I grew up playing baseball. I loved to play. I especially loved the snow cones, Gatorade, and/or ice cream after the games. I grew up when all the baseball movies came out too; Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot, Field of Dreams, and I have sisters so you bet I saw A League of Their Own.
As I got older I pursued other interests but my love for the game
rounded a different base. I loved learning about the history of the game
and about the players and the stories from a different day and age.
Athletes who's motivation was to prove something as they played for the love
of the game and not for the fame or monetary reward. One such
player was Jackie Robinson. Once I learned who he was, I was hooked.
Here is a pencil on paper piece I did many years ago. I didn't plan this
but I happened to find a frame to fit it the same week 42 hits
theaters. All these years it finally has a frame and a part of his story
will cinematically be told. Needless to say I am excited for 42.
"The way I figured it, I
was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for
me, and I had done much for it."
- Jackie Robinson
Monday, March 4, 2013
This little monkey was one of my favorites.
He finally slowed down for a quick sketch.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
This Saturday tune in to Nickelodeon for some action packed entertainment! Many talented artist have worked very hard to bring these brother's together again.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
An early week in July featured much change for my family. In one week my family grew by three nieces and one nephew. One of my sisters and her husband welcomed a beautiful little girl into this world. That counts for one of my nieces. Another sister and her husband were finally able to call three amazing kids theirs on that wonderful adoption day back in July.
I wanted to do something special for their family so this post is for them. It had been a long road when they began their foster parenting journey. It's been exciting to watch my sister, her husband, and these wonderful kids grow together. Super proud of you sis and I am happy to be your uncle Gabby, Lily, and Noah. (You too Adalyn!) Thanks for family growth spurt!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This mild mannered animator has been eagerly awaiting this silver screen team-up! To conceal their identities (and to keep this fan-art legit) I have changed their names. This began with The Bulk and it originally was only going to be him, Steel Guy, Thodin, and General USA. White Spouse, Rick Furry, and Opticbird came later but completed the sAvengers! (click on images to see larger... enjoy!)
Keep your eyes peeled. We may see The Unbelievable Bulk again...
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This little guy originated from a small sketch in my last sketch book. He was surrounded by other attempts at who-knows-what and there he was with a simple charm about him. I decided I wanted to see him move and live. Then I thought, "what was I thinking?!"
It may not have been as successful as originally hoped but you don't learn unless you fail. I don't consider him a complete failure but I did learn a lot through this project. In James Baxter's podcast interview he encourages young animators to have the discipline to try and learn more by not constantly testing their animation. Just to absorb that learning experience's successes and failures.