Alex Ross - Character Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:14 am

Alex Ross is well known to comic book fans. He specializes in designing people.

Alex Ross


All Posters - Photo, Illustration, plus

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:15 am

This site is fantastic. There are thousands upon thousands of images. Following are mostly russian posters from the 20’s (ish). I’m a sucker for this stuff. Go to the site if you get the chance. So much to see. The russian images are found in the vintage movie ad section.

All Posters







Coulier Creatures - Makeup

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:37 am

Here is another site that focuses on Makeup.

Coulier Creatures


Character and Prosthetic Makeup - Women

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:29 am

This site focuses on all different types of character and prosthetic makeup projects that have been applied to women. Period, Age, Character, Fantasy, Disfigured, Wierd, and more. This is a nice resource site.

The Makeup Gallery



Ralph Steadman - Editorial

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:12 am

I am not sure whether he would consider himself to be a character designer or not, but I certainly like his characters. I will leave the decision up to you.

Ralph Steadman


Gris Grimly - Childrens Books

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:05 am

Well, Here he is. I have had the pleasure of knowing Steven for many years, and he is a stand-up guy. And Right Talented. I specially enjoy his characters. If you like his stuff, you might also like artists along the lines of Tim Burton, Maurice Sendack and Ralph Steadman.

Gris Grimly


Treadway . Toomey Galleries - Products

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:03 am

This site is great. They have thousands of images online for you to peruse. They have pretty good taste too. They focus on items from the last 100 years. You can get quite a design education just by studying their products.

It was hard to narrow it down to just a couple images, but here are six that I like.

Treadway . Toomey


Carter Goodrich - Character Designer

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:27 am

As far as I know, Carter is still a studio artist. I have seen his work for "Emporers New Groove" and "Treasure Planet" which were Disney films. I believe he started out as an illustrator as I have seen some of his Cover Illustrations as far back as the 90’s. I haven’t been able to find a Web Site that is dedicated to him yet. All too often, the "heavy hitters" don’t feel the need to advertise, as the industry mucky-mucks are already aware of them and keeping them busy. No need to advertise, I guess.

I like Carter’s work a lot.


Lebbeus Woods - Architect

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:40 am

There are probably a lot of sites that show his work, but here is one that I ran across. A lot of Entertainment designers use his work as inspiration for their production design. A good example is the chair in 12 Monkeys.

Lebbeus Woods


Zanpo - Interactive Web Site

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:17 am

You can build your own Environments on this site. And you can explore other peoples properties.



Le Uyen Pham - Illustrator

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:53 am

What can I say about Uyen? She is one of my favoritest people! She has a fantastic spirit, which I am sure you will be able to sense simply by exploring her Web Site. She is an illustrator. She used to work for DreamWorks SKG. She enjoys creating Childrens Books. Her Character Designs are great. And she is one of the hardest workers you will ever find. May she live forever!

Le Uyen Pham


Birmingham International Airport

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:36 am

This site is simple and clean.
The Interactive Flash Section.

Birmingham International Airport


Rinzen - Print Graphic Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:25 am

Here is a graphic design site to check out. It looks like they are using vector based software.




Vintage Memorabilia

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:40 am

This site has a collection of memorabilia. It has a range from Objects, Graphics, Fashion and so on. Access to the information is by decade. There is a fair amount of samples to explore. Enjoy.

Authentic History

This image is by J.C. Leyendecker. He is one of my favorite illustrators of all time. If you are not aware of his work, you should be. Norman Rockwell idolized this guy and in many ways I agree.


Harley Jessup - Production Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 3:14 am

Harley Jessup. These images were Production Design Sketches for Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. Movie. You can see more of his work on the Pixar WebSite.



Bruce Zick - Production Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:02 am

I remember seeing this guys stuff on the walls when I was working at Disney. I ran across his work again on the Pixar site today. His name is Bruce Zick, and he’s got some formidable chops. I haven’t run across a website for him yet, but I will keep looking.

Bruce Zick (link)

PigDog Productions (related link)



Iain McCaig - Character Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 3:09 am

Well, We must mention Iain at some point. He is a competant Character Designer. He has a strong sense of proportion, which is probably the hardest skill for a designer to obtain. He does traditional illustration as well. And yes, he worked on the Star Wars - Pre-trilogy. It looks like he is about to populate a web-site, but for right now, he just has a parking-page posted, So keep an eye out…

Iain McCaig


Tatopoulos Studio

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:14 am

This group is obviously competent. If you dig around a bit on their site, you can find some concept work. The sketches are not particularly notable, but their sculptural stuff is solid. Here are a few samples of what to expect. They have worked on a lot of movies.

Tatopoulos (link)


Mike Mignola - Hellboy

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:00 pm

Well. Most people know about Mike. In my humble opinion, he is one of the best designers in existance. Simply put, he is a MASTER ARTIST. His sense of composition is SUPERB. His characters are fun and unique. He is a competent storyteller.

