Sunday, June 28, 2015


With 'INSIDE OUT' taking over the world I'm dredging the memory bank for some of the multitude of ideas that didn't get into the final version of the story. For every idea in the movie there must be a hundred that remained on the story room floor. . .

This is a VERY early visualization of 'Headquarters' (late 2010) where I was playing with the Emotions literally plugged into Riley's Mind as they monitor her physical state. That purple figure was pride who was the fifth emotion before Disgust.

 More early Headquarters beat boards where I was trying out the physiological controls and a control room similar to the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek.

This next one I called 'Emote Control'

In an early version of the story Joy and BingBong originally entered the film-set or 'Dream Productions' through a back door and passed through a warehouse where all the props that made Riley's dreams were stored.

 Joy and Bing Bong enter the 'Center for Boy Research' - my attempt to incorporate some Freudian symbolism.

 This must have been a riff on BingBong's 'bottomless' backpack. 'Core memories' started out in the film as 'golden memories' and BB was hiding them . . . somewhere . . .

In his earliest incarnation BingBong was more of a fugitive, on the run from 'Mind-Police'. I imagined his arrest photos . . .

Having retrieved all the golden memories Joy climbs out of the Memory Pit like DeNiro in 'The Mission'!

The structure of 'The Mind' was constantly re-thought; should it be vertical, horizontal? Should Joy's journey be down or up? At one point it was depicted as a fantastic city.

Here I was thinking of multiple 'Trains of Thought' that might converge in a cerebral 'Grand Central Station'.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jaws at 40

'Quint's Workshop'
Watercolour & gouache

To celebrate Jaws at 40 here's my visualization of Quint in his workshop - steaming shark jawbones and crushin' beer cans!

Monday, June 22, 2015


My first credit on a Pixar feature - I worked on this film for the first 2 years of story development. The first team were myself, James Baker and Jim Capobianco working with Michael Arndt. Story Supervisor Josh Cooley joined after he finished work on 'Cars 2'. Sam Hood joined the team with Tony Rosenast, Valerie Lapointe and Domee Shi. Shion Takeuchi came on board after she finished on 'Monsters University'. Garett Sheldrew rounded out the 'first wave'. I remember Emma Coats joined us briefly before leaving.
We worked initially with Michael Arndt before he went off to write 'Episode 7'. After Pete, Ronnie and Jonas took a trip to NYC to go behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live they invited staff writer Simon Rich to join us. He left SNL and worked at Pixar for a year or so. Arndt and Rich were fascinating collaborators and really liked working with Story Artists.
Meg LeFauve came on board with the 'second wave' of artists; Dan Chong, Yung-Han, Tony Maki, Vlad  and Tony Fucile helped out before he joined the animation dept. to consult on the character posing and do draw-overs.
L-R: Writer Simon Rich, Editor Kevin Nolting, Director Pete Docter, Producer Jonas Rivera

Pics from the wrap party May 2nd Oakland.

Story & Editorial at the crew wrap party!

The opening weekend at Disney's 'El Capitan' theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

For a long time the working title was 'The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You Inside The Mind' and crew T-shirts were made with a spoof logo.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Venice Beach sketchbook

More sketches from the neighbourhood . . .

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

'King Kamehameha' painting process

'King Kamehameha Comes Ashore'  -my interpretation of the legendary Hawaiian King.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Venice Beach

Sketchcrawl around Venice Beach

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Christians

In San Francisco while waiting on the cable car at Market & California I would kill time by sketching the locals. There would be police standing around directing traffic or a construction worker in an orange vest stopping pedestrians from getting crushed by the cable car. Amid the chaos, standing quietly and patiently were the Christian representatives with their leaflet stands and bibles. They would be there in all weather. The masses scampering to or from work never engaged with them. About the only souls to interact with them were aggressive drunks who would hurl abuse but the Christians would remain stoic or smile politely.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the trail of Replicants . . .

I headed Downtown Los Angeles to hunt down locations used in Ridley Scott's 'Bladerunner'. I made a short film of the sketch I made of the iconic interior of the amazing Bradbury Building. It was used memorably in the film as the iconic building where toy-maker J. F. Sebastian lives.

On this trip we got access to the top floor where I sketched the iconic elevator that Darryl Hannah exits in 'Bladerunner'.

 Deckard's apartment in the film was the famous 'Ennis House' in Los Feliz designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Drawing Venice

Venice, California that is. I explore the tranquil Venice canals with its beautiful houses only a few blocks from the craziness of Venice Beach.

You can see more of my painting & sketching videos here , here and here !

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014