offering this term.  The courses both run for 8 weeks, and the lectures and video demos can be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.  We do have a scheduled 1 hr live Q & Q where we can discuss the topics of the course, industry questions, or more live demo's upon request.  Assignments are also provided with a video recording of draw over notes, so that you can not only receive a critique of your work, but see draw over suggestions of how you can improve and strengthen your design.   So if you are interested in signing up, or are just looking for a little bit more info on these classes, please check the links below.

Character Design for Animation

Character Design for Production

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

10 Little Ninjas

Now in stores and online “10 Little Ninjas” is here!  It’s a new book that I recently illustrated, it’s written by the very talented Miranda Paul.  It was a blast working on this “Ninja” version of a classic story rhyme.  I’ll post some peeks into the book soon, but if you are looking to pick this one up you can find it in a variety of places in stores and online:


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monster Trucks Reviews

A bunch of reviews have been coming in this summer for the book I illustrated "MONSTER TRUCKS" written by Anika Denise.   A few of them are posted below.
★ “It’s a mash-up made in heaven (or maybe hell): ghoulish monsters and larger-than-life vehicles decked out with oversize tires, spikes, and menacing grins. After Denise (Baking Day at Grandma’s) gets introductions out of the way (“Frankentruck is first to arrive./ With a jump of his cables, He’s alive! He’s alive!”), the race is on. The competitors include Vampire Truck, Zombie Truck, and—what’s this?—“a little blue bus looking perky… and cute.” The VW-bus-style newcomer quickly makes short work of the larger, fiercer racers, and a kicker reveals that she’s more than just a pretty fascia. Wragg (Elwood Bigfoot: Friends Wanted!) creates some wicked vehicular hybrids—Ghost Truck fittingly evokes an old Rolls Royce Phantom—and eerie green skies and yellow moonlight set the stage for full-throttle Halloween fun.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“‘MONSTER TRUCKS REV! MONSTER TRUCKS GO!!!’ As a crowd of creepy creatures gathers to watch, five monster trucks—Frankentruck, Werewolf Truck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and Vampire Truck—prepare for a nighttime race. Suddenly, a ‘little blue bus” appears on the track ‘looking perky and cute.’ The larger, meaner trucks smell fresh meat, but after an exciting race, they;re left in her dust. The book goes beyond the simple underdog story, and the very end (‘But HOW did she do it?’) offers a clever Halloween-themed twist. In the energetic rhyming text, exclamation points are plentiful and the action never stops. Vivid colors and textures give the cartoony acrylic and digital illustrations a bold and lively (despite the undead) look.”
–The Horn Book 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kung Fu Panda - Secrets of the Scroll

I had the awesome opportunity a while back to Art Direct a Kung Fu Panda half hour special titled “Secrets of the Scroll” for Dreamworks.  It was directed by the incredible talent Rodolphe Guenoden and was a blast to work on.  I was also lucky to have such an inspiring team of artists working with me : Chris Zibach, Jason Brubaker, Erik Tilmans, Rich Ramazinski, Jason Stoval,Griselda Sastrawinata, Natalie Franscioni-Karp and countless other amazing artists who helped contribute to this awesome special.  Above are just a few of the painting I did for the show, but there are tons more in the special from the artists listed above as there is over 18 min of 2D animation in the special.  KFP Secrets of the Scroll is on Netflix so check it out!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Last weekend for class sign up

Hey Everyone,

If you are looking to build on your character design skills, want to build up your character design / vis dev portfolio, or are looking for some professional feedback and draw overs for your character design work, then have a look at the two online character design classes I'm teaching that start up this weekend.  Both classes focus on different aspects of character design so for a closer look, click the links below.

Character Design for Animation

In character design for animation we focus on the fundamentals of character design, and explore a wide range of assignments that showcase the ways to apply these fundamentals to your work.

