Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Sesame Street Number 9

I have been doing some research on Sesame Street recently, in search of some animated shorts for reference, and found a few Number 9 shorts. Here you go !

This next one is a Maurice Sendak one to boot !

From The Archives

I found these designs the other night, originally from a pitch at Chuck Gammage, for an animated version of Vinyl Cafe, that unfortunately did not. Nevertheless very good designs by Trevor Deane-Freeman, and clean line drawings by yours truly. Colour versions coming soon !

Monday, May 21, 2007

Some Words - On Art

"Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions and buy records by the billions. We the people, affect the making and the quality of most of our culture, but not our art.

The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery, you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires."

"The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Fame is a by-product of doing something else. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit."

To see/read more about Banksy the artist who said this click the link.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

3 Finger Blues

I found this character tucked away in a folder on my laptop, and couldn't remember if I posted him, so please forgive me if this is a re-run. This is just me playing around with some line-work, on a sketch Chuck Gammage did of me, as bluesman. Also a little color to look nice for the blog. Still trying to track down the original sketch Chuck made, and will post as soon as I find it.
I should mention that this was mostly inspired by listening to Blind Willie McTell - The Last Session, and if you get a chance check out some of these links where you can listen to some clips, and learn why Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, and Jack White were all inspired by Blind Willie.

Wikipedia's in depth info

Here are some song clips from the Last Session album.

Baby It Must Be Love -clip

Kill It Kid - clip

Goodbye Blues - clip

Blind Willie McTellStatesboro Blues

P.S. the layout of the blog is a little wacky these days but hopefully i can get things worked out soon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Street Musique

I found another short film by Ryan Larkin on YOUTUBE, called Street Musique. If you want to see more check out my previous post on Larkin, or click HERE for instant satisfaction.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Betty Boop

While working on the Dark Years project at Chuck Gammage Animation, I have really started to appreciate the early rubber-hose style animation, from the 30's and 40's. It is amazing the animation they could do then, with limited technology . Simple basic things that they were drawing, yes drawing! back then, that we have somehow evolved into a complicated and sterile process by using computers (more on that, and a perfect example over at Cartoon Brew).
Anyway here is a Betty Boop cartoon, and although it contains questionable material, is a very good example of what talented artists can draw.

See another Boop cartoon HERE.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

It's About To Go Down!

Today is a smiley day, especially when I opened my email to find another news bit from the Beastie Boys ( one of my all time favorite groups ). So click here and see for yourself, be cool now and avoid the line-ups. COOL STUFF
Also check out the Mic-to-Mic blog, the most up to date and in the know Beasties blog.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Mountie vs. Matlox

A good friend of mine made himself a little film. Check out the goodness!

Friday, May 04, 2007

3 Headed Nazi !

Just one of the fabulous creations from the Dark Years, Episode 1. Original design by Rex Hackelberg, rough pose drawing by Chuck Gammage, clean line drawing by yours truly.