Wednesday, December 13, 2006
My own life inspires me to create.
I spent a good chunk of my childhood cruising around in the back of a 1960 Dodge convertable.
I decided to forgo using paint and Photoshop for a change and did this collage up for a page in my visual journal. I found the perfect metallic blue swatch in a bin that was on hand last week at the Working Centre where I met with a group of people interested in exploring their life stories through art.
We will be meeting weekly for 12 weeks starting in January. It is open to anyone. Check out their website for information if you'd like to come along.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
GENXINE debut this week!!!
Drop by Generation X Video this week to pick up the 1st issue of the staff produced zine "GENXINE".
This zine features articles and movie reviews, recommendations as well as cool graphics and other interesting tidbits about life around the coolest video store on the planet.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Gouache Sketch: Old Gate
I haven't posted in a while because I have been working really hard on so many different things. I have a couple of part time jobs now, and I am working on a couple of animation projects (volunteer).
This sketch was inspired by an old gate I came across while exploring Halton Region's backroads, near Mount Nemo.
Monday, June 05, 2006
I designed this character as the animated counterpart to the actor that plays Suzanne in the live action short film that I am working on for Meow Films in Toronto. http://www.meowfilms.com
I am in the storyboarding stages for animated content for this humerous independent short film.
Friday, April 28, 2006
FLASH ANIMATION for Broadcast Television
It has been a while since I last posted, so it's about time! This week I am working on a Flash Project adapted from a Children's Book, for the express purpose of demonstrating my skill as a Flash animator to potential employers.
It has been a while since I used Flash, and I am really enjoying the process of relearning the interface as it applies to animation for broadcast television. Here I have inported my storyboard to a template which I created for an NTSC output. Notice the action-safe, and title-safe zones that I created as guide layers. These are improtant to keep in mind when designing for television. Guide layers in Flash are not drawn to the final output.
A good book on the subject is Flash Cartoon Animation, by Kevin Peaty and Glen Kirkpatrick.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
"Cool Cats" Storyboard finished!
Sorry! - not much to look at, but I wanted to celebrate the completion of the "Cool Cats" storyboard with a BLOG post. 17 pages! Yay!
Short and Sweet!
I will be pitching the story a the TAIS incubator Thursday night. See http://www.tais.ca for details.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
In 2005 I worked on the Sheridan College student film by Laura Diaz, called "Baby Baby."
I designed and animated the car for the opening sequence, and I did some key character animation and inbetweening.
The screen shots from the film in this graphic were scenes that I key animated, but the credits for layout and colour go to Laura and other individuals.
Friday, February 24, 2006
This is so cool! I was backing up a bunch of old data discs onto DVD and I found my first ever Flash cartoon.
During an R & D period at Digital Frog I played around with this new fangled program called "Flash." Actually, it wasn't quite so new by then, but it was new to me.
Buster was a one of the dogs I used to share an office space with. He was the inspiration, and sort of the scriptwriter as well, for this cartoon.
He was easy to get all riled up, especially when you said you were "going to get his food." He'd growl and bark without fail.
A credit goes to Goober, the dog that subbed for the eating sounds, but Buster did his own barks and growls.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Excerpt: "The Beaver"
This is an excerpt from my short film project The Beaver. When Michele invited me to post an image to the member's page at the TAIS website I thought I'd work up something new. I wanted to try something different for a change. So I went back to an old project, extracted a quick composition from the storyboard and decided to do something really fun with it.
It has been a while since I looked at this film project. I've been so busy with my other film, and finding a job of course, that The Beaver (still in pre-production) has had to take up residence on the shelf for a while. It has been about a year since I looked at any of the work for this film. I started working on it independently the year I left Sheridan College.
I'd love to hear what you think...
Saturday, February 11, 2006
My approach to concept design for the film I am working on began with three simple rules:
1) Having fun is priority one
2) Draw only from life, not from anyone else's artwork or photos
3) Make a list of all animals, people, places and things in the script and rough story art before going out the door
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Making Art Books with Rick Raxlen
I recently had the pleasure of blowing off some job finding steam with Victoria animator Rick Raxlen. Rick was in town, thanks to TAIS ( http://www.tais.ca ), to demonstrate the freedom of ripping up paper and using whatever happens to be laying around to make up small 5" X 5" art books.
We all talked animation and informally created our own little narratives with rubber stamps, stencils and finger paints, before getting a glimpse of Rick's energistic creations on film. Then we headed out to the Cadillac Lounge for food. What a great night.
These are the first of four pages in my art book.
For more about the talent of Rick Raxlen check out http://www.raxpix.com
Saturday, January 14, 2006
What if your favorite large mammals were never hunted to extinction? The giant ground sloths all dissappeared from North and South America up to as few as five thousand years ago. This coincides with the arrival of man on these continents.
For more information about the Giant Sloths check out:
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Sketchbook: Cafe 1842
When your PC overhaul isn't going well, and you can't get into doing the long awaited portfolio because Photoshop won't run on your aging laptop; when new technical issues pop up and chew on your shoe-string budget; its time to say screw it and visit your favorite cafe for a bit.
I like to go to Cafe 1842 in Waterloo.