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Welcome to my my Portfolio Page.

This is where you'll find my professional work (and some personal pieces as well).

As always, I'm unable to post my current work, as it's for films that have yet to hit the big screen.

Don't forget to visit my BLOG. There's more of my work there, plus a bunch of other fun stuff.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Boxtrolls

Here are a few pieces I did for The Boxtrolls.

When I joined the project, a lot of exploration had already been done by a number of great designers to try to find a look for the film that the studio and the directors were happy with. Tom McClure and Michele Breton were doing the most interesting work and ended up as the two senior designers on the show. The layout for this first painting was done by both of them working back and forth over the same drawing. I then did the painting, and our style was born.

Tavern Street

The Boxtroll Cavern.

Market Square.

Originally, there were five Redhats. This guy, Mr. Gristle was cut from the final lineup...though his name was adopted by the short Redhat whose name was originally Mr. Crabs. The character was designed by Mike Smith and this painting was based on a sculpt by Kent Melton.

(Original) Mr. Gristle

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Here are some Witch's Castles I was developing for a project at DreamWorks that got shelved. It was a cool project, and sadly it'll probably never see the light of day.

This is the interior of the room below the central dome, from the first image.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Abstract Environments

I know it's been a while since I've posted. Been pretty busy on a bunch of projects. Difficult to post that stuff for obvious reasons. But here's some new stuff...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puss In Boots

Finally...some stuff I can show!
Way back in 2008, I worked for a few months helping to develop Puss In Boots. Here's a couple character concept paintings I did.

Credit for the design of this character, goes to a lot of people. This early version was designed by Patrick Mate, Sylvain Deboissy, Takao Noguchi, and myself. At that point, we were going for a much more dynamic look for her. Stark black and white; clean lines; smooth, shiny fur...the cat version of Emma Peel. It was important that she had a very different look from that of Puss. We didn't want her to look like we cheaped out and just used the model for Puss with a different color scheme.

Funny note about this painting: It was leaked a year and a half ago by someone at DreamWorks (not sure if it was leaked or "released") as a sneak peak at Puss's new counterpart, and it ended up all over the net. Ha, ha!

Humpty was designed by Character Designer, Patrick Mate. I did this painting over an early model done by Modeling Supervisor, Tony Williams.

Sometimes, I'll bring these kinds of paintings to an extremely high level of finish and detail. This was done as a design for the finished look of the textures for this character, and I didn't want there to be ANY questions as to what it should look like. Yes, there's some photo collage.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Metrocity Burning

Finally... a movie I worked on came out so I can post something!!! Yes friends, I worked on Mega Mind, and did one whole painting....which for some reason didn't end up in the Art Of book. Thank goodness for the internet, because that's the only place you're ever gonna to see this one.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Wreck of the Albatross

This is an illustration from a personal project I'm developing.'s a secret. If you recognize the BG, give yourself a pat on the have good eyes. Yes, I "borrowed" it from one of my Surf's Up paintings. Hey, I designed the original...I can steal from myself if I want!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Death Valley Sketch

I finally found a couple of my paintings from the Prince of Egypt Background Department painting trip to Death Valley. Here's the best one...

We were painting in the middle of a large patch of sand dunes, when the wind started blowing. It whipped up the sand into a mini sandstorm. The sand went everywhere and got into everything...including our paint. If you run your hand across it, the painting feels like sandpaper. It finally got so bad that we all ended up wearing out sweatshirts around our faces to keep the sand out of our eyes. We looked like Bedouins.

Friday, April 23, 2010


I painted this portrait of my wife a few years back to be used as a prop in one of my many Halloween setups at our house. I was a projected ghost painting the portrait. Sadly I don't have any pictures of the final effect. But you can see a similar effect I put together of a ghost playing the piano in our front window.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Alien Project

It's been a while since I posted any professional work...mostly because I can't post work from films that haven't been released yet.

A few years back I did some early development work for a film I'll call it the "Alien Project". I worked on it for about a year, then I left the studio. Last I heard, they'd shelved the here's some of my work. Sorry, I can't divulge the story...just in case they decide to start back up again.

These utilize a cool mirror image technique developed by Scott Robertson. Check out his new book Alien Race, published by Design Studio Press. It's awesome!!! There are several examples of alien heads done using the same technique. Thanks Scott!


This one was inspired by a sketch by John Bevelheimer.





Architecture made out of giant seed pods (WTF???) (^-^)

Architecture made out of salvaged spaceship parts. (See "Crash Site" above.) Sorry, I can't explain the connection...but it was a story point.
The basic design for this was inspired by the early work of visionary architect, Lebbeus Woods.


Saturday, February 21, 2009


My family and I spent a few weeks in Italy last summer. There's so much art there - it's impossible not to be inspired. Of course I shot tons of pictures! Here's a painting based on one of them.

Once again, I painted this using Corel Painter. Though I do most of my work in Photoshop, for getting the look of oil paint, Painter still can't be beat.

Here's my lay in...after about an hour of work. One of the nice things about digital painting, is you can keep the early versions of paintings. Often, the under painting is just as interesting as the final product.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday Morning Sketch

Here's a quick sketch I did in Painter yesterday morning while I was waiting for my family to wake up. Painter's insanely overcomplicated, but there's a few things about it that I love - like their "Oil" brushes. Not the new ones from version 10, which are clunky...but the original ones. My favorites are the brushes called "Smeary Round" and "Smeary Flat". What's cool about them is that they can apply color and smear color in the same stroke. No changing tools. Something Photoshop can't least not yet (hint, hint Adobe...).

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Prince of Egypt: 10 Year Anniversary

Today was the tenth anniversary of the release of The Prince of Egypt. In honor of that, here are a few more of my POE paintings.

Layout: Darek Gogol.

Layout: Darek Gogol.

Layout: Darek Gogol.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Yes, I do draw from time to time. Here are a few rare Paul Lasaine layout drawings done for a film at Dreamworks that'll probably never grace the silver screen. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to show them, but's been more than 5 years for crying out loud. There's gotta be some kind of statute of limitations for this kind of thing.

They're mostly black Sharpie on white paper. I used several pens in various stages of life. Some were very dry. I drew the facade in the first and last drawings separately, then composited it into the final drawings in Photoshop.