Monday, April 20, 2009

When a Studio Was A Studio

It wasn't too long ago everybody's studio looked like this. Now we're down to a single computer, a wacom tablet and perhaps a layout pad. Amazing.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Matte Painting

The late, great Albert Whitlock was responsible for some of the most memorable matte paintings on TV and in movies. I love this photo of him next to this massive painting he created for the 1981 film Ghost Story (the one above Whitlock's is the lost city of Atlantis that I created digitally)

Technology will continue to advance, making things easier (and taking up less space) for artists, but ultimately the success or failure of the piece will depend on the innate talent of the one creating the piece.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Some prankster in Austin managed to hack into the system and add a little excitement to the commute. How can you not love the undead?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

January in Northern Illinois

I shot this image of our outdoor thermometer at about 5:30 this morning. Good thing there was no wind, otherwise it would have been almost too cold.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Faux Tilt-Shift

This is a neat effect I came across (the first time I saw it was when my wife was watching CSI) wherein an element and it's surroundings are tweaked to mimic miniature/model photography.
These are the first couple, and I plan on exploring this further. Pretty cool stuff, especially for somebody like me who was very interested in tabletop animation as a kid.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Some Winter Paintings

These are a few of my favorite (winter) paintings. I don't know why I prefer the fall & winter landscapes over those of spring & summer, but there's something about the "skeleton" of the land that I find quite appealing.

Sign O' The Times

I had to share this awesome piece created at