Saturday, December 13, 2008

2008 Animation Guild open house poster

Thanks to everyone who used the Lab, and I wish you the best in 2009.

Special thanks to Jeff, Faris and Michael for letting me use their art on the poster.

I know now most people are having a Blue Christmas, Elvis is singing it right now on iTunes radio.

Hang in there,

Ken R.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Blimp from Final Cut imac

Flash cant do it alone, needs Final Cut on OS X 10.3.5 to function.


Rainbow Country-Parry Sound, Canada

My Dad took this video on their summer trip,


And his quicktime video works too.

Blimp straight from Flash, Sorenson 3 on imac

no go

Blimp straight from Flash, Mpeg 4

how bout this?

Something in Flash MX wont work with Quicktimes that Blogger can work with.


Blimp from Flash, to Final Cut

Blimp straight from Flash, Sorenson 3

Any good?


Quicktime from Flash via AfterEffects then Final Cut

Quicktime from Flash via AfterEffects then Final Cut

Quicktime from Flash via AfterEffects


Monday, November 24, 2008

Sorenson 3, are you there?

is this thing working?


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Northwoods Airport Cafe

For some reason, it was easier to build it in Maya than to draw it. This is where the Bear meets his fellow adventurers.

It also helped me get a feeling for the space inside

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Its tough, but Gaia and the Creature merge into a magnificent being, I'll get it soon. We're actually not supposed to see much of them out in the open.

(Only the Bear does)

Okay I'm going home.

Vegas Baby!

Ok, maybe this combination of the woman and the Creature should be on stage at the Sands with Tony Bennett...

Gaia consumed...with Style!

The Creature sort of looks like a mink coat. And the Bear looks on in horror.

Gaia is absorbed by creature

First try...

I found a Pilot Pen, it's a "Precise V7...

It has a cool line, getting fresher results than what I've been sketching the last few weeks.

Cast Intro

Little quickie I did in Flash; sort of a 1960's TV intro of my characters.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween 2008!

My favorite characters can't stay out of trouble. The Bear wanted to go trick or treating; (he's wearing a mask so no one will recognize him).

The Dragon-man didn't want to go, so now he has to fight off the evil spirits.

At least they're not out smashing mailboxes, or putting pennies in hubcaps.

Here's to all the hayrides, old scary movies and fun we had at Red Oak Camp, and Kirtland Ohio.


Wednesday, October 08, 2008


Did this in Photoshop with the smudge tool. Did it spontaneously.

Friday, September 05, 2008

My new Wacom tablet!

Finally feeling like I'm getting a line down with this thing. Having CS3 sure helps.

Herman Bear is reeling from Pandora Cubcake's new outfit. I'm not sure I'm going to keep her with a "Pandora's Box", but instead give her a power crystal like sort of like Dr. Spectrum's...Hmmm....But having things come out of the box still gives me plenty opportunities for stories...

I was going over my thumbnails from the beginning of 2008, and I still have a Hell of alot of work to do. I was admiring the new "Seaweed" graphic novel, and feeling a bit crushed.

This book is totally incredible! And I was a little relieved when Ben Balistreri wrote that it took him six years to finish it. I THINK that's what he said, I better check.

That gives Herman Bear a little time...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Siggraph Sketch

Something I left at the Disney booth at Siggraph 2008. My email is on it.
Lord only knows what will happen to my little butterfly-girl.

Leaner and Meaner Siggraph this year. The display floor seemed smaller. Was feeling nauseous and run down this week, missed a lot of cool talks.

Kept running back and forth, but everyone does that. For a minute, I thought I was in the San Diego convention center. Need another break, but I just got back from a trip.

Got jury duty next week. Maybe catch up on my art there?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Will Weston 'a la Maya

I went ahead and did a layout for the assignment; "The world's most wonderful kite" in Maya. Will was a little freaked out that I used Maya, but what the hey. My next step was to flesh it out more in Photoshop, but ran out of time in July. It needed a tail, and some more texture and detail throughout. But I managed to create a good layout with a 60%/40% composition, and some decent shadows. And...
I like it!
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da, Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da Batkiiiiite!

Canada Summer 2008

Not much into it. It was cool, cloudy up there at Blackstone Lake, Ontario. I miss the old gang and the hot weather.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Will Weston's Photoshop Session

Will showed us how he can compose a scene using basic Photoshop commands:

Copy from selection
Invert selection
Feather select
Guassian Blur
Quick mask

He also showed us how to make nifty action buttons out of these so the artist doesn't have to dig around in the menus, or fiddle with hot keys. Very Cool!

How's it look? I did it with only a mouse; gotta get a tablet.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Bear gets tough!

The Bear has taken enough from these hi-tech bad guy weirdo's!
Will he slip into darkness the way they did?
Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Will Weston composition class

Hello Blog, and anyone looking in, got into Will Weston's composition class at the Guild this late Spring. Brushing up on proportion, design and layout again, these are film studies from "Touch of Evil"; Directed by Orson Welles. Just didn't get a chance to post anything for awhile. Also did some film studies for the "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari". Bewildering.

Fun! Nice to just draw and create, w/o a computer.

Here's to a good Summer.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The bad guy gets away...

Or does he? We'll see. He's not being crushed, he's being lifted to safety by a giant robot claw that he controls. (After the heroes beat the tar out of him.)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Inside Villian's Lair_02

Same art, fleshed out with Maya objects.

Inside Villian's Lair

A sketch doctored up with Photoshop. First pass.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The old airport

Maya objects, tweaked with Photoshop. Different context than what I wanted, but it was a good exercise.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'm ready for a trip North!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sito Speaks at the TAG Computer Lab!

(Artwork by Tom Sito) On Monday April 21, the Animation Guild Computer Lab celebrates its fourth anniversary with a special appearance by Tom Sito!

Tom Sito, President Emeritus of the Animation Guild, will discuss topics ranging from education to how traditional art is being affected by computer technology; and how the employment side of animation is being affected as well. Tom has worked as an animator, storyboard artist and director, along with teaching animation at both UCLA and USC. Tom is also the author of Drawing The Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson, published by University of Kentucky Press.

The evening starts at 7 pm at our building on 4729 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Sorry, seats are limited to Guild members only. RSVP to (you will receive a reply from

Special thanks to Tom and to Jeff Massie for getting the word out. It should be a great evening.


Ken R.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

WMMS Buzzard T-Shirt

Scanning groovy old T-Shirt art. They don't fit anymore, so I'm scanning them for posterity. I wore this shirt when I met Jack Kirby at the Comic Con in San Diego.

(Artwork by David Helton)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Frog & ButterFly

Wacky quick pastel drawing

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Screen Germs

Fooling around with Photoshop, found this DVD at the grocery store, managed to grab it from the 3 Stooges. Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Getting inside

The Good Guys outside their enemies stronghold...

Here come the Bad Guys

In the second act of my story, the bear is tempted to do real violence against his opponents. This happens after he sees what the humanoids have done to the other creatures.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Another pass

Added a little more detail, trying to harmonize things.

Character color styling

Rough blocking in of color for my characters. John K's article on color kind of has me spooked. Maybe I'm not getting it.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Fantastic Four!

No, not the superheroes, but the Animation Guild Computer Lab will be in operation four years running now.

I want to thank everyone who supported the place, and everyone who able to make use of the Lab to further their career goals. We'll do our best to keep it chuggin' along.

Many thanks!

Ken R.