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26701. This is What A Woody Woodpecker Radio Show Would Have Sounded Like

Randy Riddle has uncovered an extremely rare bit of Hollywood cartoon history: an an audition for a children’s radio series based on Walter Lantz’s creations like Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda.

Listen to it now:



The half-hour pilot, titled "Sally in Hollywoodland," was recorded June 3, 1947, but apparently never went beyond this single test episode. Highlights include a creepy-sounding Woody at noraml recording speed, as well as performances by Billy Bletcher and a young June Foray. Had the show gone into production, it would have been the first time the Lantz characters appeared on air.

The show features Norma Jean Nilsson voicing the human protagonist Sally, Theodore Von Eltz as Woody Woodpecker, Billy Bletcher as Wilbur the Wolf, June Foray as Oswald the Rabbit, Sarah Brenner as Andy Panda, and Herb Lytton as Wally Walrus.

(Thanks, Eric Wilson)

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26702. Illustration Friday...Swim

 
Swim
...for this week's Illustration Friday


When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
Have a seat and browse through the pages of my website

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26703. NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE

Here's my watercolor in @gallerynucleus' current show, "Not in Kansas Anymore."

I've experienced a few recent breakthroughs in traditional media. Between this piece and my upcoming MicroVisions 8 work I feel like I've gained a whole new way of working.

The Oz show is up for another for another two weeks! You can view the entire collection online here, or if you think you might like this piece enough to actually want it around you can inquire here.


Detail.

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26704. Pie Grabber

I did a couple little illustrations for this past November's issue of Higlights magazine.  The story was about a girl who does a painting of a pie stealing creature and he comes to life.  Then eventually she paints him into a place that he will like to live in. It was a fun job.


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26705. House Industries Photo-Lettering App

photo lettering app
photo lettering app
photo lettering app

Has your instagram stream been inundated with Neutraface-laced images the past few days? If you’re wondering why, it’s because House Industries just launched an iPhone app. The new app allows users to create, edit and share photos with select House fonts and Photo-Lettering alphabets. Three fonts - Plinc Swiss, Bubble Gum and House Slant are included with the initial download. Additional fonts, including Neutraface, can be purchased for 99 cents. Download it for free at the iTunes store.

B/W we’re on Instagram now. yeah!

photo lettering app

Features:

  • Take a picture or import one from your camera roll.
  • Scale, rotate and crop your photo with finger gestures.
  • Select your lettering style from our collection of original fonts.
  • Type, rotate and scale text with finger gestures.
  • Share or save your image directly from the app.
  • Even send a printed postcard.

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House Industries & Borge Mogensen
House Industries and Heath Ceramics

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26706. Artist of the Day: C.H. Greenblatt

C.H. Greenblatt

C.H. Greenblatt is the creator of the Cartoon Network series Chowder, part of the production crew on the Disney series Fish Hooks, and the creator of a new series pilot that has recently been completed for Nickelodeon called Bad Seeds.

C.H. Greenblatt

C.H. Greenblatt

C.H. keeps a blog with funny drawings and sketchbook doodles here. An older blog here stretches back through the Chowder production era, beginning in 2006. He also contributes to the Unofficial Official Fish Hooks Blog here, which offers a glimpse into the the production of that show.

C.H. Greenblatt

C.H. is generous with advice. He often responds to readers’ questions on his blog, and the answers offer valuable insights into his methods.

C.H. Greenblatt

A recent post included a sneak peek at some of the background artwork and background characters from the Bad Seeds pilot.

C.H. Greenblatt

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26707. library gala

Saturday night my wife and I were invited to participate in the King County Library's Literary Lions Gala, to raise funds for one of the busiest libraries in the country. I had a great time reconnecting with Nancy Pearl and Patrick Jennings, and getting to meet some new folks. (Ours is such a solitary profession!) Here I am at the signing table with the delightful Maria Semple and George Shannon.
I'm not sure yet how much money was raised, but it is never too late to help.

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26708. That's Silly, Bumper Cars!

This piece was recently published in Highlights High Five. I had a lot of fun doing extensive research on retro bumper cars. I found that the modern ones were just plain ugly.

Make sure to get a Highlights subscription for the little ones in your life. They now have magazines for everyone from ages 2-12.

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26709. First Episode of the Fairy Fabulous Web Show

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Turtle Enlightenment, A visit to Indian Gardens and FT class. Enjoy! I sure had fun making it and started on Episode 2.

