Thursday, July 20, 2017

Background Art for Archer Season 8 "Dreamland"

Some of my background work from this past season that are a culmination of great storyboarding, art direction, and 3D modeling.  For this noir season we in the background department focused on dramatic lighting coming from multiple sources set against heavy shadows.

Monday, October 3, 2016

First Picture Book

This fall and winter I'll be hard at work at my first picture book, produced by Charlesbridge Publishing and written by Barry Wittenstein. There's a little blurb about it here on the Rights Report at Publisher's Weekly. The work will run alongside my duties on Archer, where we're working on what hopefully you'll find to be a visually stunning Season 8. Season 7 won the Emmy for "outstanding animated program" and of course the team is hoping to do it again for Season 8. It's going to be a busy winter but I'm up for the challenge.

"Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has bought world rights for Barry Wittenstein's (l.) The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!), a humorous take on the story of how Earle Dickson invented the Band-Aid. This is illustrator Chris Hsu's debut picture book. Publication is set for spring 2018; the author and illustrator represented themselves."

Also this past spring I painted backgrounds for an Adult Swim pilot with Bento Box, the link is here. Once there click the "Now Showing" tab up top and select "Bad Guys" from the menu. (Created by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti, starring the voice talents of Keegan-Michael Key, Scheer, Chelsea Peretti, Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael, Andy Daly, and James Adomian.)

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Long time no update...just started a gig as a background painter on Archer in their Atlanta studio. Very happy to be on the team and looking forward to helping crank out kick ass backgrounds for Archer, Lana, and the rest of the crew to play around in.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pomegranate Sketching

Pomegranate sketching while in Taiwan. Charcoal pencil for one, watercolor the other.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Life Drawing Updates

Happy New Year 2015! Here's a selection of life drawings from the past few months. I try to include the pencil for scale; I go back and forth between drawing small and large. I feel both approaches present their own group of challenges, and coupled along with the unique challenges that each model presents I feel it makes for a good drawing exercise.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Folio Weekly: October 2014

Cover illustration (and some interior spots) for Folio Weekly, Oct 29 - Nov 4 issue, featuring Charlie Crist and Rick Scott.  Design and art direction by Shan Stumpf.

folio weekly chris hsu illustration

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peter's Hill: Watercolor Study

Small watercolor study from Peter's Hill yesterday afternoon. High 70s...very unusual for New England in mid October.  Later in the evening headed over to the MFA for some figure drawing.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peter's Hill, Arboretum

One hour oil study from the base of Peter's Hill and looking upwards on one quiet evening. 5"x7"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three Ridiculous Wishes

"Three Ridiculous Wishes" is a French fairytale from the late 1600s by Charles Perrault, as well as the basis for a recent assignment with the Cobblestone group. Long story short, a down-on-his-luck woodcutter is granted three wishes by Zeus (aka Jupiter) and ends up using them inadvertently and foolishly while arguing with his wife at home about the mere existence of these wishes. On the second wish he accidentally wishes for a stifling sausage or black pudding upon his wife's nose (depending on the version) and when all hell breaks loose he finally concedes that he must use his third and final wish to restore his wife back to normal.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Food Illustrations Compilation

Over many issues of My Table Magazine I've been doing a spot illustration for the "Tasting the Town" segment where the author visits five different establishments to order the same thing and write about it. I compiled all the illustrations together and thought they looked pretty interesting side by side - almost postage stamp-like even - and so here they are along with last month's topic "pretzels."