Monday, November 30, 2009

drawing table

Thar's me trusty olde drawing tableau.

Its latest wound is the big square cut out of it. I sliced a hole in it to make a rotoscoping table, but it didn't work (shoulda tested it first!), so I patched the cut-out piece back in. This table is a survivor!

Friday, November 27, 2009

word up

Two 3D characters, created and textured using a Handy Dandy Patented Secret Process that I worked out this week.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


gag me with a movie

I am watching a terrible movie and it is called Star Trek.

Top five terrible things about this movie:

You know what, I'm not even going to get into it. I feel kind of alone when I hear so many people say a movie is amazing, then I watch it and there is not a single redeeming feature in the film. This is a really really terrible movie, in absolutely every respect. From writing to directing to dialogue, acting, shot selection, it looks like it was made by a bunch of students with too much money.

There are some really horrible movies being created nowadays. Indiana Jones IV, Quantum of Solace, and those Star Wars sequels come to mind. I don't watch a lot of Hollywood movies, but the vast majority them are bad enoguh to concern me about the state of the human race. We direct more money than ever before in history to create entertainent, and this is what we create? And hundreds of millions of dollars more are spent by audiences who flock to watch this? Sometimes more than once? And I'm sure the sequel(s) will be wildly popular as well.

I pray to the gods that children these days still read books.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

last few days

All the art I've done since the weekend has been intense 3D computer stuff. I'm trying hard to finish this film I'm working on before I leave for Christmas, so it's tight tight tight!

This is a conglomeration of animation notes / "to do" lists over the last 48 hours.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the mall

Two other animators and myself spent 3-4 hours at a mall on Saturday, taking a tonne of photos for pixilation (stop-motion), and drawing. This is from the food court.

We made a bunch of superquick animation from the footage today. 30 minutes per person per piece of footage, then you had to pass it on for the next person to add to it. Very fun and freeing doing stuff in such a short amount of time. I may post a bit of that footage tomorrow, when I'm less burnt out.


I bin drawin' lots but
No time for postin'

Tomorrow (Sunday) night fer surely.

Friday, November 20, 2009


"Tell me something I should draw!"


"Just anything! C'mon!"

"...uuhmmm... A Rogers cellphone ad."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

multiple octopull

See that '127' in the corner of this drawing? That's the frame number of this classically animated / rotoscoped bit. I'm drawing every second frame. So thats like 64 drawings I've done of this lady so far. Fortunately I've reached a point where the camera is no longer moving, so I can use cheats and shortcuts to do the next 150 frames.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I've had this story in my head for years now, and part of it involves a bunch of giant security robots that can sit still and be pretty much immovable and indestructable. I'm trying to design a way that they can sit solid and compact, but open up into more mobile robots. I'm not sure if this is going to turn into a graphic novel or an animation or what, but it's been stewing long enough and I think it's time I spent more time on it to see if I can make the story work.

Monday, November 16, 2009

so many places

Spent a fantastic hour in a coffeeshop yesterday - drawing and imagining stuff, like I used to do all the time.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

what is it?

Is it 3d animation? 2d animation? A child's drawing?

All of the above!

The Lady Outlined in Coffee

The lady outlined in coffee is a waifish coffeeshop worker with a healthy round pregnant belly. Sat behind the counter every chance she got, stretching her overworked lower back.

from friday

I'm really into riding the Canada Line these days. Watching tired workers drag their asses out of downtown, back south through the tunnel to Richmond. Texting and staring at nothing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

roto box

I was devising some devices today. This is the device I will create. Old laptop + wood = Rotoscope Machine, Mk I. Part of the wood is coming from a dollar store chess set, so maybe I'll name it "chessy" or "chesty" or something. Chesty Mk I.

pieces of feces

that's all i got to say.


My favorite part of a painting I did today for this documentary. I'll base the animation off the painting (and maybe even use parts of the painting as well). I don't want to show the whole thing and give it all away!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

tea and homey

On the "Canada Line" skytrain, en route to the airport.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

der weekend

I will be drawing but not posting this weekend. Catch up time on Sunday..

Thursday, November 5, 2009

see if this works

This is a teeny weenie quicktime, but it's still big fer the innernet. I'm no good at this innernet-sized stuff. Maybe this will take too long for people to load. Very small, cropped section of this shot.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009


He's all ready to animate now, and it looks like the effect will work. I haven't tweaked it yet, just did enough to make sure it's a go. Tommorrow I make him lumber through the bush!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Good times

Quickie sketches and blocked in model for the same project. This character is seen from the rear, and only in one shot. I want to make him look like a hand-drawn painting on watercolour - it should blend right into the painting seamlessly. I can see it in my head, not sure how I'm going to do it yet. We'll find out tomorra!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Here's the painted Devil's Club. It's supposed to look like sunlight is shining through the leaves. I'm not sure how it's going to match with the lighting in the background painting. I may have to adjust the colour in photoshop a bit to make it match.

Now settling down for a long night of photoshop..


Devil's Club for the foreground. I gotta add way more prickles after I paint it.

Started deconstructing the big background painting today, it's Photoshop Hell over here. I think I'll just do 1/3rd of it to test and see if I can get the effect I'm looking for.