Thursday, December 18, 2008

Life Drawings

Life Drawings this week.
My teacher, Terence Coyle, saw these drawings and said in mild surprise, "Your proportions are very good." He said this a couple times in that 5-minute time frame, recollecting a student who is great with shadow and color but "his heads don't look like they're stuck to the body. He doesn't use a center line and you think that if the figure gets up, the heads will just fall off." I told him I work very had on my proportion, thinking of all the time spent on and on NoseGoblins, my exercise blog.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Life Drawings

I wasn't feel ON today. Gotta stay sharp, even during the holidays.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


It's fun to have 2 characters interacting. It also poses its own challenges.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sita in New York

My pal, Nina Paley, is receiving accolades all over the world for her film that I worked on, Sita Sings the Blues. Folks at Cartoon Brew have touted her skills, and now that she's done her World Tour, she's soon going to have her film screen at the IFC here in NY.

A couple years ago I had the honor of being the one and only apprentice to Nina, and she let me animate some cool scenes of Monkeys battling Demons in "The Battle of Lanka." All me, baby.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jake on CBS's The Early Show

---> View me HERE <---
---> or just the pumpkin HERE<---

Me with Beth, my contact at DKC PR

Me with Matt, the grower.

A real live TV crew, all for me!

The Pumpkin will be painted in full and displayed at J&R Music and Computer Center in lower Manhattan. For each brush stroke, a dollar will be donated to public schools' art programs. Ten thousand brush strokes are expected.Official Publicity photos HERE

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Today my art is on CBS's "The Early Show."
It's not produced animation, but it IS produce. I drew a 3x5 ft black ink illustration on a half-ton pumpkin this morning.
I'm even ON LIVE TV doing so!

This is not the pumpkin, but it looked like this:

I heard of this job yesterday afternoon via a friend of a friend of a friend (no exaggeration). I was almost not going to do it, but then i thought, "What would
Ward Kimball
do?" No I'm not even kidding. I also spent a few valuable minutes watching a vid on him on youtube.

Pix to come asap!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

101 Dalmatians

Thanks to Michael Sporn, I have here some Dalmatian storyboard art.


The sequence: 1:29 - 7:15

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Farm doodles

I drew these last week when I visited an awesome farm in Maryland.

This is Fred. He wears a harness because his neck is fatter than his head so a collar is useless.

Horse studies -- they're always grazing!

Gators Galore!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Gators for an upcoming personal project.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kinky Friedman

When I die, I want to be reincarnated as this guy.

Preston Blair Assignments

So I'm taking the initiative from a 2-year-old post on John Kricfalusi's blog to sit down every day and work on my drawing fundamentals a la Preston Blair.

I'll be logging my progress on a different blog that you can visit HERE.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Tempest" Storyboards

A cartoony version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. Here are some brand new storyboard panels - this takes place in Act 1, Scene 2, right after Prospero parts ways with Calaban for the day.

View it HERE.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Meeting a legend

Sometimes being a freelance magazine writer has some perks beyond equal.

Today I was invited to the "Fly Me to the Moon" premiere in New York, a film about houseflies in 1969 that stowaway in the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The film might be called "groundbreaking" for being the first animated film produced specifically for 3D viewing.

There are many things about the film itself that deserve criticism, though the science behind it is not one of them. In fact, it attempted to be so true a reenactment that the filmmakers even cast one of the Apollo 11 astronauts to play himself.

Here I am meeting THE Buzz Aldrin.

Look below. See that right hand? That's the hand I shook.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Life Drawings

I never cease to be amazed at how ON you can be on some days, and how OFF on others. In the top file we have one page compiled from 2 separate drawing days with 3 semi-solid drawings on it, and below it another page with 5 passable drawings from one day. Sheesh!
All these drawings were done within the last month.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What I'm Doing

Well, this is a busy few weeks for yours truly. Besides going to the animation block party festival this weekend, I'll be reporting on it for Animation Magazine.

I also recently signed on to be a "Research Associate" on an upcoming book by and about one of my animation heroes. I can't talk too much about it, but it will occupy my time til early August. To buy the last book I was a research associate on (under Jerry Beck), go HERE.

Down the road I'll be reporting on Disney's new Fairies line, making Tinkerbell into a corporate symbol. Well... more so, anyway. And who knows, maybe I'll be on top of "Little Mermaid III." I'm not saying I was asking Disney to make such a movie, but now that it's out, I'd like to talk to the filmmakers about the process. Believe it or not, they take their jobs very seriously.

Other than that, I'm still working my 9-5 at "Languagemate" and inching along on a new Obama cartoon to throw onto Youtube.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Website Update

I done did some major updating to my Art page on my website.
Check it out HERE.