Art

Toby Shelton…

Toby Shelton is an awesome storyboard artist currently working out of Dreamworks, he worked at Disney for a while also, but check out his blog for a tonne of inspirational stuff from all the films he’d worked on… GO NOW!!!

Storyboard tips!

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to board on a big Hollywood cartoon well check out this really insightful post HERE!

Moonshine

Alexis Wanneroy, a character animator at DreamWorks Animation, co-directed this documentary short below that highlights the personal work of several artists at his place of work. The short, which features a special appearance by studio boss Jeffrey Katzenberg, is a promotional piece for Moonshine, a book that celebrates “the art work that [DreamWorks] artists create for the sake of creation.”

60 Years of Surreal Artistry!

Walt Disney’s masterpiece “Alice In Wonderland” is 60 years old this year… check out this great article on the history of the film!

How to make “A Disney”…

Some sweet storyboards, pre-vis and commentary from Francis Glebus on one of the best Disney films ever made… CHECK IT OUT!

Mike Yamada…

Dreamworks artists Mike Yamada has an awesome blog… YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT!

Sam Jack BGs…

Ahhh, the wonders and treasures the internet bestows upon us from time to time… that sounds lame but this isn’t… a series of instructional videos that Scott Wills created to guide the Korean background painters working on Samurai Jack…

Mighty B Beat Boards…

This is pretty freakin’ awesome, Bill Wray art director and background painter on the hilarious Nickelodeon show ‘The Mighty B’, has posted ‘beat boards’ from an episode and is a really good example of the planning involved in producing a TV cartoon. And in his words “are sketches for the stroyboard guy to help them with gags, posing, direction elements and in my case some art direction”. CHECK THEM OUT…

Luke at this!

A good friend of ours, Luke Finlayson, has been working away on a pretty awesome looking ebook titled, “Lily of the Valley”. Luke says he’s almost finished the first of 4 chapters and hopes to finish the artwork in the first quarter of next year. So far it looks breathtakingly awesome!

Luke’s a very talented animator/illustrator based in good old New Zealand. If you haven’t seen his stuff make sure you check out his ‘work-in-progress’ ebook and his Deviant Art page.

The Retro Art of Becky Dreistadt…

Last night me and my wife went to the opening of an awesome exhibition by an amazing artist, Becky Dreistadt! From February 5th-18th at The High Seas Gallery she has a series of paintings that her and her partner Frank (who does all the writing) are putting together as a homage to the old Golden Books we all grew up with. It’s the coolest idea I’ve heard in ages and they’ve totally pulled it off with the help of the website Kickstarter, where people have donated money to cover all the printing costs for 2000 books!

Becky was raised in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Her initial artistic training was as a caricature artist in Busch Gardens, the inspiration for Duff Gardens. After spending 4 years at Savannah College of Art & Design, she has spent the past year in New Zealand working on Tigerbuttah and her online comic Tiny Kitten Teeth, which boasts 5000 unique readers a day.

To say Becky’s work is an inspiration is an understatement and to see the actual brush strokes on paper is truly the best way to appreciate it so if you’re in the Auckland City area in the next week or so make sure you check it out, it’s also touring Wellington after that…

Becky’s DeviantArt page is also full of amazing work!!