Sunday, December 31, 2006


I've been focusing a lot on human characters lately,
so I thought I'd try some animals.

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

This is an Oldie!

Drew this a year ago for my Sheridan portfolio, The pose is taken from Marlon Brando in Streetcar Named Desire. I've posted other drawings of the Frobster character in the August archives.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

No more misreports, please!

Kaj Pindal and yours truly
Picture by Mitch Kennedy

Readers of Cartoon Brew know what I'm referring to, The great Grim Natwick has also experienced a similar mishap when he was in his 80s. Please don't rush false notions.

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

"I'll have to learn all your ugly secrets!"

Here's my contribution to the "Wall of Witches" in the animation lab.
Most people point out they like the nose hair.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Caicatures re-scanned

I re-scanned these for better quality

Plus all new Napoleon and Friends!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Storyboarding class

Last week, we were assigned to copy frames from “North by Northwest” held on screen for 15 seconds. These drawings are taken from the climax of the “Crop sprayin’ where there ain’t no crops” airplane chase, Cary Grant throws himself in front of a truck to escape the airplane. I like the teacher’s note on the middle frame. Made me chuckle. I got an A.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The best animation school I know of

copying the old masters.

Think Fink

Last Thursday we had a visit from Sheridan grad Mike Roberts.
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


Betty Boop drawn for the 80s by Grim Natwick (signature hidden by flash light)

Photo courtesy of Reg Hartt

Work in progress dept.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Not "Mobile Phones", but "Wireless Telephony"!

I received my first bill from Canadian phone company Fido (which uses dogs for it's ad campaigns) and I thought I’d give their slogan a bit of a twist.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Yankee Irving

Yankee Irving, now re-titled “Everyone’s Hero” is a project I worked on during summer 2004. My job was to take original character design sketches, and map them out for 3d modeling. I drew diagrams called “orthographic character views”, “orthographies” for short. Orthographies are a spread of a single character in front, side and back views, drawn in a position suitable for rigging. It’s kind of like a model sheet/character roatation, but more strict and technical. Our team did orthographies for every character in the film, the 3d modelers used them as a guide for building the characters you see on screen.

Friday, August 11, 2006


I designed these characters for my Sheridan portfolio. I was always inspired by how the Looney Tunes directors used animals for caricature. My favorites are Babbit and Catstello in Bob Clampett's A Tale of Two Kitties, and The HoneyMousers by Bob McKimson. Frobster is based on Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando and Sydney Greenstreet.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Bad movie dept.

When I sit in fort of the tube to doodle, I come across all kinds of stuff, current Hollywood movies tend to have little or no appeal to me. A recent viewing, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, was simply horrid.

They added something new, though: clips from classic Tex Avery cartoons played to the tunes of Sixpence’s Kiss Me, during the main characters’ first kiss...

Tex Avery is known for his outstanding sense of humor, but I don't think he'd take it lightly.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Captain Jean-Juc Picard

Baldy went where no one has gone before.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Five letters, opposite of 'Hired'...

"If you think about leaving me like this, you can look for a new job, START INKING!"

Go ahead, punk...

Make my day!

Friday, June 23, 2006

"Brilliant, Holmes!" dept.

Here's Katie Holmes with teen heart throb Tom Cruise. Below are some of the drafts I made for this caricature. I'm a real perfectionist about these things, I like caricatures with a tangible feel.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Murder, She Animated

Inspired by Brock's excellent ''Columbo'' post, I attempted at another TV detective from the same era.
I don't think Angela Lansbury is gonna find this freaky caricature too flattering!

Friday, June 02, 2006

What's the deal with airline peanuts?

Another attempt at a comedian who startled cartoonists for years.

The King of Gestalt!

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!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Napoleon Dynamite

This guy is fun to caricature. My first post, enjoy!