Sunday, December 31, 2006
I think what connects people with animals is that they show pure emotion. Since they have no sense of consciousness, they don't disguise their reaction to suit the situation. That's the tough part about seeing a hurt animal, their expression of pain is pure, they never "hold it in".
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Kaj is an inspiration to so many of us. A warm and giving person, experienced animation history first hand. In his lectures, accompanied by many behind the scenes stories, He exposes us to many brilliant films, saying "I want to give you an impression of what hasn't been made, so that someday, you may do it yourself"
He Created a very good show called "Peep and the Big Wide World" encouraging kids to put aside the chips and remote and keep being curious about the natural world.
I drew a caricature of him as he appeared in the documentary "Laugh Lines", made in 1979 by the National Film Board. When I gave it it to him, he said "I'm going home to show it to my wife"
Screenshots from "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" Animation by Kaj, Direction by Derek Lamb.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Last Thursday we had a visit from
He animated “Tales of Rat Fink” all by himself. I haven’t heard of the film before,
but now that I’ve seen it, I highly recommend it.
“Tales of Rat Fink” is a part animated/ part live-action biography of pop culture icon Ed Roth.
Ed isn’t a household name, but his influence is phenomenal.
He revolutionized the world of Hot Rods and created the graphic T-shirt (“before him they were just underwear!”) He’s best known for designing the character of Rat Fink: A grotesque monster resembling Mickey Mouse… after a nuclear shower.
This is a classic fun-to-learn documentary, giving the deserving recognition to this pop culture icon. If your stuck for inspiration, or just looking for movie night ideas, think fink!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
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Friday, June 02, 2006
No comic artist rules gestalt like Harvey Kurtzman, What is gestalt? It’s a German word, referring to how people look at things. There’s a whole bunch of methods to make a page easy to read, and draw attention.
This panel is a great example. At first glance it looks too detailed, but at second glance, you get to follow the planned rhythm, and it gets very easy and fun to read. First you focus on the title “Bat Boy and Rubin” and then the two figures at the center. They’re surrounded by white (reflecting light) and drawn in black (absorbing light). The ass kicked villains follow a curve indicated by bat-boy’s punch swing. At the end, all links us to Wally Wood’s signature, at the bottom right part of the image. Wally’s done some of his most amazing work in the early days of Mad Magazine, the days when founder Harvey Kurtzman, drew “blueprints” or rough layouts, for each artist to follow.
Here’s another treat, “Little Annie Fanny” is a comic Kurtzman did for Hugh Hefner, With Mad colleagues Will Elder, Jack Davis and Superman creators Siegel and Shuster. Before Playboy, Hefner was trying out as a cartoonist too. It was his idea to have it fully painted. And by the way, Al Jaffee has a famous take on Playboy’s “Centerfold”. Color prints were very costly at the time, and since mad always “worked in the opposite direction” the “Fold In” was born!