Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Cracking my copy of Frazetta's Rough Work open to inspire thumbnails for prehistoric figure studies.
The first page shows my common mistake of starting too large. The big one in the middle, taking up almost all the 8 by 10 size of the sketchbook. In spite of all my practical experience that all my best drawings are done the size of a large post it. I'll post a couple more thumbnail series as I do them.
I deleted the first page for taking up too much space without adding much joy
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Added: Rough Translation:
It is, Christmas celebrates in Japan which does not have the taste of christianity, exactly. The gift is exchanged, but the idle fellow is if tackling 25th it does not become yet it does not go.
Monday, December 17, 2007
also other Cult shows coming too....
BURKE’S LAW - SEASON ONE (32 total episodes)
THE STARLOST: A cult TV series produced in Canada -- set in the year 2790, these are the adventures of the last survivors on earth. Star Trek and Dr. Who fans will love these quirky sci-fi adventures.
From the early 70's starring Keir Dullea (Dave Bowman of 2001 A Space Odyssey)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Frazetta Rough Work. It is now, of all my Frazetta books, and I have a lot, my favorite. It's only 6.5 by 9.5, hardcover but with a pillowy surface.
It doesn't do any side by sides , showiing you the finished painting you already have in another book. It's all just comps and early thumbnailing.
If you like Frazetta you can't help but get a charge out of this baby. 20 bucks.
Also. Continuing to play with youtube. I don't call you out by name on this snippet Rick. Thought you might enjoy this blast from Jeff's Cal Art Past
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Also, I've done the first step of getting the TAG table. The sellers permit part. I faxed in my info and the moment I get the number I'll send it on to the CON admin.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I used that link Rick gave out.
It's somthing that's easy to do with flash. You "trace bitmap"
I used it to simplify my online Zonzen comic book art. Great at cleaning up edges
Check out the headline. It will take you to a very Akira-like quality like anime coming soon. It's called Paprika. Krayonzilla claims it's already out.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Will it be as bad as The Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta? Time will tell.
ADDED 12/7/07 : THE TRAILER
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
And the other is a terrific little site where you can load up your bitmap art and it will turn it into vector art... be sure to watch the "how to use this site" video... it's very slick, easy to use and it has common sense functionality:
This month, Wacom is releasing a “sketchbook” version of the critically-acclaimed Cintiq drawing tablet. Cintiqs are tablets with built-in LCD screens so you can draw directly on the image. This new 12WX model is only 26cm x 16cm and a full 8 kilograms lighter than its big-sister, the 21UX. In short, the new Cintiq is a lot more portable.
Here’s the catch: the Cintiq 12WX is only available in Europe for now. I notice it’s available on the Amazon.co.uk site, but apparently won’t ship before Christmas. Here’s a YouTube demo for the little beauty, so you can see it in action (crummy and lo-rez but exciting nonetheless):
Monday, December 3, 2007
The Annie Awards (Animation's Oscar equivalent) has posted their nominations for 2007!
Best Animated Video Game:
Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Burning Earth" THQ, Inc.
Bee Movie Game Activision
Ratatouille THQ, Inc.
Transformers: The Game Blur Studios
Congrats Heavy Iron and especially Marty and Ellis! (but none to Scotty Buncake)
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
YOU ASKED FOR IT CHUMPS!!!!!!
I've never felt so smart being BEHIND a camera.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So, it looks to be exactly what it's been speculated to be... Godzilla meets Blair Witch. And the movie appears to actually be called Cloverfield.... a name of a character, perhaps?
Ellis here. I added a frame grab. Looks like Godzilla in a platypus kinda way. I'm going to give it a miss if it's 90 percent shakey cam. I can't imagine a worst type of movie experience. Someone will have to convince me it's a must see story.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1. Do we all need to be "producers" of a single product in order to sell at the Small publisher table?
2. If so, is that the only thing we can sell or do we can we sell individual sketchbooks, con sketches, pre-drawn sketches, etc?
3. If only one of us can "man" the table a a time, can we still sell the wares of everyone involved?
4. Do we all need to get CA seller's licenses?
I have one other question... Jeff, have you been effected by the writer's strike?
In other news, the drawing is a re-paint of an a old portfolio piece.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Now I want to read the books. Has anyone else read them?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 — Sony Pictures Entertainment is considering selling half of its fledgling animation studio, maker of the films “Surf’s Up” and “Open Season,” and even more of its thriving 15-year-old digital visual-effects company, which pioneered computer-generated imaging techniques in films like “Stuart Little,” “The Polar Express” and the “Spider-Man” movies.
Sony Pictures, a unit of the Sony Corporation, has hired the investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin to assess the value of the two divisions. An outright sale of both, which is possible, could bring around $500 million, according to people involved in the discussions.
All told, Sony has invested more than $400 million in the animation and effects businesses over the years.
One person involved in the talks, who spoke anonymously because the matter is still at an early stage, said the company intended to sell no more than a 50 percent stake in the five-year-old Sony Pictures Animation, which had modest success with “Open Season” last year.
The studio does not have an animated feature scheduled until “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” in March 2009 and “Hotel Transylvania” six months later.
