Thursday, January 31, 2008


Back in frigid Boston from a great trip out to LA. I met some really great folks and saw some really amazing artwork. Well, I'm back in reality, working on another Ecard for American Greetings. Here's a background design from the project. It makes me want to leave Boston...again.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Phlippe and Pierre...Almost there!

The first installment of Philippe and Pierre is wrapping up! Eight of the nine shorts are done. The website is in the works and should be unveiled Monday February 4th. In the meantime, here's a couple stills from the finished shorts.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hello Los Angeles

I arrived in LA yesterday for a week of meetings at some animation studios and networks. I've been working on a slew of projects for the last three months and now it's time to show some folks out here what I've been up to.

Here's a still from one of the pitch books I created. I provided the layout, characters, and art direction, while the mega-talented Lindsay worked her amazing artistic magic with the background. I should have some time to post more in the coming days...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Al Gore Shout Out

Evan Sussman, my good friend and collaborator grew up in Tennessee. Al Gore was just named TN Man on the Year. Evan's parents read this article about Gore and sent it to him.

Here's cool part:

Flipping open his laptop to an "Ecospot" on Current TV's Web site brought sparkle to his often serious demeanor.

The just-over-2-year-old cable and satellite nonfiction network is rooted in viewer-created content and citizen journalism.

It boasts 51 million paying subscribers and is "aimed at giving a voice to the average person who has not had a way to break into the conversation of democracy on television," said Gore, who is the network's chairman.

He began searching on the computer for the grand winner out of about 3,000 entries in a competition for television ads to educate people on the climate issue.

An animated feature popped up showing a city with smoke pouring from stacks and heavy traffic. Car horns beeped and then an elephant dropped from the sky, squashing a vehicle.

"In 2005, the U.S. released 6.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air," the clip reads, referring to metric tons.

More elephants fall. "That's 1.2 billion elephants," it says. A man looks at the mayhem and then shrugs. An elephant falls on him.

"It's time to stop ignoring the 1.2 billion elephants in the room," the clip ends.

Gore, smiling broadly, chuckles.

"Madison Avenue wouldn't have come up with that," he said.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Alien Advertising

So...As I mentioned a couple posts earlier, I'm working on an animated short with an outer space flair. The short is being sponsored by none other than COSMO COLA. I've been asked to help with their marketing campaign.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Greetings 2008

I was slammed by the flu last week and now I'm recovering to a pile of work. I've been commissioned by the card company, American Greetings to create an animated Ecard. Here are some character designs that I made for the project.