Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Sketchbook: Wood Stove

One of the warmest things about spending the holidays in the country is getting to sit by the wood burning stove/ fire place to sketch.

It rained, which kind of put a damper on the hiking plans I'd had, but I'm glad I got to do some sketching either way.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Mesh Distortions

Draw a distorted mesh over a magazine photo and transcribe the portrait onto a unform grid. I used the veil that Linda was wearing as the refernce mesh for this goache sketch. This can be a fun way of doing caricatures.

I've been busy lately. Aside from getting serious about starting my own animation production house in KW, and doing the first casual pitch of "raccoon & possum" to friends, I've joined the Toronto Animated Image Society. Their recent seminar "Pitching for Animation" at the NOW Lounge last week was very educational.

Check out TAIS at: http://www.tais.ca

Monday, November 28, 2005

Orphans..


Orphans have a way of seeing the world like no one else. I enjoy coming up with stories that include a focal orphan achetype. (See Carol Pearson's book, "Awakening the hero within," or anything by Joseph Campbell)

I was flipping through an old sketchbook the other day and I came across the rough character drawing for the sketch above. This turtle is based on the species I did my undergraduate ecology research on, back before I remembered drawing is what I enjoy doing best. I scribbled in some tone tonight and posted it just for you..

rob



Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thank You!















The two paintings above have appeared on many of my thank you and holiday cards over the past four years. In recognition of the many great people that have recently met with me, and offered advice and encouragement toward going after my dreams, I am posting them here. Thank you!

Rockwood Island shows the seasonal effects of the acidic water on limestome bedrock. I painted this in 2000 after a family outting. Rockwood is a conservation area just east of Guelph, Ontario.

Algonquin Lagoon documents a canoe trip that I took with a friend in 1999. We paddled out of Kiosk, in the north, and rarely saw a soul for four days; quite a different experience from our regular trips through the southern access points.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Life Drawing in K-W

It is a bit of a challenge to keep on top of life drawing in the Kitchener Waterloo area.

I've been trying to go to one tuesday night class, but Tuesdays seem to be popular for a lot of things, so I've only made it out to two classes in the past month.

The poses are typically longer than what we animator's are used too. They start with 10 or so 60secs. and go to 5 mintutes. I don't burn paper very fast.

Monday, November 14, 2005


This is first DFI title I ever worked on. If you've heard of the virtual frog dissection program that is saving frogs by replacing traditional dissectons in the classrooms, this is the one.

I upgraded the original frog (version 2) for DFI to 32bit technology (Version 2.5) with little prior multimedia experience and very little direction.

I was eager to move on to designing new DFI products, and enjoyed peeking in on some of the other development projects, so I worked very fast and got it done in just a few hops.

Please check out www.digitalfrog.com and tell your school superintendant about this great educational software company.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ode de "Raiders"


The first storyboards I ever saw were for "Raiders of the Lost Ark." I have decided to pay tribute to those inspirations and board the whole movie for fun.

Friday, November 04, 2005


I had my mock interview at the Ball & Lange today. They video taped me. It went well. Quite an interesting process. I was role playing for an interview for a storyboarding position, in corporate education.

... I'd give me the job.. LOL

This is a rough character design for the story idea I am currently boarding. The character stars in this short film, yet untitled, but first made an appearance as a secondary character in "the Beaver" (resting in first pass story phase).

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"Any fire has the potential to be sacred, as long as it is intended for good."

"A sacred fire can be set almost any where."

"A sacred fire is for health, healing, and happiness."

I went to the Working Centre today in Kitchener-Waterloo to volunteer. I helped handmake recycled paper. It was a lot of fun.

My plan is to volunteer a few more times, then book some time to make my own paper for business cards.

I also talked to them about possibly exchanging some of my animation knowledge for help with making my short film.

Check out: http://www.theworkingcentre.org
*strikes a match*
...with this sacred spice bundle, of sage, cedar, tobacco and sweet grass, and a coal from my last fire, I declare this fire sacred.

All good spirits living or passed are invited to sit with me by my fire.

There are many stories to tell.