Sunday, March 24, 2013

Enemies of the Heir Beware

Hey! It's another Harry Potter poster! This time it's for the second installment Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. After doing the poster for Prisoner of Azkaban, the idea of doing a whole series of posters for the films began to take root in the back of my mind and gnaw away until I finally dove in and started on another.
For this one, I really wanted to depict the Chamber of Secrets itself, as I thought it was pretty wonderfully done in the film, with the carving of Salazar Slytherin. I also wanted to communicate the pretty dark nature of the story and the serious danger that the Basilisk poses to Harry and all of Hogwarts.
I'm not sure if I'll be going in any particular order as I move through the rest of the series, but if anyone has any ideas for key elements or scenes from the other films, please leave them in the comments below!


Monday, March 18, 2013


Always from The Least of Creatures on Vimeo.

Here's my new animation "Always" for my music and animation project The Least of Creatures.
With this video, which is my first in nearly a year and a half, I wanted to shift away from the simpler, more graphic videos I've done before (to see the other videos, visit and make it a much more cinematic experience. While I had done mostly visuals paired with some sort of kinetic type, I wanted it to be a straightforward narrative that could very well stand on its own, with or without the song (though I'd prefer that it be with the song, thank you very much)
The song is essentially about meeting someone special and how you quickly you can find yourself falling head over heels. You can reexamine all the little moments that led up to it, but it still seems that the universe happened to align just right so that you could meet one another.
With the video, I wanted to tell that same story, but in an exaggerated way. I also wanted to take all that I've learned from my job as a storyboard artist and apply it to the animation. I wanted to have it read as though it were a short film I had shot. I very actively tried to replicate and reference shots from movies and TV. Here's a small cheat sheet with the frame paired with the one it references.

It's definitely by far the best and most complex thing I've done in terms of my animation (in the end, the animation was comprised of over 1200 individual drawings) While animation is still purely a hobby, I would love to keep pushing myself farther in what I can do with it.
And if you like the song, you can download it for FREE at

Hope you all enjoy it!