Sunday, June 26, 2011

New Demo reel for 2011

Just added a few more spots on the front end of my reel, showing off a few of the key spots and projects I've worked on this year, including a clip from the Game of Thrones title sequence.  Take a look, leave a comment and enjoy!



Video after the break.




Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ghost Recon Future Soldier Trailer -

Ahh, so another month, and yet another game trailer that I worked on.  This time over at DigitalDomain for the E3 announcement of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier.  This was a beast of an ad, what with only about a month to work on it we were slammed with stuff to do from day one.  I was there to help work out the explosion elements that you see in the final shot where we fly through the flaming truck and the rest of the entire neighborhood to see what can happen in a single moment.

Read some more of my impressions and see the full trailer after the break.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

First Nintendo 3DS ads - Now on air!

Here is the other Nintendo 3DS ad I worked on.  This one was pretty exciting to work on as well as I had the chance to rig and animate the Street Fighter Characters Ryu and Chun-li.  Being the video game nut that I am this was an obvious joy for me.  Check it out, let me know what you think.  Also, let me know what you folks actually think about the 3DS itself. 

You can Find the video after the break.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New Work - Second Nintendo 3DS US Ads


Got some new work to post. It's been a busy year, with lots of work to start sharing. This is one of two US ads I worked on at a52 for the new Nintendo 3DS. My responsibilities on it include Character Rigging for the Dog and Cat in the Nintendogs 3DS portion of the ad near the end. I also animated both the dog and cat, which was pretty damn fun. You can't go wrong animating an adorable puppy and his feline friend. I'll be posting the other ad shortly.


Video included after the break.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 23, 2010

New book out for sale

So finally it's here, and it's for sale. After a very looooong time, I finally have made available my labor of love(no pun intended). Browse these shots and see go check out the rest of the details on my website. Or you can purchase it directly from lulu.com from the link here.



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Monday, July 26, 2010

New Website ya'll!


Just updated the old website with new concept art, demo reel, portfolio images and more.
Demo reel now includes some of my work over the last year from Digital Domain as well as my current employ BrickyardVFX.
Also the site as a whole was updated to a brighter more playful look. Check it out, let me know what you think. www.thatdangguy.com

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Teaser image from my long awaited book!


Long awaited by perhaps only me at this point. Anyhow the story goes that for the past few years inbetween jobs and during off periods I have slowly been working on my labor of love, a picture book. I haven't posted anything about it since the initial character designs long ago, so I thought I would post another image of some sort. Obviously the giant watermark of text isn't going to be there, it's just my way of avoiding internet trolls swiping stuff. I only have four pages to go at the moment as well as the task of finding a way to print the darn thing and then, well one step at a time dan, one step at a time...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Workplace Propaganda

Below are a handful of images I created for my current employ, BrickyardVFX, in the hope that they would print them out and hang them around the office. They are all based on popular posters out of WWII promoting bonds, enlistment and general attitude for the conditions of the time. I thought it would be an interesting way of integrating a little art in to the facility and if anything a fun and different way of promoting the company. I'm not sure what they are going to do with them, but I was able to wrangle a couple of days of fun out of it. Just don't tell anyone else I had fun, fun is frowned upon :(

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Entry for Destructoid Contest

Hello all, I thought I would post up a few rendered images I made up for a contest they were having over at www.destructoid.com for a sweet gaming pc. I didn't win, but I had a good time creating them, and since they are just buried in the comments at their site, I thought I would Highlight them here.
If you aren't familar with the website it is all about the lastest in Videogames and interactive media, it really is a fun site if that stuff is your jam, as the editors seem like a bunch of down to earth folks, who are witty with out being snobby (to snobby :) ).
The theme of the contest was to make some steampunk style Work. While I'm not into the whole steampunk scene I thought I would give it a go and crank out a steampunk version of their Mascot, Mr. Destructoid. It came out about how I expected it, although in the end, I would have loved to have had time to make a small animation and post that as well. Oh well, that's what happens when you don't budget enough time to make AND render something. That damn rendering... why's it always got to get in the way? Why do people always insist on seeing something finished? When am I going to show the pics?

Inspired by the game Metal Gear Solid.
A nod to futurama...

So there you have it folks, maybe if I ever get off my lazy butt I will finsh up that animation and render it out for all to enjoy. Maybe...

