Monday, September 24, 2007

Madison - Colored

Madi, mama, daddy, and everyone else loved it. Now they're trying to talk me into doing a cartoon or book with Madison. She's so gosh darn spunky and silly, there would be no shortage of stories. It gives me a cute little girl chracter to have on reserve.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm on Cartoon Brew!

I'll take my fifteen seconds of fame anyway I can get 'em.

Disney Exhibit at Forest Lawn

I wrote an e-mail to Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew about the art exhibit in Glendale. The exhibit itself was so small and in such a strange location, I was hoping it would make the news page so that others would have a chance of hearing about it. Mission accomplished!

Jerry and Amid from Cartoon Brew also attended the Platform Festival in Portland. They gave great talks at the panels, and also wrote some great articles reviewing the festival. Here are a few of those links:

Report from Platform - Day 1

Report from Platform - Day 3

Report from Platform - Day 4

Hertzfeldt Wins at Platform

If you do a search on Cartoon Brew for Platform Festival. plenty of articles and pictures pop up. Still waiting on word from Cartoon Network as to if we have the go ahead for next year or not. I'm hopeful, but the suspense is getting to me.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Madison - sketches

I just thought it would be nice to post some actual artwork up here. This is Madison, who I was asked to draw a cartoon version of by her mother.

First I did this little sketch, which was compiled from several different reference pictures.

Then I found some pictures from a Monster's Inc. party plate to use as a style reference. Afterall, one of my first thoughts of Madison was that she looked just like Boo from the movie, pigtails and all.

Madi's signatures are her pink flip-flops, sparkly pink sunglasses, and her "Nemo" beanie-baby (who she is -NEVER- without).

I'm going to work out some proportions and fix the angle of the feet.. probably change the eyes a bit to show more of Madi's half-Asian-ness. I'm glad I stuck with something quick and simple so I can get the image done on time. I will start on coloring tonight, though I haven't picked a medium. I really wish I had a copy of Illustrator at home. :(

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Miss Rigby

Here are her puppy pictures...

Here's a more recent picture. I caught her sniffing the flowers.

I miss my baby girl, but she's doing a great job of filling the empty-nest syndrom for my mom.


Still around, but still battling a severe lack of inspiration. I'm not too worried because this has happened to me once before. When it was over I had suddenly found myself enrolled in an art college. Crazy!

The problem is that I am not a very self-motivated person. I really miss my friends from The Art Center back home that I used to collaborate with. It seems most of the people I'm around these days are not very artistically inclined. They're fun, great people, but none who really understand the way I see things in the world around me.. for example, "that cute little rat movie" by Pixar. Once you know how animation works, you see so much more than a simple "children's" movie.. plot progression, character development, lighting, textures, environments and props.. sigh. I know there's no shortage of people knowledgeable about animation in this town, but it's been tough to pin them down.

My friend Nick and I went to a fantasy art exhibit at Forest Lawn in Glendale (which is a really weird location, because it's a giant cemetary with a museum up at the very top hill). I was surprised to find a lot of works on loan from Walt Disney Animation Studios. There were maquettes from The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, character sketches of Ariel and Beast by Glen Keane (amazing), concept designs for the dwarfs from Snow White (with some GREAT variations of Dopey), as well as character designs, storyboards, cels and backgrounds from the original Fantasia, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio and more. It's running until January, in case anyone has the chance to take a peek.

I've finally been sketching again, but haven't finished anything in color. Right now I'm working on an illustration as a birthday present. Little kids are fun to draw. I'll post that one when it's finished.

So far the only project I've finished out here has been a tattoo design. Man, is it weird to see your artwork displayed on someone's body!