The Animation Academy is a school I launched 25 years ago today.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
Things get sinister in the latest episode of Montgomery Thump and Timbuk Too! Follow the link to the Canvas section of Webtoon Comics to see what's up.
If you're new to the series you can start from the beginning and get caught up...
Monday, January 31, 2022
These drawings are from the original development of the character that would become Spyro.
It had been a little more than 2 weeks since I started to create the very first concepts for Insomniac Games. I was in the process of refining and defining. Insomniac was very excited about the character and the images I was coming up with. At this point in the creation of Spyro I was directed to really push his expressions.
This is the way it works. You dig and explore through concept sketches then as the character emerges a commitment is made towards the final design. Once you've nailed the look then you test it out and see how it functions through expressions and action / attitude posing as the personality emerges.
Note for historians and archivists: The pages are sequential but they're numbered incorrectly.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Intrigue plus a new character gets fired up! The next chapter of Montgomery Thump is on Webtoon Canvas. Lots more content on the way in days ahead. Follow the link.
Monday, January 24, 2022
These are pages from the development of Spyro the Dragon on this day Jan 23 in 1997.
I contracted with Insomniac Games to own my original art once it was used for production. It was a groundbreaking contract back then. Thus I have the unique opportunity to showcase these images.
There are 103 pages total that I created for this project. The pages here are numbers 41 through 44. They were misnumbered by someone at the company.
Spyro was really cracking the shell at this point. Insomniac was very excited. They knew they had a winner. Spyro continued to improve with the next round of sketches which I'll feature in a few days.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
January 19 2022 marks the 24th anniversary of my school's (The Animation Academy) very first class in the back room of the Coral Cafe in Burbank in 1998.
I'll be marking the occasion by publishing my first independent project. I've been developing it for over 40 years going all the way back to its inception in 1981.
This is the project that started the school.
There'll be a dedicated FB group for the project plus Twitter and Instagram. I'll open everything up once things get going.
I'd like to thank this community on Blogger for following me for as long as you have. It'll be 10 years this spring since I started posting. It was the first place I went to when I began sharing my art online. You guys have been great and I hope you'll enjoy the show on Webtoon.
Keep Creating no matter what !!
Sunday, January 16, 2022
By coincidence 2 days ago on January 14 2022 I dug up all of the original Spyro art which I own. There's 103 pages that I created for what was called "Project Pete" at the time. This is the first publication of the very first page.
I created 16 pages of character designs on the first day of work. By the end of the second day Jan 15 1997 the count was 31 and I was tuning in to the character.
By day 3 Jan 16 1997 there were 38 pages and I had pretty much nailed the look of the little dragon that would become Spyro. On Jan 23 he was refined further and we had the final design.