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Sparkling Ice


So if you’re in LA, you’ve probably noticed these Sparkling Ice billboards going up everywhere- I know I see three of them when I commute to the west side.

You might have also seen their TV spot as well!  Well, I storyboarded it.  First, take a look at the video, and then I’ll discuss.

Its just a fun, bubbly animation set to music, with creative transitions take us from one refreshing flavor to the next.  Conceptually, very simple.  But execution is key.  For spots like this, you have to really elaborate the storyboards, because “key frames” won’t cut it.  Luckily, I very much appreciate the challenge of animation and, also luckily, I had a wealth of previously developed concept art and style frames that I could look to for inspiration.  Check it out!

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All those little bubbles just flow from the custom made “bubble” brushes I designed, to save time.  In storyboarding, you pretty much have to rely on every shortcut you have available.  And the lovely color is really just a photo filter I added after the fact.  With those technical hurdles cleared, it was easy to experiment with various compositions and choreography- it’s a dancing bubble after all.  I’m a fan of the original Fantasia and this project had a lot of parallels – and so I just had fun with it.  I watched a bit of the Pink Elephants sequence from Dumbo for inspiration as well.  AMAZING movie, btw.

You might have noticed that the final version of the spot differs a little bit from my boards.  Hey, it happens.  But I don’t mind. That’s an important bit of feedback that often gets overlooked.  I’ll talk a little bit about that in a future post.




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Whiskey Commercial


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with the talented director Emil Khar on a whiskey commercial.  Emil has a real flair for cinematic storytelling without relying on dialogue, which, as a storyboard artist, I really appreciate.  It’s always so much more interesting to tell a story in pictures without words, because it engages the audience’s intellect and observational skills, draws them in deeper, and generally transcends language and cultural barriers, by appealing to common human themes that everyone relates to.  And with that, here’s the boards.  Enjoy.

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I love drawing these kinds of weathered, hardened characters.

And here’s a link to the finished video.  In this case, Emil used a voiceover to reinforce the story, and tie in the branding, which helped a lot.  Nice work Emil!