Thursday, June 5, 2014
So, Rio 2 has been out for a few months now, so I'm excited to post some of my work from the film. There are a few of the pieces posted here, and the rest are on my website: www.dibbleart.com. As you'll notice, I did mostly flat illustrative design and graphics for the film, which was fun. The end credits especially turned out well, I think, and though the schedule was super-crazy, it was fun to ram something through the pipeline so quickly. All of the directors and producers were in LA and Skywalker Ranch doing color-timing and last-minute things for the film, so it was cool to have more creative control than maybe we would have had normally. Tom Humber (set design) and Sheng Fang (previs) were amazing to work with, it was one of the best creative team experiences I've ever had.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I finally finished this painting after months of intermittent work. It is 22"x 28", and was both rewarding and maddening. I'm including the smaller plein-air sketch (8"x 10") as well which was painted on the property just below Blue Sky Studios in Connecticut. Enjoy!
Monday, January 27, 2014
We finally got approval to post our work from Epic on our sites, so take a look-see when you have a spare moment at dibbleart.com. The keys that I did for the podling selection sequence are some of the best that I've done at Blue Sky, I think. Because there were so many keys for the sequence, I used a more abbreviated style than I usually do, and just painted with the simple circle brush in Photoshop. It was more like painting with a marker than a paintbrush. But it also forced me to really make a clear statement regarding light, silhouette, and temperature. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
At the Blue Sky figure drawing session for the last few weeks in October we did a sustained pose. A friend in the design dept, Vincent Nyguen, painted did a demo with me, and it was fun to see our different styles and approaches in everything from the lay-in/drawing to the paint application. He's terrific, and it was fun to have him participate. This painting represents a two week effort (total of 4 hours), and is 12"x 16". I spent the entire first session just doing the underpainting/drawing, which I did with a brown madder color. The color was done the second session, and it was great painting over a solid lay-in. This isn't the best photo of the painting, but hopefully it gives an idea.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I don't usually post photo reference of plein air pieces, but I thought this was a fun juxtaposition. Along with some of the other fellows in the Design Dept. at Blue Sky, I participated in a fundraising plein air paint-out this past weekend for the Rye Arts Center, and it was a lot of fun. We were able to paint at the American Yacht Club, which is where this piece was done, and I haven't done much marine painting before, so it was a great challenge. The light was in and out, but I just couldn't pass up this awesome blue boat. I would say that the photo ref is darker than the actual scene, and the photo of the painting is probably skewing a little light. But it sold Saturday night at the auction, so it's only a guess.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Here are some new lunchtime plein air paintings not previously posted. A few are (obviously) from this past Winter, but I thought they merited a showing. Similar subjects and compositions are starting to show up since with such a short window to paint (these are 1-2 hours during lunch), I can't wander very far. And I don't particularly care for the piece at the bottom of the vines growing over the rock wall, but I just stuck it in there to show that you don't (can't) always hit a home run, but the failures are important too! The second-to-last piece of the light streaking through the forest has a nice feel to it, I think I'll do a larger studio piece of it in the next month or two. Enjoy!