Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Roy Disney 1930-2009

Sadly, Roy Disney passed away today of stomach cancer at the age of 79.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Roy and presenting him with an image I painted in honor of Walt's 100th Birthday. It was a thrill to meet him in his office on the Studio lot in the old animation building where the classic Disney films were produced (his office was his Uncle Walt's office incidentally, so another great thrill for me to say the least-the people that must have passed through there, WOW!). We discussed the stamp images I was working on for the USPS and he told me how much he liked my work and how beautiful he thought the stamps were going to be. Gracious and kind and all too eager to commemorate the day for us with a photo I have to say this is one of the greatest experiences I had working at The Walt Disney Co.

The folks in the picture with Roy and (a beardless) me are the account executive for the job (the lady in pink), the man who designed the pin in the bottom half of the frame (between said lady in pink and Roy-both of their names escape me) and Jared-who was not really there for the moment.

This is what happened....a Senior VP who I never met before and who had no idea of what we had done was called in at the last minute to present the framed lithograph to Roy because company brass thought it would be best to have a person in management give him our gift. She made believe she knew all of us (none of us had met her until 5 minutes before the presentation) and took credit for the entire project. I told Jared all about this and how silly I thought the whole thing was and he had a photoshop savvy colleague take her out of the image and replace her with himself. I don't think I even have a copy of the original image anymore- I like this one better anyway!

Godspeed Roy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New Portfolio

Hey Ya'll...Thanks for continuing to check in.

I have been busy working hard on my new portfolio of Visual Development work so my posting has been limited. I will have a seperate blog specifically for that work, but here is a little preview.

Have a great holiday everybody!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009


As the poet said, "only God can make a tree,"
probably because it's so hard to figure out
how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Even More Sketches from Italy!

I do have some drawings that have no people in them for a change, I just have to scan them...

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I have returned....

Sorry for the long lapse in posting. These are some sketches from my trip to Florence this past month. I have more that I will post soon once they are scanned.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A special limited edition book on the process of the Art of Disney Stamps was released recently and I will be signing copies of it tomorrow, April 16th at the New Yorker Hotel on 34th St and 8th Ave from 1-3 PM, I feel very honored to have been part of this process and the book is really beautiful.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
- Oscar Wilde

I am not sure I agree with Oscar completely on this one but it was fairly appropriate for this post. I used to struggle with the fact that I feel I have no definitive "style" but now I am OK with not feeling tied down to one particular way to work. I suppose I will spend the rest of my creative life figuring out which way to draw what is in my head.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Ricardo is one of the best people I know. I had the privilege of traveling to Florence, Italy with this kind, thoughtful, and extremely talented young man. We spent a month working together on art and simply having a great time. A tremendous young talent with work that is totally worth visiting. The brightest of futures is in store for him and he is the epitome of what a diligent student should be.

His Website

His Blog

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Portrait of a Lady


OK, So last week I had posted this portrait I was doing of Jared in progress but I was having trouble loading some of the images and some people told me they couldn't see some of them so I took down the post. Here it is again (sans the progress) with the final image as well as the original drawing. I have to admit the scan of it is not the best and for some reason it looks very different than this. You will just have to take my word for it. Thanks to everybody who commented on the original post.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


This portrait of Elly is the sister image (literally!) to the portrait of Sean that I posted recently. I have to ask Jared's Sister to take photos of the images in the BEAUTIFUL frames Jared handmade for them.