Reflection

These days I'm so busy developing projects, producing new animated properties, strategizing marketing campaigns and then some. Don't get me wrong I'm thankful for working.. but somehow missed the days when I had more time to study from the great drawing/painting masters such as Dean Cornwell, Alphonso Mucha and John Asaro. These were some studies that date back 15yrs ago when I was just a simple artist working his craft. I found this sketchbook in my garage. I think it's time to jump back in!

Homer gets in on Ellen Degeneres Selfie Oscar pic


So excited to see my drawing of Ellen Selfie Oscar pic/ Simpsons spoof all over the internet. Also like to credit Eric Keyes for rough design. Thanks for sharing!

- Erick Tran #teamchavvo

Treehouse of Horror XXIV Couch Gag by Guillermo del Toro

I got to animate on this monstrosity! Created by Guillermo del Toro. Here are the scenes I worked on. Enjoy
- Erick Tran

Toon Boom presents Erick Tran keynote speaker at 2013 Siggraph in Anaheim

Hello everyone! I'm very excited and honored to be speaking at Siggraph 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center and represent Toon Boom software to talk about the advantages it will give you to create new content easily and efficiently. See you there! Yes, Reggie and Pepe will be there!
-Erick Tran

Chavvo Animation Studios


Chavvo Animation Studios has reached another milestone. We created/produced/packaged a brand new series for a Chinese production company in a month! A full animated trailer was done in record time (less than 3 weeks) from scratch! Go Chavvo Team! chavvo.com

Our 3D short Nominated for an Oscar!!!

“We did a version and presented an animatic halfway through June of 2011 … then we kind of stopped working on it,” the director recalls. “Then we got together the same group [in March 2012] and hashed new ideas—they kind of looked at me and said, ‘You got all that? When can you do a board?’ I was like, what!? I told them eight weeks … they said, how about eight days?” - Read More


Happy 2013! These are some sketches I did at our holiday trip up in Big Bear CA. It was cold. It was snowing. It was beautiful! It was cold...
This is yr 4 of development on Urban Reggie and I'm proud to say that we've come a long way! I'd like to thank all the artist that have poured their love & passion on this show. Please like us on Facebook and be a part of animation history!

Erick Tran at CTN 2012


I'd like to thank everyone that came to visit us at CTN 2012. Was an amazing turnout of amazing talented people in the industry. It was also inspiring to see so many passionate students that will bring in the next wave of great movies and show.

Happy Thanksgiving! From Reggie & Pepe
Hello everyone! I was hired to work with David Silverman  to produce the Simpson's very first 3D short film! This was one of the scenes I animated, you can read more about it from The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to check out the TRAILER.


I'm excited to officially announce our new animation company, 
We are a group of professional artist, animators, sculptors & designers that have a passion to serve clients and create new original properties. Like us on Facebook!

Gas mask character I created for fun 


Caine's Arcade to make Urban Reggie Arcade game


This has been an extraordinary week for a young boy named Caine, creator of Caine's Arcade here in LA. I had the pleasure to meet him Wednesday afternoon. He's truly an inspiration and has reminded me of my childhood building things using my imagination. Caine will personally create an "Urban Reggie" game for us! Here is Caine receiving a personalized Urban Reggie illustration signed by the team


Directing "Caged Warrior" The Birth of a Legend

We are 3 months into filming our documentary for CAGE VS CONS. Here are some still shots from the movie. The film is really taking shape! Following 20 fighters from all different walks of life is what this film is all about.
Check out some clips at www.imestudios.com

Cage vs Cons May 21st at LA Sports Arena

I am proud to announce IME partnership with Cage vs Cons, an MMA Event on May 21st at the LA Sports Arena this year. IME will be the exclusive production house to handle all video promos for the event. I will also be directing the Cage vs Cons Documentary which focuses on the popularity of the sport and back stories of the fighters.


22nd Simpsons Premiere Party at Universal Studios

22 years!! Need I say more? At this point there's no stopping this show! We all had a great time with the Simpsons Ride as our backdrop. We thank all our fans around the world for the support and for keeping us busy! P.S. the UR project is coming soon:) More details to come.

Emmy goes to my buddy Chuck!

Congrats to Chuck Raggins for best Individual Achievement in Animation! And Thanks to our producers for making this happen! All the best Chuck!

"Write the Future" Nike ad breaks Own Viral Record!!

World Cup 2010 is just around the corner & Nike has just released their ad for the event. It's a 3 min video that broke record for biggest audience in it's 1st week. 7.8 milion views! I had the honor to storyboard and animate the Homer/Ronaldo sequence. Click on link above to view.

Superbowl Commercial!

Hello everyone! I had the great honor to work on this years Superbowl commercial for one of the largest brands in the world, Coke! You'll be able to see my work,.. and very excited about how it all came out. Can't say a peep about it except stay tuned and watch!! Or catch in on Youtube after:)

Comp Studies

Here's a quick study from an old Disney movie (guess which one?)... Thankfully things have been very busy around here which makes it hard to update my blog from time to time. My next thing is to do more studies of Alfred Hitchcock films. The more we more forward in entertainment, the more I go back to the classics for reference.

