Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Boss Man Brings Home the Gold!

Mandrews brought the Oscar around for a bag-pipe laden victory lap around the studio. The first stop: the Animation Department.

If anyone is wondering: no, we don't all get an Oscar, we just share the one. We place it on a stone plinth and surround it with booby traps and interns.

Alba gu bràth!

32 days...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Imp & The Pimp, Part 9 of 11

Part nine in a series of boards used as a portfolio to apply for a story position at Pixar. Apparently I've been miscounting, so instead of this being part 8 of 10, it's 9 of 11. Enjoy!

Tyrion: "Excellent!"

Tyrion: "The fire hasn't spooked our horses!"

Tyrion: "Now all we have to do is..."

SFX: (Wind)

Tyrion: "Seven hells, the Starks are down there waiting for us!"

Tyrion: "We may have to double back."

Joffrey: "This couldn't possibly get any worse."

Lady of the Night: "EEE!"

Patron: "AHHH!"

Tyrion: "Back to Plan A, then!"

Commoners: "Run! It's become an inferno!"

Barman: "The flames must've reached my Dornish summerwine!"

Tyrion: "So the barman DID have summerwine!"

Joffrey: "This is the worst nameday ever! When we get back to King's Landing, I'm going to have you thrown into the deepest, darkest dungeon!"

Tyrion: "IF, your grace. IF we make it back to King's Landing."

Next Week: Out on a Ledge!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

School's in Session!

You can only imagine the sort of "research" trips we had to do for this one!

34 days...

Happy Birthday, Ethan Karson!

Ethan is a co-worker and fellow member of the Pixar improv troupe, The Improvibles.

It's signed from "Evil" because we have two Austins in The Improvibles, and I happen to be the more nefarious of the two.

34 days...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Life of Calvin


Ang Lee may have won Best Director last night for "Life of Pi," but I'd still much rather see Bill Watterson's take on the material.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chades Challenge LXXVIII: Oscar Contenders

As always, the Chades (Character Design) Challenge is open to anyone who wants to contribute. If you have an Oscar-nominated design of your own, let me know and I'll post your art below. Otherwise, you can join in March 8th for...

Chades Challenge LXXIX: 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Bobby, Everett, and I were talking Nightwing, and I thought it would be fun to take my crack at designing the character.

What would Nightwing's tagline be: "World's Second Greatest Detective" or "The Man Wonder"?

Everett's take:

Bobby's take:

Bobby: "Nightwing IS my favorite character. Messing with a Perez design is sacred ground."

Me: "You're right. How do you improve upon perfection?"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Imp & The Pimp, Part 7 of 10

Lady of the Night: (Screams)

Patron: "Hey!"
 Tyrion: "Oh..."

 Tyrion: "Please, don't mind us!"

Tyrion: "We will be out of your luscious hair momentarily!"

Tyrion: "Excellent!"

Next week: "My Kingdom for a Horse!"

5 days...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Genetic physicist and neurology expert Dr. Casimir Charon worked with LifeCorps Industries, pushing science and technology to their limit in an effort to cure mankind's greatest disease: Death.

After a disastrous failed experiment with his latest invention, the Intrinsic Field Reanimator, Charon gained absolutely no special powers. Still, he thought this was a great excuse to don an outfit and become the supervillain, ABADDON.

5 days...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Color Keys

Here are some color keys for a personal project called CAMP GRIZZLY. This is a rough line up of the six main characters and their "Scooby Doo" color scheme. These colors won't appear in the final art, but it's good to know what the literal daylight colors would be.

Here are the tones as they'll most likely appear in the daylight illustrations. The story takes place in 1979, so I want to incorporate a nostalgic polaroid feel.

The final set are our heroes at night, where most of the store takes place.

I'm sure these colors will vary from image to image, but I can't tell you how helpful it is to finally lockdown a palette to draw from. Highly recommended for anyone in the design phase of their project. Also highly recommended: having a better sense for color than I do. Oi vey!

Stay tuned for more on CAMP GRIZZLY...

6 days...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteor Strikes Russia!

As I'm sure you've heard, a meteor struck Russia today. Most articles are titled "Hundreds Injured in Meteor Explosion in Russia!" I'm looking forward to the articles two weeks from now that read, "Hundreds Gain Superpowers from Meteor Explosion in Russia!"

Based on a character from Everett Downing's 365 Supers blog and half hill giant, half Russian boxer, Nikolai Valuev.

The actual footage is astounding and well worth a look! If this doesn't inspire you to draw and tell stories, I don't know what will!

11 days...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Imp & The Pimp, Part 6 of 10

Part five in a series of boards used as a portfolio to apply for a story position at Pixar.


Joffrey: (whimpering)

Tyrion: "Come, Joffrey!"

 Tyrion: "I believe we've worn out our welcome!"

Stark Soldier: "Not so fast, Imp!"

Tyrion: "You look tired..."

Tyrion: "Here, have a seat!"

Joffrey: "Is this all a..." (hiccup) "...joke to you?!"

Tyrion: "Come now, nephew, I just saved your life!"

Joffrey: "I'm not your nephew, I'm your..." (hiccup) ...King! And you're not saving my life, you're endangering it!"

Patron: "Do you smell something burning?"

Lady of the Night: (screams)

Patron: Hey!

 Tyrion: "And this, young nephew, is where babies come from."

Next Week: "Hot and Brotheled"

11 days...