Monday, February 27, 2006

Baby Baby...

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


Testing out the paper I made at the Working Centre in Kitchener... Thanks Amaria!

...with a little Photoshop thrown in.

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

Concept Art 01: Buildings

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 ( ), 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.

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