Sunday, April 06, 2008

share session

I know, I know - I'm a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad person. It's time for me to breathe some life back into this blog.

To fill you in on these past few months, I've started working at MyToons. For those of you not familiar with the website, its goal is to help artists showcase their animation and artwork in an enthusiastic, ever-growing community of peers. And if you don't check it out, I may have to hunt you down and slap some sense into you. Here's a quick sampling of some of my favorites to get you in the mood:

Adventures - from mytoons.com
Ahmed Bashir's "Adventures"

sushi - from mytoons.com
Joel Furtado's "sushi"


fox+hound - from mytoons.com
Laure Retif's "fox hound"


And of course, you'll be wanting to watch some of the awesome animation people have posted. Well, try these on for size:
[Edit: now with reliable (comparatively speaking) youtube embeds!]


Three Legged Legs' "Samurai" [digital 2-D]



Phil Dubrovsky and Dale Hayward's "The Flower" [stop-motion]



Terry Ibele's "Babies of the Future!" [stop-motion]



Alban Leliévre's "Do Penguins Fly?" [3-D]


As for me, I've been testing my skills on a Wacom they were kind enough to lend me. It's my first time drawing with a graphics tablet (not counting the old 4x5 inch Wacom Graphire from 1999 that I used with Microsoft Paint in those awkward years before I discovered Photoshop) and I've found that it's quite gratifying, even if I'm not entirely used to it yet. Sketching the perfect line is that much harder without the comforting friction of pencil on paper, but I'm getting there.

Perhaps I've already crowded this post with too much stuff, but thanks to MyToons, you see, I'm in the sharing mood. I'll end today's session with a piece I drew last Friday when I was feeling particularly cheery. Enjoy.