The Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

At CTN I met this Italian Artist called Nicola Sammarco.

He was friends with James Lopez and I was introduced as we where waiting to get a table for our Hullabaloo team dinner. So here I am already in great company and then this kid, Nicola is in his early twenties, is showing his portfolio to James and I am peaking, as you do… and bam, wow what incredible talent.

Of course it makes me even powder cause he is Italian like me, but I am really taken by his beautiful sketches and the way he used  a well known story to build his art around. The “Around the World in 80 Days” concept art is just awesome and beautiful. So I start talking to this kid and he is really nice too and we are having fun speaking Italian and I jokingly said well I would love for you to do some concept art for me on a project I’m trying to put together and he just said, of course I’d love to help… WOW how did I get so lucky.

Anyway, the real blog is about this artists art and Nicola has quite the hand. He obviously studied the animation greats like Glen Keane and the Disney way, you can see that in his sketches, but there is so much more. A real sensibility for style and beauty and storytelling in one quick doodle…
It sure has me wanting to see more and I would love to have a booklet or something in my collection. I know he would like to make his way to the States to work for the big boys and I am sure he will do so soon. Anyone who sees his work can see that he has talent. So here it is and you can judge by yourself, but I hope I will work with him on a project someday, as I really love his style.

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

Art of Nicola Sammarco

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The Art of Armand Baltazar

"Diego and the Steam Pirates" by Armand Baltazar

“Diego and the Steam Pirates” by Armand Baltazar

This Year at CTNX I finally got to know Armand Baltazar.

I have been admiring his artwork for years now and never quite got the courage to actually go bug him and introduce myself. But now it is done and he and his family are just ever so lovely. I never knew he actually worked on the same movies I did at Dreamworks and I can’t believe we never crossed paths at the campus, so now I find that I loved his illustrations a lot longer than I thought I did. So I guess my next project is to get him to sign my Prince of Egypt book, since I have been collecting signatures on that from everyone.

Anyway, I am so thrilled that we talked and even happier that he got a book deal and movie deal for his work on the Steam Pirates and I can’t wait to see how that is going to play out.” Diego and the Steam Pirates” is a story about a bunch of kids are helping their friend to find his missing father. The story is set in a”time collision” that has thrown together the past, present and future. It’s a steampunk meets Indiana Jones, meets Treasure Island Harry Potteresque adventure. Throw in some dinosaurs and pirates and whats not to like…

As I was gushing about my admiration for his work Armand totally surprised me with an awesome gift, one of his prints. I was speechless. And that does not often happen…

This is another reason I love CTN so much, you get to see so much good art and you actually get to meet the artists and talk to them and become friends. I know it sounds crazy to count someone as friend when you only talked a few times, but Armand is just that great and I feel like I have known him so much longer and I guess I did without realizing it.

This ex Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks artist has so much to offer and you can explore more on his website, the link is in art & animation.

So I hope you will enjoy his work as much as I do and here it is. Stay tuned for more…

"Submariner" by Armand Baltazar

“Submariner” by Armand Baltazar

"Rangers Ride" by Armand Baltazar

“Rangers Ride” by Armand Baltazar

"Death of the King" by Armand Baltazar

“Death of the King” by Armand Baltazar

"Diego and the Steam Pirates" by Armand Baltazar

“Diego and the Steam Pirates” by Armand Baltazar

Armand and I at CTNX

Armand and I at CTNX

 

 

 

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita by Alexa Summerfield

La Dolce Vita by Alexa Summerfield

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Happy Birthday Walt

Walt Disney by Nicola Sammarco

Walt Disney by Nicola Sammarco

Today  December 5th 2014 would have been Walt Disney’s 113th birthday.

For the occasion I am raiding my very talented friend Nicola Sammarco’s sketches of Walt, cause they depict him the way I imagine he was.

In a way I almost see him standing by the party tree, fingering a pencil and saying:      ” …it’s my eleventy-third birthday today, too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable artists. I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”  just as Bilbo did in Tolkiens story… smiling at the legacy he left behind and at all that’s still to come.

I hope Walt would look at us and be proud that we are carrying the animation torch high and bright all around the globe for he once said: “Do what you do so well, that they will want to see it again and bring their friends” as another one of my good friends, Rick Farmiloe, reminded us today.

So happy birthday Walt and never fear, cause there will always be some of us to continue the tradition…

Walt Disney sketch by Nicola Sammarco

Walt Disney sketch by Nicola Sammarco

Walt Disney sketch by Nicola Sammarco

Walt Disney sketch by Nicola Sammarco

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Creative Talent Network Expo 2014

CTNX 2014

CTNX 2014

This years CTNX was phenomenal…

I was so lucky not just to attend but to be an active participant with the Hullabaloo Team.

