Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hoedown!

Three posts in one week. It's a Christmas MIRICALE!
An occurrence such as this deserves to be celebrated with a hoedown.
I've been having a lot of fun with this Skunk Ape character lately. I'm in the middle of a mini animatic for a quick sequence I want to do with him. I'll post some of that in a bit.

The usual Line and Colour.


Above and below are a rarity. I usually never post my rough roughs. As you can see, they're very raw...quick and dirty...I treat my roughs very instinctually and try to keep them as spontaneous as I can. I figured they were worth since as I don't post my entire "process" very often.


I love doodling on post its.

I have a confession. I HATE sketch books. I feel an enormous amount of pressure when drawing in a sketch book...I start to worry that I'll taint the entire book with a bad drawing. I'm not afraid of bad drawings, I know we've gotta get them out of our system, but I'd rather scribble freely and jump from post it to post it.

I've tried several times to keep a sketch book...but inevitably, I always abandon it for post its. When I'm doing rough doodles I like to draw small too. It forces you to focus on the predominant details and simplify things.Also, I doodle exclusively in pen. With pencil your tempted to continually sculpt ONE drawing by erasing or doing too much under drawing. With pen, you get one bold shot at it. If it doesn't work the first time, you start fresh.

The more times you draw it. The better it's gonna be.

PS. My next post will be my 100th post!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

O.M.S.T.

OMST: Old Mama Swamp Thing.
She's an extremely senile swamp creature who single handedly raised the Skunk Ape (See post below).
She's The Skunk Ape's moral compass, offering up old gems of swamp wisdom...However, unknown to the Skunk Ape, her "wisdom" is riddled with senility.
Which is probably why the Sunk Ape doesn't have a clue about anything but his Banjo.
Although she has her fair share of personality flaws, Old Mama Swamp Thing loves The Skunk Ape as if he came from her own primordial ooze. How else would anyone or anything survive the horrors of Skunk Ape puberty?
She's also always trying to eat Zeek the hillbilly child. (see 2 posts down)
And despite wearing glasses, She's totally blind.
Line and Colour work.


OMH: Old Mama HUMAN.
For some reason I started with ths disgustingly quick doodle of her as a human before she de-evolved into the fish / sludge / swamp creature she is now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One-String

Some more Skunk Ape for yous guys.
Just a warm up doodle I did before work.
Tread softly fellow nature lovers, and gaze at this elusive and PROUD specimen. Justifiably so, as he's the only species able to play Dueling Banjos with ONE...yes I said, ONE STRING.
*gasp*
incredible.

Here's a bit of my process...not pictured is my rough rough....which is usually REALLY rough and its main purpose is just to block in the pose / silhouette I'm looking for.
This may be a no-brainer to most of my readers. But I'm always curious about other people's processes...Even if the methods are only slightly different.
Typically I draw in 4 stages...rough rough...clean rough...clean line...colour.
Every step of the way I'm fixing problems and trying to push the pose a little further.
how do you guys go about it?


Ok...Check this stach out.
I only shave once every 7 days cause my delicate Canadian skin can't handle anything more than that. However, my delicate Canadian skin is coupled with lush Italian facial hair. So when I shave, I have a nice piece of stone to carve a masterpiece out of. Before it all comes off, I like to experiment with different types of facial hair that would either get me arrested and / or have too much shame to go out in public with.
It's fun. This is the first ever documentation of a particularly good week.
I call this one "The French Pervert"....Then again...It worked for Walt.
I'll post some more.


BTW! I was just googling...and this is Google's tribute to what would be the 115th Birthday of Popeye's creator, Elzie Crisler Segar.
I tip my hat to whoever designed this...I love it....and I love Popeye.
Look at him...he'll punch anything to get what he wants..."I want that spinach but those letters are in the way...no problem...I'll just punch OOGL"
Popeye is PROOF that everything can be solved through violence.
Dude once punched a snake and it turned into a pair of shoes and a hand bag...
I rest my case.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SKUNK APE!

