Monday, February 28, 2011

Project Review: The Phantom 2040 PART-50

The original Rough for The Promo Poster for The Phantom against Grafton!

A shot of Sagan Cruz and The Phantom 2040.

Sparks, the Kid Computer Genius with Sean One on the Rear Monitor.

The Phantom on his Hyper cycle leaving The Lair!

Dr. JAK, voiced by the talented Mark Hamill in a promotional Poster with the City as the backdrop.

Phantom 2040-PART L[ 50]
Hand-held Prop Design Drawings

Client: Hearst Animation Productions.
Art Director: Myself.
Project Date Spring 1993.

In this 50th post on "The Phantom 2040" television Animation Series from the mid 90's that I had the privilege of working on for almost 3 years, I have posted original sketch concepts for the series I did in 1993.

One of the first orders of business for me to design, was to finish out our promotional booklet for the show, in order to sell it to the networks, and toy company. Many folks do not know is that it is a dual sell simultaneously, in that without a toy line, you will NOT sell the show, and without a show Mattel would not do the toys, so Mattel was an integral part of the project getting the green light.

Above you will find my first draft roughs for a few of the main promotional images done. Once they were approved we had out in-house painters in backgrounds paint them up to my layouts, and our character team did the ink and paint on cels[ Yes Real Cels!] for the finals.

Cheers, THOM

Friday, February 25, 2011

Project Review; K-19 The Widowmaker- PART II

We started with a concept of a big "Ben Hur" sized logo built out of Submarine parts and rivets.

A straight on shot of the "Ben Hur" sized logo built out of Submarine parts.

A heavy rusted 3D punched out K-19 Logo.

A Logo using the texture map used o the K-19 Itself.

A Rustic and tattered metal Logo.

A Scratched up Red Russian Metal Logo.

The Widowmaker

Client:Paramount Pictures via The Cimarron Group.
Art Director(s): Josiah Ludovico and Jeff Barnett.
Project Date: Summer 2001 to Fall 2002

In this weeks second posting for K-19 I am posting some of the 3D logo treatments that we explored for the film in Theatrical Advertising.

After building out the K-19 Russian Nuclear Submarine for the Posters, I did a series of 3D Logos for the Poster Comp Ideas as well. I did about two dozen and I have posted a sampling of what was shown. The fonts were pieced and given to me as an Illustrator file, and I built each one out in 3D with a variety of marine lighting and rusted metal and Iron texturing.

We did go in a direction where I built out the letters out of sub parts and added in some volumetric lighting for an underwater feel,a s well as rivets and bubbles.

A great project and one of my first poster finishes at BLT during my time there.

Cheers, THOM

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Project Review: The Phantom 2040- PART XLIX-49th

A Tiny Remote Control Prop I designed for Phantom 2040.

An Armchair mounted keypad[ pair]. for Aunt Heloise.\

A Small Video Card from The Phantoms PowerCuff.

Inspired by a Bikini Bottom, I designed a Dual Headlight Mini Lite, Fun!

Hand held Backstage Pass used in the Vaingloria Debby Harry Performance Episode.

Phantom 2040-PART XLIX-49th
Hand-held Prop Design Drawings

Client: Hearst Animation Productions.
Art Director: Myself.
Project Date Spring 1993.

In this 49th post on "The Phantom 2040" television Animation Series from the mid 90's, I am posting some more of the smaller hand held props that were done for each show.

Part of designing an entire world included all the small gadgets and t items that were key points in the script and were usually a close up shot so a detailed design was needed since we highlighted technology in the series as a general rule.

Above you will see a variety of smaller items including a keypad that mounts to an antique chair for Aunt Heloise to use while she recovered from the Hospital, as well as a few of the Phantoms Power-Cuff props and flashlights.

Even when the product is a small light I had a lot of fun with it I did what we learned in Transportation design and did some complex surfaces with good highlight areas and incorporated some fun shapes in there as well. I always "Enjoyed the little things Rule #26".

Cheers, THOM

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Project Review: K-19 The Widowmaker -PART I

The Final Finished Teaser One Sheet Designed by Art Director Josiah Ludovico with my 3D Illustration of the Submarine K-19.

