Hal Sutherland (1929–2014), a distinguished artist fascinated with painting the beauty of the unspoiled American wilderness, the tenacious people who lived on its frontier and persevered its hardships—often with a humorous approach; Disney animator, and co-founder of the animation studio Filmation, was a treasured friend. It's an honor and inspiration to work on this desk he gave me. Built by the studio carpenter for Hal in 1965, the drawing board was with him during The Batman/Superman Hour, The Archie Show, Emmy Award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, and many more Saturday morning cartoons.
Click the still below for frame-by-frame animation in the form of graphite pencil black-and-white sketches drawn on paper of the handcrafted character Petals and Her Paintbrush.
Tap the screen below to take a RIX-themed firsthand perspective computer-animated dark ride around the world.
Press the PLAY button below to view preliminary cartoon story development created on a homemade traditional animation table for that Grade AA good egg BUCK BUCKAA!
Sneak peek at concept ideas for self-guided tours at a multi-acre botanical garden owned by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. This prototype fish will become a run of salmon described in a traditional Northwest Native American story. The goal of the project in this beautiful landscape that visitors can experience at their own pace is to share stories of how we are all connected from the carers of this land for more than 10,000 years.
Conceptual designs for Hallowe'en at the park. Walk through attraction ideas include an apple cider press, a conservatory grafting tree mishap photo op, haunted trail campsite, a kissing booth occupied by a giant Venus flytrap-like plant, and a skeleton from the ghost crew of Pirates of Appletree Cove wearing a legendary diamond necklace from the nearby shipwreck of the SS Admiral Sampson, and playing a bubble spouting pipe organ.
With a love for all things vintage, here is a collectibles booth display I created for my wife Jeannie at The Paisley Whale in scenic downtown Kingston, Washington. All sales from her "Village Gardener" booth space go to donation for the Kingston Food Bank.
Social media promotional images for MakerLab NW, a nonprofit makerspace for learners of all ages and abilities in the North Seattle area.
Volunteer work for a nonprofit organization sewing feeding tubes and other medical equipment into stuffed animals given to children with matching medical needs so they have a friend through good times and hard times.
It was a joy one Christmas to arrange the nonprofit's holiday fundraiser. I asked It's A Wonderful Life actress Karolyn "Zuzu Bailey" Grimes to sign the wings of an angel themed stuffed animal for the auction and she graciously donated a signed copy of her book. The bear even plays a heartwarming message that Karolyn recorded when you press its paw. Here is the image I created for the event—
In the works: Hand poured soy wax candles inspired by Zoobaybay pleasantly scented with lemon pound cake, citrus, and vanilla fragrance oils. Created in upcycled glass containers with all natural cotton wicks that are metal free. The tags are hand stamped vintage tartlet tins.
Here's a glimpse at the huggable plush toy Petals and Her Paintbrush collectible. Petals is handmade with multi-colored fleece material under-stuffed with polyester fibers. Her paintbrush is a combination of felt and fleece. Petals has child safe embroidered eyes, suitable for ages 3 and up.
"Multiple colors flew from the paintbrush bristles and splashed onto the wall dripping into the shape of a door with luminescence like stained glass, opened by a doorknob that hummed a lovely song."
Social media promo artwork for Star Trek Continues, a fan-created web series dedicated to completing the five-year mission of the starship Enterprise featuring Chris Doohan, son of Star Trek's original "Montgomery Scott" James Doohan, with guest stars such as Lou Ferrigno, and Erin Gray.
Seattle filmmaker TRIX @createdbytrix and I met for an immersive conversation exploring the creative production process of the studio as an article in his documentary series to capture inspirational moments into digital journals with artists sharing details about their work.