Monday, December 10, 2007

A blue whale

Little something I'm cooking up right now...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

People I See Pt. II

Goodness, It's been quite awhile hasn't it? And I had been doing so well with the updates too. ah well, such is life. I have a lot of scans and pics that I have been meaning to share but have been too busy/lazy to share. In between moving homes and moving offices it's been all kinds of craziness.
So enough with the excuses, lets get to some content. If you haven't seen my previous post about this then know that the premise for this whole affair is this. Work is boring. I don't care what you do, at some point it becomes old hat and boring. So to fill the time I draw, sketch, doodle, and otherwise occupy my wasted life with things that entertain me in the short run. I realize that sounds kind of negative but it really isn't. These time when my brain shuts down are some of my most thoughtful times. So here in no specific fashion is things I see.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Is it a rip off?

Found this interesting video at http://adhunt.blogspot.com/
It's a great way to see how people think and make art. I think a lot more people are guilty of this than they would like to admit. There isn't anything wrong with it, I just think once you learn where you are drawing your inspirations from you can do a better job of controlling them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

and all the figgies went wee wee wee all the way home

So finally, the little cookie that thought it was a fruit, Fig newton has wrapped and I am enjoying some quite time in between jobs. And damn does it feel good. In order to keep my cool during the job i occupy any down time with little doodles.
From the first one it's pretty obvious what was on my mind. As for the second one, I really have no idea why I would make a fig newton a transvestite. Oh well. I'm working some neat little pitch for work right now and using the rest of the time to finish that damn book and other personal stuff.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Send in the clowns



So I've missed a week of posting and I'm sorry about that. I was a little lame, a little lazy, and mostly busy animating little cookies running around for Fig Newton. More of that to come.

Anyway this little guy is an idea I've had bouncing around for some time yet only now do I actually have the time to do anything about it. You see with the big glut of CG penguin movies such as Happy Feet, Surfs Up, and those penguins from Madagascar, I figured that this fad will end soon and hard. What will become of all those CG actors? Will they be left in a void? Perhaps a second wave of movies will hit and we will see their popularity return. Ecstatic Feet? Surfs STILL up? Those Penguins from Madagascar 2: Electric Boogaloo? I think not.
More than likely they will end up like every other actor in Hollywood, working as a waiter, in a coffee shop or staring in some sort of "Alternative" entertainment.
So I present to you all the first of The out of work cartoon actors. This first series will mostly be about penguins as I love drawing the little guys and there are so many great situations to place them in. So here he is, crying on the inside.
My final question is, if these guys were little vinyl toys would anyone be interested? I see a lot of what I consider junk toys out there but they get snatched up like crazy. I figured if I put a little more personality into them then well...
Whatever.
Would you buy one?

Friday, March 30, 2007

And the mind wanders at work yet again...

Seeing as I can't stand to ever throw out a piece of paper, most of my work drawings have been on the back of script notes, shot list and other misc. work related paperwork. It would be awful if some poor tree died in order to make a dumb ass commercial. Hopefully little sketches like this will pull these unfortunate out of an awful paper limbo and send it to a tree farm in the sky. Or perhaps come back as a winning lotto ticket, or a bit of scrap paper some pretty lady scratches her phone number upon for some nervous fella.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Knee deep in it


What to say... There is entirely too much going on at the moment, work is busy, tons of projects I'm trying to finish up at home, personal finance issues hang in the balance(taxes...grrr). But I've made a commitment to myself to post stuff at least once a week, and this shall be no exception. Just a little sketch I filled in from life a while ago. I took notice of how certain people around walk and idle. Everyone has there default pose, personal gesture, way of handling their selves. This person in particular either had really bad posture or just had an obvious way of expressing (I'm thinking the latter). I believe this particular pose was covered in the Richard Williams book "Animators Survival Kit". Anyhow, take some time to observe people, it will enrich your art, and even if you aren't an artist, it should enrich your understanding of people and hopefully make you appreciate life just a little more.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Some people win..

...some people lose, I suppose everyone else is a push. The grand lottery of life is a funny thing. Some people are born into enormous wealth and privilege and breeze through the rest of their lives having never accomplished anything. Some born with these same opportunities use it to be great philanthropist and share their gift with he world. Others scratch their way up from the bottom of the barrel to become great, only to degenerate into the former class of people that just slide by until they die.
What's my point with all of this? I really don't know. If you happened to be blessed with money or skill, do something with it. If you have to scratch and save and work for everything you get then that's great, but shut up and keep working. Nobody likes a whiner.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My turtle brethren


I wish I had a little more to post after a week of no post. Sadly much like the turtle, I've been a bit slow moving in personal things. Work has found me animating some curious little cookies (or are they cakes?) Until I can post about that enjoy this random shot from a short film I'll probably never finish.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

It came from space!


