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My early visual development for Frozen. In this version the Snow Queen (a diva) was frozen when we met her. This is research for what that would have looked like.

My visual development during the making of Frozen for Elsa and Anna’s relationship while growing up.

My designs for a previous version of Frozen’s snow queen (A version when her skin was blue and she had pet ermines that accompanied her everywhere) The character was based off of the main character in the movie “Auntie Mame”  from the 1960’s.

More Frozen visual development! My early exploration for a version of the Snow Queen character based on Bette Midler’s showgirl stage presence.

Early exploratory drawings of Elsa inspired by Amy Winehouse’s pathos. I imagined her to have a deep, soulful voice and dramatic mood swings. 

Visual development for Frozen. Elsa in her ice castle.

Visual development for Frozen. Elsa in her ice castle.

Pitch poster for Frozen I did about 6 years ago when Chris Buck was developing and pitching the idea of Frozen.
More Frozen posts coming soon…

Pitch poster for Frozen I did about 6 years ago when Chris Buck was developing and pitching the idea of Frozen.

More Frozen posts coming soon…

I’m writing a children’s book

I’m writing a children’s book

The radio show, “This American Life" is celebrating their 500th episode by posting illustrations inspired by the show. This is my contribution; inspired by the many times I have been unable to pull myself away from their show.

The radio show, “This American Life" is celebrating their 500th episode by posting illustrations inspired by the show. This is my contribution; inspired by the many times I have been unable to pull myself away from their show.

Roman taking a break

Roman taking a break

From my journal I kept during the making of Tangled where I translated my day to day life into Rapunzel’s: How Rapunzel might wake up in the morning… and then go right back to sleep. 

From my journal I kept during the making of Tangled where I translated my day to day life into Rapunzel’s: How Rapunzel might wake up in the morning… and then go right back to sleep. 

From the journal I kept while developing Rapunzel for Tangled: trying to get inside the head of the 18 yr old girl who’d lived her whole childhood locked inside a tower.
What does Rapunzel feel about being an adult? What does being an adult represent? Does this mean leaving behind the childhood stories (monsters outside the tower etc…) she’s believed her whole life?
What does being an adult woman mean to Rapunzel?

From the journal I kept while developing Rapunzel for Tangled: trying to get inside the head of the 18 yr old girl who’d lived her whole childhood locked inside a tower.

What does Rapunzel feel about being an adult? What does being an adult represent? Does this mean leaving behind the childhood stories (monsters outside the tower etc…) she’s believed her whole life?

What does being an adult woman mean to Rapunzel?

Some more sketches from the journal I kept in 2009 during Tangled while developing the character of Rapunzel. These drawings are from my research of what a typical day in the life of Rapunzel might have been.

She would write in her journal, do laundry, prepare the fireplace for her daily hair brushing session with Mother Gothel. She had chores. She had ideas. She had good days and bad. Some days her paintings represented her hope, other days they represented her fears. Rapunzel was a regular girl bursting at the seems with creativity. Walls could not contain her spirit.

This journal later helped me when designing Rapunzel’s murals for the movie.