Our booth got a lot of attention and being right next to the Walt Disney Family Museum booth was a coupe. So much foot traffic came our way due to the book signings there. Tyrus Wong, the amazing artist behind the “Bambi” backgrounds was there, one of the last people alive who worked with Walt himself. John Canemaker, author of so many animation and Disney books. But that was not all…

This year I met one of my greatest inspirations of illustration, James Gurney, the creator of the “Dinotopia ” books. I blogged about him a while ago, him and his wife where really nice and approachable.

I finally met Samantha Youssef, an extraordinary artist that will work on Hullabaloo with us, but is based in Canada, and she is adorable and we are going to be good friends. Another team member Joffrey Black had his own booth too and we talked about our shorts and that we can’t wait to finally work on them.

I met some amazing talent, some I already admired and finally had a chance to meet and talk to, like Armand Baltazar, Pascal Campion and Wouter Tulp, but also talent I have discovered like Nicola Sammarco, Edwin Van Beek and many more.

I saw so many old friends and fellow artist, some I had not seen in a long time. Some of them where there to promote their own projects, some just to look around. Brett 2D Bean, Drake Brodahl and Gary Montalbano always welcoming and so talented, Jakob Jensen and Rune Bennike there to promote “The Mystery Hat” book, Cinzia Angelini who is currently promoting her short “Mila”. Dimos Vrysellas at “The Ottoman” short booth and Nadine Wagner-Westerbarkey at the Bardel Studio booth, Kathy Zielinsky and Rodolphe Guenoden strolling thru. Stephan at his Dark Horse Comics booth and the Bancroft Bros. I could go on forever…but you get the idea.

Also being able to talk to Andreas Deja and Ron Husband again and so many other animation greats.

All in all the best Con there is, all thanks to the multitalented Tina Price, who has brought the Creative Talent Network to life. She has singlehandetly given us artists the chance of a lifetime to network, to see the masters in action and make new friends in this unbelievably talented landscape. Tina has made the impossible possible and every year I have been attending I have made connections, friends and above all I have gotten inspired to do so much more.

So till next year CTNX and so many memories…

Team Hullabaloo Dinner Friday Night

Team Hullabaloo Dinner Friday Night

CTN memories 2014

CTN memories 2014

 

 

 

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A Hullabaloo success story

Hullabaloo table at CTNX 2014

Hullabaloo table at CTNX 2014

CTNX 2014 was an enormous success this year.

Everyone from harden veteran artist to young and dreamy animation students have come by our booth to tell us how much they liked the project, how they followed it and can’t wait to see more and how they all love 2D animation and are so happy we are doing Hullabaloo the old fashioned way.

Everyone has asked how they can get onto the project and tons of students have shown James their portfolios and offered to be interns, volunteers and factotums, just to have a chance to be a part of this. Best of all was when several of oldtimers from Disney and DreamWorks have offered and asked if there might be a scene or two for them to do…

What more can you possibly want to call this an amazing phenomenon?

People miss the old fashion beauty of 2D animation and everyone commented on that. The Steampunk vibe is a big winner as well and the designs are universally hailed as awesome and beautiful.

To top it all off we had two amazing, beautiful and fun cosplayers dressed up in Veronica and Jules fashion. They where the icing on the cake and people took photos and recognized them as they strolled thru the convention.

Veronica and Jules had me at gunpoint...

Veronica and Jules had me at gunpoint…

The team that brought you CTNX, Amy, James, Dominique and Alexa

The team that brought you CTNX, Amy, James, Dominique and Alexa

James, Veronica and Jules at the booth

James, Veronica and Jules at the booth

End of CTN drink: It's a wrap...

End of CTN drink: It’s a wrap…

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT, IT MEANS A LOT TO ALL OF US.

 

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Hullabaloo will be at CTN Animation Expo

Hullabaloo at CTNX-table 217

Hullabaloo at CTNX-table 217

Hullabaloo made it to CTNX this year!!!

For those who do not know, the “Creative Talent Network Animation Expo” is the best convention there is for animation. It is a networking and showcasing hullapalooza for artists and professionals as well as students and aficionados.

Come and see us at table 217 and support your love of 2D animation. Meet James Lopez, the creator of Hullabaloo. This is a unique opportunity to get to know the team and the project better.  Veronica and Jules, the two protagonists, will at the table and meet the fans and you can sketch them at the “drink and draw” event.

We have a loot of art prints, postcards, buttons and more for sale, all proceeds will help the Hullabaloo shorts and make them better. So come and support us this week end, November 21-23 at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank CA.

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