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Why do fairy tales endure? Even in this age of digital entertainment, people still love to hear a classic tale or see a new drawing of their favorite character. Maybe it brings us to a simpler time, less clutter in our lives, when we believed in the possibility of being a princess or a brave knight.
The ability to forget our troubles and go to a place where good and evil are clearly defined, but the monster may not be the evil one. Where the creatures are fantastical and adventure reigns supreme, yet we can still relate to the character’s problems as though they were our own.
Through my art I am able to escape to those worlds and forget the bills I have to pay, the menial work that must be done, and become the little girl that dreamed of being a mermaid in the pool once again. I want people to see my art and get the same sense of wonderment and adventure I get whenever I open up a fairy tale book. But most of all, I hope that they lose themselves in a world that will make them smile.Add a Comment
I never thought I’d be posting about Scooby Doo ever again, much less be enthusiastic about it – but I happened to catch a few episodes of Warner Animation’s new Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated on my flight back from a quick trip to New York last month and became fascinated with them. My mind was saying “hate this”, “turn the channel”… but my eyes and ears were sorta digging it. I’d totally ignored this show for over a year – and now I found myself liking it. A lot.
I’d always been partial to A Pup Named Scooby Doo, but there’s something odd – and cool – about this latest take on the series. First off, there’s now a story arc for the entire show, Scooby apparently has more “dialogue”, Jonny Quest and Yogi Bear make cameos, Harlan Ellison (!!) plays himself (see clip below), Shaggy gets a crewcut (and it takes several episodes to grow back!), the characters poke fun at their personalities, yet stay true to the original series — and dammit, it’s fun! Heck, it even looks a hell of a lot better than any of the previous “takes”. So I contacted producer Tony Cervone and asked him to give me the scoob… err, scoop on this show. Here’s what Tony had to say (edited for space):
“We started with the premise that they really are “meddling kids”; teenagers going to high school, doing things they shouldn’t be doing. The show is a reboot universe, we borrowed things from the entire history of Scooby-Doo. The characters elude to things in the past, from Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, they meet characters they met in the direct-to-DVDs, references to things in the live action movies, Vincent Van Ghoul from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo is in it. We pick and choose what to include.
“There is a 52-episode story arc, and in Season 2 (currently airing) every episode counts to tell the larger story. The characters are now more like normal teenagers – they hook up on occasion and break apart. We started the series with Shaggy and Velma paired off, but then Scooby found out and there was a weird romantic triangle. Yeah, Shaggy broke it off with Velma because he didn’t want to upset his best friend too much.
“We learn who the original “Mystery Incorporated” were. They were a high school club from decades past. They come back as adults (voiced by Lewis Black, Vivica A. Fox, Tia Carrera, Udo Kier and Tim Matheson) and they’re not what the gang thought they were. It’s deep and it’s dense and it only gets deeper, denser and stranger from here on in. Dan Krall art directed the first season and set the style for the show, Steve Nicodemus has followed up on the second 26 episodes. It’s so great – I don’t even know how they let us make it.”
The show airs every weekday at 2pm EST/11am PST on Cartoon Network, right after the classic Looney Tunes, and it’s worth a look. Cervone tells me that next Thursday’s episode (Heart of Evil) contains a new, “Dark Knight” take on Dynomutt and The Blue Falcon. Those who hate Scooby-Doo will never watch this (and I totally understand) – but I’d love to hear from anyone who’s been following it. What’s your take? C’mon Scoobie fans, back me up on this.
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I adopted a new baby two days ago. My 12 week old Toy Poodle is the apple of mummy's eye and in the spirit of this week's new arrival I did a watercolour for a friend’s 50th artist collection piece. Our Valley 10 group all have a collection of paintings from each member, received for one of their big "0" birthdays. I received my collection of paintings when I was 30. Christine is the last andDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design students Boaz Balachsan and Dima Tretyakov recorded Israeli children giving their opinions about God and faith and interpreted their thoughts through animation. The idea recalls the Irish animated series Give Up Yer Aul Sins, which was based on 1960s recordings of children telling Bible stories, but Balachsan and Tretyakov add a quirky mixed media style and clever visual/audio transitions. See development art from God is Kidding on the film’s blog.
(Thanks, Elran Ettinger)
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It's been a big secret for the past year, but I can finally tell you all.... This time last year, I worked on the artwork for an instructional brochure that will accompany a new baby developmental toy, the "NogginStik". It's a great little all-in-one toy that is perfect for little hands, and can be used from birth to toddler years to help babies learn and experiment to meet their developmental milestones. My daughter Olivia was the exact target age for the product while I was working on the artwork, and go to be one of the "test subjects" when the first prototypes came out last fall. The head of the NogginStik lights up when she taps it, the base is a rattle, and the whole toy had different colors and textures.
