“We did so many different versions [of Mother Gothel]. They came close, but didn’t quite get there. They Byron Howard did some designs. The [final version] is based primarily on Byron’s drawings, though it also combined all the drawings Glen [Keane] did. […] Somehow it all got mixed together.”

– Clay Kaytis, animation supervisor on Disney’s Tangled

Shown above: Byron Howard’s concept art for Mother Gothel

Via: The Art of Tangled


This weekend the Angry Birds Movie premieres! It has been an amazing experience being the Production Designer of this film. I’ve had the honor collaborating with an extremely talented group. I want to thank John Cohen, Catherine Winder, Clay Kaytis, Fergal Riley and the rest of the team for the trust and support.

Here is a small sample of my work from the film. Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more in-depth details of how we transformed the popular mobile game series into a spectacular world. Now go see the movie!


Fun fact! The end credits were pitched, boarded, designed, animated, edited….etc by the animation department! We did get some amazing help from some very talented effects artists on a few of the shots. This truly felt like an art project. Start to finish, the end credits took around 6 weeks. Here is a small section I animated. Clay Kaytis and I boarded it in a couple weeks, then Zach Parrish and Nathan Engelhardt did the amazing layout/previs for it. Then we had a small team of animators execute different cards. I think its obvious that everybody was having fun working on these end credits. (at Walt Disney Studios)

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A little over 2 years ago I was given the opportunity to join the Rovio Animation team for an experience so great I could have never imagined. I am so happy and proud to have been apart of this project and work on such a beautiful film lush in design, humor, heart and friendship, and the same goes for the crew… We got to do things we’ve never done before, go places we’ve never gone before, smell things we never smelled before (The Wizard), given responsibilities we never had before and made a ton of life long friends along the way, and it all wouldn’t have been possible with out the leadership of our great friend and Production Designer, Pete Oswald. You’re the best, thanks man!

I’d also like to thank our Directors Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly and Producers John Cohen & Catherine Winder, all for contributing to the best working experience of my life. Its been RAD.

Now go see the movie! 2 or 3 times to take it all in!

(Images 2,3,5 based on concepts by John Nevarez)


NEW VIDEO The Angry Birds Review

Talking about a very corporate animated kids movie based on a smart phone app. 

Well y’all I can finally tell you guys what I’ve been working on as a Jr. Story Artist for almost a year, since I started the end of October last year. I’m working on the Sony Animated movie, The Angry Birds Movie! Yayyyyyy! Anyways, today they released the first look image of the movie featuring Chuck, Red, and Bomb, as well as the voice actors right here: 

I’m super thankful to be working with directors, Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, one because they worked on animated films that inspired me to pursue animation (Clay worked on Tangled as animation supervisor and other Disney films, and Fergal worked in story on The Iron Giant and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), and two they are both very cool to work with. Anyways be sure to catch the movie in summer 2016 guys! :D