Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
One episode of the CW series REAPER involved Tyler Labine's character Sock being punished and having to wear the Work Bench store mascot outfit... which ultimately leads to him embracing the job and facing-off with a rival hardware store mascot -- an ambulatory hammer -- and a fist fight that he wins -- only to find it's a retired old lady in the hammer get-up.
Above are the ideas I offered for the potential Work Bench mascot costume. While "Wrenchy-Wrench" was the ultimate choice, I always loved the simplicity of the plum-bob design.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Drew this during a Minnesota Scriptworks meeting. Seeing as the Soviet Union was still in existence at the time, it tells you how many moons ago it was created. The UN proceedings so boring the Soviet delegate is left to the imagination.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A Photo from the LA TIMES shows a city councilman holding a life size cut-out of William Mulholland, the man behind the LA aqueduct a hundred years ago... ah, or is it a hundred year photo of Mullholland holding a life size cut-out of a councilman of the future?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
When I was at NCIS I drew these china marker sketches of Abby and Tony and they actually used them in one of the first season episodes. In the scene, Newbie agent Kate's sketchbook was grabbed and her whimsical drawings of her new co-workers were revealed. I'm sure that scored some points.
Frankly, I'd forgotten about 'em but someone reminded me and I found these online.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Years and years ago, just after coming off X-FILES I was approached to write a feature adaptation of the little known comic book JONAH HEX. The whole thing fell through, twelve years later a feature version did come out written by someone else and it was an unmitigated disaster. I, however, still have the above sketch I did for the project. And when I do my own movie about a vengeful, undead cowboy it'll be called, you guessed it, BONE SPUR...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I drew this when I was on staff at the uber-successful CBS series. It was the first season, but already the characters were set -- and reflected in this quickly-drawn adventure. Afficianados of the series will recognize Mark Harmon's stoic leader, David McCallum's overly-verbose ME (to such a point that the dead body is reduced to a skeleton -- ha, ha) and the goth lab gal Pauley Perrette with crazy theories. My favorite is male sidekick, ladies man Tony who gets beaten down just for walking in the door.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
A panel from 12 o'Clock Somewhere that incorporates your basic ol' "single vanishing point in 1-point perspective." I just drew the picture -- but for this post, had to look up the official term on Ben Towles art/cartooning blogsite www.benzilla.com/?p=3683 . Inspired by a Will Eisner SPIRIT panel I saw when I was ten years old, the structure on the left with the big clock face is also from my youth -- it's the Minneapolis courthouse building, one of the coolest buildings in the Twin Cities.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
That's right! To Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. So what better way to commemorate that milestone than by posting a monster painting he did when he was seven years old! The colors are great but I always loved the teeth.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I let my son Trevor color this robot sketch any way he wanted. Funny how a kid doesn't automatically go for traditional "robot colors" -- like chrome or gun-metal grey. Maybe 'cause they're not robots...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
A shout-out and a hearty congratulations to my friend TOM SCHNAUZ and his best drama Emmy award nomination for one of the scripts he wrote on BREAKING BAD. Tom and I were both writers at REAPER back in the day, where in fact the above doodle emanated. As THE WALKING DEAD had zero Emmy noms, the undead cast members may wanna look for work at The Work Bench....
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Yesterday was the 4th of July, but rather than posting some star-spangled national birthday commemoration, I offer this rough I did for an invite to my kid's October birthday party last year. Ultimately we went a different direction for the party theme, but I liked the picture.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Very exciting news -- I'll be starting on the tv series HANNIBAL next week! The show just wrapped its first (fantastic) season and episodes can be found on NBC.com. Images from the series can be found there or anywhere online -- so instead I pasted the below drawing -- drawn on a page of my homework back in high school.
Who knew I'd land a job this ancient doodle would fit so perfectly?
Who knew I'd land a job this ancient doodle would fit so perfectly?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
There is a method to the above madness. Working at FRINGE, I was explaining -- via drawings on my office white board-- to David Wilcox how much Charles Schulz' iconic Snoopy character changed from the sixties to the seventies. Those two represenations are center and left-of-center. He said that a TRULY 70's Snoopy would have chest chair and platform shoes -- and David added those. We agreed that Charlie Brown should be serving up lines of cocaine and that was added. From that point, over the last couple of months of FRINGE season two, the disco grew around them, including an intro in the upper left hand corner with Lucy and Schroeder and the "morning after" panel at the bottom right.
For FRINGE fans, already drawn on the board, before the Snoopy's were added, were two concept drawings I'd done for the WHITE TULIP episode -- one of the electrical mesh woven into Peter Weller's forearms and one of the metal discs that he inserted into his flesh to enable him to skip through time. Respectively, the FRINGE sketches are on the left (the forearm became attached to Linus) and on the right... labeled, WHAM-O.
When the series relocated offices from West Hollywood to Santa Monica, the board -- with the drawing intact -- was moved as well, and rehung.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
In every half hour comedy, characters need an all-important community hang-out so that not everything takes place at home or school. So too was the case with WEIRD SCIENCE. Tom Spezialy and Al;an Cross, who adapted the movie into a TV series, created such a place in Java Man! A play on the prehistoric proto-human remains found in, yes, Java crossed with the nickname for coffee resulted in this logo I came up for the place. This design was used in the show on everything from mugs to aprons to bowling shirts.