Traveling to and from the office, I rode the bus. It took about an hour. Subsequently, I have about a hundred of these “free-style” drawings where my hand did most of the work. They are all under A3 size.
Ruben Miller is a character I invented. He has gone through a variety of personas. Here are a few.
This is a compilation for speed scrolling, of some of my favorite works and on-site shots. (I cannot post current activities as I have signed a number of Non-Disclosure Agreements). If you have any questions you can contact me directly.
to be continued;
One of my personal fantasies is designing a theme park in a country village. I enjoy the idea to utilize simple and easy to maintain thrill rides, promote the existing culture and make use of the natural environment.
The marketing could emphasis these very concepts. Of course there would have to be an upgrade in the facilities, which basically means clean toilets and great farm fresh foods. For this the locals should be heavily involved, AND in order to do that (at least in China) education classes in general community and civic values (toilets, trash, general maintenance, etc) and hospitality services. There is a streamlined list of requirements for this that I will not be listing here. For that,,,, you can employ me.
Here are some samples of the idea, which I find incredibly charming, terribly personal, very human and an opportunity to redefine the paradigm of outrageous theme parks. Remember; fun is your little girl laughing in a tea-cup ride.
Train Ride Commercial Zone
General Mix of Simple Rides and Village
Dark Ride Entry
I have designed a number of panda enclosures. Here are two of them, one for Hangzhou Safari Park and another for the Guang Zhou Zoo. The one in Hangzhou was realized. (3D models by others).
Plan on CAD
Panda Food Court
On occasion projects are concerned with a redo of existing neighborhoods in countryside towns. This calls for a redefinition of land use. Here are some samples of this process.
Basic Master Plan
Individual/group dwelling development
3/D Sketch of Area
Attached Neighborhood Water Park Development
Indoor Water Park Structure
Indoor Structure First Floor
In Shenzhen, I was afforded the opportunity to design and (help) install a roof-top garden in a financial district of Nanshan. It was a fun project, as I believe in roof-top gardens both lowering a city’s general heat signature and provide relief to office workers as it appeals to the basic sense of nature in all of us as many of us are not too many generations from being farmers.
Plan and some area details
Me in front of vegetable garden -before and after-, and concept drawing
Installation and design detail
Green Wall with a story
Elevator Shaft and Machine Room Decorated
Real Farm House and Farmers tending crops
Multiple use space
Concept and corridor under construction
Me having fun with green wall.
A Green Wall
My lovely wife harvesting chili.
It is has been noted by a beloved authority that I look “grumpy” in many of my posts. My only excuse is, that bringing dreams or reality to life, as is my passion and my experience, I must fight what I think are the forces of darkness, (mediocrity). The grumpy looking pictures are usually of me in the midst of this aspect of the creative process. Believe me, I love what I do and the drawing table and being on-site are (aside from being with my family), my favorite places to be. The boardroom, -not so much-, but there the passion for any project must be conveyed. Below are some more “happy-snaps” denoting the fact that; Yes, I am a happy warrior.
Somewhat Chronologically listed
Sir Stamford Raffles -designed and performed in Singapore’s National Day Parade 1996
On-site installation, Lost City Zhuhai, water park
On-site installation, Shanghai’s Ocean Aquarium
On-site installation Beijing’s Happy Valley
I am far-left, second row holding my friend Huang Huang the dog.
With architects and artists on-site in Beijing
With animals on-site, Huangzhou Safari Park
Installing water-feature dragon head, Splendid China, Shenzhen
Delivering impassioned speech about design and build.
Speaking to The Chinese Congress of Theme Park Development.
At the drawing table.
Working with others, in the office or the field.
and writing about it,,
I am happy to have a passion and a life that serves others bringing dreams to life!
Some examples of Design and Build, from drawing table to fruition.
Zhuhai Water Park Entry Icon, stainless steel
Water Toys for Splendid China, Shenzhen
Park Entry Sculpture, Escape Singapore
Park Entry Signage, Lost City Zhuhai, China
World’s Largest Dinosaur, Drumheller Alberta Canada
World’s Largest Banana Tree Water Feature, Splendid China Shenzhen
Bird Cage Entry Arch Happy Valley Chengdu China
Wild Bird Enclosure, Happy Valley Chengdu China
Kiosk Lost City, Zhuhai China
Kiosk, Splendid China
Christmas Table Top Decoration, Transfar Shenzhen China
-give till it hurts, music box-
Circus Train, Transfar Shenzhen China
Service Uniforms for Water Park, Lost City Zhuhai China
Photo-ops and Outdoor Coffee Shop South China Mall, Dong Guang China
and on and on and on and on
I am a simple artist and draw things. However my early training was in performance. First as a performer myself and later as a costumer, prop maker, set designer/builder etc. These experiences, in my opinion helped prepare me for show design and production and gave me a better understanding of spacial relationships as in coordination with living players both performers, guests or even animals.
Early years, ballet
Later musicals, song and dance
Rock and Roll vocalist
Set design and production
Teaching at Junior College Level, Theater Crafts
Country Sized Productions such as Singapore’s National Day (my last performance as Sir Stamford Raffles)
Set and Prop Manufacturing
All on a grand scale
Smaller Venues, such as fashion shows and other “trade events”.