Skunk Ape!...some character design samples of a personal project I'm working on.

I've got a bunch of other early designs of various swamp creatures...Including "Old Mama Swamp Thing" and a con artist croc...I'll post more as I get further along.


For now, all you need to know is that this is the LAST Skunk Ape in existance...He's 4000 years old and is an accomplished banjo...ist.


This is the hillbilly child known as Zeek.

More to come.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

She-Girls




Typical reaction I get from LA women.
Just a panel from a storyboard I was workin on today that I particularly liked. I had to make some lady types react negatively in a "humerous way" to the dude hitting on them...pff...if there's anything more humerous than vomit, I haven't seen it.
I was just posing these gals out...
the designs themselves are courtesy of Joel Trussell.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dover-esque BG Character


Today I had to fill up some church pews with a bunch-load of BG Characters.
Where as most animators cringe at the thought of crowd shots, I usually enjoy them. It's a fun opportunity to do some bulk character designing and sneak in whatever bizzare characters you can think of.

I particularly liked this guy who's a drawn-from-memory design based on the villain character from the WB short "The Dover Boys"...I thought it was an appropriate homage seeing as how this particular project is supposed to be in a "WB Style".
Also. Smears are fun.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Temp


Last week, a short we worked on at 6PH for Jack McBrayer and NBC aired with the season premiere of 30 Rock.

The short was traditionally animated in Flash and cleaned up using traditional methods as well as Flashy methods. The end result was a beautiful little piece of animation that you can watch HERE on Cold Hard Flash.

I particularly love the designs which were a combined effort by my talented buddies, Brock Gallagher and Sah Tantivaranyoo

Above is a little sequence of keys I drew for one of the scenes I worked on.
I don't usually draw cute girls. So this was a pretty fun opportunity.

Work's goin really well and LA's treating me quite nicely.
I know I've been syaing this for a while...But I have a HUGE indie project I've been working on in my spare time that I'll be sharing with you guys soon. Stick around.

PS. Buy the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Art of Book...Not only was that movie the best CG animated film I've ever seen, but the Art of Book will make you pee in your pantaloons.
Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, and Carey Yost are my heroes.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

COMING SOON!

Banjo playing Skunk-Apes perhaps?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fish Face, Conan, and the LDs

Here I am. The Job hunt continues. I've wrapped up some freelance stuff and recently I've been trying to make the most of some great opportunities. Right now I'm just waiting to hear if any of them will come to fruition. Cross your fingers for me.
In the mean time…I present to you, quite possibly the ugliest person in Hollywood (above)...
Steve Buscemi. As I was drawing him I started to realize how similar he looks to those old WB caricatures of Peter Lorre.
Although resembling a snaggle-toothed fish, Mr. Buscemi has got to be one of the greatest actors out there. His range is amazing and he's always one of the highlights of whatever film he's in.
He seems to be in the same league as Christopher Walken. He'll act in films at opposite ends of the spectrum. Even if the movie sucks, he still shines.
I tip my hat to you dearest Steve.

Next up. Excuse the roughness of this drawrin'. This one is what I like to call "quick and dirty".
I did it in about 2 minutes Just a real quick doodle of Conan during his monologue.
I always love how boyish he looks from afar, but whenever they get in close, his delicate, fair skin is wrinkled and creased like he’s a couple centuries old.
Personally I love the new Tonight Show. Obviously Conan's had to tone it down a bit because of the earlier time slot but he's still my favourite. He's definitely the most manic of the late night dudes. I'm also looking forward to Leno's return, don't get me wrong. I can definitely relate to Conan's style of humour the most though. Conan's basically a nerd with charisma. That warms my heart.
Plus he wrote some of the BEST Simpsons episodes AND wrote for SNL when it was actually funny...I mean, common.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Conan live when he came to do his show in Toronto...Stompin' Tom was the musical guest...I got so giddy when he pulled out his stompin' board.
And I've also seen Leno and Kimmel live when I was working in LA...I'll admit, they were pretty good too.


