Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Still Movin'

This is a recent finished commission that's been on the back burner for some time.
Still moving and waiting to unpack the studio. Until then it's classic pencil and paper for a while.

Monday, November 17, 2008


"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." John Lennon.
Production deadlines, packing and then moving an entire house hold/studio, and the recent holidays have kept me quite occupied.
However, I did find some time to squeeze in some sketches here and there. On the short jaunts to the market or mall.
I have been using a digital tablet to draw so much lately it was a treat to dive into drawing with pencil lead on bristol paper.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Have you gone to the Getty?

With production deadlines being kept at bay and family in town, we took the opportunity to go to the J. Paul Getty museum to take in the Bernini show before it travels on.
If you can't make the time to go to Rome to see Bernini's magnificent work inside and out of St. Peter's Basilica, then taking in this traveling show will give you a glimpse of his masterful work.
Photography was not permitted in the exhibit hall so I don't have many snaps of the show.
The majority of the show focused on Bernini's portrature as well as the portrature of some of his contemporaries. I can't offer a full critical review as it's best for one to go and make up their own mind about the merrits of the exhibit.

The image above , Bust of a Man, attributed to Jean-Jacques Caffieri caught my eye for the animated quality that the artist captured of his subject. The subject seems to have just spoken a satirical comment or is amused while witnessing a humorous situation unfold.
There was much more I'll have to save for another post. Until then check out this link for
the Getty info: http://www.getty.edu/

Monday, September 29, 2008

Meanwhile at the Galleria

As I am out and about I have a great desire to capture the interesting faces, shapes and sizes of the people around town. On a brief trip to the Galleria, I had a little time to capture some memory sketches of the people passing by. I'd like to see in my next sketches how much I can push or exaggerate what is captured and still retain the specific essence of the particular subject.
Until next time.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Crunchy Production

So posting has slowed down a bit as production on the animated show has ramped up. Currently I am in a story board crunch to refine all the pages/ panels to turn in the boards. It's been keeping me away a bit. Hope to post more soon as crunch is over. Until then here's a tasty Nestle treat to dream about.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

MK3 Color Thumbnail

Keeping busy is not a problem of late.
Just had time this week to brush out a little color thumb exploration.
This may be the start of something good to keep going. Small paintings, not much detail, done in as fast at time as possible (under an hour). Basically little studies for their bigger bolder brothers. Until next week.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Spash of Fashion

Things sure have been busy of late. As I explore the new opportunities in storyboarding digitally with ToonBoom, I try to sneak in a few moments to sketch from what ever source catches my eye. That being said here is a quick color treatment thrown down over some sketches. Until next week.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Balancing Act

Been away for a little while as multiple jobs have kept me fairly busy balancing each. Factor in time for family and daily necessities and it's a marathon of opportunities. I imagine that most working professional artists and athletes face these daily challenges with the same vigor. It's an adventure to keep pushing to make it to the next level of performance. Keeping sharp and striving to surpass each visit to the balance beam or the blank canvas. Sport and Art share many core values. More than I have time to expound upon now. Duty calls me back to the canvas.
Until next week.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Color Ruff MK3

So I started ruffing out color thumb for a painting that's lined up in the cue.
I started out by taking bits of scrap (internet clippings) and slapping them down, arranging them until I found a composition I liked. Then as I let my sub-conscience roam and muse over the images a picture started to emerge. I should have saved some of the images along the process to see where I started and where I ended up before the conscience started to dominate and compose according to experience.
Next time I'll have to make a concerted effort to save off versions as I am process.
For now here's where I need to stop and move onto another assignment for the time being.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Kick Off

Summer is shaping up to be busy so far, which has caused some delays on posting. After wrapping up assignments for the Trove Collection, I had the opportunity to join a small team for some fun storyboarding and work closely with the extremely talented director, animator, and great guy, Chris Bailey. He was the director (and animator for the opening titles) for Kim Possible as well as many notable animation and film projects.
Which brings me to this art post in which I've added a splash of color to a recent commission. This was a fun little pic which reminded me of the enjoyment I had working on Kim Possible assignments for Disney Adventures digest. You can see more Kim Possible pencil pages on my site.

