12/14/11

Happy New Year







Here are some designs/layouts for a New Years card at American Greetings.  I worked with Jenna Bors -- who did an amazing job adapting and helping to animate these graphic treatments into a 3D environment (in Maya)...
Music from Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea.

You can view or send the card by clicking HERE:  "A wish for the new year"
Or check out a high-resolution version here:  "A bigger wish for the new year"

12/5/11

....more Merry Christmas

Here's another Christmas piece that was just released -- and I was thrilled to be able to work on it with my friend, Michelle Tessier (a super talented and versatile illustrator/animator/storyteller)!  I designed the characters a few months back, and she worked out the rest!  T'was a big sigh of relief for me - since we were overbooked on creating new holiday content at Am. Greetings.  Also - many thanks to Steve Belfer, my art director at AG (and mutual colleague of Michelle), for bringing her on board...  we couldn't have done this without her...


Check out more of Michelle's work here: michelletessier.blogspot.com
View or send the card here:  American Greetings

11/21/11

Merry Christmas



Here's the second card that I did with Lauren Alane's felted birds... and once again it was one of my favorite projects of the year to put together...  The turnaround time was too short to really develop the story and animation, but those limitations didn't seem to stop this little critter from being as cute as could be!  Thanks again to Paulina Hernandez for her amazing end copy design... and to Mike Murray and his team for the audio.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays-

Preview or send the card here:  American Greetings
oooorrrrr....  look at it in it's full glory: Chirpy X-mas 



10/18/11

Border-Collie-rado

Zippy (left) and Darby (right)... in the back of our wagon on a recent trip to Colorado (this photo was taken near the summit of Independence Pass - at the continental divide).

9/22/11

Autumn To Winter




...some designs from an animated card that I just finished for Thanksgiving.  Thanks to Jenna Bors for her assistance and Paulina Hernandez for the cool end copy design...  Yum, turkeys!

Preview or send the card here: americangreetings.com
Or check it out here on Vimeo: Big Bird

7/22/11

Some Character Design...










...some character development for a project in the works.

7/19/11

Birthday Birdies


When American Greetings contracted designer Lauren Alane to make some of her felted birds for their site, I jumped at the chance to put together an animated version!  Check out her website to see some of the cutest little critters ever:  www.laurenalane.com

Lauren supplied us with all the designs, and her husband Joey took care of the photography.  Everything was shot from various angles and brought into After Effects to create a stop-motion type hybrid animation.

Click here to see it properly on the Am. Greetings site:  Chirpy Birthday
Or check it out here in HD on Vimeo:  Bigger Chirpy

7/7/11

Animation Test...

This is an animation test I did for a pitch. I photographed a 180 degree turnaround of this sock puppet (made by Jenn Branch) and did the rest in After Effects. It was fun new technique to try out...

Click here to see the result of this experiment:  Sock Puppet!

Halloween

I've always loved silhouette puppet animation, so I was really excited when American Greetings assigned me this piece!  It started with a short story written by Ken Gilroy at Am. Greetings... which I adapted into a little short for Halloween.  Here are some stills (and designs) from the project (visually influenced by one of my favorite animation artists, Lotte Reineger)...  I kind of ran out of time at the end, so there are a few shots that aren't quite done - but it seems to hold up ok.





Preview or send the card here:  American Greetings
Or for the full resolution experience: Halloween Silhouette

6/1/11

Fathers Day

Here's an unofficial version of a Fathers Day card that I recently completed for Am. Greetings.  It's posted here as more of a "director's cut" because I really wanted it to be in black and white (vs. color which was the actual version).  If you dig deep enough - you can find it on the American Greetings website...  Anyway- here's my take on it, which serves as a good reminder of what can be concepted, designed, and animated in 1 week (with a team of 1)!  Oops, that's not true - Heather Dunn designed the yummy manwich and bear rug. I wish I had a bear rug.


Roll the clip:  Fathers Day!

4/4/11

Mother's Day Card

Here are some designs for a Mother's Day card that I just finished for American Greetings.  Thanks to Mike Murray and crew for the lovely music!


Preview and send the card here: American Greetings.com

2/15/11

PIPPINO

Here are a few of the main characters I designed for "PIPPINO" - a project that that I'm working on with Chan Poling. It's currently in development as a book (and potentially an animated film) using Chan's music and based on his original story about a lonely chimney sweep who falls in love with a toy maker's assistant and gets trapped in a toy world!



1/1/11

Happy New Year!

Flowers!
Check it out at American Greetings:  Always Here for You