Not much to explain here. Sometime when I get bored at work I create little drawings and scenarios around the water mark in our work stationary. I just took this one a little further.
I suppose I'll have to upload what the original looks like, along with some others.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A not so fond farewell

Notice anything missing?That's right, I've been liberated from the tyranny of that evil caps lock key. Now let me explain something here and let me warn this will be a little geeky but it will make sense to everyone in the end.

You see in the 3d program Maya the keyboard shortcuts are case sensitive, meaning that pressing ctrl+b is not the same or ctrl+B, nor is w the same as W. Switching operations like rotation, translate and scale like the w,e,r keys are rendered useless by the evil caps lock key. Each key takes on a new and evil purpose. Up is down, good is evil, chocolate is peanut butter! The caps lock key, what with it's proximity to the shift button which is used quite a bit, finds itself in a position to be accidentally struck... all the time... completely screwing things up and preventing yet another fine advertisement from reaching your television screen.

How do we end this madness? Rip the little bastard off! Thats right, I grabbed a pen and popped that little sucka outa there. Think about it, when was the last time you ever used that caps lock key? When you typed a really important IM to someone and made your point by using ALL CAPS? or perhaps you sent a really nasty email letting them know what AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT THEY ARE? or perhaps the when forwarding some retarded email to 10 people you know so that they will BE BLESSED WITH THE LUCK OF THE IRISH? Well stop it. Nobody cares and nobody likes it. Just like you caps lock key, you've made my life difficult for the last time, and frankly I'm not sure I can stay in a relationship where I just never seem to get anything back. Good bye caps lock and don't be surprised if you friend scroll lock joins you soon.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Etch-a-sketch doodlin'

Oooooooo so I'm back from the dead. Yes it has been quite awhile but I'm finally in a place where I can steadily post pics and sketches on a regular basis. What with all the holidays and being knee deep in work, ads, what not. I suppose I can get into the nitty gritty of what I've been working on, and hopefully I will post some of the ads up, but until then...

We have etch-a-sketch! I love silly old toys like this. I'm not one of those people who collects lots of old retro toys and things, come to think of it I don't collect anything at all, But I love having old classic toys like this around. they inspire such creativity. Play-doh, etch-a-sketch, magnadoodle, etc. That being said one of my co-workers was nice enough to pick me up this neat pocket etch a store. So I started sketching on it.
It's still on my desk and I still have odd time between renders, so we shall see what the etch brings.
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Monday, September 25, 2006

Movie Watching

So I just finished watching "Sketches of Frank Gehry" and it was fantastic. I had to watch it twice because my initial reaction was that there isn't much to this movie. But on the second viewing and watching the included interview with Sydney Pollack, I think this is the best you could hope for as far as understanding an artist process goes. You get a small glimmer into what this man has gone through, see some marvelous architecture, and better understand that the final product is never a destination easily reached. Oh and while watching on the second and a half time and talking on the phone, I started doing these.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

What do you see?

Yet another example of me wandering off from a shoot and taking random pictures. I'm not going to elaborate on this picture to much and here is why. What I saw in this image and what others have pointed out to me have been varied and interesting. If I'm being vague it's only so I don't affect anyone's idea of what this exactly is. So share with me, what do you see?

Monday, August 28, 2006

Mickey Mouse

Great idea for a site here at :
http://www.everybodyneeds2drawmickeyonce.com/

Just do your best illustration of mickey and send it in. No winners, no losers, just fun. Here's my entry.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Henry Rollins doing a kids Album???

