Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Olivia Cartoons!

Here's a compilation of my daughter Olivia's latest musings. She is a constant source of inspiration.




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An Idea



One day last year I was sitting in my daughter Olivia's room while she was playing. Having learned some new songs she would sing them at random times, and in her own way mess up the lyrics and sometimes the order of chorus/verses. As she would practice more and more she got much better--and it was so darn cute.

Which reminds me of a quote:

"Repetition is the Mother of Skill"

It's hard to get worse at something if you practice it enough. Drawing is certainly that way. The more you do it the better you get. The one exception I can think of is the game of golf. One can play that game for 40 years and never get any better. Most things, however, improve with time and doing.

I began recording Olivia with my iPhone when she would sing. The recordings are surprisingly good and I got this really great take of her singing Baa Baa Black Sheep. Then I had an idea to animate her and the Black Sheep as a character acting along with her.

Here are the thumbnail storyboard sketches I did for the initial idea:



I took these thumbnails and built an animatic by putting the pictures with the audio. After roughing out the timing and then refining and more refining, I had something to animate.





I love this type of animation. The drawing above is only two frames of the short. It's going by so fast you don't see it as one image, but as a flurry of images moving together.



I'm excited and passionate about creating more character animation. It is my first love and the reason I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was growing up. And getting back to doing what you love is always a good idea.

Monday, December 19, 2011

LA Weekly Wrap

This week's cartoon is my last print cartoon for the LA Weekly. I've been on staff since January of 2009 and it's been an amazing experience. All the best to the Weekly and all the talented folks who put it together. We might continue to work together in another capacity....creating online creating animated shorts...but more about that later. So, here's a roundup of my last batch of cartoons. Enjoy!








Sunday, October 23, 2011

Big 'Ol LA Weekly Post

Well, it's been way to damn long. Time is really flying. So, let's catch up with several months of LA Weekly cartoons. If you don't get the joke it's probably because that local LA issue long gone by now...but hey--look at those funny characters and pretty colors!
















Monday, May 2, 2011

Mother Dough review


Here's a great review of Bez in the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-find-mother-dough-20110428,0,2990547.story

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Art of Mother Dough



Looking for an awesome restaurant to go to this weekend? Mother Dough is authentic Neapolitan pizza and they're now open!!!! The food and atmosphere are excellent. And guess who did their design work?

A friend of mine from my old job contacted me last fall and said her husband was opening this pizza shop and asked if I would design their logo. After a lot of trial and error, and their input, this is what we settled on:



In addition, they asked if I would design some characters for the t-shirts the cooks and servers would wear. Of course I would! They wanted the characters which are in the food wearing a pulcinella mask, a classic character of Italian puppetry and a symbol of naples.















I also designed the menu and wine list. I hand-lettered each item and assembled it in Photoshop:








They also asked for a primer; some basic information about the food and its origins. Originally it was intended to be on the back of the menu but there just wasn't any space. So I came up with the idea of putting on the placemats:



The owner, Bez, has done a wonderful job designing the restaurant. He did almost everything himself including these wall fixtures, which are old railroad spikes in different pleasing arrangments:




The center piece of mother dough is the wood burning oven, imported from Italy:



And if all this weren't enough....can you see the wall in the hallway in the upper right corner of this photo? Bez wanted that wall to look old and tattered. He also wanted a design of Diego Maradona, one of the most famous soccer players of all time, stenciled in the hall. There are images like this on the streets all over Latin America. The Italian connection is Maradona used to play his club soccer for the Naples club team. The entire wall needed a scenic treatment so I called in my brother, an amazing scenic artist, and we made the wall look 100 years old. I did a stencil of Maradona and placed strategically at eye level.







So, make the trip to Hollywood and try some of this awesome, authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza! And enjoy all the cool art and design.




www.motherdoughpizza.com