Sunday, September 24, 2006

Venture Brothers Season 2, pt. 6

I was fortunate enough to be listed twice in the credits of "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner", which aired a couple of weeks ago. I worked as a designer on the show, creating new characters and props, which is what I did for the whole season. After I finished up my design position in early January '06, I got a few calls in the months afterwards to pick up some additional freelance work on the show, which was usually design work that had fallen through the cracks. As it turned out, I was also asked to help out on storyboard revisions for a couple of episodes. The following are 'board revisions for "Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner".

Board Revisions are generally what you might guess they are, mainly additional work putting the characters on model (like the above pages that feature Dean Venture), or sometimes completely redrawing scene angles, etc. (examples shown below), based on those little thumbnail, post-it note fixes that I keep mentioning Mr. Publick would constantly churn out (in addition to writing, designing, and voice acting for the show, along with a million other things not mentioned here). All my work that you see here is done in a thick black ink line on top of the work that the board artist did.

I think these next pages of boards were cut out of the final production.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Summer Camp of Death!

OK. So I know this is a little bit of a cheat for a blog devoted to adult swim. I have reasons though. Having worked on adult swim shows for almost 10 years now, I've come up with a few ideas that I've pitched to the guys at Williams Street. Here's a sample of the one I'm pitching to them now, and that I think has the strongest chance of getting picked up. Please check it out, and enjoy!


I've written a pilot and am now onto the second script. I'd love to hear from you to see what you think. If you'd like to see more about this would-be adult swim project, please visit There you can find more movies, sketchbook drawings, and free stickers! So what do you think? Could you sit through 15 minutes of this?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Clowning

A little more from this old episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force #38. Here's the original design for the slutty chick that gets with Carl.

Here's another final pencil test:


For some reason I did have enough time to put in a considerable amount of work on the animation of this three-quarter run cycle scene. I must have felt the sincere need to portray this fifty year old, would-be girlfriend of Carl running in the funniest way possible, as some sort of icing on the cake of any ATHF animation I was doing at the time. This sort of thing was a real rarety on the show. Probably that and also a mixture of not having anything better to do. At this point in the story, she's running away in terror as the first to witness Carl's hideous mutation into a host for a clown-demon from another dimension, I think...

Friday, September 08, 2006

One of my Favorite Scenes

Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode #38, "The Clowing"

Here's one of my favorite scenes that Charles Zoubek, one of Atlanta's talented animators, and yours truly created sometime around the month of September of 2003.



This is what I call a final pencil test. This was always the last step in the production to check everything, making sure the layers fit perfectly, the mouths fit perfectly, the color, etc. Then we would ship it over to Cartoon Network to be composited into the finished scene.