It’s that time of year again. Time to take requests from the girls on what our holiday card should be and to send the results to friends and family. (torture my family, whom would rather have a photo.) This years big change was the addition of two kittens so integrating the cats was the only thing they wanted to see. Have a great holiday everyone and I send you good wishes for the new year.
A project I have been working on is starting to show in festivals, so I am happy to finally share. Over the last few years I have been doing art for an animated short called “Riddle of the Black Cat.” This clever adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Black Cat” was written and directed by my friend and fellow commuter Jonathan Rinzler. We were later joined by Dave Sidley,whose hard work, sense of timing and patients is in every second of his edit and Chris Vibberts’, amazing music and audio is half the experience. I would also like to mention the voice actors Tom Fiske, Mark Barbolak and Brian Sommer, their performances brought the characters to life. Lastly, the only reason why this was finished is because of my family.
In the next week or so, I would like to do a couple posts to discuss some of the process and share more art, but if you would like more information, you can visit our web page or find the short on facebook.
During the last half of this school year, a group of parents organized an art project at my daughter’s elementary school. We would do one big mural and about twenty animals that would go into the classroom for the kids to paint. The mural was themed with a Petaluma wetland called Shollenberger Park and the animals were Northern California. I tried to include shots of the finished project and some of the steps in making the Mural. Many families were involved and it was a awesome thing to do over the weekends.
Ralph McQuarrie passed away last month and this seems like a chance to share a little. I will save you from the long story, but while in college I had a job where Ralph and I sat in his studio and talked for hours. We talked artists, his time working with George Lucas, and his time at war. Although to look at my career, you would think I was paying most attention to his art experiences, but it was stories of the Korean War that had the most impact on me. They were sad stories that put life in perspective. Since then I’ve wondered if his painting of the Rebels on Hoth were reflective of those times. They aren’t celebrating in the glory of fighting. They are tired and battle worn and have the depth of a personal story. Ralph’s assistance and inspiration over these years is appreciated and he will be missed, but remembered.
Here’s a quick picture I did to add to the tribute art collection going to Ralph’s wife.
It’s this time of the year again when I torture the youngest of my girls with a birthday card. She had requests, but in the end the elephant, monkey and giraffe was difficult to fit in. A big happy birthday to Beatrice!Adding a couple sketches and the rough.
Back in 2005 I had to back away from playing games and this was the piece that helped me do it. Before Skyrim or Oblivion, there was Morrowind and it was destroying my free time. I wasn’t playing when the family was awake, but I was loosing some major sleep for most of the year so that I could experience everything in this very full and original game. In that time I didn’t make any personal art, so I knew I had to stop. What better way than to to a quick portrait of the character I was playing. Now I am faced with buying Skyrim and need a little reminder of what I have to loose.