Monday, December 19, 2005

Superman Lives ( but not for too long )


As many of you may know next year is going to have the release of the Bryan Singer helmed " Superman Returns " . Expectations are high about the big screen return of the Man Of Steel. What many don't know is what a long process it has been.

The above drawing is a concept sketch that was done by Kerry Gamill for the aborted attempt at a Supes flick called " Superman Lives " , which was going to be directed by Tim Burton from a script by Kevin Smith, which was loosely based on the Death Of Superman story arc from the comics.

They even had the Man Of Steel cast..It was none other than......Nic Cage. Yup, Nic Cage, he of quirky characters and receding hairline was going to play Superman, and naturally it was ready for the suckage. I've read the Smith script and honestly I thought it was awful, filled with polar bears and gadgets for Superman to use ( he had claimed that most of this had come down from producer Jon Peters, who was more interested in merchandising than actual making a good movie ). I also think that Burton would have been horrible as a director..His directing style would not have worked for Superman, and we'd have to deal with a Danny Elfman score ( look I like the guy's work, but he's done like 3 comic movies, and the only standout was Batman )..But luckily a kryptonite truck smashed into this project, and it was dead.

However a site called Kal-El.org has a great page of all the conceptual artwork that had gone into the pre-production and you can check it out HERE

Also if you want to know more about all the behind the scenes craziness that went on with this production Cinescape has a great article and you can read it HERE

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sims 2 PSP Character Designs


The most recent game which I worked on " The Sims 2 " for the PSP was released last week, just in time to be shoved in stockings or under the tree ( gotta shill the product ). It was the very first PSP title I have worked on and this one was thee largest game I worked on period. One of the coolest things about this project was that it wasn't a direct port of the PC game, our company was able to come up with a unique design, animations and characters.

Below, are some of the original concepts I sketched out. Our designer had given us a few lines on the character, and then my Animation Lead Andrew and I brainstormed about what we felt they should be like, and then the sketches ( and multiple revisions ) began.

It's been getting some good reviews , most critics are down on the constant load times, but it's a big ass game thrown onto a small ass disc. Overall though they have liked the art and design, so
if you like the Sims, go ahead and check it out.

Here are the sketches of some of the local residents and odd characters who reside in " Strangetown ", which is an Area 51/Roswell/Twin Peaks type of town. I'll post more when I can



*Hoot Howell color by Andrew Brinkworth

Thursday, December 08, 2005

All This Crap Happened On My Birthday

So today is December 8th and 31 years ago I was brought forth into this world, and have since filled it with thousands of drawings, drank gallons upon gallons of cheap alchohol, made over a dozen videogames, and caused about 48 " uncomfortable silences " during a conversation.

But this day is rich in history and events, as I discovered:

-In musical tragedy both John Lennon ( 1980 ) and Pantera guitarist " Dimebag " Darrell were gunned down. ( Lennon killed the Beatles, but that wasn't on my birthday )

-In 1941 The U.S entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan. ( After this we were able to see all the great propanganda cartoons as animated by both the Disney and Warner Brothers studios )

-In 1813 Beethoven's "Opus 92: Symphony No. 7 in A major" was performed for the first time.

-In 1968 Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days after he quit the Hollies.

- In 1960 Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.

-In 1987 U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty agreeing to destroy their nations' arsenals of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

- For Catholic folks, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The theory holds that Mary, mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment she was conceived. ( This was a HUGE bonus for me, because we got December 8th off , EVERY year I was in Catholic school..So I had my birthday off every year...And I skipped Mass )

In 1990 "Wiseguy" was aired for the last time on CBS ( Man that sucked, if you've never seen it, this was an awesome show, it also was the start of B-Movie babe Joan Severance's career )

-In 1997 I got so drunk that I puked all over some chicks heating vent after discovering I can't hold down vodka at an early Christmas party..The impending smell angered the hostess and I was " ratted out " by a fellow party-goer as the culprit.. I immediately said the reason I had gotten sick was because I was allergic to dairy and was made un-aware that the finger food consisted of cheese...The hostess felt bad and apologized.

Here are some other known folks who also share today as their birthday:
Diego Rivera 1886
Sammy Davis, Jr. 1925
David Carradine 1936
Jim Morrison 1943
Kim Basinger 1953
Teri Hatcher 1964 ( Man two chicks who I had MAJOR b-Day wood over at some point )
Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys 1966

facts by on-this-day.com

Monday, December 05, 2005

G-Chick


Here is another character concept I did for an original game idea our company was developing. Without going into to much detail, it basically was about different groups ( based on musical genre's ) who would have battles based on music..I know it's all vague, but I can't giveaway to much.

I was assigned " Hip-Hop" so I came up with a bunch of different characters ( Here are my older posts of the HOMEBOY and HOMEGIRL ) and this was my Beyonce-type G-Chick.

These were fun, as it stretched my style a bit, and it's a bonus to have to look at Beyonce pics all day for inspiration..Ah, the grind!

Oh and as far as Hip-Hop and Rap, do yourselfs a favor and check out the Q-Unit....It's a " mash-up" of 50 Cent lyrics with the rock riffs of Queen...Check it owt HERE

Ya HURD ME!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Kick'N Back

My Disney Cruise to the Bahamas was Gr8, it was the first time this Seattle transplant via Jersey had ever set foot in some blue water.. They say a picture is worth a thousand
words, and I thought this pic best summed up my trip.



Oh, and as I took this picture I was getting a shoulder massage from a beautiful Bahama mama..I also had two more flanking me on each side as they gently swayed palm leaves to fan my sweaty brow.

Seriously.