Fairy Tale X - Rufus Hunt

After finishing the TV show Once Upon A Time, I got an idea for a potential comic/ Animated series or short. Fairy Tale 2nd generations or Fairy Tale X are the two working titles that I've been knocking around. Rufus Hunt is one of the main characters, the son of Red Riding Hood and the Huntsman from Snow White. He wears a magic cloak similar to that of his mother's. It changes form based on whatever he needs to protect him or give him comfort. He also can also summon and wield the Legendary Axe "Ragnarok". Ragnarok contains great magic that uses the emotions and will of it's wielder to amplify its power.


So its been a while since I've posted anything, working two jobs (one creative and one retail) eats up most my time and motivation for personal work. I hit an art slump a few days ago and decided some fanart would be a good way to shake it. I chose "Baidir" as its a french animated series I've been looking forward to for about 4 years and it is always inspiring when I check out the official art that is released. This piece was especially fun since I got to include two of the newer characters Haaro and Akai!

Figure Drawing

I think Figure and Life Drawing is important to anyone in the art world in order to keep their skills sharp.  All of these drawings were done in vine charcoal on news print.

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Masters Study of  "The Flowered Dress" by Edouard Vuillard - 5 hours

Portrait of Samantha - 20 minutes

Career Research and Thoughts

As I'm nearing the end of my college career it has been very necessary to think about where I want to go career wise. As a professional practice assignment we had to research various positions in the animation industry and figure out how they applied to our interests, and then which ones we feel most drawn towards. I feel that many people hope to be the creator of a show, but there are many creative jobs to be had on a production aside from being the creator.  

As a story teller and an animator/illustrator I’ve always looked to my visual arts skill set as a vehicle to move my stories and writings along. The idea of being a director, or at least my perception of a director, appealed to me in high school. I thought the director was entirely or least primarily responsible for all of the creative content in a project.  A director does have a lot of control in many cases, but is not always the main creative force. The Director is the pipeline that the project moves through. At every stage the director has to be excited and scrutinizing in order to maintain consistent workflow. They also have to be able give clear instruction and be decisive in hiring the most effective crew for each stage in production.

I’m more interested in the creative aspects of the job, so being a creator of a television or video game series really appeals to me. I could be involved with the initial visualization like an art director, and also be responsible for the content as a writer/editor.  Before becoming a creator the job of just being an Art director seems to fit best. An art director is primarily responsible for the visualization and unification of the creative content through a project. I could take ideas given to me by the creators, or production designers and bring them to life. As an art director I could work closely with character designers and concept artists (jobs I’d also be interested in), in order to work and hone the look and feel of the overall production. 

The ideal path I see myself taking would be: 

General Animator --> Character Designer/ Concept Artist --> Art Director --> Director/writer --> Creator

Of course these are just ideas and I haven't experienced the industry first hand, but either way I am excited about the possibilities.

Goliath Odyssey new Character Designs

I'm starting to build a Pitch Bible for Goliath Odyssey as a television series.
After meeting David Levy and reading his book "Animation Development: From Pitch to Production", I realized I needed to make some changes to the characters and story. I thought about what inspires me now and which television shows I enjoy the most. And among those shows were Avatar the Last Airbender and Samurai Jack. Those series are beyond amazing and have stuck with me since I was a kid. This made me consider my audience, which I initially thought was geared toward people like me 18 to 24 year olds, but which I now see is the 10 to 14 crowd. The amazing thing about shows like Airbender and Jack were the fact that they were exciting and easily accessible to any crowd, especially kids, but also because they were layered with concepts that would understood by an older audience. The messages and character development in Airbender were deep and could appeal to any number of viewers, which was another aspect of its magical influence.

So in relation to Goliath Odyssey, I decided to age down the protagonists, which in turn threw their personalities and back stories into sharp relief making them far more interesting to me. This change opened up lots of potential doorways for character development and episode ideas.

The Assembly

This is a piece displaying a myself with a bunch of my original characters from various projects.
Front Row top to bottom:
Zecarial Nor - Seekers
Nicolas Greysol - Seekers
Ariani - Dune Wars

Mid Row top to bottom:
Lady Blue Streak - Dune Wars
Vincent Noble - Solarpunk
Dominic - Dune Wars

Rear Row - top to bottom:
R. Theston - Seekers
Prince - Dune Wars