Drawings and doodles
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Canadian Made... Caricatures!
I created some caricatures back in the fall for a tv series called "Canadian Made" airing in Canada on History Television. The episodes are all about various Canadian inventions ( like Trivial Pursuit and the Wonder Bra for example) and the people behind them. The show is very well done and a lot of fun to watch.
Anyway I did a handful of caricatures for the episode "Brilliant Amenities" which recently aired so I thought i'd post them here. I wasn't sure how they'd be used in the episode so it was fun to see them in the opening segment bouncing around etc. The drawings had to be done quickly as it was a typical "we actually need these yesterday!" sort of deadline. So considering they were drawn so quickly, I'm fairly pleased with how they turned out. I'm no Jack Davis, obviously, and some of these drawings I think are more successful than others, but they do the trick.
Movie Star- Leslie Nielsen
The Governor General of Canada - Michaelle Jean
Pro golfer - Mike Weir
Double Olympic Champion, speed skater - Catriona Le May Doan
I had fun drawing her and exaggerating the powerful legs of an Olympic athlete.
Comedian - Russell Peters
This one i "George Lucased" a bit. His face is exactly as seen in the episode but i didn't like how i drew his body so i quickly made a new one here. Maybe i'll post a before and after so people can see the difference another time. If anyone is interested in that.
Star Trek's "Scotty" - James Doohan.
This is actual the second time i've done a caricature of Scotty for TV. The first time was for an episode of History Bites. I'll have to dig it up and see which one turned out better. I think the other one was the movie version of Scotty.
NHL Star - Sidney Crosby
NBA star - Steve Nash.
I think this was one of the first caricatures i did for this series. I'm happy with the likeness but i think i could have made a better pose for him.
I made a few others as well but i think this is enough for one post. It's a lot of work done very quickly for a short time on screen but i'm happy with the results.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I hope everyone has a great Xmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus or whatever holiday you celebrate!
Here's to continued awesome things in 2012 and hopefully not the end of the world. :)
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Some inspiration for other cartoonists out there.
Here's a link to a blog by cartoonist Phil McAndrew. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK.
It's a nice simple insightful post about being a freelance cartoonist "Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They'd Teach In Art School"
It's a great little piece of inspiration and insight into a fellow cartoonist's working philosophy.
Go read that then get your sketch book out and get drawing!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Need something to keep you busy during the holidays? Try cartooning!
Laura Schlereth wrote a nice article for "@ your library" a little while ago titled "Create Your Own Cartoon".
She gets some advice on sketching and cartooning from a variety of cartoonists/animators, including yours truly, and offers some good advice to aspiring and would be cartoonists.
She even lists a few books worth picking up or adding to your recommended reading list.
Perfect if you have some doodlers on your x-mas list!
LINK TO ARTICLE HERE.
and because i haven't' posted any for a while. Here's some doodles. (I call them sketches of Gawd. Nobody knows what Gawd looks like so i figure it's open to great interpretation. :) )
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Pixar Rocks and it's also been a crazy busy couple of months!
I just got back from the Pixar Master class in Montreal... ok a couple weekends a go.. but still it was great and my brain is crammed full of animation goodness. Matther Luhn and Andrew Gordon did a great job teaching animation techniques and principles and story-boarding and also showing their methods when working on a Pixar film. They used plenty of examples from other films as well.
I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go to one. It was very energizing.
The World Wide Short Film Fest in Toronto just passed as well and i had planned to attend some workshop there as well, including a master class by Bill Plympton. Alas i had too much work to finish and ended up missing out on it. Dag Nabbit!
BUT there's been much happening here at Frog Feet. In addition to creating various animatics for the fine folks at Storieboards I've just finished animation for the opening of Pocket Change Films' feature film: "At Home By Myself... With You". It's a fun little rom-comedy about a girl (Kristin Booth) who develops so many phobias growing up she never leaves her apartment, even though she is a travel agent. Eventually a new neighbour moves in next door..and well you can see the movie. Hopefully it will be in the 2009 Toronto Film Fest but we're still waiting to here and find out for sure.
Here's a couple of screen shots from the opening animation of "At Home By Myself... With You". All done in a sort of paper cut-out animation style. Several other animated sequences were also created for the film and I'm anxious to see them on the big screen!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Another good review and fun times at Kalamazoo.
I've been busy animating today. I'm all pumped and inspired after attending the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International this weekend. It was a lot of fun. I got to speak on a few panels, dust off my student film from years back to screen, and it was well received, and got to hang out and meet many fun and interesting animation types.
(Quick shout out to all the students who competed in the KAFI Cartoon Challenge 2009. They made some really good PSA's and were a lot of fun to meet and talk to. Cheers guys and gals and congrats on your hard work and well made films! It was fun! ).
It was a pretty decent drive from Toronto to Kalamazoo too. The 6 or 7 hours just flew by. Gotta thank Bruce Simpson for the ride!
At some point i'll have to start actually adding sketches to my skethblog again. heh
in the meantime here's a link to a nice review of "Animation Unleashed" i came across while procrastinating.
BC Blogcritics LINK. Thanks to BlogCritics.org and especially Tim Girard for writing this great little review! That made my day.
In lieu of some sketches here's screen shots from "Delica: Counting Stars". A little music video i've been working on whenever i could get the chance that i finally finished last week.
Look for it at the next Delica concert!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Stuff we've been working on...
Here's a screen shot from "Robot Roommates ". A cartoon/webisode series we've been working on. Hopefully it will be seen around soon wherever fine animation is viewed, watched or downloaded.
Series created by Scott Albert and Christopher Guest. Animation & Design by Bryce Hallett.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Another bit of drawing i created for Animation Unleashed that didn't make the cut. I actually forgot about this one completely and can't even remember why we chose not to use it in the end.
I now unleash it on the world!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Chickens of the world!
Here's a page of sketches and designs from a book about animation and visual storytelling that I'm Illustrating for the author Ellen Besen.
Hopefully it will be out in the fall.
now back to work! deadlines deadlines!!
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Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Caricatures of Famous Canucks!
I've been too busy to post anything until now. Here's some caricatures that I did for the opening to the new History Bites Special "History Bites: Celine Dion" which is not about Celine Dion but actually the Canadian "Talent Drain/ Brain Drain" as it's called. All those talented folks whove gone off to make their fame and fortunes in the U.S.A vs those who stayed in Canada and all their contributions. Should be a fun show I haven't seen a final cut yet and do not know when it airs.
Anyway I had to do over 75 caricatures for the show opening and through out the show. Some were more successful than others. Here's a few samples
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Important Public Service Announcement
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