Saturday, December 29, 2007

Another Old Drawing from the 70's

Don't know when this was done. I drew with much more gusto back then.

Old Xmas drawing found in attic

When did I do this? Middle school? I must have done it in the 1970's. It was inspired by the old Mr. Magoo version of a Christmas carol. I always wanted to do this by scanning something from my parent's house. Now I have the training to use the technology. Thank God for little joys.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Camp Ronald McDonald

Animation Artists volunteer to draw for the kids! Organized by Art Leonardi. This was my only snapshot as I had to leave early. This is to help families with children dealing with cancer. I forget to count my blessings some days.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Roskotron. This is a test to see if Google notices "roskotron".

Did I mention roskotron? John Park gave me that nom de guerre.

Animation Guild Holiday Open House poster

Thanks again to all the guest speakers we had for 2007. This poster wasn't as detailed as last year's, but I think it was clearer and easier to read. I'm grateful to everyone who volunteered their time.

Happy New Year group!


Sunday, November 25, 2007

New web page layout

Still ruff, workin' on it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


The dinosaur part of my brain was over-stimulated by this movie...


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Music for Herman Bear

Herman Bear had always been bouncing around inside of my head, but I was having trouble coming up with a setting, and a story arc that would have broader appeal than just doing a black and white comic. "The road to Utopia" inspired me. Todd Rundgren and his band Utopia put out this album in 1980, according to the web. I'm working on an animated trailer. Think of "Pogo Possum" meets "Wizard of Oz", with some Star Wars thrown in. And done in a Disney/Marvel Comics style. Woo-Hoo!

I just remember the songs "The road to Utopia" and sometimes "Caravan" being played quite a bit on WMMS or M 105 back in Cleveland. Ahhh, who says culture doesn't come to the Midwest. Those tunes were always in the back of my head, and they have subtly influenced my story, along with maybe..."Shazzan". Who knows? Maybe Todd Rundgren would let me use them. For a reasonable fee at least.

I was using Stewart Copeland's "Love Lessons" from his "Klark Kent" solo album as a scratch track for the trailer, but I dropped it out because of YouTube's copyright rules. If you know the track I mean, I think it really cooks with my trailer. The Utopia tracks are too long, but the images from the songs sort of relate to my project.

It would be cooler with the music.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Writers take to battle! (or here we go again)

Writer's Strike! as Groucho would say, "Its Wah!"

Didn't we go thru a similar debacle with video tape and residuals years ago? The multi-nationals will squeeze every penny out of us they can. It's okay if we picket with the writers on our own time, but solidarity between the trades is like trying to put fog in the ice-box.

This is gittin' old.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

No more Chief Wahoo

So Cleveland got beat by the Red Sox. I just call our baseball team Cleveland. Maybe it is a curse. Anyway, this is the last I'll ever show anything from "Chief Wahoo" again. All that's left is that smile turned upside down. Sort of a sad Cheshire Cat. But the playoff games with Boston were more exciting than the World Series.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's Alive!!!

Started on my website.

It's ALIVE, alive I tell you! ah-hahaha-ha-ha-ha!

But let's see if the darn link will work.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Quick n Dirty Halloween

To everyone who wanted my head on a platter, dig in!


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dealing with trouble...

How I wish I had a band of heroes to help me deal with all the nut-cases in this world.

This is just a first pass in Photoshop from a quick sketch I did at the coffee-house.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Summer's over...

Time marches on, my sister said there's Christmas stuff in Wal-Mart already.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9-11: Still Bloggin' in spite of Bush's Horrors

This is not the right way to observe the results of the Bush administration's failures here and abroad, but I'm going to do it anyway. We are still lucky enough to be alive in a world where we have privileges like this:

The Women In Animation storyboard pitch nite was a great experience this summer. I hope to get back there again.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Here it is. Let this be the soil for the bear and his family to grow.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Pandora's Box on Summer Vacation!

Here's a snapshot of the "Pandora's Box" crew partying near Parry Sound, Ontario.
Even cartoon characters need a break.

Late July, early August

Trip to Canada, then to Siggraph. Just glad to get home in one piece.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

So Blog already!

Still here. Summer is going by fast. I've been doing work, but its still really rough.

Had my storyboard gone over by the Women In Animation a few weeks ago, but it was so big, we couldn't show it all.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Hands of Orlac

Or...this is what happens when you use Maya too long.

We have some way to go before this happens...I hope!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

A bear and a ketchup bottle...

Or is it "catsup"? Don't you hate it when it won't come out?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

War of the Worlds!

Or war of the time and budget worlds that is. Anyway, here's a trailer for our trailer!

47 times around the sun for me today. Yowza!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Rough Maquettes, Pandora's Box

Still chugging away on Pandora's Box. Carved these guys out styrofoam that would have wound up in a landfill.

Use it or lose it

(Art by Studio Gallop)

Man, the bank, landlord, grades. So many things we're supposed to be responsible for seem to be out of our hands!(Including this blog sometimes.)

Got to bear down.

I want a vacation. And some new creative challenge. Be careful what you wish for, right?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Brentwood Television Funnies Logo Animation

Redid this for Tom T animation.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Monday, April 02, 2007

Fire Season in Southern California

Hot time near the old studios. Kids playing with matches. Literally!

But its gonna be a long, hot dry summer.

Mount Lee is one one the most beautiful aspects of the southeastern valley. It will take years to grow back. Plus it could mean mud slides right in the L.A. River. (If it ever rains again that is.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

15 Years in L.A.

I've had Ups and Downs in each one, wondering on my next move...

Still glad I came, and still glad to be in the animation business; one way or another.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Pandora, before she gets Pandora's Box.

Maya 7.0 with Toonshader, and Voila', she's a tough cookie, smart as a whip, and ready to make trouble!

Its been awhile since I posted anything. Feb was a tuff month.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Back on the Road to Utopia!

From my storyboard Pandora's Box",I had to go beyond cleaning up the thumbnail sketch in Photoshop, virtually had to redraw it.

Here's the airport tavern where the Bear from the blimp meets the locals.

(And he thought he was walking into an "Appleby's"!)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

TAG Lab 2007

Hi Guild Members, please find the Winter 2007 Lab hours posted below:

Monday 2-6 pm

Tuesday 2-7 pm

Wednesday 2-6 pm

Thursday 2-7 pm

Saturday Noon-4 pm

Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Mirage, Shake, Maya and After Effects are at your disposal; come on down!

Please call 818-766-7151, or email for any questions and reservations (but walk-ins are always welcome), you'll get a reply from

Our facility is here to help Guild members stay technologically nimble. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Young frankenstein

Its Gene Wilder's voice, I hope he doesn't mind me using it with this character.