Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sport McCourt™

A few years ago, I was asked to comp us some ideas for a character named Sport McCourt. The idea being for an action figure, that's aged and ineffectual. I thought of making him have limbs borrowed from other figures, and basically make him a bit of a mess. The client pulled the plug on the project, but, below are some sketches from early drafts:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sir Lord Comic

One of my favorite Jamaican vocalists. Sir Lord Comic was an original Jamaican DJ, one of those guys who 'talked over' the instrumental versions of songs. Pretty much the first form of 'Rap' before Herc brought it to the States.

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Family The Wolf

A pretty damn beautiful animation here. Check this guy out. They're employing classic 2D, some 3D, and probably some of the best compositing I've seen  in a long time. A real inspiration. Thanks to Cartoon Brew!:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1985 Vol. 4 On Sale Now

Awesome placement courtesy of the fine folks at Meltdown Comics!

 On the same note, I've juts gotten in touch with Ritchie, who was the proprietor of Club Culture, which is featured in 1985.  On his Facebook page , he has images of the club from when it first opened in 1984:

Monday, March 12, 2012

In The Works...

Wrapping up the prep work and starting on key animation.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mike Rohde- Visual Note-Taking 101

For years Ive carried around and touted the idea of having a sketchbook (or blackbook, moleskin, etc). Here's a man who specializes in notebook skecthing, or doodling. Mike Rohde's design, logos and thoughts come in the form of neatly skecthed illustrations, that he keeps organized in his books.

 Mike's visual diary includes a whole set of random ideas and drawings, basically anything that inspires him at the time. He held a panel at SXSW on Visual Note-Taking, which can be seen here:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pete Frame

Anyone who's bought a British LP dating from the 70's or 80's is familiar with Pete Frames work. He's the man behind the insanley detailed schematic's of music personnel.

Check out these below:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ralph McQuarrie

I usually steer away from noting on the passing of individuals on here. I'd always hope to spotlight the artwork and the legacy, rather then the fact  they've passed away. But, I do want to mention Ralph McQuarrie and the imprint he's had on my brain since I was young.

Ralph was the concept painter of many film and industrial projects, but most notably, for Star Wars. In fact, it's reported that Lucas got the funding for Star Wars from FOX, because he'd used Ralph's paintings in the pitch sessions with executives. Ralph's paintings for the movie were great, mostly because the art is derived from rough drafts of the script. The paintings include odd elements which never saw the light of day (Stormtroopers with light sabers and shields??).

But Ralph disclosed on interviews that his visions for the strange worlds included in the movies, came from some near death experiences he'd survived in the Korean War. His paintings made a bigger impression on me than the movies did, and made me a huge fan of concept illustration. Here's some of my favorites:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Trading Cards

Though I used to hoard these as I was younger, a posting I saw regarding 'homemade' trading cards, got me inspired to come up with a few of my own.