Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maine Wildlife Park Sketches

Took another trip to my favorite-ever place to sketch live animals.  This time, I seem to have focused on owls...


8.21.14 - Maine Wildlife Park Sketches

8.21.14 - Maine Wildlife Park Sketches

8.21.14 - Maine Wildlife Park Sketches

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Introducing the Total Media Bridge Podcast!

Great Scott, it's alarming how easy it is to get out of the blogging habit isn't it?  Let's not dwell on that (as much as my guilty conscience would like to) and instead focus on one of the most awesome things I got to do over this busy summer:

The Total Media Bridge Podcast's Awkward First Episode!

In which Kevin Johnson of the excellent Total Media Bridge and I battle audio problems while discussing the roots of the Disney Afternoon, the Nostalgia Filter is strong with this one "The Wuzzles" and the better than it has any right to be "The Gummi Bears".  We talk about what went right, what went wrong, the adorable reality subtext of "Little Bears Lost", the issue of Hoppopotamus fat-shaming, and I do my (awful) Michael Eisner impression!  Click the link above to enjoy, and head over to TMB for the show notes.

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Sketch of the Unspecific Length of Time!

1.23.14 - Dinosaur Wuzzles!?!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pemaquid Point and Eastern Egg Rock Studies

We spent a few days on the Maine Midcoast recently, and I carved out some time to do these landscapes and sketches. All of these are watercolor on recycled watercolor Sketchbook paper. Head over to Flickr to see the bigger versions.

6.25.14 Pemaquid Point

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

6.25.14 Pemaquid Point

I feel like, with it's lighthouse overlooking a sea as angry as an old man trying to send back soup in a diner, it's "locals only" art gallery and quirky-as-all-get-out gift shop, Pemaquid Point is Maine as imagined by people who do not live in it.

6.25.14 New Harbor

Still, I'm also a sucker for an iconic rocky coast dotted with little islands, like this one in nearby New Harbor.

6.25.14 New Harbor

I was also taken by the surreal world just underneath the piers.

But seabirds are what we came to see. So here are the residents of Eastern Egg Rock including the iconic Puffins and a swimming Bald Eagle:

6.25.14 Eastern Egg Rock

6.25.14 Eastern Egg Rock

I'd highly recommend Hardy Boat Cruises' Puffin Safari.  The sea is rough, but the journey to and from the island is quick and the field biologist hosts, many of whom were directly involved in the ongoing Puffin and Arctic Tern conservation project, are informative and entertaining.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Glen Keane's "Duet"

I've probably mentioned before that Glen Keane is one of my art-heroes.  A few weeks ago, seemingly out of nowhere, he dropped this beautiful short on the animation community.  It's called "Duet" and good lordy is it ever gorgeous.



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Sketch of the Day!

This is why Book-Stuart Little is a way, way better character than Movie-Stuart Little.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sketches from the National Zoo

To keep things succinct, let me just say that the National Zoo is more awesome than I ever expected.

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

5.8.14 - National Zoo Sketches

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Dogs of DC

Recent family events brought me to Washington DC for a while.  I managed to carve out enough time to draw some of the animals there.  Here are all the cool dogs we met walking around the city:


4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

4.12.14 - The Dogs of DC

Next week, sketches from the National Zoo!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I've Been Extremely Busy Lately So Here Come Links Of Interest!

Without further ado...

* - First of all, Flying Trilobite has a new website!

* - Ethan Kocak of "The Black Mudpuppy" has been drawing an outstanding "Tetrapod Zoology" comic.

* - Meredith Woerner of io9 pretty much confirmed my worst fears about "Maleficent".

* - Try not to cry during this Blank on Blank animation of one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last interviews.

* - Between the latest entry in the Laser Age series and the Movie of the Week features about "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", the Dissolve has been knocking it out of the park.

* - The bizarre psychology of false beliefs.

* - Tough Pigs is working their way through "The Jim Henson Hour" in it's entirety and reviewing every episode.

* - Michael Crawford of Progress City did a nice overview of the history of the Disney Afternoon.

* - We know a few more plot details for "Jurassic Park 4ever After" and... they're *a little* reassuring.  A *little*.

* - Passport to Dreams' "The Age of Not Believing" explores a very odd period in the history of (mostly live-action) Disney feature films.

* - Why scary stories are good for kids, via Muddy Colors.

* - The new podcast KnightRaptor is quite good.

* - It's no news that Cartoon Network has a weird (to put it kindly) attitude towards toys, but man, they screwed up big by not producing this astounding thing.

* - And finally, here's a circa 1988 promotional video of Sullivan/Bluth studios in Ireland.  It's fascinating, yet sad in a way that's hard to put into words.

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Sketch of the Day! A Unicorn for Sketch Dailies:

5.1.14 - Sketch Dailies Unicorn