Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Project A / BC - Auction 2 in progress

Hello fantastic people I hope you're doing great!

Here's the second of the three auctions for Project A / BC the fundraising collaboration between The Animation Academy in the USA and The Worthing Boys Club in the UK.

This drawing is among the group that were lost in the mail and wound up in Brazil for over three months. They finally made it to the UK and are now being offered to fans of Crash Bandicoot original art.

I drew the picture in class at my school while sketching with my students on December 6 2012. It's not every day that I conjure Crash scratching his ass. There are very few original drawings I've created of Crash Bandicoot that are in private ownership. This is your chance to be one of those individuals and to help the Academy and Worthing BC do positive things.

Here's the link to the auction. It wraps up on March 24 2015.

Good luck and much happiness to you!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Project A / BC - Auction 1 a Success

I'd like to thank the folks who bid on the first art auction of Project A / BC that I've been talking about lately. The first auction closed today and I'm happy to report that it was very successful.

The results at this link.

The auction for the second of the three adventurous drawings will get rolling in a couple of days. Meanwhile I'd like to express my gratitude to those who participated and who value my art. Congratulations to the winning bidder whoever they may be. Personally and on behalf of my Academy and Worthing BC as well I'm sure.

Thank you and Keep Creating good things!

Friday, March 13, 2015

What is Project A / BC ?

It's an eBay auction of original art I've drawn of Crash Bandicoot benefiting both my school The Animation Academy in Burbank California USA and the Worthing Boys Club in West Sussex UK. 

With the Worthing BC as sales agent of the art the first auction is currently in progress and will be wrapping up in 2 days and 11 hours from now.

There are three drawings to be auctioned and the story behind the 3 month 11 day trip from Burbank to the UK via Brazil is pretty darn amazing! Now we can offer the highest quality in original fine art for the Crash Bandicoot community thanks to Project A / BC !

Here's the link to the auction and here's the first that's up for bids...

Friends, imagine what this will be worth when I am no longer a part of the mortal world! Original art like this is an enjoyable investment. 

This is the first time Crash Bandicoot original art I've created is made available to the public. Plus the proceeds from the auction will be helping both the Academy and the Boys Club cover our expenses and help to expand upon the good we do.

Thanks for checking in! 

Wishing you happiness.

Monday, March 09, 2015

ArtShark is a leprechaun !

This month's newsletter went out today and that's a good occasion for featuring the latest version of ArtShark my school's mascot since 1998. Here he is celebrating St. Patrick's Day...

PS... Project A/BC

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Project A/BC - The Animation Academy and Worthing Boys Club

Hello there everyone! Hope this finds you well.

Remember late last year when the three drawings of Crash mailed from Burbank and intended for the UK got lost and wound up in Brazil for more than 3 months? Well I'm happy to say they finally found their way to their destination. Now we can have some fun with...


A fund raising collaboration between The Animation Academy in Burbank, California USA and The Worthing Boys Club in Worthing, West Sussex UK!

This is the second time my Academy and the Worthing BC have ventured forth together in fund raising via auctioning art. We hope to emulate that first success with a series of auctions of original character art. This time it's the world travelling drawings of Crash Bandicoot. The first of the three auctions has gone live. It'll be running until March 15 2015. Worthing is the agent of sale and the proceeds will benefit both of our fine institutions. If we're successful with this project it could turn out to be something we do on a regular basis. 

So help us get the word out! Especially all of you great Crash Bandicoot fans! This is a rare opportunity to own original one of a kind art I've created of this venerable character. There's hardly any of it out there in fan ownership. So let's do something about it!

Thanks very much and good wishes to you!

Charles Zembillas 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine Artshark

Hi everyone. Now that I'm publishing a newsletter for my school, our mascot Artshark will be making frequent appearances once again. Here's the latest from the newsletter sent out earlier this month. Presented in reverse completion...

Friday, February 20, 2015

The 3 Missing Crash Drawings have arrived !!

If you've been following this, the adventures of the missing original art Crash drawings have come to an end!

Thanks to the Postal Service of Brazil they did what the US Postal Service couldn't. That is to actually deliver a package to where it's supposed to go. In this case Great Britain. Finally got there on February 18 2015.

Took 3 months and 11 days!

Here's the blog topic from last December where you can see the artwork.

Next up will be an Ebay auction of the original world traveling artwork on behalf of The Animation Academy in Burbank and The Worthing Boys' Club in the UK.

The 3 wandering drawings will have a new home soon!

Good luck to you and Keep Creating!

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Hello and I'd like to say that life is like creating art while on a little boat on a wavy sea. Sometimes the waters are calm and you can really get a lot together and then the waters are all churned up and ya gotta ride it out. Well, that's what's happening as my school is bustling and lots going on all around. Never a dull moment and I'm grateful for that. Heading back into port soon with more to show. Meantime greetings to everyone and thank you kindly for the activity that you give the blog with your visits and also your comments. I appreciate your goodness.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concept for my next book

I've self published two books and have an idea for a third. Over the past couple of years when I work with my students I mostly use blue pencil and black line. It's kind of a traditional medium in animation. The use of blue pencil goes way back. I've been doing enough of these sketches to easily put together a third book which I'd like to title "Black and Blue". Here's the latest example. The blue line is topped of with ball point pen...

I'd like to launch a small Kickstarter campaign to pre-sell the book and and see how it goes. It'll give me a chance to check out crowdfunding and get some experience with it as marketing resource. There's a large inventory of images for Black and Blue ready to go. I'd like to mention that I have plenty of recent Crash blue / black drawings that I could include as well. 

Your feedback is welcome. Let me know what you think. Thanks and remember to keep creating till you're you know what.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artshark returns

I enjoy drawing my own characters and one of them is the legendary Artshark mascot who made his mark on the cover of the schedules I sent out in the first few years of my school. I recently began circulating a newsletter to our email list and thought this would be a good time to bring him around again.

Here's how Artshark looked on the heading of the newsletter...

And here's Artshark on his own in the final illustration...

Let's go backwards and see where this came from. Here's the line clean up done in Photoshop by hand with a little Bamboo tablet...

And in the beginning...