back in early 2010 I was approached by director Charlie Bean(who i'd worked previously with at the doomed Cartoon Network
Development Studio Europe) to do some design work on Disney's
stuff! Being a big fan of the 1980's original I was very excited
...not to mention terrified, mainly because the whole look of the
show was to be styled by the amazingly talented Rob Valley.
You don't have to be neither Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple to deduct
i'm not used to working in Rob's particular style. I do mostly silly
cartoony stuff, you know, crazy characters made out of ham, bits of
old lettuce and fur ...i don't really do stylised realism. I
usually try to steer clear of it as a rule! It was safe to say I was completely
out of my comfort zone, should I go sit in a dark corner
somewhere and freak out silently or get scribbling pronto...??? Oh go
on then I'm up for the challenge! Charlie sent me through some model
sheets and a rough trailer segment to look at which even in the early
and unfinished stages looked incredible!!!
was a lot of hard work, frustrating at times trying to get the style
but mostly great fun and a great experience, plus it kept me busy for
well over a year. So thank you Charlie for showing faith in me and
asking me to participate. In this time I did designs for secondary
characters, namely the 'Black Guards' and 'Sentinel
Guards', incidental characters, concept designs for costumes,
numerous headgear and helmets (I got carried away here),
drones/robots (again, I got really carried away).
the many 'headgear/helmet' concept designs I worked over existing
character heads designed by Rob.
The incidental characters are my attempts at trying to replicate Mr.
Valleys super-saucy style, I got my copies of Rob's 'Massive Swerve' books
out for much needed help, if you haven't got these books, track them
down and BUY THEM!!!
Xd's 'Tron Uprising' was a very ambitious show and a
massive undertaking for all involved, it aired in 2012 and the
finished result looked fresh and ultimately epic! Sadly the powers
that be at Disney (in their infinite wisdom) decided not to commission
a second seasondespite the show having a massive fan base.
we are almost exiting 2013 and finally ...FINALLY, I get my
finger out and post some of the work I did, what with this and that
cropping up it's taken me a while to gather and sort through all of
the artwork, and believe me there was a lot to scratch through! This
really is the tip of the iceberg and my small contribution to
fleshing out the enormity of what lies within The Grid.