Thursday, May 29, 2008

John K.



So today was pretty damn cool. When I had my interview for 6PH, one of the questions I was asked was what animation artists inspire me. After listing a couple names I said "and John K. big time" to which my boss, Brenden, replied.."pshh, I can f***ing introduce you to him for sure." (his casual swearing actually really put me at ease during the interview haha..a well placed f bomb warms the heart) Brenden being a great guy whos taken all of us wide eyed Canadian interns under his wing stayed true to his word and got John to come in and talk to us all. Now i don't mean to get all sentimental, but when i was a kid Ren and Stimpy basically opened my eyes up to how much fun animation can be, and the limitless possibilities it holds. I learned to draw by watching those cartoons over and over and drawing what i saw on screen. I still remember the first time i saw ren and stimpy...I was asleep...my dad comes bursting into my room and woke me up saying "Frank! you gotta see this thing on TV...there's a cartoon cat looking for his FART!"....genious.

So anyways...a decade later...I'm in LA doing what I love..and I got to meet one of my largest influences...he gave us a very insightful talk on the "animation biz"...his honesty can come across as harsh at times...but he def knows what hes talking about and his passion for the art form is extremely evident. I'm a passionate guy myself...I think you have to have that passion to be an artist, and as most artists do...we have some pretty solid ideals of what our art should be, and what it should live up to. John genuinely wants the best to come out of the animation industry...and his words were extremely inspiring...I was lucky to meet this guy, fortunately everyone can check everything hes about at his blog...if you havent read through it...you should at:


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/



Here are some experimental doodles John did on Painter during his visit...

pretty good stuff. I def had a nerd attack today







Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hollywood: 3 Weeks Later

Unfortunately I haven't been able to post since I arrived in Hollywood, but here I am...3 weeks in...alive and well...amazing.
I've had an incredible first impression though. Not only is LA an awesome, surreal place..Six Point Harness is such a great studio...it definitely surpassed my expectations. The people who work there have welcomed us so readily. Within the first few days they trusted us to work on "real" projects. So far I've done lots of designing...a little bit of animation. I'm all settled by this point, and already 100 times more comfortable with flash than i was on my first day. But so far so good! I'll try my best to post updates as the summer progresses. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be able to post much art work due to confidentiality agreements...damn top secret cartoons.

A character design I did for work...not the usual style I prefer...but you gotta leave your comfort zone every once in a while and try something different...this particular project has some strict ass style guidelines though. Hopefully i made the best of it.