INFO: Sign up for FT Tools class here. Subscribe to my newsletter or my YouTube channel for future episodes.


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26710. Easter Bunnies Again

Playing around with some bunny images for greeting cards...

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26711. Holiday Sparkle for Insights


My first fabric collection with Wilmington Prints is now available for preview on the website Fat Quarter Shop. I've been chosen as one of their new group of artists that design for a division of Wilmington Prints called Insights. I'm super excited about this new adventure and I'm so thrilled with the way this collection came out. The Holiday Sparkle Collection will be available to purchase this June.

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26712. Analyzing My Favorite Piece of Animation: Tigger by Milt Kahl

Sometimes when I’m animating, I recharge my creative batteries by watching some of my favorite scenes or pieces of animation. There’s a handful of animated pieces that I watch again and again, but only one that I always return to without fail. It blows me away every time I see it, and upon each viewing, I always seem to discover something new. After every viewing, it makes me strive harder and harder to become a better animator.

No surprise that this scene from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) is a Milt Kahl scene. I may be one of the very few people who has had the gall to say something remotely negative about Kahl’s animation in the past, but I still think all the admiration for him and his work is completely justified. He could handle anything, and make it look and move beautifully. It’s a shame he wasn’t given more assignments like this one, because I feel that his more cartoon-oriented animation really stands out as some of his best.

While the entire four-minute sequence of Tigger in Pooh’s house is wonderful (great personality animation, dialogue, pacing, etc.), it’s the shot of Tigger bouncing around Pooh that stands out for me. The reason I love that scene so much is that it perfectly encapsulates all twelve principles of animation. In about 7 seconds, each principle is flawlessly showcased, some multiple times, and some intertwining and overlapping one another. As broad and over the top as it is, there’s layer upon layer of intricate elements that make the scene work. It’s a masterpiece of animation, but isn’t brought up too often compared to some of the other characters in Kahl’s career.

For starters, watch when Tigger first begins bouncing:

There’s little to no anticipation in his legs, but instead the anticipation is shown in the movement of his head going down before the take off. The tilt of his head, in relation to his arms, legs, ears and whiskers as he first jumps show a great use of arcs. Also notice the successive breaking of the joints on Tigger’s arms, from his shoulders to his elbows to his wrists, and the drag on his fingertips.

As he bounces in place, you can really feel the energy transferring through his body, from his head down to his tail and right back up to his head again, much like a wave action. The folds and wrinkles in his body as he squashes down not only tell us that Tigger is a well-worn toy with loose stuffing, but how much force and weight that Tigger is exerting with each bounce.

Now, Tigger begins to bounce in a circle around Pooh: 

This is why Tigger’s stripes play such an integral role in his design. The stripes sell the idea that Tigger is not a flat drawing, but a three-dimensional living creature. His stripes wrap around the forms of his body and give the illusion of volume. So when Tigger is bouncing around Pooh, those stripes make it clear that Tigger’s body is turning away from us in perspective. Also notice the overlapping action on Tigger’s tail, and how it bends and swings at the kinked parts.

Tigger then jumps up and spins on his tail:

There’s so much going on in this one-second action. Tigger’s torso is twisting and contorting, his top half slightly delayed than his bottom half. Like before, his arms and legs following arcs, and his hands, ears and whiskers are dragging behind. And while all this is going on, he’s squashing and stretching on every bounce until finally easing into his final pose before making physical contact with Pooh and charging offscreen.

And throughout that entire scene, on every bounce, footstep and contact, Tigger is hitting every single beat in the song. Each of Kal’s key poses are appealing, with clear staging and strong silhouettes. Even the animation on Pooh, who takes a back seat in this sequence to contrast Tigger’s outlandish behavior is wonderfully done. It’s almost contradictory how Tigger moves. While he’s galumphing around the screen like a roughhouse, there’s a certain level of grace in his movements. And both Tigger and Pooh’s personalities are easily distinguishable, Tigger being confident and boisterous and Pooh being underplayed and submissive. Overall, a tour de force of animation.

Coincidently, Kahl was also animating Shere Kahn in The Jungle Book around the same time. They’re both tigers (Tigger loosely so), but look how drastically different in approach and execution they are from each other. Shere Kahn is restrained and more subtle—built and functioning like a real tiger, while Tigger is so full of energy and enthusiasm that he’s practically bursting at the seams, and is a completely graphic design. Compare them to Kahl’s caricatured tiger from the Goofy short Tiger Trouble twenty years earlier and you have some sense of how broad Kahl’s abilities were as an animator.

