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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!