Anyways, just some goodies I wanted to share via virtual "show and tell". For those of you who know me….I'm a pop culture junkie and a pack rat. A deadly combo...I hunt, I gather, I collect, I hoard...I basically live on a mountain of junk and hiss at anyone that gets too close. DVDs, books, comics, toys, animation art, old electronics, new electronics...and THESE bad boys. In the past year I've been extremely turned on to Laser Discs.
For those of you who don't know, they're the most beautiful obsolete technology out there.
They were the prehistoric version of DVDs. Huge vinyl record sized discs of uncompressed video and sound. One movie needs to be put on both sides of the disc. Half way through, you have to flip the disc over. So inconvenient that it's charming. The quality is actually better than DVDs...not as good at Blu Ray though.
But still. I love these things. The album art is great and a lot of them have some really cool inserts. They also have special features that you won't find on their DVD counterparts.
I picked up my first few at Amoeba Records in LA. Then found an LD player on Craigslist. Recently I found out that they also sell used LDs at BMV books in Toronto.
My favourite is definitely The Complete Tex Avery Collection.
I'm pretty sure you can't get the FULL collection of his MGM cartoons in any other format.


Imma go watch some toons now. Have a good one.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

An Ode to Pants

"My dungarees make them hun-ga-ree."
My cartoony design of Jemaine from The Flight of The Conchords in a few different kinds of pants. This was inspired by the lyrics in their song "Sugalumps".


"All these bitches lookin' at my britches."
"Put em in a trance when I wear track pants."


My line work. It's not perfect. I kept it a little looser than usual. I absolutely love the out stretched foot on the track pants pose. Those huge feet were really fun to draw. My favourite one is for sure the dungarees pose though.


PS. I graduated. As fun as cartooning and animation are, I've absolutely worked my fingers to the bone the last 4 years. Those of you who are also cartoonists and/or animators undoubtedly know that you live and breathe this stuff and it's not just a career, but a lifestyle.
Needless to say, it felt good to finally get that piece of paper that states I can officially and professionally draw boogers and bums.
Congrats to all my peers as well.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Yogi and a BUM

Some more Yogi...I've had HB on the brain lately...seeing it everywhere. This time I paired Yogi with his arch nemesis for some character interaction. I love when people lead with their tongue when they're about to take a bite outta something...gross but It makes me laugh, so I incorporated that...After I drew it, I paused to figure out what the hell Yogi's even eating. I have no idea what that is...a delicious slice of bread perhaps? a piece of sponge cake? Soylent Green? I don't know, YOU decide. I threw some dry brush on there to gussy it up. I like how it turned out...It's amazing to me how much colour and some fancy brushes validate a drawing. Also, I just love that salmon colour.

I had fun drawing this. Here's my line work and solid colour for those who care to see.

...And my quick and dirty rough.

DUDE!
This was just my clean rough...or rough clean...whatever you wanna call it...Just figuring out the design...Next post I'll show ya the finished version. This is a peek at a little "just-for-fun" Flash project I'm doing. I'm animating a quick scene from my all time favourite movie, The Big Lebowski. The Character and BG style is inspired by Clone High.
My goal with this is to just have fun and see what happens.

Anyways. That's it for now. I'm heading out of the country for the week. So if I disappear from the webber net this week, that's why.

Talk to you soon.

Love: Frank

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Demo Reel 2009 (Short Version)

Just a quick updated sample of some of my work, including a few scenes from my 4th year film "The Patsy Pals".

You can also watch it by clicking...HERE!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More Media Coverage


An article was published in the National Post this past Saturday (May 9th) that gave a peek into Sheridan's Animation Industry Day (Click on the copy above to see it up close). I was fortunate enough to be one of the Artists featured in the article, along with Tapan Gandhi, Laura Friesen, and Adi Targownik.

