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Aug 11, 2014 / 33 notes
Last month I worked on a really neat project: a trailer for a delightful children’s book called Louise Loves Art, by Kelly Light.  I really loved the style of the characters (they have a very animated appeal), and did my best to stick to the original inking and coloring techniques Kelly used in the book.  Reality checks kept me from doing full animation, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out.  (In case anyone is interested, I animated on paper first, then inked and colored in Photoshop, then composited in After Effects.)
Louise Loves Art was also featured in USA Today, and author Kelly Light has some wonderful things to say about the genesis of the story and characters and the important of art in children’s’ lives.  Its a marvelous book and it deserves to be a hit.  I’m so happy to have been a part of it!  
Aug 5, 2014 / 28 notes

Anonymous said: I know that whenever you start any career, you have to start from the bottom of the ladder and work your way up. So, my question is, where do animators start on that ladder?

It all depends.  Animators can start as interns, as clean-up artists, assistants, or sometimes they can start animating right away.   Sometimes animators veer off into related work like character design or storyboarding.  It depends on the studio, how desperate they are for workers, and how strong the animator’s portfolio is.  

Aug 5, 2014 / 9,535 notes

Things I sometimes do to get over artists’ block.  Hope this helps!

 Did a quick #BAMBAM for @Sketch_Dailies. 
Aug 1, 2014 / 127 notes

Did a quick  for

"Frankie" concept sketch- just playin’ around…. #rootytoottoot
Jul 31, 2014 / 117 notes

"Frankie" concept sketch- just playin’ around…. #rootytoottoot

Cowgirl sketch for GirlsDrawinGirls.
Jul 31, 2014 / 164 notes

Cowgirl sketch for GirlsDrawinGirls.

Jul 11, 2014 / 32 notes

Anonymous said: I'm a 20 year old college sophomore is it too late for me to take up drawing as a hobby, develop my own style, and become good at it with practice? I really just don't know where to start on my own if it is possible.

I wish I could come up with a more eloquent, insightful response- but I’m proving inarticulate on weighty subject matter.  So let me sum up:  No.  No it is not too late.  If you were 30, 40, 50…it would not be too late to do something you love.  On a related note, you are 20.  TWEN-TY.  You’ve barely emerged from the cocoon- cut yourself a break, kid. :)    

Bedtime?  Not until I tank draw girl sketch… <zzzzzzz>
Jul 11, 2014 / 157 notes

Bedtime?  Not until I tank draw girl sketch… <zzzzzzz>

Model of Bob McIntosh for the UPA doc #TheBoingHeardRoundTheWorld. upapix.com
Jul 11, 2014 / 38 notes

Model of Bob McIntosh for the UPA doc #TheBoingHeardRoundTheWorld. upapix.com

Model of Ted Parmalee for the UPA doc #TheBoingHeardRoundTheWorld. upapix.com
Jul 11, 2014 / 25 notes

Model of Ted Parmalee for the UPA doc #TheBoingHeardRoundTheWorld. upapix.com