Wednesday, December 20, 2006
One of my all time favorite PBS shows is coming back next year, Matinee at The Bijou! I remember watching serial classics like Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon and classic cartoons like Fletcher's 1940's Superman back when it aired in the 1980’s! Bijou was like a time capsule from the 1930's-40's pack full of all sorts of goodies like Newsreels that highlighted what was going on in the world back then.
They aired some classic cartoons like Fletcher’s Gulliver’s Travels, Superman, and many more. I also remember seeing some Little Rascals shows as well as some odd ball stuff. I Strongly encourage you check it out.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
I was recently updating my portfolio and what I lacked in it was some character artwork. Now I have always been into comics and character driven art, but for the last six years I have been doing environmental art, layout and backgrounds for Disney Mobile shorts, and Disney Online. I am working on some of my own comic type stories that I'll post as time goes by, but for now I thought I would post some doodles.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Up until a few years ago i was primarily a collector of Star Wars action figures, i have been collecting off and on for over 10 years, mainly the small figures from all of the movies; that is until i worked with Taesoo Kim.
A few years back Taesoo and i were working on Mobile content for the mouse as in house contractors. One day Taesoo decided to bring in some of his prized collectibles; knowing that i was as big a WWII buff as he was he thought he would show me what he was collecting? I was amazed by the amount of detailing the figures he brought in had, every minute detail you can imagine was replicated in 1/6th scale. Now these are not your big brother's G-Joe's, these figures are what they call "Adult collectibles", not to be confused with erotic material. These figures run about $35-$50 on average, and can be as expensive as $250.00 a piece depending on the edition size.
Now i know there are those of you out there that can see no practicality in these figures, some would argue that it's a waste of money, to those of you who say this i say the name Walt Disney. Walt?!! Yes Walt, he was the ultimate collector of figurines, and model trains, his office at the Disney Studios in Burbank was adorned with collectibles from his various animated films as well as figurines from around the globe. Among other celebrated artist and creators who collect these trinkets of fancy are Ward Kimball, Frank and Ollie, Bruce Tim, and finally John Lasseter, who has his entire office dedicated to toys at Pixar.
I often wondered what makes people buy things like trains, model air planes, and toy soldiers, I think I narrowed it down to this, as artist we tend to see the world with eyes of imagination, we think and see the world differently from the average person. When we see the model train or airplane, or action figure our minds get kicked into overdrive. Some admire the design, some admire the color selection, others the craftsmanship of the piece, and still others are inspired to do stories, a drawing or painting. It’s amazing what a little inanimate object can do for an artist.
As for my collection of WWII figures I am writing and drawing a story based in the 1940’s and these guys really come in handy creating that world.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
While on my lunch break; a month and a half ago, i came across this very old looking mounted story board. The board had been placed in storage in our building from the main studio lot along with movie props and some office furniture. I was curious and decided to investigate the board more closely. Upon seeing in at a closer distance i immediately knew what was in front of me, an original, hand drawn storyboard from 101 Dalmatians! The board was probably done in the late 1950's and was an amazing thing to see and touche it up close.
I stood there thinking about Walt and a room full of guys (nine Old men) looking at this scene and working the magic. I imagined all the talent in the room at that one moment gazing at that which stood before me now, it was an unreal feeling.
Most of the board was intact and protected by a Plexiglas covering, except for a small bit at the bottom of the board, the drawings there had long been torn away.
I quickly realized that this artwork should be archived and restored for generations to learn from. I contacted a friend at the Animation Research library and told him of the find, he was very excited by my find, he informed me that this scene had never been documented anywhere!
About a week later after all of the red tape had been taken care of the board was on its way to the A.R.L. and a much needed restoration and documentation process.
The scene turned out to be the one where all the puppies are gathered around watching the hero dog on the T.V.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
My friend Mike, my brother Ed, and I headed down to San Diego on Saturday, it was Ed's first time down and he was blown away. We had a good time but fitting your whole comic con experience in one day is just not enough. I think next year I'll have my book out and be in town for a couple of days.
I have to give a shout out to Patrick for hooking me up with his new book, and a shout out to Alberto Ruiz for the print!
Here is a layout and background from a "Stitch" story I am working on, the story takes place at the wee hours of the night so I had to get used to painting everything in moonlight. It was a good challenge and gave me an insight to how color works in this type of light.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
GI-BOT in amazing 3D!!!
Here it is folks my GI-BOT character in Maya. I created him in Maya for a class project; he was my first attempt at modeling a figure in 3D. I have yet to rig him, so that will be my next step. I eventually would like to paint him up like a 1940’s Sherman tank; that is to say I want him to fit in that time period in terms of color scheme. Anyways I thought I would show you all what I have been up to lately.