Brett 2D Bean

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At WonderCon I ran into Brett 2D Bean again, we met a while ago at a Portfolio review at CSG and after that we became friends on LinkedIn and I saw him again at CTNX last November.

Brett is an amazing artist and he has a lot of humor and fun incorporated into his designs. His art ranges from character and creature design to visual development and story. He looks like he has a good time while concocting most of his creatures. I really enjoy the colors, shapes and composition in his pieces.

Brett has been working in the animation industry for some time and can count some big names as employers over the years, but you only need to see his work to be convinced, so I better let it do the talking…

I put his web site in my blogroll if you want to see more and it is totally worth it.

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Brett and I at CTNX

Brett and I at CTNX

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WonderCon

R2D2 and I

R2D2 and I

WonderCon 2014 in Anaheim was a blast.

This was my first time there and it was just like the old ComicCon used to be, easy access to great art and toys, big but manageable. It was a total plus that is is so close and a daytrip to Anaheim is so much more doable than driving all the way to San Diego.

I could not get tickets for ComicCon this year so WonderCon was my chance to geek out.

I just wish I had not been such a wuss puppy and had the guts to ask Richard Hatch, AKA Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica Series to take a picture together when I met him. Anyway he told me I have a lovely smile…

Boomer( Herbert Jefferson Jr) had the booth next to him and two of the ladies from the new Battlestar Galactica Series had also booths and I met them, Kate Vernon and Kandyse McClure. I also spoke to Celeste Yarnall who worked with Elvis Presley and was on Star Trek the original series and man from U.N.C.L.E.

I did take pictures of me and a crew of Treckies and Gandalf and I took a shot of a bunch of amazingly dressed Steampunk guys.

Star Trek Crew and I

Star Trek Crew and I

Gandalf and I

Gandalf and I

Steampunk gathering

Steampunk gathering

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The Changeling Chronicles Project

 

 

The Changeling Chronicles is an Azusa Pacific University Student Traditional Animation Project.

Last night I was invited by one of my friends to witness the making of a small 2D traditional animation movie that he and his fellow students are making. After working at Duck Studios as an intern last year, where I met Christian Weyne, he went to set out into producing his very own animated short film.

These students are doing what the big studios are afraid of doing, they are keeping traditional animation alive.

These kids love animation so much that they are willing to spend all their time and effort for a very ambitious project.  Without really knowing how to do this, they went ahead anyway and are learning to swim very fast since entering the deep end of the traditional animation pipeline pool. The group is multitasking as story, animation, cleanup… you name it, they are doing it all and I was there because they where really excited to actually meet someone who worked in the industry for many years.

It was a wonderful evening and it was amazing to see that computer animation has not totally assimilated everyone and there is actually hope for 2D coming from the trenches at schools with animation programs. These kids want to know how it is done the old fashion way, they want to draw and paint and revive this almost lost art.

So lets help them out, SUPPORT 2D ANIMATION, and check out their Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/362457941/the-changeling-chronicles

Animation and Clean-Up on simple discs and lightboxes

Animation and Clean-Up on simple discs and lightboxes

My friend Christian, his co-director and Docent

My friend Christian, his co-director and Docent

Animation and Clean-Up the old fashion way

Animation and Clean-Up the old fashion way

Christian checking on progress in animatic

Christian checking on progress in animatic

Koda Model Sheet

Koda Model Sheet

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Raymond Logan Artist

Raymond Logan Artist

A few years ago I met this artist, Raymond Logan and his work has captured me immediately.

No ordinary object painted in still life has ever interested me in the slightest and countless studies of famous artists have failed to interest me in still life, until I saw Raymond’s paintings.

His approach and broad strokes and the beautiful vibrant colors bring life to a lifeless piece and he manages to make these objects live somehow. It is no surprise I have been following his work since and I try to see his show in the Beverly Hills “Affair in the Gardens” show at least once a year.

Over the last couple of years we talked a lot and I got to know Raymond a little better and I am proud to call him friend. I was even lucky enough to score one of his daily paintings for myself.

Raymond’s work encompasses people portraits and landscapes, but to me the way he makes everyday objects jump out at you from his canvas, is what keeps me so mesmerized with his work. Check it out for yourself, his link is in my blogroll.

Raymond Logan

Raymond Logan

Raymond Logan

Raymond Logan

This is my little Raymond Logan gem

This is my little Raymond Logan gem

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Camp Rex is launching on Aprill 22nd in bookstores near you

Camp Rex is lounching on Aprill 22nd in bookstores near you

Camp Rex will be in bookstores on April 22nd 2014.

My good friend Molly Idle has done it again and come up with a super adorable children’s book you can’t miss. Following Rex after his tea party, here he is with his friends ready for the summer and new adventures.

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The Work of Andrea Blasich

The Work of Andrea Blasich

Andrea Blasich is another of my ultra talented friends from Italy.

We went to animation school together in Milan and have been friends since. After school we had a chance to go to London and work at Amblimation and then we both migrated to Munich to a small studio where Andrea found his true passion, layout design, and his work really made a difference and the movie we worked on. Andreas passion for animation and his involvement in the development of “The Fearless Four” raised the bar of the studio at the time and he inspired others to do the same. It was not long that he and his then girlfriend Alexandra, another super talented illustrator, followed me to Dreamworks and this is where he started to sculpt after getting inspired by our mutual friend Raffaello who was one of the sculptors at Dreamworks already.

It has been years since and Andrea moved on to work for Blue Sky Studios and others and now he is developing his own artist sculptor studio near San Francisco, where he lives.

Check out his sculptures, they are wonderful and organic and alive. He is also starting some master classes where he teaches his approach to sculpting so check out his FB page in my blogroll to learn more.

Tallulah from Tallulah's Tutu

Tallulah from Tallulah’s Tutu

Bear by Andrea Blasich

Bear by Andrea Blasich

Get a Horse Mickey statues by Andrea Blasich

Get a Horse Mickey statues by Andrea Blasich

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Andrea sculpting live at the SF zoo

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Art of Ronan Spelman

Liz Taylor by Ronan Spelman

Liz Taylor by Ronan Spelman

Ronan Spelman is another one of my crazy talented friends and so worth checking out.

We worked together many years in animation at DreamWorks and he was the one I trusted with my wedding photos which turned out fabulous and I looked like a movie-star in them.  Ronan has an amazing eye for the beauty in everything and he brings it to his art in many ways.

In his first art show many years ago he mixed his photography skills with digital painting and we knew then that there would be more to come from this artist. I bought two pieces back then and I was lucky enough to be one of few to have received a very personal piece from Ronan that he made for my birthday in 2002.

He has had many phases of different art styles over the years and dabbled in traditional as well as digital art. His new style of painting is very colorful and he has returned to his traditional routes. Check his work out online, on Etzy and Deviant Art under Artofronan.

Cher by Ronan Spelman

Cher by Ronan Spelman

Clint Eastwood by Ronan Spelman

Clint Eastwood by Ronan Spelman

Jerry Lewis by Ronan Spelman

Jerry Lewis by Ronan Spelman

Jimmy Steward by Ronan Spelman

Jimmy Steward by Ronan Spelman

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Ronan Spelman

 

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