Friday, July 25, 2008


I made a film at the National Film Board titled "Lucretia", back in the day when animation was cell painted. The Dr. Suess style poem was penned by journalist Peter Desbaras as a Christmas story of a she-devil desperate to find out what Christmas is all about. It feels like yesterday, when I would sit in my small room, lit by light from an animation disc and animate till it would blind me. I had a great crew of artists helping out with the rendering of the characters (thanks Errol).

As I update "Lou" in photoshop, it has stirred up some memories. I don't have many cels of the film, some were given away as Christmas cards to bureaucrats. When the boxes were plundered for images I got the complaint that it was really hard to find NICE pictures to turn into cards because my drawings don't read well as stills, but seem better to work when projected one after another on screeen. Isn't that what animation is?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Films with art

Immersed in writing a script, I take inspiration from Hitchcock's idea of using a painting to create a mystery around Madeline, and at the same time to help define her. For this image, I drew Kim Novak from a promotional photo for Vertigo, and the spiraled graphics were actually inspired by her hair. I am always wanting to work more with shapes rather than lines, but I resorted to lines to make sure she was recognizable.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Little Prince from Asteroid B-612

The beloved little prince. This book is worth reading when older too.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

white caps

Hoping to join the art jumble crowd with this one. What lies beneath white caps when there is no wind.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Irja's sauna

So much for immersing myself into digital lessons. Nothing says 'yesterday' like a graphite rendering of a wood burning sauna drawn by the light of a oil lamp. Inspiration as a result of perspiration.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


There should be more curves in Architecture.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


My favourite medium is charcoal. It's fast to give an image strength and forgiving.
This sunset was done in about half hour. Another hour went to judging if it was finished.