Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Stop-Motion project

Finally got my storyboard for my stop-mo project. Check it out here -

Friday, September 27, 2013

RFX Inc. Autodesk User Group Meeting at Gnomon

Pretty awesome stuff with Maya, Massive and more! I was intrigued by "reality capture": now we can generate mesh with regular digital cameras, using 123D Catch. All courtesy of RFX Inc.

Excellent and fun presentations by Autodesk's Marcel de Jong and Mark Schoennagel.

And many thanks to the Gnomon staff for setting up the show and buying the pizzas.
Nice to get out of the Valley and see old Hollywood.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part IV - Adorable Dynamic Damsels look development

Here is some further ruff cleanup and color for the Adorable Dynamic Damsels-

And a 60's style color design.

More coloring in Photoshop

Someday I'll get this done. But beyond my personal satisfaction, I don't know if there is any market for these characters. Cubcake (the squirrel-girl) is sort of the team's hot-head, and has hit or miss magic powers. She is also the team gearhead and hot rod driver. Jet Puffin, with her power suit, has the genius of Tony Stark, but is more of the "mom" of the group. Lady Cobra is the real mystic of the group. She works as a librarian. Her coils are strong and dexterous enough to handle most of the volumes.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hug Life Street Poster

I like Philip Lumbang's work, "Hug Life". That's instead of thug life, I guess.
He has cute characters that are bold and positive, and not just sickly sweet.

But I saw this poster over a year ago on a bus stop on Barham across from Oakwood Apartments near Universal City. It's cool, but it looks like it was done in collaboration with someone named "becca". This poster has been painted over now. The Awesome Bear is in "James Bond" mode, shaken, not stirred.

(And the "Martini Bear" seems to have a hot date!)

You can see his work and the original poster at

More of my cute stuff either today or tomorrow.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part III - Adorable Dynamic Damsels

And the beat goes on...

Here's a rough sketch of Cubcake, with her partners Jet Puffin and Lady Cobra. Jet is a female "Iron Man" who has a special super suit, and Lady Cobra, whom I haven't figured out yet. I call them the "Adorable Dynamic Damsels".

Together, they are kind of my "Charlie's Angels" superheroes. They are too cute and sexy for their own good. The bad guys are often caught off guard by their appearances.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part II

Here's a woodcut from a print making class back at old Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was done probably when Edinboro was Edinboro State College.

More weird than cute I guess. Horse and rider become blended together. This was shown in Woodbury University's faculty art show last spring.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part I

It's been a while since I've posted anything original on Animation Re-creation. After scribbling for years, I've got some work I'm proud of. But I'm still self conscious about showing it. Here's why:

Animation artists and cartoonists seem to be split into two camps: the majority seem to be easy going... well, to put it bluntly, nerds. But I've seen a smaller group, the more macho, athletic group who practice martial arts, mountain biking and other deadly weekend pursuits. They make me feel lame as I'm shoving that extra piece of pizza in my face.

So, it appears I fall in with the majority. It's hard to pose as a too-hot-to-handle "weekend warrior" when I'm drawing cutesy stuff like this:

This is my "Cubcake" character. She's a tough, but sweet amalgamation of girlfriends from my past. She's also a mixture of squirrel, bunny, kitty and a few other critters mixed in. I figure she can give Bugs Bunny a run for his money.

C'est la Vie.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Snail with Halo- More street poster Art around North Hollywood

And this cute little guy was put up on the old Camera Craft storefront on the corner of Vineland, Lankershim and Camarillo. All the art was drawn on large post office mailers. He's got these blanked out, swirly eyes and a halo over his head; is the artist saying this fella has croaked?

They were side by side on Camera Craft; here's a lighter one in light beige and tan, with no post office mailer surrounding it.

This looks like it would make a cool toy, or a nice stuffed animal. I guess the meaning is up to me. There is no other information on the web that I can find so far. There's a whole world to the street art poster movement that I'm just learning about. From what I've Googled, this art may be in several different cities, and could have come from the other side of the country. Or the world.

Whale goes Poof - Street poster Art around North Hollywood

These posters have been around my neighborhood since the beginning of the year. I don't see any name.
They look like interesting, and fun characters.

On second thought, this whale looks like he's in distress. I also noticed a big, cartoony poster of Swiss cheese on a signal box on the corner. Someone took the time and resources to put these up around the area.

This was near the corner of Camarillo and Cahuenga. Does anyone know who made these?

Sunday, September 01, 2013

More bloody spam!

Good article from Andres Tirado on spam.

All this technology, and people have to burrow into our computers like some sort of...
Never mind.