Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Something from Max...

This one is a beauty from Arna's son, Max Douglas (Salgood Sam). You can follow the picture to Max's 'Dream Life' Flickr pages. Enjoy!

And a Merry Christmas to all!

We will return soon with lots of new stuff to post.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

David Derrick's new book...

Sculptor and Dreamworks story artist has a new 140 page book of sketches out in time for the Christmas giving season:

Go to David's blog for more info!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

How Rude...

Posted by John and Arna:
These guys are from a project that may yet see the light of day.
Drawn by John, coloured by Arna.


Posted by Arna, as seen on College st. in Toronto:

Monday, August 25, 2008

Earlier today...

Posted by Arna:

Midday on the Bloor line. Sitting across from me, this person was doing her best to stay awake but she kept losing the battle. I wonder what she'd been doing to make her so tired at noon on this Monday morning...

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sunday on the subway...

Posted by John:
Pigma brushpen on a moleskine. John and Arna collaborated on the Photoshop tonal treatment.

Friday, April 11, 2008

doodle chain game...

This little 4 panel brain fart popped out after a day of work. ~Arna

I thought it might make a good jumping off point, so here's an invitation to anyone who wants to riff on this theme:

Just leave us a comment here to let us know you've posted your 'chain doodle', and we'll link to your version of “A Boy and His Bug” in this post. I don't care if it's a sequential, but that would be fun. Can't wait to see your images!

Monday, March 31, 2008

A quick sketch from life...

Posted by Arna:

I made this as a note at the end of the modelling sessions. My sculpture needed work and I hoped to finish it when the model was no longer there. That plan didn't work out so well, but I do like this composite sketch.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

a cat doodle dump...

sometimes ya just gotta! (do cat doodles that is).
What did you think I meant? ;)

yes, I know it's time to clean the scanner...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dark Years...

Posted by Arna:

THE DARK YEARS is a three-part animated docudrama. Produced by Barna-Alper Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada and in association with History Television. You can see it on the History Channel this Friday, March 21, beginning at 3:00 PM. Start times are 3, 4, and 5 pm for the entire three parter.

Set in the 1930’s in Canada, it follows the path of the great Depression as told by reporters of The Toronto Star newspaper.

Our pal, John Halfpenny directed the animation, that is to say was co director of the three parter with documentarian Stephen Silver.

Here’s John in an interview describing the process.

This is an ambitious animated epic all done in FLASH, full of great moments. Though I feel it does not always ‘work’ in the story sense, I find its images always compelling. I love the rawness of the animated forms and the stark simplified way the characters move against the textured backgrounds. There is really nothing else like it.

Backgrounds for this epic evoke the art of the era, all the more remarkable since they were painted digitally by artists Maureen Paxton and Clive Powsey.

Here’s a still from a crazy sequence in which the reporter Gordon Sinclair interviews Adolph Hitler! Chuck Gammage did the animation posing for this sequence. Rex Hackelberg designed the characters for this part.

Go to the NFB multimedia pages and watch a bit of the film.

Friday, March 14, 2008

a last minute note...

At the Bloor Cinema tomorrow Saturday, March 15th_08, 4 pm:

Frédéric Back will be speaking at a screening of his films:

TAIS (The Toronto Animated Image Society) will be presenting a program of 80 minutes of 35mm film prints:

All Nothing


The Mighty River, 'Le Fleuve Aux Grandes Eaux'

The Man Who Planted Trees

Go! Saw 'The Mighty River' in Montreal last year. No words to describe the impact this film had on me on a small screen. I can't wait to see it up there on a full size screen.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Queen and Portland aftermath of the fire...

RIP Suspect
Originally uploaded by
Jape Wisteria

Originally uploaded by
nice+smooth ultramedia.

We don't normally post other peoples shots but this will be an exception. These pictures were taken by several Toronto Flickr members who were close to this 6 alarm blaze. Follow the image links to see more.

UPDATE Feb 28_08: Duke's Cycle is posting a running diary on their site of the day-to-day behind the scenes of getting back to business after the fire.

Some of what was lost:
Duke's Cycle shop (levelled. A great 90 year old family business. That's where I bought my last bike.)
Suspect Video On Queen (they still have Suspect on Markham, but a very large stock with many obscure and hard to find films were lost)
Preloved (they just got their lovely spring collection ready)
National Sound (40 years in business, one of the few shops in Toronto still repairing turntables)

Here's a stitched-together image of the block BEFORE the fire posted by Kevin Steele: