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Flashback Wednesdays: Personal Beliefs and Cartoons

Flashback Wednesdays. Personal Beliefs and Cartoons, or Making Products “Family Safe”.

One of the issues I encounter when creating any assignment is the moral beliefs of the individuals in charge of that project: Their views on sexuality and certain personal “beliefs” regarding non-mainstream traditions (more...)



Flashback Wednesdays: "The Ever Evolving Lola Liberty"


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Initially, what was a ten minute sketch I did for a friend (A) of Lola Bunny as the Statue of Liberty, was picked up by WBCP management for a “I NY T-shirt design for the New York City’s Warner Bros. Studio Store.

Development took longer than usual (weeks,) as non-art management and legal took over the decision of what the final look should look like, a decision usually left to the WBCP’s Character Design’s Director. After many suggestions, design control was relinquished back to the department’s art team. Dozens of variations were discarded and I went back to the original concept, “on model” and with the perspective corrected (B.)

Management got a last “input” in, when they felt that Lola, look “to much (B) like the Statue of Liberty” (?!). The final design (C), although thinner clothing wise, gave me the chance to actually made her toga more in model to Lady Liberty’s ones, which squeaked by without further management medling (D).

A moot point, because when the design was finalized, the N.Y. Warner Bros. Studio Store - along with most of the US stores, closed down and kiled the whole project. Even so, this was one the most fun designs I ever worked for, because it became a fun project to make: a realistic representation of Lola Bunny as Lady Liberty.


Flashback Wednesdays: "Where's the Kaboom?"

Flashback Wednesdays… on a Saturday this time. >.<

This drawing of Marvin the Martian and K-9 was requested by Six Flags Magic Mountain, more specifically for their park’s Looney Tunes merchandise.

While Marvin and K-9 were easy to conceptualize, I had to do some research for the style of the telescope, so it would matched the same style Chuck Jones had developed when he created Marvin the Martian - first introduced in Jones’ animated short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953.)  It was Maurice Noble background and layout, the same artist who had worked with Jones for the film, who provided the perfect inspiration for my design.

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I never saw the final product on any merchandise based on my designs, but a couple of years ago I was able to pick up this postcard at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.



Flashback Wednesdays: Jam Session

Flashback Wednesdays... on a Wednesday!. ^.^

This week’s Flashback is a rough-pencil - no inking was requested, for a line of limited prints sold at the Warner Bros. Studio Stores. For some reason, I was asked to draw the instrument’s details - knobs, keys, etc, on a second layer. After its run and with the closure of the WB stores, the image is now sold has a large-size poster, which I have signed quiet a lot-of during the last few years.

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The painting was done by David Edward Byrd.


Variety Cover

Here is the cover of the December 1996 Variety Magazine I worked on, announcing Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. acquisition of Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc.’s intellectual property.

The (WBCP) artists that illustrated this issue were myself - drawing Fred Flinstone, senior character designer San Wei Chan - Bugs Bunny and animation director Frank Espinosa - Tom and Jerry.

The issue was published right before Christmas, which made for a nice Christmas’ present.