Western Lineup
Western Lineup
Jazz Quintet - UPA Style Exploration
Jazz Quintet - UPA Style Exploration

For this project I wanted to explore the expressive shape language of the UPA style with various members of a 1940’s Jazz band.

Matilda the Musical Exploration
Matilda the Musical Exploration
Hank
Hank

Hank is a middle aged salesman jaded by his own trade. He’s made his living off the manipulation of others but can’t seem to take care of himself. When he’s not caught up in his line of work, he spends his time alone wishing things were different.

Elf Exploration
Elf Exploration

When designing this bunch, I considered what Santa’s elves might look like behind the curtain. Who’s the boss when Kringle’s not in town?

Dylan
Dylan

Dylan is an awkward high school student who enjoys an ice cream cone on his way home from class. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one with a sweet tooth.

James "Whitey" Bulger Jr. Exploration
James "Whitey" Bulger Jr. Exploration

After watching the film Black Mass, I decided to investigate more into the life of James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. to learn more about his character.

Vicious. Cunning. Manipulative. Deceptive… Strictly criminal.

Jacob Marley Exploration
Jacob Marley Exploration

Jacob Marley is a deceased fictional character from Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. He visits his former partner Ebenezer Scrooge as a warning to remain kind in life, or suffer as he does after death. He remains a tormented ghost bearing heavy chains symbolizing his selfish and greedy acts in life.

Couch Critics
Couch Critics

These two characters were developed after watching back-to-back films with a friend. You can find their shared account on Rotten Tomatoes, and their reaction videos on Youtube.

Blue Eyed Bill
Blue Eyed Bill

Blue Eyed Bill is the unluckiest-lucky fella in the West. Legend has it that he was once struck by lightning… and didn’t even blink.

The Chef
The Chef

This character was developed from a disgruntled pizza chef from my hometown. Sometimes I wondered if that was pizza sauce on his apron.

Vito, Michael and Fredo Corleone Exploration
Vito, Michael and Fredo Corleone Exploration

These designs explore the familial relationship between Vito Corleone and his two sons, Fredo and Michael, from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather. Vito is concerned with which of his sons will assume power when he is gone. Fredo, the older brother, desires power and respect, but is not Vito’s choice for the role. Vito believes his calm and collected, war hero son, Michael, is the right fit. Fredo feels he has been denied his birthright and later betrays his younger brother. I felt the story would lend itself well if it were reimagined in a royal Roman family.

Papa
Papa

I’ve always been fascinated by stories of the past, and particularly by the people who tell them. “Papa” is one of those people.

Drippy
Drippy

Drawing while under the weather isn’t always fun, this fellow was a product of an occasion when it was.

The Puppeteer
The Puppeteer

This piece was developed after visiting areas with a high homeless population. Unfortunately, a great range of talent is hidden among people who have lost their way. This character is an exploration into this phenomenon which may have taken place many years ago.

"Dustland Fairytale" Exploration
"Dustland Fairytale" Exploration

“A blue jean serenade And Moon River what'd you do to me”

This character was inspired by the “Dustland Fairytale” music video by the killers…great song.

The Birdman
The Birdman

This character was developed after a trip to New York City where I witnessed a man with a strange connection to his pets.

Scarecrow on the Banjo
Scarecrow on the Banjo

This scarecrow waits patiently from his place in the cornfield, watching his owner strum the banjo on his front porch. At night, it’s his turn.