Ok this is not photoshoped!!! One of the fellas at work was listening to some of Henry Rollins spoken word on napster, as one does. When he had the thought, hmmmmm what other fine spoken word is out there? Perhaps, this man thought, I'll find something in the same catagory as Mr. Rollins and I will enjoy that as well. Wait a second... Childrens?!?! You got it. Apparently napster thinks that Henry Rollins is just what your kids needed. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy, have a couple of his books, love rollins band, I just think it might be a bit much for kids. On top of all that, in the top twenty five childrens albums at the gloriuos number 23(at the time) is.... you gussed it, the mekanik himself. Just as a nice touch I also love that it even has a little EXPLICIT tag on the album, you think they would have a filter or something. oh well.
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Sunday, June 04, 2006

I'm not a sell out!

ok, I just needed to post up a few real drawings so I don't feel like a total sellout to the machine. I apoligize for the lack of formatting but if I don't just post them up I might not get around to it any time soon.
So here are some life drawings of pretty ladies. Can't go wrong with that right?

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Just another day on the job

So here is another set photo I'm not going to say what the job is yet, and hopefully I'll be able to post more up later but if I don't start now well, you know, the whole lazy thing might kick in.
Seemed a little excessive for one little ol' bee. On second thought, I shouldn't judge, maybe he's allergic or something...
This is me lost at 6 a.m. and waiting for a very cranky van driver to pick me up. If you look at the next photo you can see that we went from cold and foggy to...

being backed so badly in the sun I think I actually saw a flying boat. Really? wow...

He lives!!

Ok, so it's been over a month since I posted anything new but hey, things have been busy. Maybe not so busy that I couldn't have posted anything but what would you rather me do, continue to slave away in front of the computer, getting some bizarre radiation skin burn from the monitors gaze, or out and about living life! That's what I thought. So how do I reward people who have been waiting for a month for new content? With pictures of giant artery clogging burgers of course! (allegedly artery clogging... I don't want to be sued)
It's the money shot! Hide your children!

It will crush us all! Can you actually be crushed from the inside? (allegedly crushed from the inside...)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

People I see pt.1

update: for anyone who has already seen this work, I know, it's from a older post, but it fit the topic so well and who knows when I'll have time to scan more stuff. So please enjoy and comment!

One of my instructors use to encourage us to go out and experience as much life as possible. This was based on the opinion( which I agree with) that all of our art is based on the people and places we see. There is nothing new under the sun, only different ways of compiling it. So while doodling around sometimes I notice that my drawings tend to resemble people I know or have seen. At this point I either stop or try to avoid it. Sometimes (actually most of the time) I'm completely unaware that it looks like someone until I'm a good halfway through it. I really enjoy embracing the way the mind works, you have to let your mind wander around and stumble upon things that you knew, but really weren't aware of.
I'd also like you to think of this as sort of a meditation. I don't think letting a little thing like not being able to draw well stand in your way(because clearly I don't hehe). I think just next time you get a little restless make some little free scribble, and look very closely at it, and think about what lies within.
Just to make this thing a little more interesting I'll try and explain where these drawings started (first stroke, scribble sort of thing).
So above I just started with the spiral for the eye, that's when I noticed that the way the ink was blotting up, it sort of looked like an eye. Then I chased that idea trying to keep a theme of lines flowing from single points of origin.
Above, I started with the line that now makes up the bridge of the nose. I had no particular ideas when I started thus why there are little gnarly guys on top and the indication of some Ziggy looking guy by the left eye. Anyhow, after the nose I just started making spiral, maybe thinking of design more than actually making it look like something. While making the spiral again, I noticed it was looking like an eye so I just kept that idea of a spiral and on continuous line for each feature.Above, This one is less of an accident as I was looking at this guy who sat right across from me. Again, it started as a scribble that ended up looking vaguely like his posture. Then I built on that, but actually trying to make it look like him.
Above, If you've seen my marker mind blurb post you sort of know how this one works. I think I started just scribbling one line that now makes up the profile. Then I just started adding random features and more marker stuff. I think the key motivation was just working on a way of texturing the hair with the marker values supporting it, now I'm not taking credit for texture pattern, like I said this is all stuff I've seen before, I'm just trying to see how I can use it.


Above, while scribbling to see if my pen still had ink in it I accidentally started the hair. Then I just built off of that.


Above, now I pulled these images from all sorts of books and pads that I've worked in over the last 3 months or so, so this one is another drawing done in a lined notebook, and is buried in the middle of 20 or 30 some odd Maya xyz translation values. I think I was just limited by drawing the profile so heavily and straight, totally forgetting that I had to get a hand in there, so I just tried to make it look like I did it on purpose.

This is how most of my work goes, it's sort of the mind equivalent to "the right place, at the right time". Does it make me a fraud and/or a hack? Yeah, but I"m pretty comfortable with that.