A sale of the animation business would resemble a slate financing deal, in which a studio sells a stake in a fixed number of movies, except it would be open-ended, the person said.
The person said Sony planned to retain at least some interest in its special-effects company, Sony Pictures Imageworks. Though Imageworks is a lower-margin business, it makes the animation studio far more cost-effective.
Imageworks — which handles special effects for Sony live-action films and films from rival movie studios — generates work for hundreds of Sony animation workers between feature films, times when they would otherwise have to be laid off. Saving money on downsizing and ramping up between animated films means those films can be made at two-thirds the cost of films by rivals like Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, the company says.
Potential buyers of Imageworks, people involved in the talks said, include investors who believe the company could expand by getting into the production of computer games and television advertisements, which rely heavily on the kinds of effects the company has become known for. But Sony is likely to seek one transaction with an investor in both Imageworks and the animation side, given the degree to which the two businesses are intertwined.
Not included in the sale discussions is Sony Online Entertainment, the maker of multiplayer interactive computer games like Everquest.
In a statement, a Sony Pictures spokesman, Jim Kennedy, said the company was “open to exploring equity partnerships, and it’s no surprise that there is market interest in our visual effects and animation businesses,” but stressed that “we continue to maintain a strong commitment to making animated movies going forward.”
Imageworks, which now rivals George Lucas’s Industrial Light and Magic and Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital as one of the biggest effects houses, has been expanding lately. It bought 50 percent of what now is Imageworks India, where it employs about 85 workers, and is to open a new plant in Albuquerque next year.
What became Imageworks began at Sony Pictures in 1992 with five people using computers to help plan complicated live-action scenes — a practice that has since become known as previsualization. It quickly became an in-house special-effects shop with credits on Sony movies like “In the Line of Fire” (1993) and other studios’ films like 20th Century Fox’s “Speed” (1994).
In April, Sony Pictures signed a three-year deal with Aardman Animations, a British studio known for the “Wallace & Gromit” films. That deal would not be affected by a sale.
David M. Halbfinger reported from Los Angeles and Andrew Ross Sorkin from New York.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
So Ellis, each of these two pictures is exactly 6x9 now. If I have Lulu print them, do I need to center the images differently such that the inner borders are a bit thicker to account for some image being cut off by the binding? Or does that depend on if you are getting perfect binding vs. just staples down the center? And what about bleed around the other edges? Do they want that included in the picture as well? I just don't know the rules for this post-computer-printing revolution stuff.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Has anyone else seen this ad?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
The title is a link to this news coming from Wacom. Just the past weekend I'm joking if they come down 1500 bucks I'll want a cintiq. This might make that price. Speculation is this might sell for 750 to 1500.
I could budget that.
Found another page with a price extimate. About 1600 bucks they think. And a little time to save for it since it releases in November in England, not the States.
on another note
Anyone interested in a mini cintiq? You can turn a DS lite into a little thumbnail sketch pad. Total cost about two hundred bucks. Echoform (Yongwoo) at work is using his to do some cool stuff.
Go to my blog and from there to his Blog to see some of his "floaties" he did with the DS lite.
Here's the link he supplied me for getting everything one needs...
DS Lite Sketch Pad
Well, I just looked at that page. This is for the card you need to make it a sketchpad. I'll make sure I'm clear on what you need on that page by Tuesday.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Click the Title to take you to the preview / order page.
70 pages. Almost no text. The photos on back just have dates. You can read what little descriptive text there is in the DESCRIPTION. I thought the text here in the last page, shown in this post, would be enough. Now someone has to do a Gore Hole post to the Blog that describes TAG and gives copius details about the group.
I've already ordered two. Unlike my book, it has no profit. So it's 5 bucks and change. But they get you on shipping.
Check it out. It will be 6 by 9. I liked the format so much when I saw mine I felt it would be perfect for sharpening up our little Jams.
I thought I'd add, the above is not the back cover. It's the last page. The back cover has the picture from '91 of all of us at the Con. Then the picture across the street from the Con in 2006. Then the pictuure at Tom Moon's spaghetti dinner in 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Just got my Sketchbook from Lulu. I was very prepared to be disappointed. Man, it came out slick. Maybe it's the cream color paper stock. It's just no longer a bunch of kinko bound laser printed sheets. It's a honest to gosh book. I'm very pleased.
My enthusiasm will take me far this weekend into completing a lot of work on the Tag Jam book.
We'll need a full color back cover. Any favorites come to mind. Go Tell The Homo Vikings? Destroy All Monsters? Nightmare on Sesame Street? GOSH? UltraDog vs CornDog? Please Lord, Let Me Die a Woman? The Day Dave's Head Caught Fire!?
Lots of good stuff.
The second image is a painting/drawing I whipped up in my OTIS concept art class. Using the cintiq. I might buy one of those when they come down in price about 1500 bucks.
I got rid of the art rage painting. I discovered while looking for tag photos that I had posted it before.
Read comments for Tag sketchbook updates
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Barbara was a bright soul and she will be missed. Please keep Barbara and Jeff in your thoughts and prayers.