You can check out my scanned copy of the article above or read the online version HERE.

It was written By Adam McDowell. He was a great guy to work with. Rather than just getting a general taste of the day, he was really enthusiastic and involved. He sat down with us, asked some great questions, and then shadowed us for the rest of the day while actively participating in what was going on around him.

I particularly like his description of Tapan...and I quote:

"Slender, boyish Tapan Gandhi's harmless looks conceal a dark sense of humour."

bang on. haha.

My setup wasn't too shabby either:

"Frank Macchia’s thick black glasses and prize fighter’s profile mark him as the likely creator of the old-timey slapstick found in The Patsy Pals."

Don't be fooled, my "prize fighter's profile" is mostly used to chomp down on pizza while drawing and watching cartoons in my underwear all day.

The article also features a classic candid conversation photo of me and Evan Spiridellis of JibJab which is pretty cool.

haha, vanity aside, Adam hit on some great points regarding the state of the industry itself as well as how Sheridan fits into the picture.

Overall, Industry day was much more valuable than I had expected. More than anything, I feel it was a great chance to do some initial networking and add onto the relatively short list of contacts we had going into the day. I was also fortunate enough to score a couple of interviews which was a nice bonus, especially since only about 7 of the 46 studios who attended were interviewing.

Other than all that, I've been getting re-acquainted with some free time doodles and stuff like that. I have a small just-for-fun flash project in the works at the moment that I'll post about this weekend.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CHCH News: Sheridan Animation Industry Day

Busy, Busy.
I was fortunate enough to be chosen for an interview for CHCH news' coverage of Sheridan's Industry Day.
I wasn't expecting them to air any of my work, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw The Patsy Pals and Evil Stevil doin their thing on the news.
I had to wing it, so hopefully I sounded somewhat intelligent haha
Also! I'm going to be featured in an article about the Sheridan Animation Program on Saturday, May 9th's edition of the National Post.
Check it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Finish Line




Sorry I haven't been around to update for a while, but as you can imagine, Finishing The Patsy Pals has been top priority. I just finished this past weekend, and man...let me tell you, I have a new found respect and appreciation for anyone who's ever attempted to make an independent short film...and when i say independent, I mean entirely on your own.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I haven't had many people watch the finished product yet. That will be the true test. My goal with this cartoon was to entertain. So if I can get a smile or a chuckle out of you, I'll let out a sigh of relief and know I've done my job.

The second I was done this film I had to pack up and move 4 years worth of accumulated crap out of my apartment. I'm now back at home with mammy and daddy. 4 years of college behind me.

The job hunt begins.

Industry day is on Thursday at the school, so that should start the job hunt off nicely.
Anyways, I've posted just a few screen shots. Once I get settled, I'll write up a nice retrospective and post my film for you webber net dwellers to enjoy.



God bless cartoon violence...

Friday, April 3, 2009

COMING SOON!


What legitimizes a cartoon in today's capitalist society you ask?!?! Pfff...TOYS of course!
(PS. This statement is meant to be tongue in cheek. I'm not really a fat cat, I swear.)

I've collaborated with the incredibly talented Anthony Hrymakowski to bring you Patsy Pals Toys!
He's an amazing sculptor and all around artist who's got a real knack for translating relatively flat and designy cartoon characters into 3 dimensions while maintaining their appeal.
Check out his work by clicking his name above or on my buddies list.

Along with the release of the film, you'll be able to have your very own Patsy Pal to inflict cartoon violence on! Drop an anvil on him, blow him up, or just keep him on display on your desk...any one of those is acceptable.
The image above is just a teaser of what's on the way.

Also! I'm losing my mind putting upwards of 12 hours a day to make this film the very best it can be...and guess what?
10 more days til it's done.
I'm overwhelmed with a sense of excitement and panic after saying that.



