Wow, it's been a while. More to come soon, but for now I just wanted to post up a sketch of a critter inspired by Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal". I love the designs in this movie, and have always been horrified and entranced by the Skeksis, the antagonists of the film. So with a bit of free time the other day I decided to try my hand at creating something similar. I think it's too dinosaur-like and needs to resemble a bird a bit more, but overall I'm happy with the result.
Cute Fairy update: I got my first look at the Fairy animation being incorporated with the live action, and I think it looks great! The glow they put on her gives it a nice kick. I can't wait to seen the finished footage.
I had the good fortune recently to work with Stephen Martin and Kate Mann on their short film Dead Friends. It was one of the films featured in this year's Crazy 8s Film Festival, and I was excited to help them put together the opening credits for their piece. Instead of building everything in Flash this time, I wanted to try something a bit different and decided to try creating builds and backgrounds in Photoshop instead. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but you don't know unless you try, right? Overall I was pretty happy with the outcome. Here are the layouts for the piece:
I am so lucky that I live in the Vancouver area. Despite the fact that I will always love the Prairies, Van has one thing that they don't: Spring. I'm talking an actual, pronounced, April showers bring May flowers (and there are flowers. Lots of them!), green, warm, beautiful, Spring. I think that one of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather here is to visit the celebrated Nitobe Memorial Gardens at the University of British Columbia.
This is one of the best and most authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan. I didn't have a chance to do many sketches this time, so I guess that means I'll have to go back and visit this wonderfully tranquil place again sometime soon. Sigh, such a chore. For now, here's just a small taste.