August 30, 2006

Spinning

Late one night in animation college, 8 years ago...
Me, Ben, and our camera man, Jeff decided to film me spinning on a floor buffer left unattended at 3am in the hallway... this was the result... notice how Ben attempts to keep the power cord from getting tangled, but ends up wrapping it tightly around my neck.



August 27, 2006

Some more animated music videos...

Todd McFarlane's Land Of Confusion


Cal Brunker's Breaking Even

August 25, 2006

Updated Links

Well this silly little blog has reached 10,000 hits since late March. I have no clue who's visiting this site so much, but it feels cool to see so many people interested in the random stuff I post. Of course the intention was for it to be a daily sketch blog, but we all knew it would instead turn out to be an amalgamation of all things silly or mildly interesting that I would find on the webernet.

To commemorate my 222nd post on this blogger, here's some awesome sites and blogs that I've rediscovered recently, filled with great artwork, photos and videos. These are ALL worth a quick peek, please visit them and enjoy.

Adam Hughes' massive archive of delicious artwork.

Photos of walls, sounds strange, but there's some great stuff here.

Dexter's Lab designer, Chris Battle.

Remarkable Photos of China.

Nededlu's fantastic artwork.


Jessica's new Blog - amazing cartoon drawings and renderings.

Amazing photos of Tokyo by Night.

The crazy art styles of Ian Worrel.

Best camera shop ever.

Caroline's monsters!

Jenny's amazing doodles.

Some cool CG imagery by Pistachios.

The incredible moose drawings of Geordie Millar.

The Art of Eric Powell.

Cool recent bear sketches from Matt Williames.

Seth MacFarlane and cast in the sound booth
in Behind The Scenes on Family Guy.


Antoine Antin's latest pencil tests of Asterix.

The Bio of local artist Darwyn Cooke.

The Little Matchgirl; Disney's next attempt at reproducing quality animated shorts, cool boards, sketches and clips.

A massive collection of original Star Wars deleted scenes, some I've never seen before.

The comic art of Mike Allred.

Ian Worrel's astounding artwork.

The wonderful background designs of Mr. Parpan.

Sean Galloway has new slick characters drawn up.

Behind the scenes on Scanner Darkly, pretty cool model sheets with the Rotoshop technique.

Comicbook artist Casey Jones.

Trevor Jimenez; an animation student with an awesome variety of styles.

The fantastic sketches of Linton Joseph.

A cluster of artwork made by various talented contributors.

My new favorite independent Flash animator, Pascal Campion,
this guys is absolutely phenomenal!


Jim White's blog is showing us step by step progressions
for the development of his animated series, sleek designs
and appealing color palettes are currently being displayed.


Collideascope Animation blog finally updated!

My crappy photos

August 24, 2006

Cartoon Modern

I picked up this book at Strange Adventures yesterday and was thoroughly delighted with it's contents. This animation design style through the 50s book is authored by the guy who runs cartoonbrew.com.

This manual charts the evolution of the modern style in animation, which largely discarded the "lifelike" aesthetic for a more graphic and often abstract approach. Abundantly found in commercials and educational films, this quickly popular cartoon modernism shared much with the painting and graphic design movements of the era.

This period between the classic films of Walt Disney in the 1940s and the televised cartoon revolution of the 1960s was a critical period in the history of animation. Showcasing hundreds of rare and forgotten sketches, models, boards, cels, and film stills, this amazing book is a thoroughly researched, eye-popping, and delightful account of a vital decade of animation design.

August 21, 2006

Vader

Hilarious Robot Chicken Clip.


Great Japanese Commercial.

August 20, 2006

Vincent

Tim Burton's first film (original version).
You can see his distinct style already
present, design elements refined years
later in Beetlejuice, Scissorhands and
of course, Nightmare & Corpse Bride.

August 18, 2006

Minks

Ben's hilarious music video for The Stolen Minks, beautifully crafted with Flash 4.

August 17, 2006

The Tenth Dimension

Click on this image to bring you to the site, then click on the animated numbers, then listen and watch to the wonderfully simplified version of string theory.

He-Man

Some cool concept designs of the Masters of the Universe characters.

August 14, 2006

Kermit!

This is Kermit and Jim Henson's last interview.

August 10, 2006

Purina

I have a Golden retriever & I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart and was in line to check out.

A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry & that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her.

Horrified, she asked if I'd ended up in the hospital in that condition because I had been poisoned. I told her no; it was because I'd been sitting in the street licking my balls and a car hit me.

I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard as he staggered out the door.

August 08, 2006

We Stand As One

Just in case you haven't seen the best video ever, here it is...

August 05, 2006

Excuses

With the busy animation schedule I never have time to sketch much. As usual after doing working on production all day, I'm usually too tired to do anything but pass out while watching Deadwood (my new favorite show). I will attempt to draw more in my sketchbook, this is what this blog was originally for right?

Batman: Dead End

Great Making of a Stop Motion Animated Video

ESPN put out an animated commercial a couple of months ago. Here is a great "Behind the Scenes" video of the processes and work that goes behind a project of that caliber.

August 04, 2006

The Feline Ultimate Fighting Championships

We have grappling, reverse choke holds, throw downs, kicks to the face and guillotines, all part of the FUFC!

Pics of our new cat









August 02, 2006

Chef #1

Dark Crystal


Power of the Dark Crystal promotional clip shot at Comic-Con 2006.

It is mostly commentary, with a couple of concept designs and storyboards.

Help me Obe Won Kenobi...

In ten years, this migh be affordable, kinda useless, but definitely cool. Check out the makers of this new technology at:

http://www.io2technology.com/


Another rather creepy high-tech invention is a computer program that can animate a portrait into a fully animated, rendered 3D character. The news article is in another language but the clip certainly speaks for itself in regards to the manipulative, and realistic properties associated with the program.