Above: Early sketches for Grandpa's Crib.
A number of years ago Jorge Gutierrez
asked me to create concept sketches for his show El Tigre
. The goal was to create a bunch of fun visual ideas that I would then feed to the crew in Los Angeles. Since I was working overseas, I would basically have to pitch my concepts to the crew with lots of written notes etc. If Jorge, co-creator Sandra Equihua
, director Dave Thomas, and art director Roman Laney
liked the direction of a certain rough idea, we would explore it further in additional sketches.
The Concept- Grandpa is a retired super-villain, and we wanted his room to be a little over the top. His every vice at the ready, gambling TV, exotic drinks, and lots of gold, red, and black. It was inspired in a large part by the movie Scarface.
The earliest sketches simply explored shape.