Elephant Drawing Packet

Elephant Drawing Packet. I’ve just made my "How To Draw Elephants" packet available on my brand new website at creatureartteacher.com Please got to my website and go into the Digital Downloads section. Ive added new pages to everything you need to know about drawing elephants! In the coming weeks I’ll also be making available animated walk cycles for you up and coming animators out there! Thanks so much for your support!!

My website is up and running!!!!

Hey everyone! My website is up and running!!!! I’ve still got a lot of stuff to do to it and products to add but it’s a start. Stay tuned for digital downloads on "How to draw elephants" "How to draw big cats" and various other "How to’s…" in the coming months. I’ll also have painting tutorial videos for purchase and giclee prints of both my animal art and fantasy art! Also, Jonelle and I have teamed up in creating jewelry with tiny original animal paintings of mine. Please, please, please spread the word as I still don’t have my social media sharing buttons set up yet! I hope you enjoy! http://creatureartteacher.com/ http://www.creatureartteacher.com/ creatureartteacher.com

“Gull Sketch” oil on panel

Here is a brand new commission I just finished for a private client. It’s called "Mara River Hippo" 24"X48" oil on canvas. [email protected]

I first start with a digital comp done in Photoshop. This allows me to quickly play with my composition and easily adjust color and staging.
I next grid the digital sketch and my canvas for easier drawing transfer. After that I do a quick oil wash of yellow ochre and burnt umber to establish my rough value structure and to get rid of the white of the canvas.

Next I start laying in color starting with my darks working lighter. I also like to work sectionally, going from section of canvas to section of canvas and basically roughing each section in. I then go back later and unify all of the sections with color.

Adding the water highlights on the hippo was a good boost for me. I get bored easily and getting to see the hippo look wet and start to come to life gets me excited to keep pushing.

Here I’m starting to lay in the rapids of the river. This was very daunting but I stayed focused on thinking about the water’s form, paying close attention to value and temperature of my color and I stayed loose…but not sloppy…there’s a difference.

Starting to get the sky reflections done on the water. It’s starts to come alive at this point.

I found that I could stay fairly loose with the water then add details that would bring it all together. Small splash droplets and sun glints went a long way.

The water cascading over the hippo’s back and the foreground water was  very dependent upon paying attention to the form of the water and portraying the water’s reflections of it’s surroundings according to that form. This is how the wave feel is achieved.

“Mara River Hippo” 24″X48″ oil on canvas

Sandhill Crane incubating eggs. Ink and watercolor sketch done from life.

So Jonelle and I went up to Clermont in central Florida to visit with family. They live on a small lake. Just off shore right in their back yard they have a pair of Sandhill Cranes nesting. I went out on their dock and did an ink and watercolor sketch of this beautiful bird as it incubated two eggs. He or she was a wonderful model, never moving. I painted this on Aqua board which is a clay based material on board. For you artists out there, if you’ve never tried Aqua Board I highly recommend it. It took the watercolor beautifully and is a wonderful surface to paint on. 

6 paintings I have in inventory

These are 6 paintings I have in inventory at the moment and am selling. These are the actual frames on the pieces. I can give prices upon request via email.

“The Matriarch” 46″X62″ framed dimensions oil on board Sold

“Savannah Gold” 40″X70″ framed dimensions – oil on canvas (Please disregard the cardboard corner protectors on the bottom of the frame)
“Ring Billed Gull” 23.5″X35.5″ framed dimensions – oil on canvas

Low Tide” 48.5″X60.5″ framed dimensions

“Bedding Down – Bison” 35.5″X45.5″ framed dimensions – oil on canvas
“Feathers and Light – Ring Billed Gull” 27″X33″ framed dimensions –  watercolor on paper

The Painting That Inspired Brother Bear

This was an oil painting I did back in 1994 after returning from my first painting trip to Alaska. I used this painting as part of my pitch to get the job making Brother Bear. It’s called "Spring Runoff" 30"X48" oil on canvas

“Spring Runoff” oil on canvas 30″X48″

The first thing to do when beginning any animated scene is to thumbnail. Thumbnailing is to do little drawings exploring the posing and acting of a character in a scene. Here are some from early in my career.

In the movie Beauty and the Beast one of the sequences I animated was Beast in front of the fireplace having been wounded by the wolves. Belle is trying to clean his wounds and they get into a fight. I spent three weeks figuring out the sequence before doing any animation. I did piles and piles of thumbnails working closely with Glen Keane.

Continue reading The first thing to do when beginning any animated scene is to thumbnail. Thumbnailing is to do little drawings exploring the posing and acting of a character in a scene. Here are some from early in my career.

Old Animation Design Drawings

In packing my home, I’ve come across some old animation design drawings I’ve done over the years. These particular drawings are from Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, and Brother Bear

These are a few life drawings I did of tigers in preparation for creating Rajah from Aladdin

The next few were from early in the design process

Here is where I finally hit the design that ended up in the film.

These are few life drawings I did from lions that were brought into the studio at the beginning of production on The Lion King

These next few sets of drawings I did were from the design process of creating Young Nala

These drawings are from creating the Ancestral Ghosts from Mulan

These were little pen and marker thumb-nails I created in trying to find different compositions for a mountain climbing scene in Brother Bear.

The Legend of Tembo – Here are some concept paintings and character designs I created during the Development of The Legend of Tembo

These images are from a film I was co-directing called “The Legend of Tembo”. I am always deeply involved in the design of the films I am directing. I try to create the images that I am trying to explain to people on the crew. I feel it is much better to show than to explain. It gives a clearer picture to the Art Director, modelers, lighters, and animators. This cuts down tremendously on the number of iterations needed to achieve whatever it is we are shooting for this in turn eases the impact on the budget of the film.

Legend of Tembo Pencil Test

Here is a pencil test I did early in the development of “The Legend of Tembo”. I wanted the riggers and animators to see what I had in my head as far as movement and personality for young Tembo:


Here are a few old Mulan designs I found…

Here are a few drawings from when I was doing some design work at that beginning of Mulan. I ultimately was the supervising animator for Yao and the Ancestors but I helped on a number of different things in the beginning. These were a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the charcoal. This is not even a fraction of the hundreds of drawings I did.