Friday, February 14, 2014

No Bigger Complement Than Plagiarism

It's been awhile since I've posted anything and I certainty didn't think it would be about plagiarism.  Imagine my surprise to discover one of my caricatures in someones portfolio!  I suppose I should be flattered but in all fairness this could hurt a persons chances of getting a job.

Young artist usually learn from copying other artists but I don't think you should use these in a portfolio that is supposed to represent your work.  People expect original art or at least a nod to the original artist if you are going to make an altered version. 

I will notify Joshua Marchant and ask him to remove this from his portfolio or give me a credit as the original artist. His PDF file can be found here:

Happy Valentines Day, ironically.


Sunday, October 06, 2013

October is Here!

Yes, it's time for the Pumpkin Queen to wake up soon and make her Halloween presents known.

I thought I would try to make color separations from a black and white picture, and try to recombine them into a quasi color picture. This one of my grand daughter taken by her Aunt Joanna Zarzan and tricked out with kittens that I added is one of my favorites.  I knew if you had a blue and yellow plate you would get a green and red and yellow would make orange.  It only worked so so and the end result reminds me of those early National Geographics where the color was leaning toward sepia and looked like tinted prints.

It's got an old fashioned feel which is okay with me so Happy Halloween everybody! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Poor Mans Cintiq Continued....

If you have read this blog for anytime you know of my desire for a Cintiq but the price even for a used one is too much to justify.  I had hoped they would become more affordable as time went by but not so.  Well, now the universe is conspiring to make it a feasibility to draw digitally with the quality and interface  I would like.  A relatively new, at least to me, South African company has the Bosto Kingtee which looks very attractive and inexpensive.  I've got my eye on the 22HD.  I'll let you know what I decide.

In the meantime  check out these vids and their site:

Update: I just heard from Toon Boom that they have never tested Harmony on these tablets because they use only Wacom technologly.  This could be a big problem if the driver don't work right.!

Update:  I just heard from Bosto Kingtee and the 22HD has been updated with new drivers and chipset! Oh boy!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Little People

It's been awhile since I've posted so here are some little people.  I know there are supposed to be seven but this is all I've got.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Work Stations

I've been blessed with some new hardware and software.  I'm running Maya 2013 and I've been using a demo version of 3D Studio Max 2014 which is pretty nice.

My work area allows me to use  everything from my chair.  Now I'm happily animating a fun project from the comfort of my home and getting paid for it!  Joy!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

RIP Ray Harryhausen

Well it finally happened.  Today we lost another pioneer of animation, Ray Harryhausen.  Without his contribution to stop motion we would have never grown up with the wonder and magic of his films.  He saw the media as a way of realizing classic mythology and combining supernatural creatures with live action.

His films crossed age barriers and generations appealing to both young and old.  His inspiration bred a new generation of artists in stop motion and computer animation.  We owe a tremendous debt to Mr. Harryhausen and I'm glad he saw some return of affection and appreciation by throngs of admiring fans before he past.  Thanks for all the dreams and wonder, Ray.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Old Man Chart

Here's a mouth chart for one of my characters.