Thursday, December 06, 2007

Searle assignment

As mentioned before, all the character designers at work have been teaching a workshop at the studio. For the final assignment we wanted to give the class a more real world assignment. We asked them to imagine that Dreamworks was developing three new properties (Flash Gordon, Conan or Three Musketeers) and that the fictional director wanted the property to be styled after Ronald Searle.

As with all the assignments, the instructors participate as well. Here's mine.


Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

BRILLIANT!!! These are the best!

10:55 AM  
Blogger JM said...

So awesome!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Sam Nielson said...

These are really fantastic, and very searle-eque. Nice job!

2:12 PM  
Blogger professeurcheveux said...

i love that! want to see more!!

2:49 PM  
Blogger wolfboy said...

C'mon, man--you guys are too good! Seriously great drawings man. And I love, love, LOVE the painting below.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

HA-- I like how in the top one you can see both the 40's and the 80's versions on Flash.
...But the 40's version wins every time! Awesome Ming!

Where's the Searle-styled Hawkmen??? You blew it, man.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Dani said...

Very cool assignment; these are great!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Mike Frenette said...

noice! =) gonna go look up some stuff by that guy you mentioned now.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg.... great personalities... love your drawing.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Matt Jones said...

Excellent-not easy to ape Searle's style but you fellas got it down!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Mel Maduro said...

Wow, you're incredible! I absolutely love your style.

7:33 AM  
Blogger roque said...

Amazing! I think you should make an assignment to create the feature now.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Eric Deuel said...

I loved the class you guys are excellent!

3:59 PM  
Blogger OV! said...


that movie sucks, but those drawings are awesome. they kinda have a alex toth vibe to them mixed with searle. maybe its just me.

Merry CHRISTmas man!!


12:54 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks everyone for the comments! And Ovi, all versions of Flash Gordon are AWESOME.. ya hear me... AWESOME!

I'm going to try and put up something Christmas-y in the next couple of days...

9:49 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Awesome dude!!!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Leo Matsuda said...

Really awesome!

11:48 PM  
Blogger monkeyfeather said...


8:24 AM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

I was going to write SO SO AWESOME to continue the trend, but I didn't. Instead... SWEET GINGER BROWN these are nice! What a great assignment.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Chris Dainty, Rita Street said...

Good stuff these rock!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jon McNally said...

Such an unexpected, fantastic combination.

11:09 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

nailed it.

11:12 PM  
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Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Shannon,
These are superb! I was just talking with some guys at work how, of all the remakes being made, why is nobody making Flash?? We all nominated Daniel Day-Lewis as Ming. And of course, you've got to bring back the Queen theme. Good stuff man!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Jeff Pidgeon said...

Wonderful stuff!

9:17 PM  
Blogger K.B. said...

Wow !! I would love to see this Flash Godon movie actually done !! Great take and combo.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Roy_Lisa said...


Roy Foster here from Saint Xavier.

I was recently in Indianapolis and passed Keystone at the Crossing. Do you remember taking a day off of school to visit IU and then me driving us up to Indy so you could go to Keystone to buy a statuette?!

I am a dentist now, still in Louisville. Married a dentist too, Lisa. We have a 4 month old little boy.

Let me know you got this sometime.

Happy Thanksgiving!

9:24 PM  

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