Thursday, October 27, 2011

Final Image

Copyright 2010
Here is the final piece. I was pleased with the outcome - of course, as always - there are things that need tweaking. However, it's been a year since I finished it, and I'm still happy with the final image. That's usually a good sign. 

The most incredible part of the experience was presenting it to the Hartford program at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. It was my first time both at The Society and in New York - and it was the most amazing trip I've ever been on.
Here is a photo of Murray Tinkelman, Doug Andersen and Bill Thompson critiquing our work on the second floor. What an amazing experience.

Next up... I start to celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year."

Monday, October 17, 2011


Like I posted earlier, one of my inspirations for this painting was Walt Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was part of Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad which was released in 1949, was directed by Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney and featured the voice talents of Bing Crosby. It has always been one of my favorite fall-time favorites and I still watch it every year. (For some strange reason, I still rent it... I really need to buy my own copy.) 

I was able to find  background paintings from the film on a great blog site that C. F. Payne told me about called Animation Backgrounds. The stills not only brought back some great childhood memories, they also provided rich information for setting the mood to the story with color, lighting and shadow. 

Click HERE to see the rest of the paintings from the film.