Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Preview of "Dagobah Nights" (WIP)

 Hi Guys!  I'm really excited to be a part of the Gallery Nucleus's Star Wars Show!  These are some digital process previews for the piece I'm desperately trying to finish for the weekend!  The opening reception will of course be this Saturday, May the 4th at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.  Come join me and a ton of amazing artists at A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

York and Durham

A couple of pages of sketches from my recent trip to England.  I was invited to give at lecture on storyboarding at the Animex Festival in Middlesbrough, which was a fantastic experience. While I didn't get to cafe sketch as much as I'd have liked, I had an amazing time and made some wonderful new friends.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Ramen Kids

Had fun sketching these tikes enjoying their Ramen today.  More cafe sketches coming soon from a trip I took to England recently.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Long Halloween

Hey Guys, I've been immensely enjoying a short new gig at Warner Bros (unfortunately can't say what it is yet, but it has nothing to do with Batman) and I've been really inspired by all the superhero animation going on all around me, so I thought I'd take a stab at doing some rough animation of the Dark Knight. This scene is based on a gorgeous drawing from Tim Sale's "Long Halloween".

Monday, January 21, 2013


Here's a Pho-themed Futurama piece I did for a friend and her man.  I do realize Amy isn't Vietnamese but most of us Asian foodies are fairly well informed about food terminology.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Batman Tag

Amazingly talented storyboard artist Chris Palmer just started a great community artist blog highlighting offbeat moments from the life of Batman and I was honored to be asked to participate.  Check it out at www.Batmantag.com to see hilarious bat-artwork from amazing artists like Chris, Carrie Liao, Nate Villanueva, Austin Madison, Phil Pignotti, Justin Copeland, Davin Cheng and many, many more. 

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Character Design Portfolio

I just added a new Character Design portfolio to my bloglist.  Please check it out here: www.DaveAuDesign.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Worlds Finest

I  would kill to have my own World's Finest show someday.  I doodled this Batman a while back and wanted a Superman in a matching style.  I would do this every day if I could.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Prisoner of Benda pt. 1

I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite storyboards from my time at Futurama.  So here's a short but fun sequence from an episode called "The Prisoner of Benda".  Directed by my good pal Stephen Sandoval, this was one of my favorite episodes to storyboard because it involved the cast switching brains with one another.  Here the Professor inhabits Bender's shiny metal ass, so he decides to have a little fun with it.  Originally, Bender was going to miss the target by just a little bit and land in the dirt, but our Supervising Director Peter Avanzino had the genius idea of having him smash into the stands.  More to come!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Work in Progress Short Film designs

These are designs from a "feature style" storyboard short I'm working on.  It's tentatively called "The Witching Hour" and is about a reformed wicked witch with anger issues trying to catch a cab on a rainy Halloween night.  She finds it especially hard to keep her composure when a bevy of beauties in tiny Halloween costumes turn out to be her competition.