Saturday, July 12, 2008

David Derrick

I found a new blog by David Derrick. Check it out:

Besides sculpting David has worked as an artist in the animation Industry, primarily at DreamWorks Feature Animation. He is also a published author/illustrator. Prior to his career as an artist David studied fine art at the University of Utah and furthered his education at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). As a student his films were very successful garnering many awards including a student Emmy Award.

Study by David Derrick

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Buster Keaton

Named Buster as a child by family friend Harry Houdini after witnessing the boy fall down a flight of stairs, Keaton went on to do some of the most physical and dangerous comedy in motion pictures. Jackie Chan has often sited Keaton as his hero and inspiration. Chuck Jones liberally took from Keaton to base his animated films.

You can find many of Keaton's films available on YouTube. Buster wrote, directed and starred in many of his films and developed technical innovations that are still being used today.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

House on the Rock

One of the great things about being an animator is working with other animators. Being a rather special breed, the range of topics discussed and life experiences are all over the place. Just recently my buddy Rob mentioned a place he had visited in Wisconsin called The House on the Rock that has sparked my interest. His description sounded like something from one of my fever dreams.

I’ve taken the over-view and photos from their website to give you a taste, but you should really visit the site to see the scope of this thing:

Now I have to think of a reason to go to Wisconsin so I can see it myself.

The House on the Rock is the grand vision of Alex Jordan, who believed that sights and sounds were the most effective means of stimulating the senses. He wanted guests to question his creation, to come to their own conclusions and to turn his world of dreams into their own. The Attraction has room after room of some of the world's most unique and eclectic collections which has amazed thousands of visitors each year.