I built out a 3D Illustration of the K-19 Russian Submarine for the film advertising.

A Screen Cap of the Model I built of the Submarine for the various Comp Ideas.

There was a full set of Propaganda styled graphic teasers and so I rendered the 3D Submarine as a graphic in 3DS Max using high contrast lighting.

A Graphic nose render of the K-19.

I did a few variations for Art Director Josiah Ludovico with type projected on the body side of the Submarine.

An alternate version of the K-19 with nineteen hash marks on the side.

I did two variations of the Periscope Model for the Close Up on Harrison Ford, this is the straight angled one.

The second variation of the Periscope Model for the Close Up on Harrison Ford, this is the up angled one.

A close Up for a comp I did for Art Director Jeff Barnett.

The Widowmaker

Client:Paramount Pictures via The Cimarron Group.
Art Director(s): Josiah Ludovico and Jeff Barnett.
Project Date: Summer 2001 to Fall 2002

When I was first hired at BLT and Associates, they had used a freelance artist to help out with the occasional 3D Logo and the pinnacle of this was the Tomb Raider Logo that was done for them right before I arived. X-Men one was a 2D Logo and predates us both.

They understood 3D as a tool for creating dimensional type, but full 3D illustration was not something they had used yet. When K-19 came in I had a bit of down time and took it upon myself to build the Sub itself, and as it was a unique Submarine normally not seen in film, I custom Modeled one in a day for them. When Clive saw this, he instantly "got" exactly what I do and how to use me, as his first though was I had a frame from the film.

So in the above images you will find the various ways we rendered out the Submarine K-19 as a photographic look, and we did a lot of stylized silhouette versions, with type projected right on the sub itself. I also did the main periscope as we had an international poster that had Harrison Fords face right next to the Periscope and the film shots were too small in resolution, and the angle and lighting was off for printing, and re-touching would take days so I built a 3D Illustration for them as well.

The Sub Illustration finished with the talented Josiah Ludovico in Theatrical Print.

Later this week I will post part two with the various type treatments I did for the film advertising as well.

Cheers, THOM

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Project Review: Sega Interactive-Char: the Baby Dragon

An early concept design character sketch that was sharp and spiney.

A softened version of the above design with some notes for revisions I took for SEGA.

I blocked out the next level as a rough first as the budget was cut again.

The Main character named CHAR as a final design for Sega Interactive

Sega Interactive
C.H.A.R. The Baby Dragon

Client: SEGA Interactive Group.
Art Director n/a.
Project Date: Summer 1995.

After my days working at Hearst Animation from 1993-1995, I moved into digital media and I was introduced to SEGA Interactive in Diamond Bar CA. by Rachel Coleman whom I knew when I was at Art Center and she was working there and recommended me for various design jobs.

For this next job, CHAR was the concept for a Baby Dragon and they needed some designs done for the main character, so I did a small series of sketches that you see posted above. It was a small one day job with the above revisions all the way to the final design to present.

I never did another job for Sega after this so I am unsure what happened to the product or design. I know the offices closed here in LA and it took over 6 months to get paid. Not a good client at the time, not sure what they do today as it has been over 15 years since I did this work.

Cheers, THOM

Monday, February 21, 2011

Project Review: Kill Bill 2003

A Concept for a One Sheet with Uma Thuman peeking out behind the sword.

This "Tip" Concept was a pure graphic approach used in a few comp ideas presented.

I built the whole sword for use in banners etc as well.

I also did this cobra head in Gold as a Conceptual piece that I designed and made for a few presentations.

Here is a screenshot of the Cobra Head in 3DSmax, showing the geometry I did. I had a half day to design+Build+Render this, as Theatrical Advertising has very fast turn around deadlines, and you need to be very quick on your feet.


Client: Miramax Films via BLT and Associates.
Art Director: Josiah Ludovico
Project Date: February 2003

Back in 2003 during my days as the 3D Conceptual Designer over at BLT and Associates, I did a few 3D Illustrations for the new upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Part One. We did not have scrap reference from the film so we made it up for the presentation, which happened quite often in Theatrical Advertising.