I would’ve loved to know Kahl’s opinion about his own work on Tigger. I know there’s plenty of information floating around about how he felt about Medusa, Shere Kahn, the Brers or any of the human characters he animated, but barely anything about his work on Tigger. If anyone has any insight about this, please share!

For those that want a closer look at this scene, here’s a video of it slowed down 500% with annotations:

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26713. Nota Bene

 
The internets have informed me that today is Flannery O'Connor's birthday. That being the fact, I pretty much had to draw her this afternoon.

   
And things I like lately: daffodils and Monarch of the Glen. Both things are doing a bang up job at making me forget that it looks like a perpetual January in these here parts. So Old Man Winter, you can put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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26714. Commissioned Portrait...

 On the Fence...

When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
 
Have a seat and browse through the pages of my website here:

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26715. Upcoming Exhibit: Viewpoints Orange County All Media

 Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Art League* present
Viewpoints: Orange County All Media 2013
Juror: Mary Aslin

Artist Reception April 27th 5:30 - 8:00p
Show continues through May 11th
Special judges walk through with Mary Aslin, Sat May 4th, 2pm
Visit our website to preview the artwork today!
 
Corona del Mar Tide Pools, acrylic on board by Ian Montelongo
Updated April 24:
Chemers Gallery is busy transforming into a slice of orange...Orange County, that is! With the help of 40 different professional and amateur artists and one very thoughtful and considered juror we present close to 80 unique viewpoints of Orange County from north to south!

Mary Aslin takes her role as judge seriously - she spent over 3 contemplative hours at Chemers Gallery yesterday choosing the prize winners, which will be announced during the artist reception on Saturday, April 27th. In addition to Mary's choices, the Enderle Center is awarding their own prize!

Come during the day on Saturday to enjoy the Enderle Center Spring Swing, featuring the live music of the Laguna Swing Society from 1-4pm. Grab some dinner and then join us for the Viewpoints artist reception from 5:30-8:00pm!

Chemers Gallery and the Tustin Art League have once again teamed up to bring you their annual juried show of professional and amateur artists from around southern California. You may remember our annual Scenes of Tustin show, and this year that same show has become Viewpoints: Orange County All Media. For our 6th annual exhibit, we stepped up the competition by expanding the scope of the show to all of Orange County. The response was tremendous, and we received more applicants than ever before - over 130! Mary Aslin had the difficult task of selecting almost 80 pieces to showcase.

We're so excited to see the growth of this show over 6 years. We know this show will be our best to date!

Viewpoints Orange County All Media 2013 brings you familiar images of the Orange County area from both professional and non-professional artists. Artworks range in medium from oils, watercolor and pastel to photography, mixed media and encaustic.

Come on in to discover a new favorite vista or two and meet the artists at the opening reception Saturday, April 27th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  If you can't make it that evening, you can still catch the show through May 11th. Don't forget to put May 4th on your calender, too, for a special judges walk through with Mary Aslin at 2pm!

All works are available for sale and can be previewed on our website or in person after April 24th.

Laguna Light, oil by April Raber

Participating Artists
Professional:
Roger Bennett | Janet Bludau | Gobind Boyes | Jean Choi | Dana Cooper | Katie Costello
William Crawley | Barbara Davidson | Rick Delanty | Dori Dewberry | Nancy Egan
Kay Flierl | Candace Foster | Jorn Fox | Jennifer Geisert | Nancy Goldman | Dennie Hahn
Deborah Harold | Julie Hill | Bonnie Holmes | Terry Houseworth | Steve Kell | Greg LaRock
Jacki Long | Christine McCowan | Ian Montelongo | Erich Neubert | Jonde Northcutt
Rita Pacheco | Janel Pahl | Pamela Panattoni | Lori Quarton | April Raber
Pete Roberts | Sharyn Sakimoto | John Sawyer | Albert Stanchfield | Victoria Templeton
Kim VanDerHoek | Carolyn Westfall | Jim Wodark

Amateur:
Robert Ball | Marci Cortese | Lou Henkel | Carolyn Hoffman | Michelle Howard
Janis Hunter | Gerrie Karczynski | Marsha Lindsey | Judy McCoy | Shelby Montelongo
Sandra Morrison | Max Ollendorff | Beverly Weber-Fow | Kathleen Williams | Eric Wolff

Stay tuned for updated information as we get closer to the artist's reception!

