Thursday, March 8, 2018

SEASONAL HEART - Squanchgames Sketch Prompt

Oh, the belated Valentines day card. This was for our Squanchgames sketch club prompt, 'valentines day mascot'. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

HOT DOG TIME MACHINE - Squanchgames Sketch Prompt

Squanchgames does a weekly prompt thats open to the public on Instagram. This weeks prompt was 'hot dog machine'. The previous weeks prompt was 'some f*****g shape', originally just a swirl of a brushstroke that your supposed to make something out of using the same shape and stroke. Thought it would be fun to capture the whole Rick and Morty/McDonald's riot, with a crab/dragon a la 'Mushu' from Mulan going AWOL for szechuan sauce.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Our company had a sketch prompt this week of "undiscovered species" and thus, this was born.

#1 DAD

I had to document a funny moment driving through Massachusetts with my family. A crazy driver next to us was blaring his horn uncontrollably and flicking me off incessantly as I continued to stay in my lane and wonder WTF! As he sped off, my son thought he was trying to race our car and that his gracious middle finger communicated that I was number one in his eyes! Ha!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017


A little late on posting these Inktober pieces but I thought they were silly enough to put up. At Squanchtendo we do sketch prompts every week based on a funny title or saying and these drawings are part of us just having fun. First off I always wanted to depict the Santa Ana Winds having grown up in LA my whole life, hot....dry....devil winds (fan art based on a game title you like- sketch prompt- mine was Cuphead inspired). ChhhHHHiiiiIIIiiiPPPpppSSSSsss, chip demon. Next prompt was Hot Dog Jones and did my best at a fake movie poster. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Inktober! Well ok, most of this is digital, but it started on paper with ink so it still counts in my book. First off is Moon Bone? bone moon? cemetery moon? you get the drift, a hollow moon propelled by some mystic energy core was the idea. Next is a spider fairy eating her young. Lastly, beware of Zombie Hog! A new super villain who's pissed by the consumerist holiday of Halloween overshadowing Groundhog day, the original holiday where everybody got dressed up and share treats, is here to reclaim his holiday.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I was so excited when a friend of mine whom is making a live action horror movie approached me to try something different for a change and try my hand at concepting a night terror demon in a realistic fashion, that will hopefully still use a prosthetic version of this creature in the film. There were many rounds of sketches which eventually were distilled down into a cheaper version of the original design for budgetary reasons. Looking into the subject and the many stories of people waking up feeling held down with unexplained scratches on their skin, or a weight on their chest and hallucinating a shadowy figure appearing above them sound terrifying to say the least. The cultural differences in its folklore are quite fascinating too. The first known oil painting to be depicted of the subject is by an artist Henry Fuseli, "The Nightmare" painted in 1781, which was received with much fanfare at the time and its composition used as a starting point to lampoon political figures of the era.  

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rock n' Roll Suicide - A tribute

So many legends, so little wall space. This is a Mt. Rushmore take on dead rock stars. This previous year claimed one too many of the greats. I lost momentum on a Bowie painting I started but never completed, so this was born...and mostly completed. From Morrison dying in a bathtub or Hendrix choking on his own vomit there are so many mysteries remaining unsolved of all of their untimely deaths. RIP.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

FUTURE WORM! - Future granny Danny lair and the eater of stars Solip Nihilios

Future Granny Danny's lair concept sketch from the 'Assassin Parrot' episode shows off her collection of Danny's from infinite universe's. We came up with at least 120 different Danny's or more, my favorite being poodle Danny or Cosmic Danny. Next one is a rough stomach interior sketch for the "O' Brother Here Art Thou" episode introducing Shucks Hayseed who is a tapeworm feasting on the insides of Danny. At one point Danny starts feeling really sick so within the red stalk forrest I wanted to show some ghastly acid pits. As Danny pounds some Gatorade, red glowing balls descend upon our characters acting as electrolytes. Next are some rough sketchbook pages of mine comped together with the final version of Solip Nihilios, born from a super nova and eater of stars. This took many hands to perfect, and went through dozens of design changes but this was my favorite character of the season by far. He needed to look ethereal, otherworldly, ominous yet still emote softly by episodes end once Paco and Ruby make him develop feelings. And lastly a rough of the gigantic, mutated bunny rabbit as seen in "The World According to Larp".     

