Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

ELECTRIC CITY PROMO

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This is a scene  from a promo I did for Ken  Duncan. The designs were rough and in the end   the promo changed so radically  nothing was left.  I really liked the action look but it became much more cartoon . I got a nice lunch with an old friend out of it and that is the best you can do.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Batman Promo 1991






An old boss Greg Duffell brought me into Lightbox to do couple scenes on this promo. It was set up to emulate the Fleischer Superman and I just loved it. Before the entire series ever became the hit it did, this was what it was based on.I smile every time I see it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

ParaNorman at the Oscars

I actually animated some dialogue from this . Must find it.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

We did a title fo a movie called Out West for Jennifer Elise Cox.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Pixar Brave Rotation




This rotation was my end of my weeks on Brave. I had one up previously but that was just a rough for this final that I sent . Amazing what you can forget in 5 years. I was sure there was a final somewhere and tonight I came across it accidentally. Now it looks just like her. And some additional roughs never used.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brave

I waited 3 years to post these. Now Brave is coming out.

Years ago I spent a single week doing some expression work for Pixar long distance. I had just had a serious operation and the story was brand new so I had no script. I tried fast so after a week I begged off. Worth a peek since it is coming out this week.







I had been working off Carters sketches to that point and then I got Steve Pilchers painting of the lead character. I loved it so much I took it and did a quick rotation before I left the project. Now looking at it I see a bit of the Queen from Prince of Egypt in it. It was only a week but I realized I didn't know anything about the character so I made he decision to leave

Friday, August 12, 2011

Oh god, shades of the past.




We were finishing Rock and Rule at Nelvana n 81 and Robin Budd, out of the kindness of his heart gave me these , the final Mok death scenes to do. He did the very last tiny one ( I think he wanted to do the very last scene and he did) and I did the 3 previous. He had so much stuff to do. And so imagine my surprise bt Nelvana had my drawings up.

http://nelvanaarteditions.com/media/g/productioncell/default.aspx?tgs=Animator:%20robin%20budd

It's under Robins name but we know who did them. These last scenes were done on the porch at 159 Roncesvalles Avenue. In the hot sun. Wendy Perdue had just finished and she as a favor did the clean up. The best clean up I'h had done the entire film.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A design for a group I belong to.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SUPERMAN TO SUPERWOMAN




A rough from my faux Superman cover. It's in color now but I have to take a few hours to tweak it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Doodlez

I have a cold but I have to start warming up for a commercial next week. A really crappy doodle between my nose running and such.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Design Rotation.

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I went to CalArts the other day and I wasn't able to draw for them in that particular classroom so I am making these video's. I don't like drawing at a severe angle , I need a desk so I shot myself working out this design for Wendy's film on the Cintiq. Next I will film how I work out the acting and how I break it down.

Monday, November 09, 2009

You are never far.

I thought I would stick these early roughs up. For the Family Guy Road to the Multiverse we threw in ideas even before we got the job. I took it as being more Sleeping Beauty but the director Greg really wanted to keep the cartoon proportion. My first pass at Brian with Tony Pulham's color and BG. A more Fox and the Hound version of Brian then I started messing with a Baby Weems version of Stewie ( in the same run for "Look how gayly we run "). A Briar Rose Lois with a Prince Phillip Peter. The big Stewie was a month before we got the final design but other than his larger final head proportion is almost exactly what we used.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A wonderful day for pie !



As some of you might know this was the project a finished a couple months back. It was the Disney sequence for Seth MAcFarlanes Family Guy. Multiple characters, low budget and limited time but that was offset by having a good company as my liaison ( Mainstreet Pictures ) and a terrific art director Tony Pulham. Because of cost the cleanup was sent overseas so while not perfect most survived. Not bad considering this is not the kind of work they do.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Nap time !

In honor of the end of our 3 month project I decided to make a clock , something that reflected my exhaustion.



Saturday, February 07, 2009




I did this nerdgirl for my nerd group.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Girls of Different Sizes



A rough sketch I did one morning in TO . It was so cold ! I will tie it down more.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

A World Without Hero's

One of my favorite comics when I was young was the Green Arrow / Green Lantern "Snowbirds Don't Fly " set that Neal Adams did with Dennis O'Neil in 1971. DC comics did the impossible, they matched real issues with superhero's.

I loved it because , I mean how many times can you have these characters fight the same formula villains . It was a huge milestone to me and one of the few comics that felt honest. I wish these guys would do it again so ....





Quentin Tarantino said in Kill Bill that Superman was our modern mythology . That Superman uses Clark Kent as a critique of humanity and that Kent is a dope because Superman sees us as weak and cowardly. So to me Superman is the American ideal , our Jesus in a way . "Truth , Justice and the American way ". There is such a contrast in our "mythology ideals " and our actions. I did a rough a couple days back because I wondered if Superman was real how angry he would be over what we have done.


"T'WAS BEAUTY KILLED THE BEAST "

Remember when Eisner refused to leave Disney and Roy had to take him down like King Kong ? Yeah thats the Disney Animation building.



Some sketches for a graphic novel song sequence I was doing. It probably wont make sense without the words .



Some quick costume scribbles .




Ok, many of you have seen Jamie Hewlett's incredible version of the Monkey King. He is producing a stage play and has done an incredible Gorillaz style animated trailer. Well hard to believe but in 2003 Dave Smith came up with doing the Monkey King himself and asked for some character sketches. While nowhere as good as Jamies these were my first shot.



