Well here is another bird I drew. Another Fripper.
The TANGO #6 launch today was a treat. Quite a spicey book. I haven't managed to read all of it yet, though so far I am impressed. Andrew Weldon's comic is particularly poignant, in that it sums up my fears for what may well have ended up in this issue of TANGO - the theme being Love and Sex. It is good to see that the contributors have managed to stretch their minds, hearts and pens beyond a quick tossy response to the theme. Bernard gave a fantabulous speech as is his wont, and the general atmosphere was that of many happy comix folk, with the odd Caleo darting hither and thither.
Heres another tweeter. I'm not sure why I am drawing all these birds. Perhaps it is the new studio set up. I am facing the window at tree branch height and there is a constant fluster of bird activity out there.
Well presently it seems I've somehow corrupted the sound on my showreel...no time to fix it now.
I had a hideous spider dream yesterday. Aided by Arragog and Sheilob. I was in the midst of Sheilob's entanglement with Frodo and Samwise the previous day - I put the book down to eat dinner, during which we ended up watching the second half of HP with the spidery Aragog scene! Later, before drifting into slumber, I finished reading of Sheilob and Samwises battle. Lo and behold my dream was of giant Red-back Spiders. EW!
Here look. A guest artist. Matt SK has provided us with a some light entertainment in the form of a wondeeful story about a chap called Pete, who's head is so large and ugly that it causes discomfort to the surrounding civilians. You may need to click the images to get a closer look. O
Today I am trying to get it together...and quite frankly shouldn't be doing anything but that. Thats right, I am behind schedule. Eeek. ..mumble mumble mumble wisdom teeth..mumble mumble pain etc. Why are there so many pain receptors in ones head anyway?
Here is an excerpt from a comic I did AGES ago. Starry Starry Night was published in Tango. I've been thinking about character and expression, how hard it can be to capture the right expression in a drawing, and indeed an animation. Personally I find that I have to be completey involved in the drawing, not talking or thinking about anything else. A post-wisdom-teeth-removal-migrane can also get in the way of good drawing. I was reading the Howls Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) movie-comic yesterday, such fantastic expressions that the characters hold - facially and physically. Each expression delivers the exact feeling of the character with the subtlest of line. The drawings, not just the (animated) movement, express with such clarity a very sophisticated representation of the communication BETWEEN the characters. Well I am officially now on The Style File. It is a website that showcases Australian book Illustrators. I believe it was set up by the Society of Book Illustrators (SoBI). Heres the link.
I'm moving my computer into my pokey and dark studio today. It'll be a bit of a squish, but it should work. I have a song in my mind, and it won't go away. Is it an 'ear-worm'? - as Stewart would call it. No, its a lovely song, that swoops gently through my mind. An 'ear-worm' niggles and pesters repeatedly. The HIB keeps whistling a radio national show theme tune!
(oh poo. I keep getting spammy coments (since deleted) with people trying to sell stuff! poo stay away spammer)
Here I am. Yes thats me, in a florid format you might say. Hey, I'm high on pain killers did I tell you? Yes indeed. Its been a blurry few days since the Wisdoms came out. I feel a little pathetic and hopeless as theres not really much I can do..I keep falling asleep. I did try to go without painkillers last night, but alas..I shan't go into details..but there was an 'incident' involving me and a bucket.
Animation company of the week Eesti Joonis Film . Eesti Joonisfilm Eesti Joonis Film houses these Estonian filmmakers: Heiki Ernits Kaspar Jancis Mati Kütt Leo Lätti Ülo Pikkov Janno Põldma Priit Pärn Priit Tender
I've been watching Norman McLaren animations lately. I feel I could have written so much more about him in my little Animation research paper. Hmmm.
I found this little spook on Studio aka the other day. Heavens to Betsy, he's a creepy little beastie...what ever he is. Its worthwhile finding him on the Studioaka site and watching the animation. I hope they do more with him. stillnight
Its always worthwhile revisiting studio aka. There are some very talented people who work there. Somehow they manage to imbue advertising with some very inspired animation.
Two wisdom teeth were removed from my head on Monday. I am very giddy and have swollen guinea-pig cheeks. I'd love to provide you with an image of said cheeks, but for now all I can manage are three fish.
praxinoscope Oh no. My links to the ANIMA website have died. Due to copyrite issues the site is being taken down. Anima's GOODBYE (See now defunct animated links to the right). Anima was the most informative site I'd found on the subject of OPTICAL TOYS. Oh well... I've noticed that David has recently updated his animation notes..and they're, ofcourse, particularly good.
She's dissapointed because she is waiting to be animated.
"Stuff you I say little pencil sketch, I'm having a coughing fit."
Somebody gave me bird flu. Now everytime I sneeze, blow my nose, or cough, I get all hot and dizzy. The weekend is proving to be a tricky mix of house guest, work, and feverish trembling. Predominently it needs to be work. *note...this is all to be read in a monotone. The ATOM awards last night proved to be interesting, Mr Quantok mumbled and provoked us through quite a long session of awards. Despite the joys of free champagne and chocolate, I feel that darting around in such drizzly mumbly bumbly cold weather has today made me feel rather drizzly mumbly and bumbly myself.
Sunday afternoon. I am steaming along....working that is. Good music assisting the progress.
Went to see an array of Spanish animation yesterday. Lovely rich imaginative stuff. I ate alot of cheese. Saw Mr MacFoozle - he has a new 'element' to his Macinness site. Do have a look, its bloody hillarious. olives
I'll just pop up this bloke again for Illustration Friday. The topic is aging - Originally he was drawn to express that feeling you get when there is no bread in the morning for toast, so reluctantly you go out and get some.
I kind of imagine feeling the same as you get old, "Oh dear there goes another hip, sigh...I'll have to go out and get another..."
Apparently "The Walt Disney Company has killed off its Australian animation operation" see Article
I seem to be visualising such an event as a Disney style 2D animation. With giant Disney hit men in pest control suits spraying all the animators "killing" them off. The occassional animator makes a break for it and a hit man lunges out and with his foot squishes him into the ground... All orchestrated nicely to the music.
Finally I have finished my showreel. I battled for quite some time with what seemed to be incompatible movie settings - It turned out to be a corrupt file that was cruddifying the 'Toots' clips. I'll have to compress it before I pop it up on inkwinks
Why yes, an animated mobile I made the other night. I was trying to make a place for my dancing skeleton. So I thought they'd look good swinging around in a mobile - not mobile phone, silly, mobile spinny thing - I've popped this little animation onto my inkwinks site, so far without the skeletons because I enjoy it equally as an abstract version. However I will swap it soon for the Skeleton Dance version. It is all very 'tweeny' admittedly. The music used is also on my showreel - a favourite guitarist: Gabor Szabo. A Hungarian chap, not with us anymore.
I have been chatting with Hee lately, and looking at her magnificent site: Hee's nest. Also her magnificent watercolours that she has been doing lately.