A little about my artwork:
I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.
I forgot about the penguins so the answer would be no unless you count seeing movie posters for Madagascar on the subway.
G: I would like to see you rework them but use reference.
As I answered a question or gave more detail on a illustration Giuseppe seemed to have already moved on and was looking at a different image. It made it a little confusing and yet entertaining to see how his thought processed worked.
G: Have you ever used ink quills?
Me: Not since college I don't remember being good at it.
G: Maybe you should try again.
Giuseppe has a true passion for art. I could seen it as he critique my portfolio.
It was easy to get swept up in his enthusiasm I hardly slept that night after our first chat.
I was so inspired I did the above image in one sitting the very next morning.
2nd week my first attempt using ink quills, reference and figuring out color
Second week G's email response to my email to him with the above image. "Vary the line by using different nips" (well something like that)
3rd week final artwork
It was not easy for me to let go of the original characters.
But Giuseppe is inspiring; in the back of my head I kept hearing a voice say
"Trust your art director" and I had to just let go and trust.
Once I let go and found the first penguin reference everything else just fell into place.
I woke up on Sunday morning to an email from one of the publishers
I am interested in working with.
"I will keep you in mind for future projects that may suit your style. Until then, I wish you continued success.
We are going paperless, so help us save trees by NOT adding me to your snail mail list. Snail mail art samples will be discarded. Instead, please send me an occasional email to editor(at)Blank Publisher(dot)com when you update your website, or email me a lo-res jpg every few months."
I know this does not mean I am going to get "the call" today or even this month/year.
But it does say stay in touch.
All because of a postcard, so pick a postcard any postcard.
I have dusted off the DVD's and sat back to watch films I worked on some twenty years ago
On Monday March 2nd I will be part of a panel decision
Michael Sporn was one of the giants of the New York animation community. From 1980 until his untimely death last year, Michael Sporn’s studio produced many acclaimed television specials, most of them animated entirely here in New York.
To commemorate the first anniversary of his passing, ASIFA-EAST is hosting an evening of Tribute to Michael Sporn–and we’re encouraging members of the animation community to contribute to a tribute reel to be presented at the event and preserved online.
ASIFA-East Tribute to Michael Sporn
Monday, March 2, 2015
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
SVA Theatre [Beatrice]
333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
(no RSVP required).
Please join the others who knew him, worked with him, and read “Splog”–his celebrated blog to look back at his foot prints and keep his legacy alive for the future.