My version of Rupert Murdoch , puppet master ! Media dictator Rupert hires insane attack dogs like the Michelle Malkin to run propaganda sites like Hot Air Dot Com . This peice only makes sense if you have seen hotairs own graphic .


1979 ? And here we are at the beginning of my career ( well pre-career ) . My first color film done on acetate with a grease pencil. The bg is a color card.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stone Age 3D

Before it became the "soup de jour" I had planned a film in 3D . I had figured that I could do it by matting and layering 3D elements in After Effects ( I think it was like version 2 or 3 ) I modeled in precambrian Hash for Mac and imported the DFX files into a program called Specular3D (a freebee to do logo animation as I remember) . I got some really terrific effects and it actually could do some simple animations layered in. I lost some really wonderful tests in a drive crash ( ah the days of Seagate and their ultra expensive and deliciously unreliable 10,000 rpm drives ) . All lost like teardrops in the rain ....... except ..... I found one jpeg extracted from the original mov . This ship is tumbling away from this Super Nova of a explosion after some ridiculous and goofy thing happens in their lab, I really don't remember the story but I'm sure it was melodramatic and overblown. I'm like that. To ghosts of the past that can never live again.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Mr Dippity

Years ago when we first got here, in the few moments Wendy and I had between jobs , we put together a one minute short. She boarded and laid it out with some minor input from me , I cut the reel together , came up with the color models and bg styling . Wendy animated half of it in her off hours waiting for me to get to design and animate the male character but I got so busy I never got back to it . It's a nonsense film with no deep message or hidden meaning beyond the mystery of man confused by woman. I found the reel again and thought it was just as charming as it was when we first did it so I really should finish it so here I go. It won't be in the "new hip " style but it will be fun. I just finished some CG animation for it and I'm doing his character layouts. The it will be like a week or 2 animating . The ruff design I finally finished.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Passing

It's out there now. Andy Knight died in Paris. It's still hard to believe and I'm still trying to grasp it . Though I worked on a lot of his stuff I cannot say I knew him well. He was this super talented mystery really and I regret that . I had an apology to make I think and , I never really got to say it. Most of our working together was on long distance projects, Asterix or commercials and that is hard because you are under such terrific pressure . Even so I think he was one of the best , if not the best board artist I have ever known and I know he was just a terrific person . He did many things , directed , designed , storyboards , layout , produced and owned his amazing company Red Rover with his beautiful wife and partner Linzi . His talent was not lost with his incredible diversity , he was good at it all . Our sympathies, Wendy's and mine , to his family and his real friends .

A wonderful tribute to Andy is here at Amid And Jerry's terrific Cartoon Brew

  • Cartoon Brews Andy Knight Article


  • Fund memories follow by so many people I know like Claude Chiasson ,Robin Budd , Pascal Blais , Ian Hastings , Jamie Oliff , Greg Tiernan ,Paul Bolger , Dino Athanassiou and Kaj Pindal. And of course super animator Ken Duncan's blog on Andy , his co-worker (Asterix in Britain) .

  • Ken Duncans Blog about Andy
  • Scribblies

    A rough , just messing around in PS after talking with friends about female superhero's.

    Monday, March 31, 2008

    Entertain me !

    The great thing about blogging is it forces you to look at your work again. Something it's hard to do in the work a day world of animation. Some of it works , some of it doesn't but it's just nice to see what you were thinking at a given time in your life. Most of these are recent or within the last year or two. Sorry ,I'm a bit burned out on scanning.

    Trust me Mr Soxs ....



    Space Rangers. Done before my cintiq it was just a scribble based on some stereotypical Flash Gordon idea.

    "Now hand over the X Beam ranger or your life is over".




    Cell.


    Ahhh , more cow. Ok this is a bit hard to understand as it was rough comic for a freind who loves cows. Trying to get cows some respect. Very loose scribbles.



    Swim . Just some early PS playing with simple reflections and color.



    My first CG bg test attempts . The program has a very simple light systems so I tried to keep everything as flat as possible to match the drawings I was going to use. The type was done in Elephont .




    Another CG bg . This was playing with the morphing tools to create beaches and such. I was going to go in later and do a huge projected set of toners for the sand so this is just a crappy repeated texture for now.




    A test sketch for a company logo.





    A singer design for another project.

    Friday, March 28, 2008

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Bones from the yard.

    Hi everybody ! Hope everything is ok . This is just more junk from the archives. The pic below is a test from a project . The design of the girl is actually one I had done for another project as a secondary character that I really liked and thought would maker a good main character. The story is about a cat who is in love with a human.



    Occasionally you meet other beginning artists who are struggling with design work. One was trying to do a Batman design so I roughed this out for them.



    One of the girls on my web group just loves cows. She was a away for a while but missed everyone so I did this cartoon for her.



    Someone gave me this card for a "gentlemen's " club. The art on the card was really primitive ( and one part was exaggerated beyond all reasonable human ability for a woman's back to support something that heavy , guys ) . I told the person it was not really anatomical but I thought the basic pose was interesting so I did my own version of it.




    A love Anarchy graphic I designed for another project.



    Long before Pixars Cars I had my own version of an anthropomorphic car film ,




    A female rock singer design.





    A car scribble.



    A drawing of the two prop girls on LTBIA . Strangley both named Lisa.




    I used this for an icon for a while.




    A melodramatic appeal to the moderator Roxanne on my women's group.