Monday, June 23, 2008

Animation Mentor Newsletter

For those that are unaware, in my spare time I enjoy mentoring for a program called . It's THE online school for animation. It's a great school with some amazing people involved. The program was started by three top flight animators Bobby Beck, Carlos Baena and Shawn Kelly. What separates AM from the other schools is the mentors (I swear I'm not bragging about myself here). The mentors are working professional animators who, over the course of a term, review students work and give one on one feedback directly to the student. It's rare to get such feedback from people who are in the industry. It's a great place to learn and get fired up about animation.

My point to this post is the people at AM have decided to put ME in their monthly newsletter! What an honor. I've been a mentor at Animation Mentor for two plus years now and every term is an entirely new and exciting experience. Check out the newsletter and maybe learn a thing or two about animation.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day

A couple of weeks ago my sister called me and said we should go in on a gift together for our Dad. She said she'd get the presents if I made the card. Not a problem. Good deal for me. Then this last week she calls me and says, "Don't make me look stupid on the card." I told her not to worry, but she said, "I don't trust you." Well I hadn't considered doing such a thing until she brought it up. Here is the result of the card for our dear 'ol Dad:




Happy Fathers Day Dad. We love you.

Chase is now ONE!!

My son had his first birthday on Saturday. To honor his birthday my wife made a slide show of some of the highlights from the last year. I can't believe how fast the little guy is growing up. Happy Birthday Chase.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Tal-BOT

My friend from work Jeremie Talbot, his last day at Tippett Studio was Friday. To honor his leaving I made him a Tal-BOT. What is a Tal-BOT you might ask. That's a good question. Jeremie and I have been hiding a monitor connection piece on or around each other's desks for about a year now. Jeremie even sent it to my house via US Mail. Well last week I was out of town and Jeremie decided to get an entire box full of these parts and hide them all over my desk. I even found one in my cup of coffee that was left over from the morning prior to my departure. So I did what any animator with too much free time would do; I made a robot with all the pieces. This wasn't easy seeing as all the parts were hidden in places I hadn't looked in YEARS. However after finding all, or "most" as Jeremie says, I was able to start construction. Below is a picture of the final product.

Here's Jeremie with his Tal-BOT. He's normally a lot jollier than this photo, but it was his last day and he was "sad" Jeremie that day.

Good Luck at Pixar Jeremie. We'll miss you over here at Tippett.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Had a Few

I did more drinking than drawing this weekend, so there's no new artwork at the moment. Congrats to Matt and Beth Branda for a kick ass wedding.