A special thank you to Enderle Center for helping to sponsor this exhibit!
  
*The Tustin Art League (TAL), a Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) program, is an organization of visual artists whose purpose is to provide a venue for information, exposure, and growth of each member artist and to focus their talents in an effort to enhance the visual arts within the community to enrich and energize citizens of all ages. For more information about TAL, please visit their blog. 

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26717. Traveling & Work

Phew! I just returned from a 3 week backpacking trip through Southeast Asia that involved everything under the sun from spending time with elephants, zip lining through the jungle, cruising along the Mekong River, biking 40+ km through temples, and attending a wedding. It was exhausting, adventure-filled, and exhilarating but honestly, I'm glad to be back and doing work again! Ha!

On the plane from Singapore to Manila, I finally had some down time and what was the first thing I did? I brainstormed ideas and a work schedule for the next two weeks. Work work work! Wandering SE Asia for 3 weeks made me realize I love traveling as much as I love working. In the same way I itched to adventure and escape when I worked, on the road, I found myself hungry for the hustle of my business. It was an unexpected realization but a valuable one. It confirmed that I still love what I do.

I've read articles warning that turning one's hobby into a business or a money-earning endeavor can spoil the joy. Don't believe them and don't let it scare you. Yes it's possible the stress of money can make it less satisfying, and probably will initially, but if you truly love it, there's a way to make it a source of happiness and your livelihood. Making it work is the hard part, but once you do, it's magic!

You can expect posts & pictures about the trip next week. I'm taking a brief internet break and visiting my grandma in the province for a few days so until then, happy adventuring!

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26718. Batman head bust sculpture

Stylized Batman head bust sculpture, available as a 3D print from the Sevensheaven 3D print store:

www.shapeways.com/shops/sevensheaven

(sevensheaven.nl)

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26719. Commissioned Portrait...

 On the Fence...

When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
 
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26720. Pencil and watercolor drawing


Above is a notebook drawing I worked on this weekend.  I was studying some examples of medieval clothing and did a mix of various fashions.  Hope you like it.

If you're interested in purchasing the original, you can click the buy button to the right.  The price is $75.  I put a few watercolor washes over the graphite to help blend the darker tones.  It's roughly  8" by 10" (image size) on 70 pound sketch paper.

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26721. Illustration Friday...Swim

 
Swim
...for this week's Illustration Friday


When you purchase an item from MY STORE, 10% of your purchase price will be donated to my favorite animal charities; Last Chance Animal Rescue and Horses Haven, both in lower MI. Which charity the donation goes to, will depend on the item purchased and I will love you forever from the bottom of my little black heart. ...and even if you don't purchase anything from me, you can go to their site and make a donation! They deserve a chance too!
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26722. Nick Cross Takes Us To The End of the World in “Perihelion”

Canadian filmmaker Nick Cross (Yellow Cake, The Pig Farmer) took a break from production on his one-man feature Black Sunrise to make the animated short Perihelion.

Cross describes Perihelion as “a sort of animated tone poem…that toes the line between narrative and non-narrative, essentially having no real beginning, middle or end.”

The film draws upon his appreciation of fine art, particularly German Expressionism and Surrealism:

Visually, I was heavily inspired by the work of a number of German painters from the early 20th century. Notably: Otto Dix, Richard Oelze, Ingrid Griebel-Zietlow, Rudolf Schlichter and Max Ernst, as well as Francisco Goya. This is sort of a tribute to the work of these artists living in a time of Fascism and impending war, which really informed their work in a distinct way.

Fans of those classic artists will enjoy spotting the visual references, like this one:

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26723. Easter 5

Some fun with softer, less cartoony bunny images for Easter cards.

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26724. Senator "Fighting Bot" LaFollette



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26725. Another hello


Hello, Happy Monday! I'm going to do a full-fledged apology to you today because, honestly, I have been so off the radar! I have been so busy that I have been neglecting not only my blog but Facebook and Twitter too. (I have been Instagramming though! Not completely regularly but more often than I've been able to do anything else.)

We will be back to regularly scheduled programming (including the missing-in-action Well It's Very Nice To Meet You interview series) as soon as possible. And as soon as I have the time to post a renovation update with photos and scribbles, I will! It's been extremely busy, a mile a minute around here and I'm still recovering from being sick a week ago. Please have faith in me and bear with me! Soon, I'll be back in full (or at least 80%) swing!

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