Character Design for Production

In character design for production, the class takes you through 8 weeks of professional character design pipeline, so that as we go along week by week, you have a better understanding of what it means to design characters on a professional schedule, and have the work to showcase that understanding.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Character Design for Production

With my online character design classes starting this weekend, I wanted to put a little more info out there about them.  One of the classes I offer is Character Design for Production.  This class is an 8 week course that takes you from beginning to end on the professional production of a character design.  Whether you prefer designing in a more graphic and 2-D style, or are looking to develop a design with more of a 3-D sensibility, this class covers it all.  We focus on the fundamental building blocks of designing characters for production, which is how to make your designs be functional characters for animation.  Each designer starts out with their own concept and story description for their character, and week by week, we take that concept and story through pose sheets, expression sheets, turn arounds, ect.  By taking our design concepts through all the production stages that a professional project requires, we let the design evolve towards the end result, which is a fully functional design that can act / perform on screen.  Each week has a different lecture and demo which focuses on a different aspect of the professional character design pipeline.  And as work is submitted each week, I do draw overs on top of the submitted designs and talk about things we can do to not only improve the said design, but to improve the big picture of the character.  By the end of the course, you'll have 3-4 new spreads for your portfolio that shows you not only have the understanding of designing a character for a professional production, but you also have the work in your portfolio to show it.

For more info on this class, or to register to sign up, click HERE

Monday, July 18, 2016


...very distinguished Yeti

Online Summer Character Design Classes

Hey Everyone,

I'll be teaching 2 online classes this summer for character design.  For those of you who are interested and would like more info on the classes check out the links below:

 Character Design for Animation

Character Design for Production

I'll be posting about these two classes this week leading up to the start of the summer term, and if you want to see some demo sketches from the weekly live Q & A sessions we have during the online course, head over to my tumblr to see more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Book Out Now "Monster Trucks"

Hey Everyone, this week marks the release of a new book I illustrated titled "Monster Trucks."  It's a fun and spooky smash'em up picture book written by the very talented Anika Denise.  If you want a sneak peek of the book, I'll have some pics posted over on my tumblr.  If you are interested in picking up the book you can find it in stores and online:


Barnes & Noble


Tumblr Too

Hey everyone, I've started a tumblr to go along with this blog so if you are on tumblr you can check out my posts and updates there too, check the link below:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Year, New Books

With the new year, comes new projects.  And a few of those projects I have going on this year are the release of a couple new books, one of which is titled 10 Little Ninjas.  Written by Miranda Paul, this book hit's shelves later on this year.  You can Pre-Order the book online here.  I'll post some more previews as the book get's closer to release.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Elwood Doodles

Some early doodles of Elwood and his Birdie friends.  If you want to see more of Elwood, you can pick up the book online at Amazon , Barnes & Noble

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

New Book Out Today

Hey Everyone,

Today is the release day of the latest book I illustrated, "Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends!" Written by the great Jill Esbaum, this is a story about Elwood, who's a big, clumsy, LOUD...and lonely Bigfoot.  It's hard for him to make friends, especially with the tiny, delicate birdies he loves so much.  If you are interested in picking this up, you can find this book at:
Amazon , Barnes & Noble and most places books are sold.

This book was a ton of fun to work on.  It's not often you are given the opportunity to work in the style and subject matter you love most, but in this case I was, and I had a blast from start to finish.  Above is the cover and below is one of my favorite pages.  I'll post more in the next few days.

Friday, August 07, 2015


One of my favorite memories from our time in girls and their macaroons!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mr.Peabody & Sherman

So I know this post is several months late, but I figured there is still a few weeks left in 2014, so I'll post some work that I did for the 2014 release of Mr.Peabody & Sherman.  These are some beat boards I was asked to do several years ago for an earlier version of the movie.  The Art Team and Leadership on the project was great, and so the paintings that you see above is a sample of what I contributed to the show very early on.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears

If you are looking for a great Christams gifts for your little ones, pick up a copy of Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears.  I illustrated this musical spin on the classic Goldi Locks story and it's out everywhere books are sold.  The pictures above are a sneak peak of what you'll find inside. If you want to skip the lines and buy it online, you can find it on amazon HERE

Friday, December 12, 2014

Love my Lady

I was missing my better half the other day while I was at work, so I drew this to keep her close.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Dragons 2 Charity Auction for Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Above is the piece I created for the Dragons 2 Artists Collection Charity Auction.  If you'd like to bid on the piece you can do so HERE