Here with Jim Reardon

Jim Reardon was Supervising Director on the Simpsons before he left to  PIXAR to do the screenplay with Andrew Stanton for Disney's    
Wall-E (Nominated for Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay) feature film. It was a drawing that I saw at his desk back in the late 90's that inspired me to draw in blue ball point pen for the show. Seems like a little thing,... but I found out that people were selling and buying my pen drawings at San Diego Comic Con for yrs without Fox permission. How they got it is a mystery,..it's illegal,.. but also a compliment too?

Universal Studios Simpsons Ride Concept Art

These are some concepts I originally worked on last year at FOX for Universal Creative.  I had the privilege of getting hired to work on the illustrated artwork that is placed throughout the lines before entering the ride. These were done in Photoshop. The "Screamatorium" was toned down cause they thought it was "too" scary!

My Sketchbook Drawings

Here are some drawings from my sketchbook. As you can see I like drawing just about anything,.. especially compositional and tonal studies. I prefer drawing in blue ball point pen & markers because it forces me to think before I draw. I also study from favorite American Illustrators such as Dean Cornwell & J.C. Leyendecker.

Congrats to Creator/Producer Bob Boyle

For winning his first Emmy in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation. I remember when he was boarding the very first episodes of Wow Wow Wubbzy! yrs ago. I wish Bob continued success! 

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

1st time ride with Directors, Executive Producers & writers.
 Here with Matt Groening at the Simpsons Ride Premier
Hello Simpsons Fans!!! The Ride is finally here!!! at Universal Studios Hollywood & Orlando Florida. We had an exclusive preview yesterday with Matt Groening, writers, artist and everyone else that was involved in one way or the other. I worked on the illustrated posters that hang in-between the lines before entering the actual ride. I also created  a lot of the interior & exterior artwork. I'm very proud to be part of this great project! The ride was awesome!!!! It's truly one of the best experiences here at Universal Studio hands down! And don't forget the new Kwik-E-Mart! It's Simpsons Mania all over again!!! See you this summer at the Ride! 

10 min Figure Drawings



Here are some more figure drawings from the past. Studying the human anatomy is really a challenge, and rewarding! It's a great tradition in the world of art dating back hundreds of years. One of my favorite artist of all times, Michelangelo "The Renaissance Man"! The drawings on top were from live models, Bridgeman and Dean Cornwell studies.

Hanging out with Jay Leno

Hello everybody! And heeeres Jaaaay Lenoooo! We bumped into each other at,.. yes, Panda Express(next to Burbank airport). If you missed it, we did a short animated segment version of the "Jay Leno show".  Mike Scully, if you're reading this... Jay says hi.

Composition studies from Shawshank

Shawshank Redemption remains to this day as one of my favorite movies of all time. The words "Fear can hold you prisoner, Hope can set you free",...  is what dictates my life personally. The dynamic relationship between Andy Dufresne(Tim Robbins) & Red(Morgan Freeman) is what drives the story. Frank Darabont (director) skillfully chooses the right angles to bring Steven Kings story to life on screen. Here are 3 composition studies I did from the movie.
In this scene, Red and other inmates have just finished re-tarring the roof. 
This was were Red mentioned how they felt like "Free men." As you can see he takes up most of the shot, with the sun hitting him with warm light. The guards hang in the lower 1/4 area, in darkness. This gives the "feeling" of Red dominating the situation. If only for a while.

In this shot, Red approaches Andy after doing time in "the hole" for a very long time.This is the breaking point for Andy,.. where he remains in the shadow of the wall. As the scene progresses, Andy steps out into the light area,.. leaving Red on the other side. Again this is a very smart way of using environmental surroundings to help magnify the storytelling. Also the perspective of the wall helps the audience focus on Andy, which is placed exactly in the lower right side"Sweet spot"( based on 1/4th grid). The use of dark and light also conveys enlightenment vs being held prisoner.

Here's another great example of how the right lighting, props and composition can take a scene to the next level. Here all heads are facing directly at Red. The way the two men on each table are sitting at an angle gives the sense of really putting Red on the spot. Also notice the legs of the chairs. The fact that they are very pointy(giving a very threatening feeling) casts a shadow pointing directly at Red. As if they were being used as a weapon in a threatening manner, during an interrogation! Again very smart! It's all in the details!!!
Here is a grid based on 4ths/anamorphic aspect ratio. This is a great tool to have, I use it a lot when I compose my shots. I use it to reference 1/2's, 1/4 spaces, the sweet spots (circles), etc. Feel free to download and use it!

Old Actor


This was drawn in charcoal on newsprint, then I added some paint in Photoshop. I referenced from an old black and white photo of an actor based on "Monsters" of classic cinema! I forgot his name,.. I just liked the under lighting quality! This was a fun exercise.

Environment Concept


© E.Tran 2008

Figure Drawings

I studied many years with Jeff Watts, Steve Huston & Paul Wee. Learning everything from the human anatomy to design & rendering. It's a never ending journey! I've been very fortunate to learn from the best instructors in the business!