Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ethan Poses

I really like how Ethan's character design is coming along. Every time I look at him, he makes me smile. That's a good sign.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ethan Turnaround

I drew a character turnaround of my cartoon character, Ethan, in preparation to animate him for my production company tag which will be at the end of all of my videos.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Soboroff vs. Reiner Cartoon

I attended a surprisingly entertaining debate between the director, Rob Reiner and Steve Soboroff, a real estate developer in Malibu. This news article sums up the topic pretty well. But what kept me most entertained during this televised event was drawing this cartoon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Day, Another Kickstarter

I am growing quite fond of producing Kickstarter videos. Especially when working for an energetic and fun client like Jeff Siadek, a veteran Board Game Designer. Jeff wrote the script for the "Desert Island Kickstarter Video" and gave me full creative license over executing of his vision. Fortunately we share a similar sense of humor and the result is really quirky and entertaining. Click the picture below to watch the video!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Production Company Logo

I'm starting a production company that produces commercial and narrative videos for the internet, film, and television, and I've been racking my brains trying to design a logo. These two designs are based off of Ethan, the main character in a novel I'm writing called The Occupational Dreamer. Ethan is a graphic novelist who travels into his imagination, disguised in a sleeper gown, to save it from the social pressures that threaten to destroy it. In this pose he is falling from the sky. He is joyful because he is in complete control of his fall. He took the leap of faith and is living the dream. Ethan embodies the mission of my company to realize dreams on the big screen.

I still think these designs are too complicated. When I shrink them down to the size of an app icon for an iPhone they become unreadable. I want the logo to be readable at any size and iconic like the Apple logo, Playboy logo, or Lacoste logo. Though I love this design concept, I'm not sure how to simplify it so it will work when shrunk down. When people look at the logo I want them to feel like they're falling into a dreamlike state which is kind of like we do when we watch movies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Business Card

I kept getting asked for my business card on film sets and while socializing in public so I decided to appease the masses. I designed a simple logo for maximum readability. It features: two colors, 2D shapes, and a circular composition. I also wanted it to feature one of my cartoon characters. So I chose Ethan to be my mascot. He's looking up to the right dreaming up his next big idea and he's wearing a sleeping cap which has a whole story behind it.

I was going to make up a production company name, but really this card is highlighting me and my skills, not some fictional company. I broke a rule I have of marketing myself as one thing by branding myself as "the one man studio". I say this phrase all the time when people ask me what I do cause it's true, I do everything video production related. Who knows, maybe I'll pass 50 copies of these babies out and get no callbacks. In that case I'll design different cards, but right now I think this sucker looks hella cool!