Monday, January 20, 2020

My school The Animation Academy is 22 years old

Thought I'd share this milestone with all you great folks. It was on this evening in 1998 at this very hour in the back room of the Coral Cafe in Burbank California that The Animation Academy held its first session. We had a sold out class of 20 students.

The Academy has been a major influence in the animation industry in that time. We continue to have a positive impact in many ways. Especially in people's lives.
Celebrating 2 decades and 2 years of great experiences!

Keep Creating!!

Sunday, January 05, 2020

20 Years to the Day - The Beginning of Jak and Daxter

A few days ago I realized something. That in early January 2000 I signed the contract to begin work on a project that would become Jak and Daxter. I searched my files and found the contract. The date was January 5.

So this is it friends! It was 20 years ago on this day I signed the deal to get started on "Project Y". The rest as they say is video game history. This is a graphic I created in honor of the occasion. I plan on featuring a lot of the unseen art throughout the year.


Wednesday, January 01, 2020

ArtShark sez Happy New Year 2020 !!

A greeting from our long time representative at my school in Burbank. Have a great New Year and New Decade! Wishing you the very best in all the days ahead!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Crash and Tawna Together Again - 2020

Received a request for a reunion of Crash and Tawna. Drew this a few days ago. Hope it does the trick! 

I just realized this is my last drawing of the year and the decade!

A very Happy New Year to all you great people and thank you for following my blog all this time! Hope your best dreams come true in 2020! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Finished this greeting for my school just a few hours ago and would like to feature it here to say hello and wish you a very Merry Christmas !! It's our mascot character ArtShark just being himself.

I hope you have a special time full of love with people that mean the most in your life. Thank you for the fun of sharing my art and thanks for following my humble blog and for visiting also. Wishing you joy and peace and prosperity and good health and creativity and all the good things in life !!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Ho Ho Ho... Is that you Santy Claus?

Seasons Greetings dear Blogger friends and followers! I hope this finds you well and happy!

It was last Sept 17 this year that I was toying with images of Santa Claus helping a student in class understand the idea behind concept design. That is to try different approaches to a theme and see what you wind up with. So here's the demos I did that evening starting with the original page and then featuring each design on its own.





Thursday, December 05, 2019

Elfin Girl Head Rotaton

Here's another class demo for my beginning character design students. I started it on November 5 then did the 2 back views on December 2 and completed the pencil line early today on December 5. Sometimes it's not possible to do the entire work at once so I break it into sittings and eventually complete the drawing in class.

I'm sure you've heard it before from me that rotations are an essential aspect of professional character design as they are the bridge between the concept and production. Also they're excellent practice for developing solid draftsmanship skill and they're fun to do.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Crash Bandicoot Doodles from 2013

In the early days of posting on my blog it was a time of uncertainty for the Crash Bandicoot community. I noticed a high level of anxiety among fans so I did what I could to contribute to keep Crash alive by drawing him. It had been a long time and only periodically would do something I wasn't especially excited about.

I knew I had to practice so on September 19 2013 I sat down and sketched Crash to get back into it. These are the pages I did minus some images that didn't quite make the cut. 

I'm archiving my work from the past few years. That's what lead to this rediscovery. It was fun and something special drawing Crash back then. Like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while and catching up on things.







Monday, November 25, 2019

Facial Expression notes

Here's something from over the summer. I gave my students a little demo on things to keep in mind when managing facial expression models for their characters.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dark Spyro - finished painting

Hello friends! How are you? It's been so busy the last month and a half I can't begin to tell you. Causing some genuine issues which I fully intend on addressing soon. But that's a subject for a later time.

Meanwhile remember this post from last August 21? It was a pencil drawing of Spyro on illustration board. I posted that I was going to paint it. Well I'm happy to report that I did. Here it is...


Took a while to complete. I worked on it at different intervals. I figure around 18 sittings a little at a time since that day in August. Finally finished it the morning of November 2 around 6 am. Then I went to the corner shop at 7 am when it opened and bought a frame. By 9 am I was at a local art gallery to feature it in an upcoming art show and I had to deliver the painting that morning to make it.

The acrylic color palette I used was very odd and also limited. As such I noticed the colors were getting away from me as I progressed with the painting. Spyro was turning out as something other than the red violet he is known to be. So I went with what I had using these unusual colors and decided to make this a different character.

I call the painting "Dark Spyro" and imagine him to be an evil counterpart from another dimension that creates havoc in the world Spyro inhabits. I think I'll call him Oryps.

Thanks for you patience with my extended break from posting. Working on this was one of the reasons. As an added bonus I'd like to feature scans of the painting at different stages of its development going backwards in time. The original is 8 1/2 x 11 inches (around 21.6 x 28 centimeters). 










Here once again is the original sketch...