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FUTURE WORM! - Time Travel Council concept sketch

Danny and Fyootch get thrown off course traveling back in time in an attempt to avoid being grounded at home, committing what the time travelers council have deemed a time crime. Danny challenges their punishment with the Mutu Mutu defense and faces off with each bizarre council members dominate talents and stupid human tricks.  


It's Inktober and you know what that means...let the inking of ghoulish creatures begin! I really enjoy seeing all the ink sketches people are producing this month. I'm not sure what this is, but I came home one late windy night and observed a palm tree swaying in our backyard and it hypnotized me into drawing this. Can you name this beast?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FUTURE WORM! - Barl Time Tunnel Highway

BarrRRLLL!!! Heres a concept sketch I did for the Barl episode. The tunnel called for some psychedelic animation with sky patterns floating by and the time tunnels color evolves as the story delves deeper within it. At first sight its calming blues makes it feel serene, when technically we're going over 200 MPH but the slow streamline highlights animating smoothly in the air makes it seem as if time has slowed down inside of barls car. Soon after a pitstop, the pace picks up when faced with the catlike iron bar time punks, inspired by the Mad Max 'Fury Road' characters, where the atmosphere needed to feel more like your life is in danger.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FUTURE WORM! - The End of Time Concepts

Danny and Future Worm go so far into the future until they reach the 'End of Time', where all information has collapsed into a singularity in seek of wisdom from "You Know It!" the End of Time played by Ron Funches. We first see the second image, where the universe ends at a black hole which at first is meant to mislead the audience into thinking its an mysteriously ominous place to be when they portal through the white light into The End of Time's bachelor pad apartment for some grilled sandies' to lighten the mood. I did a rough mock up of the black hole exterior and Joey McCormick did the clean up of the black hole Bg helping add in some alien occult symbols moving like Saturn's rings around the gridded ground plane, this is still the rough paint I did to get the concept across, not final paint. The first image is of the End of Times' kitchen in space which I liked the idea of still seeing space spin around outside of the kitchen so theres always a grandiose movement of the universe outside. Last is the character 'The End of Time', I had fun exploring what this character could be. Devon Roth worked out the final body shape with a photorealistic space card for his body color.  We landed on the top right for the episode with a globe of meridians spinning inside, my personal favorite is still the lazier looking one in sweatpants. I just liked the idea that heres a character with a lot of time to kill at the end of space and time just hanging in a crappy apartment exposed to the elements freely floating in space.   

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FUTURE WORM! - Porthole to the Lizard Hole

Danny and Future Worm stumble across a 1000 year old Spiderian vs. Lizardian war in "Porthole to the Lizard Hole" featuring Andy Daly as Mr. Zarlid, a lizard man disguised as a human teacher whose concealed first purpose is to inspire Danny to fulfill the prophecy of the Gem Force Five. The first image is a rough concept painting to stage the Spiderians vs Lizardians war. I had fun with the idea of it feeling like an entire universe with its own solar system living beneath the local run down school above. Next is Killah-Pilla, Bugs beastly answer to her battlebot problems with the aid of an engine from the future, it comes alive and takes on a mind of its own eventually destroying the town. Since Bug is also into science and building inventions like Danny, we had to distinguish her inventions by making them out of car parts/salvage yard related, where Danny's inventions are mostly made out of household items. Killah-Pilla metamorphosizes into Hank Flappington after Bug and Danny try to put Killah-Pilla down.  This character took some back and forth between Devon Roth and myself in trying to keep what's a complicated character as simplified as possible to animate.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

FUTURE WORM! - GLOOP all day GLOOP all night!

