Monday, January 26, 2009

Alice and Martin Provensen and Golden Gems




http://goldengems.blogspot.com/ This link, ( or clicking the title), will take you to a great site called Golden Gems by blogger Barbie Miller. There I found these beautiful scans from one of my favorite books, "The Golden Bible-The New Testament" by the amazing art team of Alice and Martin Provensen. The Provensen's did a lot of work for Disney and like other Disney artists they also did many illustrations for Little Golden Books.

See more of their work at Golden Gems. This site offers entire scans of Golden Books from cover to cover and is a great place for inspiration and graphic ideas.

Friday, January 23, 2009

NRBQ



I have a friend who hadn't heard of NRBQ,(New Rhythm and Blues Quartet). These guys can make me cringe sometime but more often they just astound me. I dig their version of "Wild Weekend" also.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Krazy Site


http://www.georgeherriman.com/toons.html

The above link,(or clicking on the title), will take you to the 'toon' section of Craig Yoe's site devoted to George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat. Here you will find all the attempts to bring Krazy to the screen from silent films to the 1996 stop-motion test that was mentioned in an earlier post. Another area of the site is devoted to the original strip cartoon as penned by Herriman. You'll see why Krazy has been hard to present as an animated film while staying true to the idiosyncratic strip.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Nerd on Wheels



With gas prices going up I got myself a scooter. It's an automatic so no shifting, gets 60+ to the gallon, and it's my size. I've never been cool so have no dignity to preserve and it's really really fun!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Squirrels

I guess this is called 'creature animation', although I always think of monsters when I hear that. It's some animation I did for a family movie called "Dog Gone". I picked these scenes because they were the first time we see these characters and I wanted to see how realistic I could make them.

It's a little confusing without the set-up but there is a chocolate bar on a string hanging from a tree as bait and the squirrels are trying to get it. Later in the film the squirrels become more anthropomorphic and behave more like humans which is why they were animated.

This file is silent so there is no chattery squirrel voices.


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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Jerry and the Earless Dog

We've been snowed in, (THIS IS OREGON!), over the holiday season so to pass the time I've read Eric Goldberg's book and played some more with the TVPaint 2D program.

This is some rough animation of Jerry Mouse I did to learn how to draw the character, and my version of Eric's Earless Dog, kind of, (lets just say I didn't draw any ears on the thing). I did these just for fun and to try out some different walks, learn the program, get back into 2D, and kill some time. Trying to animate Jerry makes me appreciate what Irv Spence and those guys did!

It's started snowing again...

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