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Some early visual development set in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Columbus in the Baffin Islands.

Historical figures. One of the coolest things about this film was that different time periods meant vastly different characters. The look all the characters were based on Jay Ward’s world. We worked in the elegantly cartoony style of Joe Moshier.
I was fortunate enough to work on some characters. In the order of placement: Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln, Einstein, Isaac Newton…

All images are property of DreamWorks Animation.

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I was in China not too long ago. It felt like months even though it was only three weeks. I visited family and explored the Yunnan Province. This part of China sits at the center of the Golden Triangle, which is a lucrative trade relationship between its neighboring countries, Laos, Burma and Thailand. We started in Kunming and stayed on the Yunnan-Tibet Road, which of course, is a path that links China to Tibet. Our furthest destination was the devastatingly beautiful Shangri-La. This trip made a lasting impression on me in ways I can’t even begin to describe. Strangely, it’s easier to explain in Chinese. China seems to be a place of enormous contradictions. Such beauty and history, yet great economic disparity and destruction. Lots of destruction and constant building.  When I got back, Gallery Nucleus asked me to be apart of their travel themed show, Adventure Awaits! It was just the perfect opportunity to reflect on my trip artistically. I’m so happy to have my work hung up by some pretty badass illustrators. The opening night is tomorrow, 5/24, so if you’re in LA, check it out! The following two pieces are in the show. 

Duplicitous personalities have always fascinated me. I am simultaneously indignant and impressed when I see someone pull it off. To a certain extent, everyone does it. Its a form of defense or adaptation to change.

On the note change, I feel like a different person looking back on this year. Coincidentally, a friend told me this is a common depiction is Janus, the Roman god of passage. One face looks to the future and the other to the past. The month of January is named after him.

Happy New Year!