I'm the producer and production designer of BoJack Horseman, an original animated comedy airing on Netflix and produced by The Tornante Company. This show was created by one of my best friends from high school, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who included some of my animal sketches with his original pitch and got me this cool job. Thanks Raphael!
I started designing the characters in 2012, and we created a pilot in 2013, which sold to Netflix. I moved to LA in 2014 to art direct the show full-time.
Here's an interview that nicely covers the process of creating the first season of the show.
Here's an NPR piece about an argument Raphael and I had at work one time!
We're currently in production on the fourth season, woo!
These were some of the first character sketches I made (in watercolor!) when we started designing the look of the show.
Some key poster artwork I art directed for the releases of seasons 1 and 2.
This is a still from the silent/underwater episode from Season 3! Directed by Mike Hollingsworth (supervising director for the whole series).
Here's an interview we did about the process of creating this visual-heavy episode.
Some outfit sketches for Sextina Aquafina's appearances in Season 3. She's one of my favorite characters to draw and dress up.
Here's an interview I did for People Magazine about fashion in character designs!
This background appears during BoJack's drug trip in Season 1, episode 11. For this image, I created a watercolor texture by hand, scanned it in, and altered the color digitally. The black line art was created by background and character designers.
This is a "storybook"-style panel I created for Season 2, when Wanda is telling BoJack a long joke. I designed a few sections of the story in Photoshop (using digital brushes and handmade watercolor textures), then background designer Sarah Harkey completed and animated them. I love whenever we get a chance to break from the usual style of the show and experiment a bit.
This background is from Season 2, episode 11, when BoJack visits Charlotte in New Mexico. I directed the color palette and filled in details (cacti, textile patterns, peppers, basket, wall hanging, pots, string lights) to make this space feel lived in and picturesque.
Some "fan art" I made for fun, based on an Edward Hopper painting.