Saturday, November 17, 2007

Akira Kurusawa

If you don't know who he is, you probably should....

Scott mentioned that we need to do some screening at the school just of movies...just so people can be exposed to some of the great old films that are out there. Here's a scene from Kurusawa's "Dreams". The film is a collection of a couple short stories and this on is about Vincent Van Gogh. Props goes to anyone who can name who the actor is playing Van Gogh!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How to draw a cute girl....

Recently I was complaining to Scott about how I can't draw cute girls. Lo and behold! Look at what I found!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Monkey 'n Pirate

I just finished painting this... well, don't know if it's necessarily entirely finished... but I figured it's befitting of this blog so I'd post it. Hope you enjoy!
Also, for inspiration DEFINITELY check out Claire Wendling and Brian Froud. Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yeah, yeah it needs some more work....I swear I'm getting to it. Happy Halloween anyways!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I don't know what to say about this....

Trust gets pretty interesting halfway through...

John K. shows you how to draw....

A pretty interesting post about how ta draw heads to John K.'s specifications....

Saturday, October 13, 2007

PIxar Zoetrope on display...

I bet you've all heard of the real life 3d zoetrope that a handful of pixar artists made for the pixar moma exhibit. I think it's actually on display at "California Adventure" least that's what Cartoon Brew says. Anyways, I did a bit of research and came up with an awesome quicktime of it on Victor Navone's blog. Here's a direct link:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Thief and the Cobbler" and Costume Carnival!!!

Hey kids,

Okay, on Friday, October 19th, we are showing the uncut Richard William's "The Thief and the Cobbler"! ...yeah I know finally. Showing to be held at 540 Powell, in Bradley "Babs" Hall at 7:30pm.

And coming up is COSTUME CARNIVAL, on OCTOBER 27TH!

That means I needs some suckers....I mean kind hearted volunteers to help with set up on Friday, October 26th! The theme is Halloween, which makes it easy on us all, as we have all of that stuff here at Powell. I swear for all volunteers I will go out and get some decent food for us all. So email me if you want to help set up!

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wall-E Postcards...

The Thief and the Cobbler

Here's some info about the screening we're going to be doing soon:

Needless to say, when I downloaded this off of bitTorrent I had no idea it would be so hard to get now. As far as I know it's no longer available. The copy I have is in incredible shape and is well restored. It's a shame Mirimax doesn't seriously try to restore and re-edit the film as I'm sure the response would be huge. For now we'll just have to settle for this copy.

The film has a lot of storyboards and rough animation spaced throughout the finished animation from the film. It's an incredible illustration of all the work put into the project and the work flow they used.

Screening should be coming up soon!

I wanna banana!!

Here's an old monkey that I drew. He's a boy monkey if you can't tell.

inspirational link: Marcelo Vignali

- monkey brat

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"I'm Smarter Than You!"

Little something out of my sketchbook...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Victor Navone...

Creator of Alien Song. A really great animator with a pretty informative blog. Check out this post on including 3 speeds of animation in every shot...

Here's another one I check pretty much every week:

And this one is fun occasionally:


A beautiful film. A lot of procedural based animations, but very moving nonetheless. Beautiful colors and really fantastic music.

Monday, October 1, 2007



Sunday, September 23, 2007

Brian Froud- Faerie Lord

One of my all time favorite artists. He is most known for his work with Jim Henson in films The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. A concept artist before such a term was part of the film lexicon.
His work is simply amazing. Here are some samples I lifted. Enjoy.

Friday, September 21, 2007

What's Opera, Doc!!

I got this from here:

Absolutely brilliant production design!! Notice how every new color is subtly introduced in the previous shots before it takes over the entire screen and changes the mood. And with such a minimal color pallet!!

Scot, I know you have that episode. Think we can organize an informal screening in the Grad Lab some day?...or a formal one in Bradley hall, combined with a bunch of other Chuck Jonesy goodies!?

Uwe Heidschoetter
Good luck pronouncing his name! but he's an awesome artist/animator from Germany. I've never seen his animation, but his design sense is awesome.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Looking for Inspiration!

Hey kids,

Here's a new idea. Post a link to an artist that you like/enjoy/look to for inspiration. Any artist counts, it does not have to be animation related. Just post someone's work that you enjoy.

So I'll go first. This is a character designer that I worked with at Nickelodeon, on "The Mighty B!"

Chris Battle:

And here is the astounding caricaturist, Marlo Meekins:

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I Like King-Kong

I've had a little bit of difficulty gleaming the point of this here blog. I mean, so you've got some monkeys, right? Aaand... some of them move. And most of them are cute. They've got hands for feet, that's a little creepy don'tyathink?
So this is what I drawr-ed for y'all after reading the blog description up top. Hope you enjoy, thanks for the inspiration!! ... !!! (I had to add a couple more exclamation points, you guys are really inspiring).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Touch my monkey...

Here's an old animation I did with my firend Mark chun. He did all the drawings in flash and I animated the elements. It was from a short we were working on called "The Monkey and the Monk". Never finished it, but we did get a few good animations out of it!

I'll post something strictly by me later!

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I animated this in Flash when I was in France. Don't ask me why... I just did!
Never thought I'd actually find a place to share it where it wouldn't look completely ridiculous. Looks like it was MADE for this blog!..It's fate I tell ya!

'Sup peeps
Joining in the all the posting fun. Here's my "monkey" sketch.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

And one more thing!

A quick message to post here. I'm looking for anyone (whose currently going to the Academy at the moment) who be interested in carrying on the club after this next semester. Let me know at my listed e-mail, and I show you what few ropes there are during this semester.

Thanks kids!


As this is the FIRST POST, how about everyone submit a drawing, animation, or sketch of their own work, so everyone can get to know each other. Later on we'll see about doing an official contest at some point. Hope everyone has fun with this!Here's a recent pic I did this Summer (2007), for a "Thank You " note to send folks. Been a bit of change in the design over the years. I'll have a new poster up soon!
The FIRST POST! And a look at the past, here's my first pairing of my Monkey, Mr. Scheckey, and his girl Friday, Maribelle. Back then, which was ....shit Fall 2005!, I had no idea they'd become my "iconic" characters. But, hey, if everyone keeps asking me about them, I guess there's something there.