See ya in 10 days!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fancy Pants CG Stuff

This is kind of old, but I figured it’s worth tossing up on here.
This was my very first attempt at animating with Maya (this is just a quick playblast to give you an idea)...I love to draw, and there really is no substitute in my eyes, but I have to admit, I had a lot of fun with this.

It’s kind of interesting…you can tell by the style of animation that I’m typically a 2D guy…pose-to-pose sort of stuff…I love strong poses…Love character layout and really milking some comedic acting out of them…I find that sometimes CG animation becomes too wishy washy…clear definitive poses get lost in a sea of over acting within a pose until everything just blends together…Presto was my fav bit of CG I’ve ever seen and that was more of a pose-to-pose sort of animation style too….Same with Horton…and I just saw a preview for “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” which seemed to have a very bold and cartoony pose-to-pose style of animation too….I tend to prefer that sort of thing.

But anyways, I enjoyed using Maya and once my thesis film is done, I’ll def be tinkering with it some more over the summer.

By the way…I just did the animation…the character model and rig are courtesy of my prof……his name is Rosco…the alien, not my prof...

and of course...the dialogue track is from Dumb and Dumber.

PS…3 more weeks til The Patsy Pals

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

4 Weeks Left


This is it people...In less than a month, The Patsy Pals will reach completion.
A first edit of the film is due April 9th...ONE DAY before my birthday.
I'm tellin you...after the amount of work I've put into this thing, seeing it finished will be the best B-day present of my life.

Wish me luck in this last big push.

*takes a sip of rockstar*

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yearbook


At the end of every year, Sheridan releases a "flipbook" yearbook in which everyone in the program can submit a page of doodles. I've never submitted a page, but figured since this is my last year...no better time than now.

I gave it a bit of a scrap-booky look to keep it interesting. Threw on some of my fav doodles from the past year.

*EASTER EGG*
The page of text under everything in the bottom right hand corner is one of the pages from the original script for The Patsy Pals.
Figured I'd give it a little nostalgic value.

Lookin forward to gettin a copy and seeing everyone else's stuff.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Nudists


I was recently introduced to some awesome freebee drawing software called "Open Canvas" It's with out a doubt the best digital drawing tool I've ever used. So simple and intuitive.

The theme? RETRO NUDISTS!

Why you ask? because I haven't done any life drawing at all this semester and I needed some good practice.

I have a theoy that the more unique and unconventional the body...the more beautiful the drawing will be. Kind of a contradiction...but for some reason people with bodies that don't fit into society's definition of "beauty" are a lot more interesting to draw.

I may be biased, but this rule seems to only apply to women lol.

Anyways...the results were beautifully grotesque, and again...I really enjoyed drawing with this software...if you dont have it...DOWNLOAD IT...it's free...it's simple to use....Open Canvas.



Stink lines....I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sandbags


Hey there bloggers. Evidently I'm still alive.

Just been working harder than ever on the film / school / an awesome freelance gig.
I wish I could show some of the freelance stuff I've been working on. I'm currently designing the characters for a show that Cookie Jar Entertainment has in development. Unfortunately that's as much detail as I can give.

It's been a great opportunity and experience. They've been a pleasure to work with and have really allowed me to have a lot of freedom and fun with these designs.

And of course...The Patsy Pals....I'm on the home stretch of the film...basically 2 months left til completion. So far so good. but I'll let you be the judge once it's all done.

Up top is just another teaser. One of thousands of drawrins.
And below is just some colour design I did ages ago.




Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sugalumps


I can't stop drawng this guy.
I think I may have a problem.

Just caught up with the secod season...and I can't get that "hurt feelings" song out of my head.

..."have you ever been asked if your hair is a wig?"...

YES! I actually have. and it DID hurt my feelings...I feel your pain Jemaine.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

HAPPY V-DAY!


Evidently V-day can be immature and fun too.
Happy V-day everyone!
And especially to you Sammi!
I love you.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Burly Stills

Just checkin in to let you all know that I'm still alive and working hard on the film.
...enjoy some stills of Burly from one of my favourite scenes.