Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I was killing some time right before Thanksgiving and seeing how, of course, Thanksgiving was a trending topic and people were commenting on our favorite of holidays. Well, besides food, when I think of Thanksgiving fondness, I think about always surfing with my dad before eating. There were always good waves on Thanksgiving when I was a yout. So here's a little Thanksgiving scenery from my many memories of surfing those days.
Notice my dad burning me on that wave- that dirty dog! Hahaha- no you guys- seriously, surfing a wave with your dad is one of the funnest things.
Extra points for anyone who recognizes that surf spot.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Guys- Know what? Ive been doing a "peek-a-book" every Monday and posting it on my twitter and also into the Last Outpost Book Review blog. These are just quick peeks into a selection of books from my collection- theyre not necessarily a review if its any good or not since you can be completely assured that I wont be posting any books that dont deserve the attention. If youre a visual developer, animator, designer, concept artist or even better, a wannabe of any of those, or just a lover art books, check it out!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I joined in on the "Influence Map" chorus thats been going around over the past summer- learnt a lot about myself doing it- you all should give one a shot, a super interesting exercise, even if its just jotting down each influence on a scrap of paper.
And it's especially fun looking at everyone elses influence maps- I think most of which can be easily found on twitter?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Me and my red freespirit 3speed met up with the very talented and all around great guy, Mr. Robert Dress @Bethesda Fountain on an extremely lovely Sunday afternoon for a bit of landscape painting and more than a couple beers at the world famous Boathouse. Super great day- one of my more memorable Sundays in fact, a Sunday that extended deep into Willamsburg well late into the evening. Nothing better than Summer in NYC.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Late last week I went to a screening of "The Secret of Kells" (trailer), the latest animated feature from director Tomm Moore. The film has won a handful of awards including the audience choice award at the 2009 Annecy, as well as a nomination for best animated feature for the 82nd Academy Awards. It has also been selling out all of its shows here in New York and apparently has made the highest weekend gross ever at the IFC Theater in the West Village. Not bad for an animated film!!
I must say I really liked this movie! It had a marvelous, unusual visual style, lots of flat graphic shapes, lots of textures.
It takes place near by and within the walls of the medieval abbey of Kells. The Abbot's nephew, Bendan, longs to work in the scriptorium with the rest of the monks illustrating illuminations for the abbey's manuscripts, and when a mysterious and talented monk arrives, Brendan attempts to uncover the ancient pagan secrets of Cromm Crúaich that lie outside the walls of the city and ultimately becoming a gifted illuminator himself. Even if it means breaking the wishes of his Uncle the Abbot, who is continually obsessed with the completion of the city walls and the threat of the approaching Northern invaders.
I thought the animations were very fitting, and that the feel and uniqueness of old Ireland really shown through the entire production, which im sure was one of many a goal of the Irish team that developed it.
I really cant recommend this film enough.
The director and comic book illustrator, Tomm Moore kept a really nice blog/journal throughout the entire process called the blog of Kells
Also, here is a nice interview of Tomm on GhibliWorld
I believe there will be a theater release of this movie in the US early March.
This is clearly the best film Ive seen so far the 2010 NYICFF
Monday, March 01, 2010
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (trailer)
Last weekend I went and saw the screening the New York International Childrens Film Festival had for Oblivion island, the latest from Japan's legendary Production I.G studio. Although they say its an all 3D movie, its actually a nicely combined 3D props and characters, with a combination of 2D and 3D backgrounds. Its a tricky thing to combine and I think they were really successful in executing it. The main character, Haruka has a nice, luscious Range Murata feel to her, (youve probably seen a lot of his characters on the covers of Udon publishings "Robot" magazine.) She's a feisty, really cute, typical seeming Japanese teen age heroine. She looked a little doll like in the eyes, but for me they really nailed the lips. Its an odd critique for sure, me focusing on the lips, but the attention to detail in the way they looked and were rigged made a huge impression on me- a lot of 3D animated characters lips are neglected, so bravo to you Production I.G for nailing the lips on that character. Her side kick companion Teo was fine, and all the typical villains and thugs, although very formulaic, didnt bother me as much as the mad rush and frantic pace the story took in the last 20 minutes- so much to resolve! So right, could of been edited, but all in all, I really enjoyed this film. I and the mass of very young viewers probably would have enjoyed it even more if it were 20 minutes shorter- an hour and half is a long time for a little kid, and a long time for a not so little kid as well!
Ill be attending quite a few more films at this festival and look forward posting a few of my impressions from each film- next up, the Secret Of Kells.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
My Alla Prima Pochade came in the mail the other day- Ben Hagget, an avid plein air painter himself, builds these in his shop, and I must say it's suuper nice. Lots of clever design solutions. The palette setup is a little different than what Im used to, but hopefully having my raw paint and my mixing paint in completely different areas will make my colors at least a little less muddy. The thing I like best is the wet canvas storage in the lid- not that I ever could paint so much, but I think I could store up to 8 wet panels in there if I needed to. Awesome!
Got to the painting workshop really late the other night, but I think the new box setup is gonna work out well.
Check out Ben's site http://allaprimapochade.com
I got the bigger Yellowstone model because I need as much palette space as possible- but all three sizes are amazing bits of craftsmanship. Thanks to JimmyG for referring me to Ben's Alla Prima Pochades!