I just uploaded new images to my "Book Covers" gallery page.
Lars is a fantastic artist with an outstanding understanding of anatomy... especially animal anatomy. He also has a fascinating and unique sense for dramatic lighting and composition. In addition to being a fantastic artist... he is also my best friend. Lars is the kind of friend that you can call at 3am in an emergency. I'm sure he would help with anything from a flat tire to hiding bodies.
Overall, Lars is great friend and a great artist, check out his website here:
This is the opening credits to the "The Leftovers” on HBO, put together by Garson Yu and his team at http://www.yuco.com. Bonus points go to anybody that can point out which illustrations I used myself, and my girlfriend Lindsay as reference. HINT: There are four different versions of Lindsay in the intro, and two versions of myself. Hope you enjoy it!!
These are some of the 3d renders I used to help with lighting and composition.
I sculpted the figures using Zbrush, then exported the meshes to Cheetah 3d, an inexpensive 3d program that has some rendering capabilities better than Zbrush, or at least better for what I needed in terms of light and shadow.
A few months ago I started a very exciting project...something I have never had the chance to do before. Like many people, I “binge watch” television shows on the weekends, so you can imagine how psyched I was when I was asked to do the artwork for the opening sequence of the “The Leftovers” on HBO. I had to block out a couple of months to work on this project without interruption so that I could meet the deadline. Unfortunately, that meant that I could not attend one of my favorite conventions—Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Thankfully, Cathy and Arnie Fenner were very understanding (as usual), and realized what an awesome opportunity this was for me.
I had the pleasure of working with Garson Yu at Yu and Co. http://www.yuco.com , who had the idea of creating a "baroque-like fresco” using contemporary people in various everyday life situations. With Garson’s direction, I worked on creating scenes, which (I hope) reflect love, angst, violence, sex, loss, and regret. We then decided to compile all of the different illustrations into a composition, using a dome ceiling to bring everything together. After I completed the paintings, Garson’s team animated my work, and added music to complete the project. I am very proud of my contribution to this show…and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the amazingly creative people at Yu and Co.
I am planning on posting the final product later on this week, but if you have a chance, you can see my work in the opening credits of “The Leftovers”, tonight on HBO!!!!
Attached are images of one of the first scenes I completed for the project, showing an “exploded view” of the layers which helped the team with the animation process.