Saturday, November 9, 2013

Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation update

Here are the animated examples in the iBook version of
Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation. The book is endearingly referred to as 'The Orange Book' by students at Vanarts. (easier to say and we constantly remind them that it opens)
The updated hard copy is now available. New pages will be on the site for those who have earlier versions of the book. A fresh look site will be up very soon, thanks to Kimberly Alvarez.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspriation from a book titled 'Einstein's Dreams' by Alan Lightman.
He speaks of people hiding in the shadows of different time, trying not change the future and hoping to return to the right time.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Lemon Drop Monster

It's finally through formatting approval at Apple iTunes and available. 

Soon I will have a new website and a section called 'ANIMATION THOTS', with notes, sketches, example planning, animation and ramblings.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

An early design for The Lemon Drop Monster - a tad too creepy for kids.

The Lemon Drop Monster children's picture book was created with iBooks Author and is waiting final formatting approval from Apple. Good news for iBook Author users, people will be able to read your work on iMac desktop and laptop computers.

Click on picture for a link to the news from Apple.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Lemon Drop Monster

Monsters don't like it when you sneak up on them, even at Halloween.

The Lemon Drop Monster, a children's picture book will soon be available through iTunes as an iBook. I've been working with iBooks Author because of the easy formatting and submission to iTunes (well, submitting could be easier). I'd love some contacts or guidance for converting to other OS such as android for this book and the Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation iBook.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New iBook and Novel

Very happy to announce that Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation is now an iBook. It has been updated with new pages, drawings and exercises as well as movie files of animation examples from the planning notes. The folks at Animation Mentor prompted me to hurry up and finish the iBook version - thank you.

The book is 94 pages - the iBook store lists it as 47 pages, which is misleading because they are double pages all packed with information to strengthen shorthand drawing skills for animation, illustration, cartooning, comics and graphic novels.

The hard copy book will be shipped with new artwork and links to the video sample will be on this blog.




Also on the ebook shelves in all formats is 'Tooza', a fantasy adventure novel that began years back as a screenplay for an animated feature film. The film is still the goal. The story was converted to a novel to further develop the characters and worlds, making pre-production easier. Anamie Entertainment Ltd. has a production budget thanks to Gary Goldman of Sullivan Bluth fame. We have a CG model of Tooza for test animation thanks to Ghaydaa Saleem and Frank Spalteholz.

My short film 'Let Go' was created to set early stage art direction thanks to Randy Gaul and many friends at ILM. Most of the characters have been designed - and will evolve during pre-production.

Early character designs

Tooza is tricked into stealing a flat marble and his little sister is kidnapped, held in an invisible prison, a valley of sinister beings and unlikely allies. The only way to save her is to sacrifice himself to The Forest of the Living Hanged. 

Sounds dark but there are crazy characters like Madeera the sorceress, Puxim a very unique and mixed up person and Beene who becomes Tooza's sidekick. It's a scary fun adventure for young readers but meant for everyone who needs to learn - 'If you know it's wrong, don't do it.'

 The second story for the character Tooza is underway.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Writing Novels, Screenplays, for Animation Posts, Drawing, Animating, Family, Family Comes First, oh yeah - Work

Focusing on one thing at a time is not what today's world preaches. Multitasking, that's the ticket. Well I can't, never could, don't want to and according to science - it's not possible. Therefore it has taken me a very long time to finish a number of projects that I have been working on one-thing-at-a-time, in small pieces. 

Bobby Beck (of the famed Animation Mentor online school) and I have been talking about converting my Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation book to an ebook or app. Not so simple. It has to be bigger, more information about animation principles, and sample animation for blocking in a shot from detailed planning, new drawings for action analysis. Easy, I can do that, I can focus on that, for...a few minutes. No, it is underway. Some demo animation is done and new drawings completed, even some philosophical ramblings about animating force. 

I just finished the cover for my first novel.

There has been some interest shown in my supernatural thriller screenplay 'Torso'. Actors and producers are kind of tingly about it and I've been advised to toss it at CFC (Canadian Film Center) in their development program.

I've been scribbling designs for a children's book that I wrote last year titled 'Monster Following Me'. I've probably missed this year's Halloween market so I'll shoot for Easter 2013, we need a good monster book for Easter.

The novel is an action adventure for young readers and written with animated feature film in mind. It will resonate with all ages. 'Resonate' - I don't like that word but it's the catch word with those in the know. 'Tooza, in Betweenland' is finished and will be released as an ebook within weeks. I've chosen to go the self published ebook route after endless amounts of research and advice, legal advice. The story of Tooza started many years back and has certainly evolved - lessons learned. Some pretty cool lessons that I'll write about when my to-do list gets shorter.

I'll post the logline, elevator/twitter pitch along with a synopsis next week. 

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