Sunday, November 6, 2011


This is another design for a theme park based on the GOLDRUSH of British Columbia, Canada. Its set about 1853. This is a Pen and Ink illustration. The design is mine, but it was a conceptual collaboration with my partner Jeff Cox. Please enjoy the pics and commentary.

GOLDRUSH THEME PARK Illustration by Lance Cardinal
Here is the entrance gate which immediately brings you into the bowls of a mine, and removes you from the real world.
Main entrance HUB. right in the downtown of a new goldrush town.
these towns sprung up over night, and included tents and shacks as well as hotels banks and churches.
This saloon is the showpiece of the town and will include a live show and dinner.
Familys will walk along the shore and try their hand at gold panning for real gold!!!
The SS Beaver is permanently docked, ready to take rich miners back home. Explore the boat and learn about life at sea.
Explore the tent retail shops including a bank, and a barber.
There is a chruch as well...say a prayer for gold or check out the graveyard....
At the back across gold creek is the MINERS VILLAGE including a miners hotel/hostel
This is a restaurant and also a miner museum/memorial. Learn the history, watch actual footage and ask questions.
Here is a wroking water wheel near the waterfall , powering the mine town
This end is the main site for the mines. It includes 2 main E Ticket Rides. GOLD MINE COASTER (inside the mountains) and CARIBOO TRAIL PACK MULE ADVENTURE (outside the mountain)
CARIBOO TRAIL PACK MULE ADVENTURES takes families on a guided group tour of the mountains of goldrush town.
Climb up the mountains, cross a huge trestle and back down again. Follow the route of the gold miners of the 1800. Wtach for falling rocks, or wild animals or even bandits trying to steal your gold!!!
Water tower!!
GOLD MINERS COASTER is an indoor coaster/dark ride which shows the history of mountain mining including a full size actual mine operation, complete with miners, machines and TNT!!!
Enter in the mining supply shop to prepare for your mine coaster adventure!!
Hope your mine car does not become a runaway car!!!


This is a concept I created for an ABORIGINAL THEME PARK, specifically focused on the first nations of British Columbia. It is a pen and ink illustration. I have included commentary explaining each area. The design is mine, but it was a conceptual collaboration with my partner Jeff Cox. I hope to post more them park concepts soon:) Enjoy the pics and commentary.
This is the entrance to the park area. The entrance resembles a west coast longhouse and totems line the shores.
This is the entrance corridor and MAIN HUB. You can see a giant welcome totem and a cliff  LOOKOUT POINT top right.
The view from the lookout is of the longhouse village and water.
When moving clockwise we explore many different regions of the aboriginal people of BC. First area is the "Cariboo Chilcotin Coast's" TIPI VILLAGE. Inside each tipi are re-creations of village life and traditions.
there are also PLAINS LONGHOUSES that will house DINNER SHOWS and RETAIL shops.
The next area is "Coastal Islands", and the biggest part of theis park, the COASTAL LONGHOUSE VILLAGE. All the different longhouses feature various northern coastal nations of BC, almost like mini museums. Behind the longhouses there will be carvers and artisans, encouraging people to try traditional tools and crafting.

The shores are open to explore, TOTEMS are from various nations of Coastal BC.

The central longhouse is an entrance to an indoor PERFROMANCE PAVILLION.  Inside, guests will experience a public gathering at night. Stars, trees, music and atmosphere. Various aboriginal events will be held here including Pow Wows, dance presentations and celebrations.
After leaving the longhouse village, the next area is the "Thompson Okanagan" PIT HOUSES. People can go inside, hear stories of this region and experience what it was like to live underground in BC's unforgiving desert.
Next area is the "Coastal Mountains"and includes a SHED VILLAGE and Mountain. It  includes the biggest artificial waterfall ever made. This section has 2 E-Ticket rides. The first one is inside the mountain. It is a  DARK RIDE called "Legends of the Coastal People". Guests crossover to the spirit world of the Coastal Mountain People, and experience the Bear, or the eagle or the salmon.

The second E Ticket ride is the RIVER CANOE ADVENTURE.

This is a fun RIVER ADVENTURE on a guided canoe that glides through all the beautiful sites of the waters of the park.

The canoes go through TUNNELS, float along the longhouse shore, observe WILDLIFE,
Maybe even a pod of Killer whales!
The journey ends with a TALLSHIP ENCOUNTER, re-creating what the aboriginal people of BC must have felt when they first encountered Europeans.

After you can cross the TRADITIONAL BRIDGE back to the hub or you can head to the TALLSHIP and explore it inside and out.

Guys and Dolls -Set Design

This is a set design I did for Metro Theatre in vancouver, BC, Canada. I dont have very many pictures, but you can see it was done in a very "Comic Book" style. The director Mark Carter was inspired by the Dick Tracy Movie and wanted to create a world of that nature. I love this set! So fun and animated!