They needed some Samurai Swords made, as well as a custom Cobra Handle that I designed and built as well for these comps.

This was a fun project as the subject matter is something I have a side interest in as I won a few Swords myself, though still looking for a Hattori Hanzo one.

Cheers, THOM

Friday, February 18, 2011

Project Review: The Phantom 2040- PART XLVIII-Fashions

Jenna was one of Kit Walkers Collage buddies in the Series and this was a Female Version of the spacesuit I designed for the show.

Trahn was another of Kit Walkers Collage buddies in the Series and this was a Male Version of the spacesuit.

A Girl interacts with Kit Walker[ AKA The Phantom] at a Dance Club in the opening shows, and I designed the fashions she wore on a Character Designed by Paula LaFonde.

Sagan Cruz, the main Enforcer who worked with The Phantom in the series also had a Lighter version of Armor she could wear in a Hypercruiser[ Less Like a Big Robo-cop Armor suit as seen here]

Phantom 2040-PART XLVIII
Character Design and Fashion Drawings

Client: Hearst Animation Productions.
Art Director: Myself.
Project Date Spring 1993.

In this 48th post on "The Phantom 2040" television Animation Series from the mid 90's, I am posting some Fashion Designs I did for some of the characters in the series.

Part of designing an entire world included various fashions for the characters to change into from show to show like you would find in a TV sitcom. Most Animation series have only one or two changes, but we did about 6-8 for each main character for the show so I had to create Fashion Themes that would fit into the "Tall and Thin", "Wrapping and Interlocking" look in this Art Nouveau world of The Phantom.


Cheers, THOM

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Behind the Art: 3D Modeled Crests and Badges

An F.B.I. Crest I built using Procedural Dirt Textures using Cebas' Final Render.

A NSA Crest done for Splinter Cell Promotions.

A 3D D.O.D. Crest I built in 3D for a few Poster Ideas at The Cimarron Group.

A 3D KGB Crest "Pin" Done for SALT Comps a few years back.

A C.I.A. Logo Crest I did f that was used on Syriana and Splinter Cell Comps.

A Badge for National Security" .

The final Minority Report Badge Design Used for the Posters.

A custom Icon with blinders and Weapons and Oil in the claws done for Syriana.


Over the last few years I have had to build out quite a few badges or Crests for various Film Posters and Movie Trailers, so I am posting a collection of 3D Modeled Badges and Crests that I have done in the last 6 to 7 years for various clients.

I always enjoy designing a new crest or badge, or interpreting an existing 2D design like a DOD or N.S.A. crest into a dimensional sculpture. My first was the Minority Report Badge that Tom Cruise wore in the film and it was used for the Teaser Poster for the film here.

Most of these badges and crests are available online at TurboSquid, and still sold through my old employer The Cimarron Group in Hollywood CA here.


Cheers, THOM

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Project Review: The Phantom 2040 PART XLVII

A Tape Drawing of the Side and Top of a Convertible Vehicle from The Phantom 2040 Series.

Maxwell Madison's Hyper Limo Multi View Drawing.

A Floating Assault Transport 3-View Schematic Drawing.

A Schematic Drawing of Kit Walkers[ AKA The Phantom] Hypercycle with holographic wheels for road use.

A Multi-view of the Blimp used in the show Down Under in Australia.

Phantom 2040-PART XLVII
Vehicle Schematic Drawings

Client: Hearst Animation Productions.
Art Director: Myself.
Project Date Spring 1993.

In this 47th post on, Hearst Animations, "The Phantom 2040", I am posting some of the schematic drawings that I did to help out the animators with the vehicles from the show.

While training at Art Center for Automotive or Transportation Design in the Industrial Design Program, you deal with Architecture and Fabrication as well, so you become very familiar with construction and three dimensional thinking so you can "see" your design from many angles. This skill allows the Industrial Designer to do quick parts drawings, turn arounds and multi-views of any design so others can get a better grasp of the work.


You can search for more phantom 2040 posts with the Google widget, or you can use the Label tag section on the right side lower area as well to find posts.

Cheers, THOM