Kicking off the Summer

Here's a quick color pass on a Kim Possible commission for a client. It's been a busy month between assignments. I have had the tremendous opportunity to work with one of the tremendous talents behind the original KP television show these past few weeks.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tom

So I have been away for a little while working on various projects for diverse clients.
I've come back down to visit my blog again from what feels like many miles and hours away.
Here is a blast from the past prior to my move to the West Coast.
It was an interesting and fun assignment to create a cover and this spot interior illustration of a realistic super heroic astronaut for AdAstra magazine. The direction was big bold colors to really pop and contrast against the normally realistic magazine content.
Until next week.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Street Memory Sketchs

Sometimes I'll be driving in my car around town and I will observe interesting people along the side walks. I can take out my sketchbook and start recording but I think that would cause considerable traffic problems. So as I am at a stop light or cruising by at 35+ mph I take a mental snapshot and try to preserve the negative in my memory until I arrive at a location where I can out put the data traditionally or digitally. This memory sketching was first introduced to me by and animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation FL. Shout out to Elliot B! http://www.elliotbour.blogspot.com/
I was going out to the theme parks to draw people to study their walking patterns. I have to admit the first couple sketchbooks of drawing people from memory when they were walking were really terrible. Now many years of practice later, you can at least tell that they are people. I would like to continue to focus on capturing their expression and attitude. Here is a recent line up done digitally.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cross Training

Here is a head study that I have been working on this week. Wrapping it up for now, I need to work on something else and come back to it at a later time. Can you tell who I have painted here?
And if so how long did it take for your mind to recognize them?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Birthday Post

It's the start of a holiday weekend and time for people to kick back and enjoy their time off.
I was experimenting w/ Illustrator again and working on something for a birthday themed assignment.
We have the cake, now it's time to have the party!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Ole Time Canal

It's Friday and time for another post.
Things have been hoppin' lately so it feels like I've been away for a while. Above is a nice little place I've been in my imagination. Where do you think this picture postcard can take you?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Further Adventures in Jewelry Design

The images above are the starting point for a design series for high end table ware.
It is an interesting project that utilizes my skills in Photoshop and Illustrator. The initial concept or foundation for the work begins in Illustrator as vector art. After a quick export, I bring it over to Photoshop for painting. After the client reviews the designs rendered look the piece can move onto the finished stage of the design. Because the designs aren't yet released on the market, I can only share with you the starting point on which the designs will be rendered. When the collection makes it into the market I can probably post up the final works.
This project has been another exciting foray into the world of jewelry design!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What's been keeping me away

Been away for a while from the blog.
Back at it again this week, here's a sample of what I was working on while I was away.
Interesting to look behind the scenes at where popular television animated shows start before moving onto animation.

Friday, April 18, 2008


What lives in the darkness?
If we stare into the dark corners of the night, imagination fills in the nebulous darkness our eyes long to define.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Meet the Pod

Here's a few creature designs on the same theme for this week's posting. Creepy and appealing but same type of animal species.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Classic Characters-New Story

A little while ago I had the opportunity to work with Disney Adventures on some classic characters. It was a chance that I couldn't pass up. I remember when I first watched Disney's animated Robin Hood, as my child hood memory recalls it was a really fun film. Watching it again as an adult, I still get drawn into the movies character performances.
I happened across these on a posting from Jesse Post, a writer and editor of the digest. Thanks Jesse! You can see more of our team up at Jesse's posting here: http://www.comicspace.com/jessepost/

Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday Night Out

So things have been busy around here and haven't had a chance to check in on the blog.
I think Friday's are becoming regular for my schedule.
It's Friday, most people are headed out for the weekend. Which I imagine this woman would be as well, if she were real.
This was an early comp for a jewelry site. I still like the the way the image suggests environment and event that the viewer is invited to partake.
The final images, which went through a stream lining process, satisfied the clients needs as well as created distinctly different art.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Another Friday Line Up

Here we have 3 variations on a character for a client's story idea.
Working from the script and character brief I worked up 3 stages of what the character may look like as he progresses through the story. Each variation explores different levels of render to give an idea of to what extent the final version could be taken. Enjoy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Character Line Up

It's Friday and time to post something new.
Here we have a few characters that have been given a quick color treatment for a small side project I am developing. Keeping the design for animation in mind, simplified but not too cartooned. It would be interesting to see how far to take these if I really pushed the cartoon aspect of the design.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday's Draw

So I think I will get down to posting on schedules. For now it will be an experiment to see which works best: Mondays or Fridays.
Here is a drawing with an accompanying painting of the same layout.
Bit of a work in progress at the moment, as most paintings are. I may come back and work on it more someday soon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Its Monday! Time to make with the Art!

Hey there,
I had a pretty packed weekend with working on various assignments, updating studio items, and squeezing in some time with my wife and friends. So I have to offer a page from my sketch book which is pretty different from the recent posts. Enjoy. P.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Anticipating the Show

Hey there, this new work is nearly finished. Just a few tweaks and she should be ready for the show.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Enter the Blog

Hey there,
Phil Allora here, posting up the first entry into the blog domain.
Below is an example of some of the work that I do.
This is for a children's book proposal on which I am working.
More to come in the next posts.
Until next time.