Support Hullabaloo on Indiegogo

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film

It is time to rally the troops and really show your support to 2D hand drawn Animation like never before.

My friends and I are trying to raise the money to make this amazing project a reality. Hullabaloo is a Steampunk adventure for the whole family. A mixture of Lara Croft meets The Great Race ( Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon)  with a twist.

We have an incredible talented core group of people that will work on this project and we hope to turn this into an opportunity for more work, for other talented artists, young and old, that are passionate about hand drawn animation and miss it.

If Walt Disney himself was still alive he would support us, I am sure, he was a visionary and those are hard to come by. He was passionate about his work and so are we. Most of us artists on the team, have worked in the animation industry for over 20 years and for Studios like Disney and Dreamworks, so we have done this before.

All we ask for you to share it and/or pledge on it. Help us make the best action adventure animated feature you have ever seen.  Be part of the Renaissance of  hand drawn animation, so when you finally see it on the big screen you can say: ” I helped make that movie”…

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

Hullabaloo by James Lopez

 

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“Art that inspires me:”4-Yoshitaka Amano

Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano

Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano is another incredible talented master of illustration I came across during my very early days, when I was watching a myriad of Anime while growing up in Italy.

Yoshitaka was the designer of some of my most beloved anime series like Tekkaman, Casshan and Gatchaman. I grew up with a lot of anime and some of the designs really resonated with me.

Some of Amano’s artwork reminds me of Gustav Klimt, but he just made it his own.I really came to know his personal style with Vampire Hunter D and the Sandman illustrations and I admire the amount of detail he puts into each piece. The drawings are so beautiful and evocative, even the darkest ones are still mesmerizing.

I wish I could see one of his paintings in real life to see what they look like up close. I would love to study them and maybe steal a few ideas. But for now my books will have to do.

Sandman by Yoshitaka Amano

Sandman by Yoshitaka Amano

Nr 28 From Maten by Yoshitaka Amano

Nr 28 From Maten by Yoshitaka Amano

Casshan by Yoshitaka Amano

Casshan by Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano

 

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Georg Goriup Art

Art by Georg Goriup

Art by Georg Goriup

Opening Vernissage for Georg Goriup’s Art Show in Merano, Italy is on August 7 2014 at 8pm at the Ansitz Rosengarten in Lana. The show will be on from August 7th to 21st.

This is my dads first solo art show and I am so proud of him.

He has been drawing and painting for years and his style has really taken off and become something very particular and interesting. He even made all the frames himself to match the paintings.

Georg works mostly on paper and board with acrylics, chalk, pastels and anything he fancies at the moment. His very expressive style reminds me of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt a little in the drawing, but his color style and design is all his own and there are no similar. His paintings are almost all very large in size and that means a lot of work, but he loves it.

I wish I could be there to see it all happening, but for now I will do my part in advertizing and showing his amazing work online. So if you are close to northern Italy and have time to go see it, let him know you saw this blog and say hello.

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Art of Georg Goriup

Georg Goriup and one of his pieces

Georg Goriup and one of his pieces

 

 

 

 

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Animation Paper on IndieGoGo

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/animators-new-favorite-software-animation-paper

This project looks like what we have been waiting for. A real simple way to animate traditionally on a Cintiq or tablet and feel like its the old animation disk, pencil and paper.

This team from Denmark is working on Animation Paper, a new program to animate the traditional way with an X-Sheet and digital turntable, you can work just like on the old desks we used to use. I don’t know about you but to me that sounds like heaven, especially after seeing “Duet” by Glen Keane (see post from 6-27-14).

I think that we all, who are interested in traditional animation, should pledge to make this program a reality, support the people who are trying so hard to help keep 2D animation alive. So check out the link and pledge.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/animators-new-favorite-software-animation-paper

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Marc Davis, one of the NINE

The new book

The new book

Marc Davis was one of Disney’s NINE OLD MEN.

That group of legendary animators and immagineers have shaped the fates of the Disney Studio in the early years. Without them who knows if Disney would be Disney today.

