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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KatbusGallery Etzy Store now open

Wood Nymph Silhouette

Wood Nymph Silhouette

I am so excited to tell you that I have finally opened my Etzy Store.

The painting above and other original paintings are part of the Silhouette Collection I started a few years ago. When I was younger and still in Italy, I used to paint on silk and I had developed a Silhouette Collection back then all on silk scarfs. Most of them where sold to family and friends and unfortunately I did not continue to make more since leaving home. Instead I started using acrylic and canvas and these where some of the first I painted while still in Sydney working for Disney.

Now I am finally ready to let them go and they are for sale on Etzy, the link is on the right in the KatbusGalleryStores section.

As this store is only just beginning there are only few of my originals on sale, but I hope to add to it soon. I hope you will check it out and maybe even treat yourself to one of my paintings.

Dancer Silhouette

Dancer Silhouette

Happy Hour City Lights

Happy Hour City Lights

Mermaid Silhouette

Mermaid Silhouette

Dreams Silhouette

Dreams Silhouette

Dancing Queen Silhouette

Dancing Queen Silhouette

Muse Silhouette

Muse Silhouette

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O-TOWN- Reunion

 


 

I know I’m all about art and animation, but this is still close to my hearth.

One of the members of this “Boy-Band” is my good friend Trevor Penick, and they just released the clip of their new single Skydive on Soundcloud for their reunion.

You have got to listen to it because I can’t stop listening to it now, I just love it.

Who remembers the 2000 MTV created boy-band O-TOWN? Hits like ” All or Nothing ” and “Liquid Dreams”. Well they are back; and they will be going on tour this summer and the new album is coming out in August.

It’s been a long and hard way for them… after their break up in 2003, to cope with life after fame isn’t easy. Who wouldn’t want it all back and they tried a few times with no result to reform the band. Until now, well last year really, they finally got back together, Jacob Underwood,  Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller to revive O-TOWN.

At first it was only to recap the old songs but it became clear that they wanted more and they started to work on a whole new album and a whole new career. From what I hear, if the new single is any indication of what is to come, they are going to do just fine and I wish them all the best for the future.

The are going on tour this summer and then in fall so check out the dates on their website, in my blogroll and pre-order the single Skydive from i-tunes, I already did, it’s worth it.

O-Town is back

O-Town is back

Trevor and I in Hollywood

Trevor and I in Hollywood

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David Boudreau Artworks

DBBond

This is my very talented friend Dave I write about today. We worked at DreamWorks together on movies like “Prince of Egypt” and “The Road to Eldorado”.

He has been in the animation business forever and currently works at Fox in Story Revisions. His real passion though is this, caricatures. It doesn’t take long to see he has a knack for them, to put it mildly and his FaceBook Page has a ton of followers, me included.

The Bond Tribute actually just got published in a Bond Collection(Bond: 50 years in caricatures: The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book) and Dave got the 2 page opening spread.

I went to a lecture some time ago where Dave showed how he works and it was mesmerizing, the Steven Spielberg Caricature is the one he did then and we saw it come to life in front of our eyes.

His work speaks for itself, so I better let it do the talking, his link is in my Blogroll.

DBSpielberg DBHannibal DBStar Wars DBSuperman

 

 

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