animation

From A Frisky Bruce Lee to Stephen Colbert’s “Tek Jansen”

The Bruce Lee craze of the 1970s produced an endless array of merchandise in the hopes of cashing in on the world-renowned martial artist’s popularity – especially after his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32. I’d been a fan of his since he’d played “Kato” in the old “Green Hornet” TV...

Le Parody 007

Title sequence designer Laurent Brett designed, animated and rendered in After Effects for the Michel Hazanavicius OSS 117, a 007 parody. Brett notes that the “references to Bass-Binder masters for this comedy-spy movie who take place in the 50′. Graphic idea came from a recurrent joke about JOKARI beach game which inspired me, lines,...

Long Beach Comic Con: My "7 Highlights" List

  These days, the so-called San Diego “Comic”-Con‘s main attraction is sugary TV and movie confectionery. But if you enjoy graphic novels and cartoons – and, well, scary stuff – you may have attended the recent Comic & Horror Con at Long Beach, CA’s Convention Center. While SDCC has been around for over 40...

Skyscraper Soars Over Brooklyn

Beth Morrison is  producing Croatian-born artist, Danijel Zezelj‘s large multi-media concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from November 9-12.  Brooklyn Babylon has music by grammy-nominated composer, Darcy James Argue and his big band, Secret Society. The visual and narrative world/scene-stopper is created by Danijel who is up on scaffolding painting a 40-foot...

Under Cloudy Skies

The background of John Porcellino’s website, King-cat.net, is a Crayola-blue sky populated with fluffy white clouds. The comics artist’s digital wallpaper genially marries the aesthetics of nursery-school nostalgia to those of upbeat indie animation, but anyone familiar with Porcellino knows that he is no blue-sky artist. While his work can be charming, it is...

"Robin and The Earl of (George) Booth"

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with George Booth on three advertising campaigns, and he was even kind enough to design one of our cards of “Happy Holidays” past. Working with him opened vistas for me and redefined what collaboration should be all about. I’m going to focus on a two spot campaign we...

From A to B

Malcolm Sutherland’s made an awesome little animated journey from point A to point B, laboriously performed by a cacaphony of idiotic little creatures and contraptions who are having a really hard time dealing with it. It’s an adorable exploration of futility. The animation itself is fantastically rendered in its simplicity (created in Toon Boom...

An Illustrator "Celebrity Cruises" The Animation Waters

This’ll be the first of many posts (once a month, hopefully) presenting work I’ve done and the process used to produce it. When my wife Patrice and I originally opened the studio, it was to offer up to advertising clients our specialty of translating the work of illustrators, designers, cartoonists, etc., into animation for...

The Art of Peck

Best known for his television, series Duckman (1994-1997, USA Network), Everett Peck is a an animator,  cartoonist,  illustrator, and  painter. His solo exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, Ca., September 11 – January 29), It’s Not My Fault: The Art of Everett Peck, “showcases Peck‘s, work over the past thirty years and traces...

It Takes a Monkey

In the 1930s (and before and after) men who repaired the mammoth illuminated signs, known as spectaculars, that towered over places like Times Square were called “sign monkeys.” A term of endearment then, it is out of fashion now. Yet it does not diminish the dangerous work that these urban mountaineers (including window washers,...