Here it is! Disney XD's "FUTURE WORM!"...the next adventure in making a sci-fi show from scratch...oh season 1's. Let me tell you this boy loves science, "Future Worm" follows 10 year old Danny Douglas, (voiced by Andy Milonakis), whom befriends an ab-assaulting worm from the future, Future Worm, (voiced by James Adomian), skipping across the multiverse in a time travelling lunchbox. Ryan Quincy, (voice of Doug and Robo-Carp) , is our creator in chief, formerly from "South Park" as an animation director, and creator of the IFC series "Out There". When Rick and Morty went on hiatus after season 2, we were informed of an extremely long break between seasons so everyone had to go and find work and thats when I met Ryan and joined the team at Disney. First design above is the Cold Monster virus character that wants to infect everything in its path, we changed the final color for the episode to feel more gross. Next one is the first rough I did for the show, a far out sci-fi cityscape for the Dr. D episode, our lead Bg designer Joey McCormick did the cleanup. GLOOOOOOOPIEEEESSSS! Are Invading and Glooping all over the world!  We had to make an entire race of aliens and their worlds built out of spoiled milk. Above are some gloopy ship concepts, the idea was to interweave the tech plated metal ship underneath with globs of Gloop that have overtaken it. Last is the interior of the gloopy ship, in this sketch I thought it would be cool to show openings in the ceiling where gloopy character could pop through by the hundreds to surround Danny and Future Worm in a final stand for humanity. This episode, 'Captain Cakerz', features Neil deGrasse Tyson or as we like to call him NDT!, as an ongoing character throughout the series guiding Danny and Future Worm with his telekinetic powers and a little help from science.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

RIP Weiland

Squeezed out this drawing of Scott Weiland soon after hearing of his passing. Immediately a swarm of memories from the 90's came to mind and felt compelled to put this together. I kept recalling the lyrics "When the dogs begin to smell her, Will she smell alone?" always stood out to me as defining lyrics of  STP from their hit song Plush. Plush is loosely based on the finding of a little girl's dead body. In this case dog is slang for someone who does one night stands, people that are vicious and have no care for women. The woman fraught with relationship issues is fronting and pretending to be strong amongst blood thirsty men who are trying to figure out if she is alone.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Wedding Squanchers sketches and BG paint

A dramatic ending to an incredibly dark season! I don't know whether to be happy or sad. Originally this episode was arranged as a two parter to end the season with but plans changed and thus, the purge episode was born. The first two concept sketches are for Squanchys world. I thought it would be fun if  the architecture resembled a giant cat toy obstacle course style homes on the beach with colorful above water coral foliage. No one could believe the killing off of the beloved Birdperson, the wedding reception sketch staged his last breath framed by a phoenix symbol banner. Next is a bg paint of the exterior of the wedding reception with afterglow from a Gromflamite ship exhaust on top and finishing touches by Carol Wyatt. The next image is a concept sketch of the PlimPlom tavern exterior I did on top of a Bg that got cut from season one originally painted by Carol Wyatt. I wanted to add a weird membrane hanging from the ceiling that contained some alien jungle juice that transforms into different kinds of alcohol for its patrons in the interior sketch of PlimPlom that you can also see in the glass rooftop in the exterior. Next is a bg paint for the reentry of the Smith family to Earth which Carol took further in the final version and a rough concept sketch of Courier Flaps. After turning himself in, in order to protect his family, Rick is hauled off into a concept painting I did of the federation maximum security prison accompanied by the NIN song "Hurt". I can't believe they got the license to use it, but the song really brought that much more impact to the sequence. We had a few versions of how to play this, but Dan wanted the tone of it to be dire and hopeless. Next is a bg paint of the exterior of the federation prison with some finishing touches from Yaoyao Ma Van As. As difficult as this show was to manage, we really hit our stride this year and never have I been so fond of the material we worked on. In the fine words of MPB- "See you in a year and a half!"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RICK and MORTY - Look Who's Purging Now sketches

Heres a few sketches for the purge episode, the top one is a first pass on the cat people. Justin wanted them to have a 1920's depression era vibe but still have sci-fi elements about their town. We spoke of changing the characters animal species type, but Arthrisha had to be cute in order for Morty to be attracted to her so we stuck with cat people. Next is the writer of "3 weeks Earlier", the lighthouse keeper who gets mauled by Morty after being bored to death by his long winded and poorly written screenplay. I loosely based him on Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel, his resemblance to a turtle has always astounded me.