Frank.jpg
Mel
Mel
Don Vito Corleone studies
Don Vito Corleone studies
British Police Officer
British Police Officer
FIGURE_YELLOWBROWN.jpg
baseballhatman.jpg
VAMPIREA.jpg
BEACHMANA.png
DETECTIVEA.png
ATTITUDEA.png
COMEON.png
DETECTIVEB.png
MAN.jpg
PUNKG.png
PLACEHOLDER_A.jpg
MANONBENCHA.jpg
MANTURTLENECK.jpg
inclasssketching.jpg
Old Band
Old Band
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
(2017) IT Pennywise expressions
(2017) IT Pennywise expressions
Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men
Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men
Captain Salazar - Pirates of the Caribbean
Captain Salazar - Pirates of the Caribbean
WARRIOR_expressionexpanded.jpg
Western Lineup
Jazz Quintet - UPA Style Exploration
Matilda the Musical Exploration
Hank
Elf Exploration
Dylan
James "Whitey" Bulger Jr. Exploration
Jacob Marley Exploration
Couch Critics
Blue Eyed Bill
The Chef
Vito, Michael and Fredo Corleone Exploration
Papa
Drippy
The Puppeteer
"Dustland Fairytale" Exploration
The Birdman
Scarecrow on the Banjo
Frank.jpg
Mel
Don Vito Corleone studies
British Police Officer
FIGURE_YELLOWBROWN.jpg
baseballhatman.jpg
VAMPIREA.jpg
BEACHMANA.png
DETECTIVEA.png
ATTITUDEA.png
COMEON.png
DETECTIVEB.png
MAN.jpg
PUNKG.png
PLACEHOLDER_A.jpg
MANONBENCHA.jpg
MANTURTLENECK.jpg
inclasssketching.jpg
Old Band
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
(2017) IT Pennywise expressions
Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men
Captain Salazar - Pirates of the Caribbean
WARRIOR_expressionexpanded.jpg
Western Lineup
Jazz Quintet - UPA Style Exploration

For this project I wanted to explore the expressive shape language of the UPA style with various members of a 1940’s Jazz band.

Matilda the Musical Exploration
Hank

Hank is a middle aged salesman jaded by his own trade. He’s made his living off the manipulation of others but can’t seem to take care of himself. When he’s not caught up in his line of work, he spends his time alone wishing things were different.

Elf Exploration

When designing this bunch, I considered what Santa’s elves might look like behind the curtain. Who’s the boss when Kringle’s not in town?

Dylan

Dylan is an awkward high school student who enjoys an ice cream cone on his way home from class. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one with a sweet tooth.

James "Whitey" Bulger Jr. Exploration

After watching the film Black Mass, I decided to investigate more into the life of James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. to learn more about his character.

Vicious. Cunning. Manipulative. Deceptive… Strictly criminal.

Jacob Marley Exploration

Jacob Marley is a deceased fictional character from Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. He visits his former partner Ebenezer Scrooge as a warning to remain kind in life, or suffer as he does after death. He remains a tormented ghost bearing heavy chains symbolizing his selfish and greedy acts in life.

Couch Critics

These two characters were developed after watching back-to-back films with a friend. You can find their shared account on Rotten Tomatoes, and their reaction videos on Youtube.

Blue Eyed Bill

Blue Eyed Bill is the unluckiest-lucky fella in the West. Legend has it that he was once struck by lightning… and didn’t even blink.

The Chef

This character was developed from a disgruntled pizza chef from my hometown. Sometimes I wondered if that was pizza sauce on his apron.

Vito, Michael and Fredo Corleone Exploration

These designs explore the familial relationship between Vito Corleone and his two sons, Fredo and Michael, from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather. Vito is concerned with which of his sons will assume power when he is gone. Fredo, the older brother, desires power and respect, but is not Vito’s choice for the role. Vito believes his calm and collected, war hero son, Michael, is the right fit. Fredo feels he has been denied his birthright and later betrays his younger brother. I felt the story would lend itself well if it were reimagined in a royal Roman family.

Papa

I’ve always been fascinated by stories of the past, and particularly by the people who tell them. “Papa” is one of those people.

Drippy

Drawing while under the weather isn’t always fun, this fellow was a product of an occasion when it was.

The Puppeteer

This piece was developed after visiting areas with a high homeless population. Unfortunately, a great range of talent is hidden among people who have lost their way. This character is an exploration into this phenomenon which may have taken place many years ago.

"Dustland Fairytale" Exploration

“A blue jean serenade And Moon River what'd you do to me”

This character was inspired by the “Dustland Fairytale” music video by the killers…great song.

The Birdman

This character was developed after a trip to New York City where I witnessed a man with a strange connection to his pets.

Scarecrow on the Banjo

This scarecrow waits patiently from his place in the cornfield, watching his owner strum the banjo on his front porch. At night, it’s his turn.

Mel
Don Vito Corleone studies
British Police Officer
Old Band
Jack Torrance - The Shining
Ray Liotta as Henry Hill
(2017) IT Pennywise expressions
Anton Chigurh - No Country for Old Men
Captain Salazar - Pirates of the Caribbean
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