If I had to nitpick, there are two things that I would like to see him do: Tell better stories is the first one. And the second one is as follows- His style is so refined (and well documented) that I would love to see him develop a new style (or three), just to see what he would do with them.

The following is in no way meant to denegrate Mike, but I have one last comment: For those of you who think that Mike’s aesthetic is completely original, go take a look at someone like Ludwig Holwein 1926(ish). Nothing is new, under the sun. Note: I do not know if Mike has ever seen Holwein’s work, or if it was an important influence. Ask him if you care to know. My personal opinion? Mike probably saw Holwein’s work, but I suspect that it was not a great influence on him. Why do I say this? Because Mike’s progress towards his current style was slow and painstaking. 10+ years of migration.

Mike Mignola - Hellboy (link)


Ryan Meinerding - Character Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 11:35 am

Here are a few images from an up-and-comer.
Notice the attention to detail.


Fine Art

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 2:24 am

An interesting mix of the old and the new plus a certain dry wit and solid craftsmanship = Images worthy of note.

Mark Ryden (link)


Barry Jackson - Set Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:01 am

Barry has been a part of a lot of movies (among other things like games and posters). Prince of Egypt, Cool World, Shrek and more. He has done Production Design as well as Character Design. Apparently he also has done writing and directing (whatever those are). A rather talented cat.

Barry Jackson (link)


Pin Hole Spy - Graphic Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:36 am

Flash Site. How to build a PinHole Camera.




Ben Balistreri - Character

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 10:48 pm

Ben’s stuff is solid. Below are a couple of examples. I believe these images were for Nickelodeon. I particularly like this first image because it is a character as a container. Cool. Beware - the site is a bit of a mess. It will keep resizing your windows. Nonetheless, the images are very worth exploring. And for once, the images are quite large, so you can really get a good look at them.


Animation - Animator

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 3:35 am

This site is for Animators. It is a Flash site (xml). It has various little "flip" animations. And some samples of lectures and what not. I don’t know anything about the quality of the school, but if the site is a reflection, then I have high hopes.


The company who made made this flash site
is Theory7, as seen below.


Flash Site - Gorilla Glue

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 11:55 am

This is a Flash Site. So get ready for some fun animation.  They manage to get you excited about "glue". Some fun graphics, some innovative transitions, etc.

GorillaGlue (Link)

Vintage Graphic Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:50 am

This site has a lot of Vintage Graphics to explore. There are also some fun audio tracks to enjoy. Make sure to check out the 100 Films section as there are some neat poster designs (like the following).



Claire Wendling

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 5:48 am

Claire is really great with characters. She has a number of comic books that are published in the (oversized) French Style. I am more fond of her work that preceeds 2004, as it is less manneristic, but it is all worth looking at. She has a number of sketchbooks that are worth getting although they are sometimes hard to track down. If you can’t get them through her site, you might try Bud Plant or Stuart Ng.



Monsters, Witches, Aliens

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:46 am

This site address Monsters and such. Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Mummies, Demons, Etc. They have "Facts" pages. Ex. What are the different known ways to become a werewolf. They have pages of images from movies. and so on. This site is a potential resource for character designers.


Movie Images Link


Product Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 2:41 am

This site addresses architecture, costume, furniture, product, etc. It also has a link section.




Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:32 am

This site has a lot of architects cataloged. There are interiors and exteriors. Buildings and Products as well. People like Mies, Gaudi, Hollein, and so on.

University Link


Monsters - Creatures

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 4:24 am

This site is for Dungeon and Dragons. It has quite a mix of creatures. The quality is rather mixed. But it is worth taking a look at. Keep in mind, that even if a given design is not that fantastic, it may still represent an interesting direction of exploration.  This is mostly monster stuff.

 Dungeons & Dragons LINK

Figurines - Characters

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:45 am

This site has a couple thousand characters on it. The photos are well taken, although a bit small. Not all of the designs are great, but lots of them are. So check it out. There are many different types. Aliens, monsters, bad guys. Not a lot of heros though.



Classic Illustration

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 4:00 am

If you are trying to find out about illustrators from the last 100 years, you should check out this site. The Illustration House offers auctions for it’s paintings. They have an amazing collection of the “greats", and they post large “thumbnails” of many of the images.

People like Mead Schaeffer, Saul Tepper, Andrew Loomis, Pruis Carter, Franklin Booth, James Flagg, Howard Pyle, Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn, Jessie Wilcox Smith, John Gannam, Boris Artzybasheff, and on and on.



Set Design - Environment

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 4:16 am

This is Craig Mullins site.  It has LOTs of imagery. Mostly environments/sets. Mostly digitally painted. He is a professional Designer in the Entertainment industry, and he is one of the best.



Creature Design - Carlos Huante

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 4:22 am

The following site has a lot of monsters on it.  They tend to be the "lean and mean" type.  Sinewing muscles, visible tendons, lips pulled back (or nonExistent), teeth bared. Clenched fists. the stances tend to be Reared Up/Back. Not a lot of stance variety.  The gestures are almost full bodied. (Almost).