This is an image from the Two Can Art collection of work. The collection is a collaboration between myself and my son, Noah who is autistic. Noah paints all of the textures and I fuse them with design.
I thought this bear image would be a good fit for the topic Freeze in that it is clearly a winter day and also if I ran into this guy I would probably freeze as well.
Parody upon a manual of the furniture giant IKEA, reflecting the news that IKEA became a fully Dutch enterprise. Jan Smit is a famous Dutch singer.
Another busy week here at Bob Ostrom Studio. Not sure if I told you guys this yet but I’m working on a really fun project that’s getting ready to be an ebook…. What I already told you? Really? Did I tell you it’s with the extremely talented author Julia Dweck? If you want to learn more about Julia you can find her on her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/juliadweckbooks
Have fun coloring. See you next week.
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Hey, look at this! Recognise this guy and his comic?
If you came along to the Pop Up Festival last month, you might have met Zoom Rockman and seen him give his workshop comics talk, with his brother Ace.
And this is exciting, The Independent have picked up the story, they're excited to see an 11-year-old kid making, self-publishing and marketing his own comics.
And they've printed some of his work! A great media day for indie comics, hurrah!
Cheers for the Pop Up mention, Zoom! :D I hope lots of other kids will realise just how possible it is to start making and publishing comics NOW, and not wait until they're grown up. All you need to publish a comic is paper, something to draw with, some way to reproduce it (by hand, with a photocopier, with a computer printer, with an online printing company such as Lulu, or DPS who printed our ink+PAPER anthology), a blog or website (which can be found free online), willingness to put in the hours, and you're off!
You can read the full Independent article on their website. And here's Zoom's website, go explore!
Animation veteran Uli Meyer is on a mission: capturing the vivid graphic style of illustration legend Ronald Searle in animation. Recreating Searle’s style in movement is the animator’s equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. Many have tried, but few have reached the summit.
Meyer succeeded admirably a couple years back when he produced a brief animation test of Searle’s St. Trinian’s girls. The piece, posted above, earned him the personal blessing of Searle who allowed Meyer “‘carte blanche’ to develop a story based on his cartoons, as long as it would stay true to his original vision and. . .his vivid graphic style.”
Meyer announced today that he plans to produce a half-hour St. Trinian’s featurette. Further, it will be in his words, “a fully animated film in the classical sense, hand-drawn, with pen and ink, and not a single Wacom pen in sight.” In other words, he’s doing everything right already.
Follow the making of the film by reading Uli’s production diary.
Robby Gilbert began his career in illustration at a young age by doodling additional characters and scenes into the back pages of picture books. Though the practice is universally frowned upon by parents and librarians, Robby was undeterred. He continued drawing. Wisely, his parents sent him to art classes (both to hone his skills and save on library fees). Robby later earned a BFA in illustration and animation and then a M.Ed. He has worked extensively as an illustrator, animator, educator, and art director for such clients as Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Disney Interactive, the National Wildlife Foundation, and Ranger Rick Magazine.
Robby is currently working on a film-noir inspired series of children’s detective stories. At present, Robby lives in the Pacific Northwest, where, when he isn’t drawing, he can be found teaching illustration and animation to the next generation of compulsive doodlers.
What school did you attend for your BFA?
I attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York and earned a BFA in Media Arts in 1989. Also received an M.Ed in 2006.
What was the most interesting class that you took?
History of Animation, taught by the late Charles Samu. Also, I loved Harvey Kurtzman’s cartooning classes.
How key were the animation classes you took in shaping your art?
Well, I think that Saturday morning cartoons and early Disney films shaped my art well before school. Animation classes did, however, help me develop drawing skills, speed, and perhaps some goofy acting.
How did you get the job to illustrate Ranger Rick Magazine?
They actually approached me after I animated Rick for a children’s web company.
There’s a full interview with me about just that topic at
Did the school help you get a job when you graduated?
No. I was hired by an animation company right out of school so I frankly never used the school’s placement services.
Here is Robby showing his process for the cover of the book dummy of Gumshu, Undercover Dragon.
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I like this RULES FOR WANDERING by Bekka Palmer. My hubbie and I call it bimbling. We drive around looking at houses, or fields, or trees, having lunch at out of the way places that don't rush you. Since my office is in my house, sometimes our bimbles are the only way for me to escape. They are vital to our continued good mental health (ha!). I especially like the first rule:
No. 0: No maps or navigation devices allowed.Go CHECK THEM OUT!