Sunday, November 22, 2015

CTN-XPO Highlight #1

CTN-XPO 2015 Highlight #1
Spending time having terrific conversations with the talented animation and visual artists: Will Terry (who took this pic), Mel Milton, and Leigh Rens. Good times, good talks, and great guys!

You can see more of the fantastic work of Mel, Will, and Leigh following the links below!

See you there next year!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Long Day for a Quick Sketch

After a long day of animation storyboard work, it was time to find some inspiration and draw something else. Since I haven't posted in a while, here is a quick doodle in PS.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bill Duke Breaks It Down

Not something that you hear everyday: a frank and practical interview with actor, film maker, writer, and entrepreneur Bill Duke on the business of making films. 

I first saw Bill Duke back in the day when he appeared in Commando and later as Mac in Predator (the role he's most recognized for as an actor). Did you know how many productions he's written and directed since then? Check this out:

If I were asked "who you would like to meet in for coffee in the past, present, or future?" Bill Duke is a gentleman, I'd like to meet during my life time.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Finished up a MoleSkin Weekend

So this past weekend I drew the last page in a moleskin I started a while ago.
I didn't realize I finished the book when I was in the middle of the drawing at the passport office.
I started thinking about where this little book has traveled and what sketches I have collected in the pages since it started on the journey with me. I picked the Monogram brand sketchbook with ivory paper from an art supply store in Ngee Ann City/ Takashimaya on Orchard Road in Singapore.

The last drawing at the Glendale Post Office/ Passport Office:

One of the first sketches in the moleskin:

 What the sketchbook ended up looking like:

What I think it wishes it looks like;)

I put these up having been inspired to share by an amazingly talented friend, Jamie Vickers, who has been traveling through most of Asia via bicycle for the last year. You can see his amazing travel sketches here: facebook
His incredible animation here:

Friday, September 18, 2015

It's Friday-Man!

(As sung to the tune of the 60's Animated show)
Does what ever a Friday can!
Look out!
It's Friday-Maaaaaaan!
Shaking off the cob webs on my stylus with a little warm up Web-Head doodle now spinning around on the world wide web.

Now, only if there were a way to weave more silky puns into this thread....

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Morning Cartoon_Retro Modern Anime Mash Up

I remember the days when I used to wake up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons on network television. It was a full half day affair which had me switching stations every half hour to catch the shows I was interested in seeing. Getting up at 630am on a Saturday was no problem, so to ensure breakfast was eaten and no distractions would interrupt the first show at 7am. Thinking back to how it was then, I can't recall how many thousands of cereal, toy, and kids products commercials drove their jingles and bright colors into my cerebral cortex. Now, I hope they've all been forgotten. But my favorite shows haven't been.
Which is why watching this amazing modern animation brought back such retro memories.
(They even included the VHS video tracking feedback/ grain) Nice touch!

If you love the original Transformers, Voltron, ThunderCats, and similar shows from the time, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the above WTL production. 

HD version here on Vimeo:

MORE great stuff here from the creative team!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I have had this conversation with my wife numerous times: She sees me draw a memory sketch on the cintiq and reacts like "meh, no life (in the sketch)". Then she looks at a sketch like the one below done on paper with ink and her reaction is completely positive: "that has some juice". I'm paraphrasing, but I think you might see the point. There is an illusive ingredient that makes or breaks a drawing in Analog or Digital. What do you think?