"Clarence" Head-of-Story reaction

I was Head of Story on “Clarence” from the beginning.

Obviously Skyler Page sexually assaulted a female artist at CN. Skyler’s a piece of shit, and CN should give him the boot. Emily Partridge is one bad-ass chick for standing up to a guy who a lot of people wanted to cover up for. Skyler’s asshole behavior (though not yet sexual assault) was the main reason I quit the show more than a year ago.

I can’t imagine how fans of the show are feeling right now. But the reason you like Clarence, in spite of it’s creator, is because the “creator” had very little to do with the show. Despite what it says in the credits, Skyler never wrote a single episode of Clarence. It was created by the writers (me and Spencer Rothbell) and the talented board artists (people like Charlie Gavin, Derek & Diana). We took Skyler’s idea of “a fat dumb kid” and made a character out of it. Skyler mostly “kept the couch from floating away”, and read whatever lines we gave him. There’s been enough victims of Skyler Page, don’t punish the talented crew that actually raised Clarence.

- Patrick Harpin

First page of "Clarence gets a Girlfriend", one of my favorite scripts I wrote on Clarence. Some weird scenes got added to the 2nd act (Sumo puddle stuff/jeff’s computer?) but everything else was the way it was scripted.

First page of "Clarence gets a Girlfriend", one of my favorite scripts I wrote on Clarence. Some weird scenes got added to the 2nd act (Sumo puddle stuff/jeff’s computer?) but everything else was the way it was scripted.

Clarence!
Here’s a shot I drew for “Moneybroom Wizard”, an episode I wrote/directed & storyboarded on. When I was a kid I’d always run out of money in like 20 minutes at the arcade, but I’d see shows like “The Weekenders” where the kids hang out spending money all day and it always bugged me. That was where the premise for “Money Broom Wizard” came from, finding ways to have fun, even if you “don’t have that many dollahs”.

Clarence!

Here’s a shot I drew for “Moneybroom Wizard”, an episode I wrote/directed & storyboarded on. When I was a kid I’d always run out of money in like 20 minutes at the arcade, but I’d see shows like “The Weekenders” where the kids hang out spending money all day and it always bugged me. That was where the premise for “Money Broom Wizard” came from, finding ways to have fun, even if you “don’t have that many dollahs”.

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the Adults
Here’s the original designs for the adults, based on Wes’ email descriptions. I did these in about a day. I tried to make each one a likeness of the actor, but in shorthand that I’d be able to draw quickly in boards. From day one on this production they needed everything “yesterday”. But I tried to put some thought into the designs. Edward Norton had a little bit of the “Man in the yellow hat”, and with Bill Murray I drew him a little like Mr. Wilson in “Dennis the Menace”, since it took place in the 1960’s.
From Wes:
MR. BISHOPMr. Bishop is a tall, fifty-year-old man in Madras trousers and horn-rimmed glasses.

This is Bill Murray.MRS. BISHOPMrs. Bishop is a tan, forty-five-year-old woman in a Lilly Pulitzer-type wrap-around skirt.

This is Frances McDormand.SCOUT MASTER WARDScout Master Ward is a thirty-five-year-old man in a scout uniform with a wide-brimmed felt hat. A badge on the crown reads Khaki Scout Troop 55. He smokes.

He is Edward Norton/CAPTAIN SHARPCaptain Sharp is six-foot tall, forty-five-year-old man in a short-sleeved police uniform with a black necktie and a baseball cap. His glasses have clear plastic frames and a strap.

Bruce Willis.”

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the Adults

Here’s the original designs for the adults, based on Wes’ email descriptions. I did these in about a day. I tried to make each one a likeness of the actor, but in shorthand that I’d be able to draw quickly in boards. From day one on this production they needed everything “yesterday”. But I tried to put some thought into the designs. Edward Norton had a little bit of the “Man in the yellow hat”, and with Bill Murray I drew him a little like Mr. Wilson in “Dennis the Menace”, since it took place in the 1960’s.