A lot of the creatures are "mixed".  Ex. A lion head on a gorilla body. 

The renderings are quite accomplished. Both the sketch work and the Paintings.  A very nice attention to detail. A strong sense of three dimensional form. Carlos is an accomplished professional.



Modern Design

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 11:06 am

The following link will get you to a site that has some decent modern designs.


furniture and sundry.



Product Design Links

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:52 am

This site has a lot of links that are worth checking out. All sorts of products. Modern and retro. Different materials - ceramics, glass, etc.




Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 9:07 am

For all of you character designers and writers out there, and anyone else who cares:

You might like the following site.


It has a decent collection of information.  Images and Text content.

They also have creatures from mythology


Vintage Posters

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 10:54 am

I found a site that I like a lot. it is www.allposters.com 

I particularly like the Vintage Art and Style Section


Up Down

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 11:48 am

The next time that you are in the forum, do a search on Up or Down.  There is a nice dialogue there that deals with the metaphorical importance of Up and Down Spatial relationships. Such a simple concept, and yet it is still quite difficult to control in a design.


Anita - Target - Surround

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 6:09 pm

There are 4 new lectures in the AnitaBomba series. One on ‘Target’ and Three on ‘Surround’.

We suggest that you compare these new lectures to the Minority Report lectures. Especially, Ripple, Stoneskip, and Halo.


System Logic Basics

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:48 am

We posted many more ideas in the System Logic Overview section of the forum. Lot’s of food for thought


The Forum

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 2:20 am


The Forum is up and running,
and its super cool!

We already have a bunch of Posts Posted and some neat logic to learn about.

Access to the Form Language has never been easier.


Form Events

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 10:03 am

I am going to start blocking in the Events DictionaryThis will be the first pass, so I am not going to go into too much detail.  I will put in the basics.  If you have specific questions about a particular issue then ask me, and I will address the issue directly.

The main goal here is to give you access to as many different form variations as possible.


the Habit of SEEing

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:37 pm

I also want to mention how important it is to make this process a daily process. Every day we need to SEE and EVALUATE what we are seeing.

15 minutes daily is much better than 2 hours once a week.

Try to create the habit.

March progress report

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:32 pm

Well, this month is coming to a close.  If you have visited the NEWS section, you will see that I have posted something COOL and NEW every day of this month.  That was my goal, and I have succeeded.

I feel like the site is really growing. The emails that I have gotten from you all have been enthusiastic.  Your questions have been great. Thanks for engaging.

The site now has almost 75 lectures available.  Many of the other sections are shaping up as well.  It is hard for me to pick a favorite section, they all have so much potential. Granted, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done. But I am encouraged by the progress thus far.  I often find myself digging around in the site, just to see what new ideas will be sparked. Lots of sparks.

So many new ideas.  I have a long list, that just keeps getting longer, of neat things that I would like to create for your learning pleasure.  All in good time.

Take Care and Keep your Eyes Open.


Assignments - Projects

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 8:15 am

I have started a section to deal with Assignments.  This section will likely give suggested projects that will put you through your paces.  I am thinking of structuring it in classes or mini-classes.  That might be a good way to go.  I am also considering having the classes tie together in levels.



Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 8:12 am

Check out the Mushroom lecture.  Anita Bomba likes Shrooms. Also in the nonMembers section.



Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 2:50 pm

I have just posted a lecture that addresses the Exploded Anti-Gravity Sign section.  There will be one or two more lectures to follow.  The lecture walks you through the logic for that sign.  The focus is on demonstrating ‘Theme and Variation’ in action. Visit the NEWS section for accessing it.


Anita Bomba Tall

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 6:29 am

Here is a new series dealing with height.  The Tall series.



AUTHORSHIP - ManMade or Not

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 9:29 am

Here is a page that addresses authorship.



Making and Finding Comments

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 6:15 am

I am making an effort to get the QandA LOG better connected to the content on the site. When you are reading a comment in a LOG, you will often see the following words:

-Take me there-



These are links.  If you click on the link it will take you to the page in the site that addresses the issues discussed in that particular comment section.

Also, I am starting to put -COMMENT?- buttons on the web pages so that if you wish to make a comment you will be taken to the appropriate section of the LOG to do so.

ex. You can find a COMMENT? button in the lower left of the ‘teeter’ page in the Form Event Dictionary.

-Take me there-


What’s New?

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 6:52 am

If you are wanting to see the new stuff that I have put on the site, check out the ‘NEWS’ section. NEWS

Shape System

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 6:21 am

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be making a bunch of Anita Bomba lectures available.

The conversation will mostly be centered around ’shape systems.’ Some of them are already available.  Check out the Fields catagory, which is accessible from the main screen.

-Take me there-



Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 1:53 pm

I just added a lecture that analyzes Anita Bomba from a circular point of view.  More lectures to follow.

-Take me there-


Core visual

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 7:14 pm

Pit Image 
Core fits snuggly in skin.
Skin has decided thickness.