First, I want to thank everyone for your kind words of concern for my Dad. He is home from the hospital and doing well. I am very thankful considering we came within a whisker of losing him. If the paramedics had arrived a couple of minutes later, he would have died. It really makes me realize how much I appreciate him and how easy it is to take our family members for granted. I’m looking forward to spending a little less time running myself ragged and spending a little more time with my Dad.
On the “art” side of things, I just recieved some great news. Recently I had the privilige of illustrating a cartoon gospel tract for Living Waters. The tract rolled off the presses in January with 80,000 copies, and I was just notified that the tract has sold out in only six weeks! Living Waters is printing 250,000 more (that’s a quarter million copies!). Needless to say, I am very stunned and excited! (In case you are wondering I choose not to accept any profits or royalties. That’s not what this project was about.)
You can read the tract online and order packs of 100 HERE or by clicking on the image below. More copies should be available in a couple of weeks.
Yesterday I received the gut-wrenching news that my father has had a heart attack. Fortunately the ambulance arrived just in time to revive him, the surgery went well, and it appears he is going to be just fine. For that I am extremely thankful to God, it could have been so much worse. And I’ve received a lot of prayers and well-wishes from friends, which really means a lot. But I’m still kind of shaken up as I realize what almost happened. It’s the kind of thing that is supposed to happen to “other people” but never to you.
Over the next few days I will be doing nothing but spending a lot of time with family and trying to catch up on freelance work. So my blog is going on the back burner for a while…but hopefully not too long. Thanks to all my regular readers for your patience and understanding. I’ll be back soon!
My wife is out of town and I’m stuck at home all weekend trying to meet deadlines, so I’ve been watching some great animation to keep myself occupied. I rented Curse of the Were-Rabbit (a hilarious movie) and have been listening to the audio commentary in my studio as I work. Then during breaks I’ve been going into the living room to watching some classic animated shorts on DVD and enjoying the cool special features.
The Looney Tunes Golden Collection is of course full of classic characters and bits. But I’d forgotten how fun and charming the Tom and Jerry shorts are. One of the special features is an entire short in animatic form (crude storyboard drawings), and I’m amazed at how well it holds up. The animators told their stories entirely in pantomime–no dialogue, just expressive drawings, clear pose, and flawless comic timing. The Pink Panther shorts also tell a lot with a little (at least the ones I’ve seen so far). Again no dialogue, and practically no backgrounds. If you are a fan of the cartoon “retro” style (as I am), the early Pink Panther stuff is full of rich eye candy. If I get around to it I’ll try and post grabs of some of the funky backgrounds.
Well, I’d better get back to work….
Concept art for a short Flash animation I am creating for a client.
OK, so this guy’s not old. But he sure was fun to draw!
I’ve been hired to take a shot at developing a dog and cat character for a curriculum publisher. Several other artists have already made attempts. The client seems to know what they don’t want but aren’t too sure exactly what they do want. Here’s my first few drawings trying to find the right dog. I don’t think I’ve got it yet, but I’m confident it’s in my pencil somewhere.