Pixar Toy Story that Time Forgot : Dream Elder Sculpt


Here is one of the few sculpts I've had the opportunity to do at Pixar. Sometimes it's easier to figure something out in 3-dimensions than sketching on paper. The Dream Elder is a cosmic being that acts as a source of wisdom and eternal knowledge for the Battlesaurs. This is just one form of Dream Elder but there are many.  The final design is a combination of the sculpt, sketches done by myself and story head Derek Thompson and of course the modeler. Team effort always.


Pixar Toy Story of Terror : Ron Design (Sleepwell Manager)

Here is some of the work that went into Ron's design. We tried some other takes that were too creepy and called too much attention to themselves. We knew Ron would be revealed as the villain, so we couldn't tip our hat too early. He had to be fairly innocuous and almost forgettable visually. He's like one of those great character actors in film. You don't notice him until the director wants you to.


Pixar Toy Story of Terror : Transitron Design

Here is some of the work that went into the creation of Transitron for last years special Toy Story of Terror. Myself and Director Angus Maclane are both huge robot fans. This assignment was a dream come true for me. An Homage to all forms of 70's Japanese robot designs and diecast toys.

The design had to be functional because Transitron transforms on screen. I worked out all the mechanics to a sufficient level, of course if this were a real toy, it would need far more engineering work.


Studio Trigger at Pixar

Meant to post this sooner but alas life. Mark Fujita brought it back from the grave and breathed life into this piece with his wonderful editorial efforts.

We spent an afternoon with President/Co-Founder of Studio Trigger Masahiko Otsuka and Tatsuru Tatemoto, who have both become friends.

It's not the first time they've visited. You can find an earlier post I made about Otsuka-san's visit when he was still a part of Gainax.

There are some interesting bits in this Q and A about animation budgets and also some things you might have already heard in other interviews.



Project Ideas

I stop and start things all the time. Flashes of ideas pop in and then life quickly pulls them away from me. Haha.

What if early settlers/pilgrims never made it to their destination but instead landed on a mysterious island??  This is Poppa, fast asleep under a tree.


Gesture Drawing at Pixar

Hoping to post more sketches from the Gesture sessions at lunch. If you've never tried it, take a dull/blunt prismacolor pencil and some color laser paper to your next drawing jam. Soft pressure, don't fight the paper, smooth gliding strokes.

As I'm drawing, sometimes a character jumps out at me. This guy must have been a rowdy, gator wrastlin', tree trunk of a man from a swampland deep in the south. Watch out little frog, hes' hungry!



More Bus Sketches

Ladies on the Bus

Just a collection of some of the varied wonderful faces I see on my commute.

Dear ol' Dad

Here is a small painting of my dad watching the tube one night. (6x8 acrylic on a strathmore sketchbook.)

I love painting dramatic lighting. It's probably one of the most interesting compositional devices.

3 Names

Old Jewish Saying....

We all have 3 names...

The one we are born with
The one we are called by others
The one we call ourselves