31 août 2019

bug diaries - part 1

Back in November 2017 I moved to Kilkenny to work on Lighthouse Studios very first project. Bug Diairies is a lovely kids show telling the adventures of Fly, Worm and Spider, based on the books by Doreen Cronin. 
I had the role of lead background artist and was able to bring my experience and a little bit of myself as well, thanks to trustworthy supervisors. It was my first time working on a series and tackling the deadline of two backgrounds a day was quite challenging! But I'm very happy with the reasult. Hope you enjoy this selction of backgrounds and colorkeys I did back then.

Ep 1 - Canine Cruise
Ep 2 - House Spider

Ep 3 - Fly's Picnic Problem
Ep 4 - Worm's New Digs
Ep 5 - Dump Of Dreams
all these images are © Amazon Prime

16 juillet 2019


Last June I went on a trip in the South West of Ireland; driving from Skibbereen to Dingle, exploring a piece of every peninsula on the way. What a wonderful part of the world! I was blown away by the landscapes, mixing ocean with mountains, and bold rocky plains with mighty forests. I even got some time to paint! So here are the three pieces I did on location, in Kerry and Dingle.

21 novembre 2018

the grinch - whoville

Here are a few early visual development work of Whoville. It is so enjoyable to play with the organic shapes of Dr. Seuss' style. I wish I could visit this place! 

the grinch - cindy lou and family

It goes back to 2015 when I got the chance to work on Illumination's "The Grinch". I've been part of the early stages of production, doing concept art and character design. It was a super exciting time, I had loads of fun and learned a lot.
Unfortunately, after 6 full months of character design, it was decided to put all my work to the bin and start again with a different direction. So non of these designs ended up in the movie. This was a bit frustrating, and I've been offered the opportunity to work on Despicable Me 3 so I left the project. 
But I feel very lucky that they gave me the chance to work on these characters. I'd like to thank Colin Stimpson, Yarrow Cheney and Pete Candeland for that, it really was a great time!  Also congratulations to the whole team, this movie looks beautiful!

Here are some designs of Cindy Lou and her parents. Designing those characters was a long and touchy process. I'm glad to finally be able to share them!

the grinch - secondary characters

Bricklebaum is the Grinch's closest neighbour, and he's crazy enthousiastic about Christmas. There was many iterations for that guy but this one was my favourite. I would have loved to see him animated.

At the time, Groopert was Cindy-Lou's best friend. He's a very sweet, shy and clumsy, and of course very much in love with her...

Here's the proud mayor of Whoville. He's quite short, and that is why he's probably trying to compensate with a big moustache, or a big hat, or a big medal...

the grinch - the whos

Meet the whos! It was so much fun drawing these people. From quick sketches to final color designs, I had to design a whole line-up of tertiary characters that would fill the streets of Whoville. I liked imagining stories for each one of them. It's funny how I grew emotional for all those little guys.

Some color explorations, trying to get a nice palette for the crowd.