I’ve been working on more storyboarding. I’m now using a cintiq which allows me to draw right on the screen. I find it easier to shade and build up a rich sketch without spending much more time. These are an assortment, not necessarily connected to one another.
Asian family group.
Passing in by the elevator.
Motivational note in chinese.
Well, shame on me. I make a pretty pitiful blogger. A long time ago (May 2010), I started writing about a project I did back in 2004, and I never even came close to finishing up the entries. The project: The murals for the Tower of Terror in Tokyo, Japan. I shall now post the rest of the pictures.
Romania, Egypt, and Meso America.
The story goes like this… Harrison Hightower was a wealthy Hotel magnet in the early 1900′s. From his home base in New York City, he travels the world looking for rare and strange art objects to bring home and add to his exotic collection. While in Africa, he picks up a voodoo idol that has a curse that comes with it. Once back in his hotel, he boards the elevator with this strange figurine and is never seen again. The elevator crashes into a heap and neither Hightower nor the doll are ever recovered. After many years the Hotel is re-opened and you are invited to take a ride on the same elevator!
This is the back story of the thrill ride, and filling the lobby of the hotel where the guests queue up for the ride, are a number of murals that illustrate the adventures of Hightower as he travels the world collecting his rarities. I painted these murals for this Disney ride venue in Tokyo.
The murals include Africa, Greece, Rome, Meso America, Mesopotamia, Romania, Japan, Easter Island, Egypt, India, and back in New York with a view of the Grand Hightower Hotel. Above are the mural panels for Romania, Egypt and Meso America.
Here it is March already, and I have yet to post something this year. Well it’s about time that I do, right?
Just or kicks… here’s a piece that I started back in 1975. Typical of the stuff I did back then, I was copying, I didn’t finish it, and I used the wrong material.
How about some storyboards from recent work?
Just a smattering, but most of the latest material can’t be shown in it’s entirety for confidentiality reasons.
Line art of princess brushing hair.
Line art of princess by window.
Line art of princess on a grand stairway.
Line drawing of a princess dancing.
A young princess.
Line drawing, whether pen and ink, pencil, or computer software is a challenging art form and can be very beautiful. I learned the finer points while working as a “clean-up” artist at animation studios.
Clean-up animation drawing.
I have been busy on a film project. It is challenging. It has required me to do some historical research, and I enjoy that a lot.
Diagrams add a lot to the storyboard packet.
The events depicted in the film include the story out of the New Testament where Christ calms the tempest on the Sea of Galilee.
Drawing things to appear as if they are in motion is a fun challenge.
Catching the fly ball.
We all recognize what a person looks like when they are moving. A person with arms and legs stretched out in a running posture quickly gives the impression of movement.
Off-balance poses indicate movement.
When the subject does not appear stabilized, balanced, or grounded, movement is suggested.
Tigger and WInnie the Pooh.
Drawings can also suggest that movement has just happened, or that it is just about to occur.
Sometimes I play around with photography as my medium. There are somethings that seem to come across better in photography rather than drawn or illustrated.
Here are some samples of book covers that I designed with film.
My first pass at designing the cover for Lundon's Bridge was to use photographs. They publisher opted instead for an illustration.
This was just practice. There is no such book.
The one photo design that has actually been published. "Be Not Afraid" by Stacey Wardwell, published by Legacy, 2003.