Marc was the creator of more than just beloved characters on screen, but key designer for the park’s attractions and rides. You will recognize his drawings in now famous imagery from “The Jungle Cruise”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Haunted Mansion” to name a few.  He was the father of some of my most beloved characters of the Disney arena. Cinderella, SnowWhite, Maleficient, Aurora, Thumper and Flower…do I have to continue?

I was once again so lucky as to be one of the first to hold the book about Mark, that is to be released October 7th 2014. There will be a be a book unveiling and signing at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank on July 12th 2014, where Alice Davis, his wife, and Andreas Deja will attend.

Unnecessary to tell you I was blown away by the book and had to have one myself, it evoked so many memories. So if you are an animation aficionado, a complete Disneyfile or just a fan of his work, mark your calendars and take the opportunity to see and buy this book early, before it is even out on Amazon.

Marc Davis Scetches

Marc Davis Scetches

Malificient

Malificient

Cruella DeVille

Cruella DeVille

Pirates of the Caribbean, concept work

Pirates of the Caribbean, concept work

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“DUET” by Glen Keane

Animation pure and magic, the way it was meant to be, HAND DRAWN.

This absolute incredibly beautiful short, is why I want to bring traditional animation back.

Forget that it is pure art and imagination coming to life through a pencil. Forget that it is the LOVE for the CRAFT, that pushes you to draw and learn and draw some more, until you get it just right. Forget that it is the “illusion of life” that keeps you glued to the screen, when you realize that you just laughed or cried for a creature born of paper and pencil. Forget that you just CARED for a second, that you believed…

Then realize that all that is someones labor of love, a lifelong pursuit of passion of perfection and sweat and tears. It looks so easy and effortless on the screen, just a couple of squiggles really.

Glen Keane is such a master of pure animation. You have seen his characters on screen and have wondered how they feel so alive. Ariel, Pocahontas, Aladdin, the Beast, Tarzan… do I need to continue?  He learned from the NINE OLD MEN, Walt Disney’s legendary animators. Glen is the creator of this marvelous piece of poetry you just watched and he is one of the few beacons of light left in traditional animation.

Thank you Glen for this precious reminder of what hand drawn animation can really do and a call to arms to all of you out there that love this medium to stand up and fight. Support 2D animation and share this gem.

 

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“Art that inspires me”: 3- David Lee

David Lee2

David Lee

Not only does David Lee have an incredible talent, but he also has an amazing story that inspires and that oh to many times has gone the other way.

Lee was urged by his father to enter the field of medicine. As a dutiful son, he majored in medical studies for three years before finally receiving his father’s approval to pursue his career in art. “My father and I struck a bargain,” Lee told me at his art show, when I met him. “If I could win the Chinese National Painting Competition, he would honor my wishes. I did and he did.” David Lee was the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Chinese National Painting Competition.

His art came to my attention in 1999 during my stay in Carmel on my road trip, we went to a lot of art galleries and this one stood out to me. David works on silk and I used to paint on silk as a teenager and in my 20s. His paintings where so incredible and I asked the lady in the gallery a lot of questions. She answered some, but others where to specific for her to know. When she found out we where headed back to LA she told me that David was having a show at the Marriott in Marina Del Rey and she gave me an invitation. The show was the same day of our return to LA, but the paintings made such an impression on me that I just had to go and see him, and so I did.

David was very nice and he and I spoke for a long time and he answered a lot of my questions about technique and his personal approach. In the end I had to buy one of his special silk paper prints as the originals where all outside my price range. So I got the Irises and he gave me one more to choose and I got his book, which he signed and dedicated to me.

David Lee was trained in the classical tradition of Oriental brushwork and when you have the chance to see the originals you really see the craft and technique he uses. I love oriental art and the fact that he does it on silk combines two of my passions.

Every time I see one of his pieces I am happy he stuck to his guns and challenged his father for his art. I was so lucky that my own parents actually let me follow my dreams and be an artist…

This is my David Lee

This is my David Lee

David Lee

David Lee

David Lee

David Lee, this is the one I got for my Mum

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David Lee

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