Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Old Birch and the Young Maple

 I found these two trees at the Washington Park Arboretum. The birch was old, worn, scarred, gnarled, and awesome, complete with big black bird. The young Japanese maple was supple, light, airy and delicate. Whoever thinks trees don't have personalities isn't really looking.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mo'kai Discovers Eggs

I did this illustration of Mo'kai, the protagonist of my fall film project, as part of pre-production. He's a Gripus - a heavy earthy race who lives underground in a subtropical archipelago. Their main protein source are moa-like flightless birds, whose teal eggs are depicted above. The Maori people of New Zealand were my main inspiration for the Gripus culture.