To see the rest of the Pieces that are up for Auction, you can do so HERE

For mor info on the even, read below:

To celebrate DreamWorks Animation's most highly anticipated and visually stunning sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, over 70 artists and employees from DreamWorks Animation Studio contributed their original works to this collection to help support charity. All items were created and curated by the artist and donated to bring awareness of the film and raise money for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The DreamWorks Artist Collection, totaling 114 individual pieces, represent a wide range of sizes and formats and come to us from writers, directors, storyboard artists and employees at every level. This is DreamWorks Animation's first ever original show of this kind and it is now up for auction! The auction will close on Nov. 11th at 12pm PST.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

At the Old Haunted House

Just in time for Halloween is a new book I just finished illustrating.  It's titled "At the Old Haunted House" and was written by Helen Kettman.  It's a spooky book filled with Ghosts and Ghouls and everything the slithers and goes bump in the night.  The pictures above and below are from the book, with the text not included.  You can find it in stores and online HERE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Band Shirt

A few years back, I was asked to create some art for a band t-shirt. They wanted something with a split screen idea, and so we ended up with this idea of 1/2 astronaut, 1/2 alien, in a Jim Flora-ish insipred design. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


A few ASStronauts landing on an Alien Planet.

10" x 15"
Acrylic & Paper Collage

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last Nights Demo

Here is a little Vampire I drew last night as a Photoshop Clean-Up Demo for one of my CGMA Online Character Design Classes. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Flight & Fury

As part of promoting the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, a large collection of Dreamworks Artists are putting together a Gallery Show / Auction next month.  All of the money from the event will be donated to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles  The Gallery will be on dispaly at Gallery Nucleus from June 21st - July 6th, with the opening for the show on Saturday evening, June 21st.

Above is my submission for the show.

Paper Collage / Acrylic
8" x 10"

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mothers Day Painting

This was my mothers day gift to my wife Crystal this past weekend.  It was painted from a recent vacation we took, and there is nothing I love more then seeing our daughter Willow in her arms. 

Pager Collage / Acrylic

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Favorite Friends

This piece was my contribution to the current show "Imaginary Friends" at Gallery Nucleus.  I drew inspiration from the imaginary friends my daughter might have, thinking about them hanging around in her thoughts.

If you are interested in purchasing this piece, you can have a look HERE

Favorite Friends
Acrylic & Paper Collage

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bike Rides

Loving our afternoon bike rides!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day to my Beautiful Girls!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rainy Day

Willow making sure Scout get's his bath

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guinness + Mary Blair + My Wife = Perfection

So I know this is a little off season, but this morning I stumbled upon this piece I made a few years back inspired by a Mary Blair panting and my wife Crystal.  Crystal and I had just spent some time in Ireland, Scotland, & England with some friends drinking as much beer as possible, and my wife's love for Guinness got me inspired.  I knew there was a really great illustration that Mary Blair did of a girl holding a large pitcher of fruit juice, so I thought I'd swap the girl for "My Girl" and the Fruit Juice for a nice Pint of Guinness.  You can find the great Mary Blair original with a google search and you'll see I tried to keep mine as similar in style as hers, with the obvious few tweaks.

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Character Design Class

Hey Everyone, I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a 2nd Character Design Class for the Online Design School CGMA.  This 2nd Class will cover what it takes to work as a Character Designer for a Professional Production.  Click HERE for more info on the Class and how to sign up.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Love My Girls

The Best a Husband & Father could ever have!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Character Design Class -Winter Term Sign Up

Hey Everyone, just wanted to let you know there are only 5 days left till my next class starts. So if you'd like to sign up for my 8 Week online Character Design Class for the Winter term, click HERE for class sign up info.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rise of the Guardians

Several years ago, I was asked to create a few illustrative story murals for each of the main character's for Dreamworks new movie Rise of the Guardians.  Production Designer Patrick Hanenberger had a great idea of establishing each character's background story in the form of a mural.  In doing so we began to not only develop each characters shape and color language, but we had a fun time capturing bits of each characters background story which came from the original story material from William Joyce.  Shown here are just a few of thees mural illustrations I did, you can check out the rest of the murals in the art of book, as well as a few other sketches I did for the film.