Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ken Davis

The man at the bottom left of the picture above is Ken Davis. (I haven't seen him in years. He could have a lime green mohawk by now). He was one of my teachers at animation school and he was easily one of the most talented and knowledgable instructors in the entire animation industry. All those of you out there who have ever had the pleasure of either working with him in a studio or being taught by him at a school can feel free to post a comment about him right here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cat and Dogs

I was digging through some stuff and found this drawing I had done about a year ago or something like that (maybe more). I can't remember why I drew this. I think my sister wanted a picture for something.

Oh well, whatever the reaosn was, here's the picture. I think my own cat was still alive at the time (but not for much longer <:( ).

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Porky's Building

John K. has had a few posts discussing the origins of Bugs Bunny for a while now. You can see the most recent one here. I pointed out that he excluded the rabbit used in the cartoon Porky's Building (by Frank Taslin c. 1937). He aksed for screen shots of this toon, so I am obliging him right now. Here you go, John:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hey!! It's a Jumble

Yes, all of you do these jumbles in your newspapers all the time. I've seen you. I'm talking to YOU Mr. Harvey Zymynski of Suckling Springs, Pennsylvania!!! (I just blew your mind, didn't I Harv?)

Anyway, the jumble is based on two people I work with. You don't know them (especially not you, Harvey), but I do. Have fun solving the Jumble.
(Oh, if any of you out there in cyber space actually solve this jumble, please do NOT post the solution in the comments section. (I'm watching you Harvey.) Let others enjoy the same fun you just had.)

Update: As of today, the person in the picture taking a fist to the face has been fired. I won't get into the reasons here. But, I will say that the solution to the jumble seems even more unlikely now. (But, it could still come true for you Harvey).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Scientology Monkey now has a mate

I figured that he should have a companion. Someone to follow him around everywhere no matter where he goes or who he tries to censor next. (You can thank Chris Muzyka and Tamara Klughart for the suggestion). Yes when these two get into their Disturbing Behavior it makes you want to Go jump into Dawson's Creek and hope that Batman Begins to come to your rescue and............ ha ha ha!

Naw, I'm not going to do that again.

Just enjoy the picture and leave a comment.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Scientology Monkey

Yes, another Censor Monkey has joined the family. His name is Scientology Monkey. He feels that Scientology is the Top Gun of the world so he will go Far And Away to make sure noone has their Eyes Wide Shut to its glory. Sure, it's Risky Business. It may even seem like Mission: Impossible. But, unless you have All The Right Moves, there's nowhere to hide from The Firm and tough monkey when he starts Losing It. >:P

Scientology Monkey now joins his kin folk that were introduced in this post and this post.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Happy Birthday, Bob Clampett

Today is the birthday of one of the giants of the animation industry, Mr. Bob Clampett. (As you can see, I drew him with that helmet hair he had in the '70's. What ever possessed him to get that helmet hair?) Mr. Clampett created all the characters you see in that picture as well as many brilliant animation ideas and techniques. If he were alive today, he'd be 93.

Feel free to leave a post-mortum birthday wish for Ol' Bob as well as a thank you for all he's done for the industry.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Another person from work

After I drew Logan, I got a request from someone else at work. She insisted that I draw her. Her name is Amy. (I won't use her full name online). So, I drew the picture you see above and showed it to her. I jokingly anticipated the above reaction, but she actually liked it. I even got her permission to put this up on my blog too. So, here it is for all the world to see and judge.
By the way, the person on the right IS a self portrait of myself. I am not that short though.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Very old stuff

I've wanted to be an artist since I was 10 which was in 1984. However, I only graduated from an animation school as of 2003. In the years between that time, I did some bad drawing. Of course, they didn't look horrible to me at the time. But, after receiving some training in that area, they look just plain awful.

This little comic strip I did when I was 10. His name was Onion. He was, of course, an onion. His best friend was a carrot named Carit. His mother was a Turnip and his father was a Radish. His mortal enemy was a mean grape named Sourgrapes with a little brother named Hail (don't ask). In this strip, you see Onion and Carit having a snowball fight with Sourgrapes and Hail. I actually thought this was good. >:P

When I was about 22 or thereabouts, I created a comic strip called Smudgebottom. He was called that because he had a black smudge on his bottom. I chose the comic you see on the right not because it's poignant or terribly funny in any way, it just has all the characters together. From left to right we see the gang's ineffectual leader, Charlie. No, it is not a self portrait of me. It's actually a caricature of my friend Eddie. Y'see, his birth name is Charlie and he ABSOLUTELY HATES that name. So, I drew this likeness of him and called him Charlie just to be an ass. I don't remember if he's caught on yet. Next to him is little Y2K. Yes, he's the little computer virus that was supposed to disrupt everything when the clock struck 2000 A.D. In my strip, he was a mischevious sprite who shot lazers out of his finger. Next to him is Grudgebottom, Smudgebottom's older sister. She was just a total bitch. Next to her is her brother Smudgebottom, the comic's center. He was also a mischevious sprite of sorts. Next is Benedict Bear. He didn't care about anything and therefore didn't do anything. I did find that concept funny at one time. Oh well, at the end of the table was my little Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote conflict element. Smudgebottom owned a little chia pet named Hedgebottom. Of course, a chia pet's natural enemy would be any herbivore. In this case, the antagonist was a sadistic rabbit named Trigger.

But then, I went to animation school, took some art training, and never looked back (until now).