September 29, 2008


Some animation spots for the NSLC, compiled together through Egg Films, created by Sammy Ray Welch and John Smith.

The Awesome Art of Louis Roskosch

"Wasted" by Matthew Bryan and Raymond Prado

A music video by Raymond Prado for musician Matthew Bryan: 6,000 beautifully hand-rotoscoped frames of animaton.

The Art of Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon

September 28, 2008

The Best Thing Ever!

Tom Richmaond Reviews The Portable Cintiq

"When using it in the Mac OS X environment, there are two ways you can use the screen real estate of the 12wx or any Cintiq: as a supplementary area of your main desktop or as the main screen of your OS X desktop (meaning your main screen becomes the secondary monitor). PC users have it easier because of the way Windows programs and menu bars work as opposed to the Mac OS. In PC programs, the menu bar (i.e. the “File, Edit, View… etc.”) of any program is embedded into the window of that program."
Read the whole thing here.

The Incredible Change-Bots

The Hauntingly Ecquisite Art of Fred Einaudi

September 27, 2008

The Highly Entertaining Comic Art of Donald Soffritti

The Sculptures of Leslie Levings

Jörg Block - An Incredibly Diverse Artist

The History of the NBC Peacock

Mike Clark runs a website devoted to the history of Tampa’s Channel 13 (WTVT, a former CBS affiliate, now a Fox station). The site has dozens of interesting articles about the history and local personalities of “Big 13″.

However one of his pieces, slightly off his given topic, should be of interest to most Cartoon Brew readers. Clark devotes an illustrated article, running several pages, to John Graham (NBC’s director of design) and the story of the animated NBC peacock logo. He cuts the story just short of the 1993 remakes by the likes of Al Hirshfeld, Peter Max and John Kricfalusi (see below), but it’s fascinating to read the story behind the iconic image we all grew up with.

Via cartoonbrew

September 24, 2008



The size of stars & planets is all relative...

The Corpus Clock & Chronophage

Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is going to unveil a remarkable clock that has no hands and shows time with the help of light. Known as the Corpus Clock, the machine has been invented by and designed by Dr John Taylor for Corpus Christi College Cambridge for the exterior of the college's new library building. The Clock will be unveiled on 19th September by Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and author of the global bestseller, A Brief History of Time.
Dr Taylor, an inventor and horologist, has put 500,000 pounds of his own money and seven years into developing the clock, which has been inspired from a design by a clock made by the legendary John Harrison, the pioneer of longitude. Of John Harrison's many innovations, he came up with the 'grasshopper escapement, explained Dr Taylor, referring to the device used by Harrison to turn rotational motion into a pendulum motion for timekeeping.

No one knows how a grasshopper escapement works, so I decided to turn the clock inside out and, instead of making the escapement 35 mm across, it is 1.5 m across, he said. He calls the new version of the escapement a Chronophage (time-eater) a fearsome beast which drives the clock, literally eating away time

Another Great Sci-Fi Concept Art Site

The Art of Tobias Schwarz

The Art of Jeff de Boer

September 23, 2008

The Art of Samuel Ribeyron

The links below and in the sidebar have been fixed
(sorry about that)
...and now check out this radical artist:

September 22, 2008

Play Crappy Cat >



For my 2,500th post, here's some sites and downloads I've found or compiled together over the last few months for all you students out there, enjoy.

Stuart NG Sketchbooks

John K Notes
on Color Theory

Eric Larson Notes on Animation Techniques

Brad Bird and Chris Roman Notes on Composition & Storyboarding

Glen Keane Notes on Planning & Timing for Animation

John K Notes on Layout & Composition

Disney Notes on The Art of Thumbnailing

Mark Kennedy Notes on Composition

Walt Stanchfield's Visual Vocabulary & Gesture Drawing Booklet

Bill Peet Notes on Composition

Rowland Wilson Notes on Layout Composition

Disney Artsts' Notes on Dynamics for The Animated Drawing

Ham Luske Notes on Animation Theory & Practice

Notes on FX Design - 200 Page Booklet

Flooby's Recommended Book List

Here's some inspirational blogs that display, discuss, breakdown and showcase films and animation art:

Line Boil

Animation Art Direction

Background Art for Animation

Color Design for Animation

Full Circle Production

I Draw Girls

No Fat Clips

Check Out The Art of 'Fanbot' - A New Nick Show

Last Studio Pics

My bulletin board, barely a single work-related thing on it.

Matt Sheppard, reviewing the very last
Collideascope scene to go out the door to the client.

Oh, wait! Matt spots a common rookie mistake,
Pat forgot to draw in an ARM, tisk, tisk, REVISION!

Pics of my office just as I begin to dismantle it,
8 years of accumulated junk, I will miss it:

Thanks everyone for your support, I've received dozens of e-mails from people from all over, it's good to hear how many employees had enjoyed their time here, and to get a sense of the many fans Collideascope had out there.

September 20, 2008

Compositions For Your Consideration

Cinematography is an art form unique to motion pictures. Although the exposing of images on light-sensitive elements dates back to the late 1600s, motion pictures demanded a new form of photography and aesthetic techniques. Master cinematographers like Robert Elswit, Roger Deakins, Tonino Delli Colli, Wilmer Butler, and Jordan Cronenweth are just a few of my favorites.