Sunday, May 03, 2015

Getting in the groove / new drawings

After a long and unintentional break from drawing I'm happy to say that I had a chance to do something new this past week. I asked a student what they would have me come up with in the advanced character design class as a demo. She suggested a young boy elfin type of character that was evil but could trick you into thinking he's good, done in my Jak and Daxter style. So here's the result...

Earlier in the first level character design class I did this simple head rotation as a demo and also for personal practice. It's healthy for professional character designers to keep their chops up when it comes to basic skills and rotations are a part of that.

Feels really good to get creative again.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Lost / auctioned Crash drawing comes home

The saga of the lost then found then auctioned Crash Bandicoot drawings concludes with a strange but true ending. At least for one of the three from Project A / BC that took place a few weeks ago. First it was mailed to the UK, then it wound up in Brazil for more than 3 months, then it finally made it to the UK where it was auctioned by the Worthing Boys Club.

As it turned out, the winning bidder as fate would have it was a student at my school The Animation Academy in Burbank, who was in attendance in June 2012 when I created the drawing as a class demonstration. Nearly 3 years later the student returned to take another class. Lo and behold, he brought the drawing with him, now framed and under glass, to the very place where it came into being in the first place!

I wouldn't have believed it myself but here's the proof. Things sure do have a mysterious way of working out sometimes...

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vote 'Crash' for Super Smash Brothers

From a follower of this blog...
... theres this thing in Smash Bros were you can vote which video game character can be in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS i thought that maybe you can spread the word in voting Crash Bandioot in Smash Bros in your blog or wherever or maybe you like to vote for him as well and tell when he should be in Smash.

I know it might be unlikely to let him be in the game but at least can try I guess?

Here's the site in which you can vote for Crash
Thank you for sharing this and I'm happy to pass it along.

I voted by the way and the reason for wanting this character to be in the Super Smash Bros? He's Crash Bandicoot!

If you like you can click on the link and vote for Crash.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Back in the saddle again

Hello all you beautiful people who happen to be reading this. Sorry for the extended absence. I do indeed apologize. Sometimes ya just gotta deal with the inevitable things of life. And thanks for your continued visits. I appreciate your taking the time to check in during this period.

I've started creating again and will be back shortly to share what I'm coming up with. Meantime I also want to tell the Crash fans out there about some chatter I've been hearing on the street that Sony may be planning a Crash Bandicoot movie. Or at least talking about it among themselves. Heard it from a couple of sources this past week so who knows? Time will tell.

Anyway it's great to get creative again and  I'm looking forward to posting very soon.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Project A / BC - Auction 3 in progress

Hello there everyone!

The third and last auction of an original Crash Bandicoot drawing I came up with is now up and running through this Sunday, Easter Sunday by the way, April 5 2015.

This is the third drawing from the series that was lost in the mail and spent 3 months in Brazil before making it to the UK and the Worthing Boys Club which is managing the auction. Project A / BC which you can read about below.

Here's the link to the auction.

This drawing is very special because it's the first time I started drawing Crash again after a very long hiatus. It was created on June 13 2012.

Proceeds will benefit both my school The Animation Academy in Burbank California and The Worthing Boys Club in West Sussex UK.

Thanks for checking in and to all those who participated in the auctions so far thank you for helping to make them a success!

Charles Zembillas 

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