This animation follows the real life memoir of a lesser know folk artist Richard Twice. A victim of a motorcycle accident as a young man he is stranded in bed but learns to play music and write lyrics. He plays as a studio artist with major artists of the times and gets a real shot to make himself a solid gold artist. My position on this project was as an animator for multiple scenes.
I was instructed for most of the movie to create boils on existing artwork using cell animation working on my Cintiq. Other parts of the film I had more liberty to create characters movements or a character turning into bubbles and fizzing away or tap dancing legs, but meanwhile maintaining the overall aesthetic and style. The images and animation sequences featured on this page are some of the pieces I had contributed to the animation.
I created a series of black and white illustrations for “The Ultimate Secret”, a book written by Dr. Steven A Caggiano. I was given the titles of chapters and sections throughout the book and given a fair amount of freedom to create these drawings, the author desiring that they interpret a degree of self awareness and growth, I would provide thumbnail sketches and then finalize them using traditional art works of pen, ink and brush. I decided to create images including the earth, sun, moon and universe, including the human figure with in each of them.
I worked under art director Louis F Cuffari.
As a layout artist for Double Take comics, I created pencil drawings for the inkers and colorists to finalize. I worked on two separate titles for the company ,“Home” and “Alphabet City”. The company was innovating comics in the digital space, in which each panel would be drawn in a 4” x 6” format., This was unconventional for traditional comic books but would serve as a template for the digital experience and offer sequences of sequential art.
I worked under Bill Jemas who was a Comic Executive for Marvel in the late eighties and early nineties, responsible for the Marvel Ultimate universe series.
The folk tale of Santa Clause and a species of mushroom specifically found in the northern territories of Scandinavia named the "Amanita Muscaria" share many similarities from the red and white aesthetics of its cap to the effects on the indigenous peoples and their reindeer.
I was Hired to create the opening scene and a few other animation sequences throughout the animation. Since the Mushroom species is the hero of the film we decided there’s no better way to respect its Beauty and History by created a time lapse animation sequence showing the inception from the spore to a full grown fungi. I created the animation through cells using the Cintiq. Beyond the full growth sequence of the Mushroom and the ripping of the fungi’s cap and stretching of its stem, I added some movement lines shooting out from the stem to accentuate the growth which I think complements the sequence and makes it splendid viewing experience.
In addition to the Mushroom growth sequence, I created a shaman morphing out of a mushroom, almost like shedding mushroom skin and a snowman melting into another dimension.
A few still life studies of various flowers, fruits and vegetables
These Animation sequences are pieces for a future Documentary in which there is a scene where a flight goes horribly wrong. I was given the task to create from already finished artwork the plane spinning and diving through the sky and ultimately landing. I used the Cintiq for the cell animation process and water color on heavyweight water color paper for the background on a few of the sequences.
I was hired by an architect to create a few conceptual renderings of a foyer. I was supplied all the visuals, specific lamps and mirrors, tables and doors, wall color and wainscoting. I created these three angles for the client.