Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Though I had been drawing for years, this little mag played a major role in pushing me as an artist. The cover's drawn by CARtoons legend Shawn Kerri. (Image above: CARtoons Issue Vol. 30, No.1, Feb. 1989)
Some of my other favorite artists were George Trosley (creator of Krass and Bernie), Joe Borer, who had a phenomenal gift for pushing poses, and Steve Austin (no relation to Stone Cold) who's style was always a lot of fun to look at.
Upon my acceptance to CalArts, in the Spring of '94, most of my old life drawings from San Diego City College quickly met their fate at the altar of the Mission Beach bonfire. Somehow my parents were able tuck this one away. I'm kind of glad they did. I haven't done anything like this in years.
While at CalArts, I was surrounded by countless, incredibly talented artists. Jae Kim was amongst the best. These two pieces represent a couple of doodles his did while sitting in my cubicle discussing a story outline for his freshmen film (ca.1995). It's important for me to note that the dragon was inspired by Mike Mitchell, our life drawing teacher, who brought in a slew of development work he had done. One of his pieces featured a dragon and Jae was compelled to try and reproduce the drama of Mike's incredible rendering.
"Enthusiasm is the mainspring of the mind which urges one to put knowledge into action." -Wally "Famous" Amos (as quoted by Walt Stanchfield)
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." -Paul Gauguin
Friday, March 23, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Never before have I seen a movie after which every guy exited the theater sucking in their gut and flexing every bulge-able muscle. Not one of these lunatics washed their hands after using the bathroom and for some disturbing reason this seemed to empower them. I felt a little uneasy being in there only to wash my face. I wanted to fart, or something, just to fit in.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Not only did Truffaut have a deep love for artists and great art, he believed in everyone's capacity for great art. Here are a few inspiring quotes from his fantastic book The Films in My Life. (Image from Truffaut's Les Quatre cents coups also known as The 400 Blows.)
"Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse." -François Truffaut
"People of the world are so imbued with their own stupidity that they can never believe that one of their own has talent. They appreciate only people of letters who are not of their world." -Marcel Proust
"Bad reviews preserve an [artist] better than alcohol preserves a piece of fruit." -Jean Paulhan
Monday, February 26, 2007
(PS: Those who are fans of Wes' work can find his original, 13-minute short film "Bottle Rocket" here on YouTube.)
Friday, February 16, 2007
Michel Ocelot's newest animated feature looks fantastically interesting. It's unknown whether it'll be released theatrically or straight to DVD, but it is coming to the U.S... eventually. You can read reviews of it at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. (Both loved it, incidentally.)
"Azur et Asmar" trailer (downloadable MP4)
Teaser (downloadable Quicktime)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
From Animation Podcast:
"On a little break I came across these clips that I just had to share. Each and every one of them is a goldmine of reference, containing those juicy moments that would challenge any animator. They’re clips of people discovering how to play the new Nintendo Wii. They are put in this room and given the controllers with no instruction. The range of emotions is beautiful to watch, and many times I found myself smiling as much as the people on screen. I hope you’re as captivated as I am by their expressions, body language, and reactions to their discoveries.
I found myself so immediately engaged in watching these people and it reminded me of the Freddy Moore quote from The Illusion of Life:
'They love to see the drawings move and the characters think! Remember that! It’s what they like to see in our scenes. It’s what they liked with Fergy’s Pluto, you know. We should always let them see the characters think!'
It’s also an ingenious bit of advertising to not focus on the graphics and tech, but on the people enjoying the game. Isn’t that what really matters anyhow? What a great way to sell the darned things."Click HERE to watch and study.