From Wes:

MR. BISHOP
Mr. Bishop is a tall, fifty-year-old man in Madras trousers and horn-rimmed glasses.

This is Bill Murray.

MRS. BISHOP
Mrs. Bishop is a tan, forty-five-year-old woman in a Lilly Pulitzer-type wrap-around skirt.

This is Frances McDormand.

SCOUT MASTER WARD
Scout Master Ward is a thirty-five-year-old man in a scout uniform with a wide-brimmed felt hat. A badge on the crown reads Khaki Scout Troop 55. He smokes.

He is Edward Norton/

CAPTAIN SHARP
Captain Sharp is six-foot tall, forty-five-year-old man in a short-sleeved police uniform with a black necktie and a baseball cap. His glasses have clear plastic frames and a strap.

Bruce Willis.”

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the kids (final version)

Here’s the final version of the designs used for Moonrise. Wes asked for both of them to be less cartoony, and more serious. Suzy now with blonde hair instead of black. Wes said he wanted her hair more like a young Jodie Foster. He also wanted her eyes to have circles around them, and more “suspicious”. For a live action movie these designs aren’t really necessary, because it depends on the actual kids. BUT it nailed down the costumes, and the way I’d be drawing them for the rest of the animatic.

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the kids (final version)

Here’s the final version of the designs used for Moonrise. Wes asked for both of them to be less cartoony, and more serious. Suzy now with blonde hair instead of black. Wes said he wanted her hair more like a young Jodie Foster. He also wanted her eyes to have circles around them, and more “suspicious”. For a live action movie these designs aren’t really necessary, because it depends on the actual kids. BUT it nailed down the costumes, and the way I’d be drawing them for the rest of the animatic.

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the Kids

These are the VERY FIRST images of Sam & Suzy. Before either of the kids were cast. I’d never done character design work before, but Wes asked me to design them before I started storyboarding, so I said “sure I can design em!” I didn’t know how cartoony I could push the characters yet, so I started from a very Peanuts-esque place, to see how realistic he wanted it. These were based on Wes’ email descriptions.

From Wes:

SUZY"A twelve-year-old girl in a cardigan sweater with knee-high socks and brightly polished, patent- leather shoes.She wears binoculars around her neck and also uses reading glasses. Let’s give her a permanent and make her hair black. Maybe we can draw her skinny with slightly weirdly long legs. too long for her body really"

SAM"Sam is a twelve-year-old boy in a scout uniform with a Davy Crockett-style coon-skin cap. A sash across his chest is decorated with numerous small, embroidered patches.

Let’s make him about half a head shorter than Suzy. squinty eyes?”

So from that you can see my first pass…

Moonrise Kingdom: Designing the Kids

These are the VERY FIRST images of Sam & Suzy. Before either of the kids were cast. I’d never done character design work before, but Wes asked me to design them before I started storyboarding, so I said “sure I can design em!” I didn’t know how cartoony I could push the characters yet, so I started from a very Peanuts-esque place, to see how realistic he wanted it. These were based on Wes’ email descriptions.

From Wes:

SUZY
"A twelve-year-old girl in a cardigan sweater with knee-high socks and brightly polished, patent- leather shoes.She wears binoculars around her neck and also uses reading glasses. Let’s give her a permanent and make her hair black. Maybe we can draw her skinny with slightly weirdly long legs. too long for her body really"

SAM
"Sam is a twelve-year-old boy in a scout uniform with a Davy Crockett-style coon-skin cap. A sash across his chest is decorated with numerous small, embroidered patches.

Let’s make him about half a head shorter than Suzy. squinty eyes?”

So from that you can see my first pass…

Finally doing it…

Hi. I’m finally gonna start posting stuff on here. Right now I’m working on a TV Pilot that’s under-wraps, but in the meantime I’ll post stuff from “Moonrise Kingdom”, stuff I did on “Clarence”, and maybe a few shots from the current project when it’s closer to finished. stay tuned

I write and draw cartoons. I storyboarded a film called "Moonrise Kingdom" for Wes Anderson. I also helped create the TV series "Clarence" for Cartoon Network.

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