31 January 2006

Teen Titans: Clean Room

This first season drawing of the clean room from the teaser of the Masks episode (the first appearance of Red X) was never fully shown, since most of the melee takes place on the lower portion. Anyone who has seen Chris Cunningham's video for Björk's "All Is Full of Love" will quickly recognize the influence of the music video's aesthetic.
I don't know if the directors of The Postal Service video "Such Great Heights" are Cunningham fans, but I can see some similarities. There's been a bit of press lately on how everyone saw the influence of The Postal Service video in the new Apple Intel ad, but all that was put to rest, when it was revealed that the same directors were behind both.

30 January 2006

Teen Titans: Launch Pad

Here's where the Titan's T-Ship is launched into space, beautifully colored by the BG paint crew. The ship was designed by Norm Ryang. It was cool to see it made into a toy. It's rare that a background element gets made into a toy, however, one of the 1.5-inch figure series includes a T-Tower that can be completed by collecting all three sets in the series. Also, Ben bought the giant tower toy, so I can no longer maintain that my designs never get made into toys. In any case, Norm has a post with another view I did of the launch pad (scroll down to T-Sub Layout).

NOTE: While the ship was originally designed as a submarine for the Aqualad episode, this launch pad appeared in the Starfire transforms and runs away, so everyone flies into space looking for her episode. So, the sub became a space ship. I'll post the launch tube for the submarine mode another time.

29 January 2006

Teen Titans: Destruct-O-Tron™ Color

Here's the Destruct-O-Tron™ in color. Our BG painters (Chu-Hui Song, Kersti Myrberg and Jenny Gase-Baker) did such a great job of bringing our line drawings to life. I'll be posting a some of my favorite colored backgrounds from Titans over the next few days. I hope you enjoy them.

Related Posts: Teen Titans: Destruct-O-Tron™

The Box: Alleyway

Here's some alley drawings for a test animation called "The Box". It was for a start up flash animation company called 3 Birds. The original 3 birds were Jeff Matsuda, Sam Liu and Sean Shimoda.

24 January 2006

High School Jam Piece

Jeff and I met in between my freshman and sophomore year of high school (his sophomore and junior), during summer school. Some of my art geek friends I knew from junior high school had raved about this guy with freakish skills. During the year, we would somehow consolidate our lunchtime, study hall and school newspaper class times into a long 1.5-2 hour break in the middle of the day. We'd spend most of that time hanging out or drawing in the Oakton Lobby, as our friends would go off to class and return, wondering if Jeff and I actually attended classes. This drawing of each other along with Wolverine and Colossus was the result of one of those times.

11 January 2006

Teen Titans: Ops Room Rough

This drawing captures the "feel" of the operations room (or ops room) better than any of the others. Inking this and the other roughs stripped a bit of the 70's styling we were trying to incorporate. As with this and many of my other posted roughs, several colors delineate some of the planes and surfaces. In other drawings, the colors help separate levels, layers, objects, or just about anything else that would otherwise be easily obscured. I learned the technique from a rough drawing Michael Golden did with 3 colors to show the foreground, midground and background of a cover he was doing. I don't recall what the title was, but it made an impression and helped me learn how to create a sense of depth in my drawings. This was all during a time I'd been inspired to start a binder collecting the various and often obscure covers of Michael Golden (after enjoying that of my friend, Wayne). For the next few years, I spent a good portion of my visits to conventions and comicbook stores rummaging the 10 cent and 25 cent bins for bargain gems sporting the Golden signature symbol (look to the lower left), which had replaced the script "G" he used in "Micronauts", and appears to be an amalgam of the letters in "GOLDEN". I've filled two 3-inch binders with covers, jam pages, cards and some copies of precious B&W art and a set of DC Comics stickers. One of the most unusual finds was a couple of panels featuring Captain America on a page of a Beavis & Butthead comic. As if this makeshift "Art of" collection was not enough, I even recall dreaming of a published "Art of Michael Golden" book. Yes, crown me king of the geeks! In any case, Jeff would always talk about how you don't fully appreciate the signature symbol until you see the "E". As far as I can tell, the 1982 publication of "Transformers" issue 2 (the signature is on the lower right, but partially cut off in this image) was the first time he used it. But Glen might know better; he has two binders of his own. It's really hard to confirm though, since many times it is hidden or obscured. One of my favorite instances was from a "Body Bags" (this is the re-release with Jason Pearson covers) cover from it's original run. It was hidden under the title in the final cover layout, but I saw it through an ad sans title logo in the blood spatter.

10 January 2006

Teen Titans: Destruct-O-Tron™

Sometimes there isn't enough time to rough everything out in detail. As you can see in this rough of the Destruct-O-Tron™, which is powered by cows, ala "The Matrix" (Season 4: Episode 257-498: "Employee of the Month"), much of it was fleshed out during clean up. Overall, I think the drawing works, but upon closer inspection, the stowed flying saucers (used to populate the power cells with cows) are a bit on the "wonky" side. The exterior of this chamber was hidden for most of the episode under a generic building behind the "Mega Meaty Meat" store and doubled as a spacecraft designed as an homage to the classic Weber® grill.

05 January 2006

Ofivinite: More Alien

I made some changes to the Ofivinite illustration. There were several who felt the previous one was too turtle-like. I agreed and consulted, Jeff, my friend and character designing foo for some advice. He suggested a larger cranium, slanted pupil-free eyes and a less turtle-ish mouth. Photoshop saved me some time working with the original line art. With the addition of reflected stars in the eyes, the illustration grew into what you see here. I like that the head is football shaped, because it is my favorite sport (much props to Vince Young & the Longhorns, whose dethroning of USC almost made up for Notre Dame's loss on Monday). The shape also reminds me of the Dracs from "Enemy Mine" though sans some of the details, including the memorable pulsing cheek bubbles. I used to jokingly call my friend, Johnny, Zammis. I know that's messed up, but I hope you enjoy the illustration anyways.

Related Posts: Ofivinite: Alien, Ofivinite: Illustration Only

04 January 2006

Teen Titans: 25 Towers

Comment on your favorite unused concept for the Teen Titans Tower (it's a 5 part posting prior to this one). The final design was very much guided by motifs from the "small t" design and the one that looks like a glass and steel box imbedded in concrete slabs. It was the one that Bruce Timm singled out as most interesting. He happened to be in Glen's office, as I was trying to get feedback on the ideas. They both liked the idea of a structure at the base of the building, and told me to lose the fussy details using the "squint" test, which basically, is excluding anything that doesn't read correctly or clearly when viewed squinting your eyes. It's the only time I recall getting direct comments on my art from Bruce, who also did some art for the show himself in the form of a comic book cover (Robin as a giant robot) and some panels from inside the book (Robin & zombies).

Related Posts: Teen Titans: Tower Concepts, Teen Titans: Tower Exterior

Teen Titans: 25 Towers (5 of 5)

Teen Titans: 25 Towers (4 of 5)

Teen Titans: 25 Towers (3 of 5)

Teen Titans: 25 Towers (2 of 5)

Teen Titans: 25 Towers (1 of 5)