Animation Teaching

 Posted by on May 19, 2016  Pencil-Jockey, Updates
May 192016
 

For the past few months I've been teaching 3 seperate classes in 2D hand drawn animation at Academy of Art in San Francisco, filling in for faculty teacher Daisy Church while she was out on maternity leave. Here is a photo of my final class, which was held just this morning; Traditional Animation 3 . (Sadly I did not think to get a photo of the other two classes; Trad 2 and Trad 4).

AAU_Trad3

Although I've been working this animation racket for over over 30 years I've never taught it to others before. In one sense, this was being dropped into the deep end, teaching around 40 students in 3 seperate classes, but in another sense it was the best case scenario, in that I had Daisy's well established curriculum to follow each week. Once I thought of myself not as a teacher but as a crew member, collaborating with students and brainstorming towards a creative goal (which is what I normally do anyway) it all clicked into place for me.

I'm not sure if teaching will be something I do often or simply a temporary thing, but it was a very interesting experience to work with these young artists, especially as I'm currently restoring a super-8 movie I made when I was 16 (just slightly younger than these students). The past few months have reminded me of the teen enthusiasm for animation that got me into this career in the first place, and took me around the world. Entering the animation industry will be so very different in 2017 San Francisco than it was for me back in 1982 Sydney that my advice about career specifics is almost meaningless, but hopefully I conveyed enough of the technical issues, and broader career strategies for the industry that these students love as much as I do, to make a difference to these young artists.

SEPHILINA the Nauti Girl

 Posted by on February 20, 2016  Comics, Projects
Feb 202016
 
SEPHILINA the Nauti Girl

It's not easy being a member of the ugliest species in the known universe! Thankfully, SEPHILINA, like all other SQUOIDS, can shape-shift and appears as a cute-ish blue girl in green tentacle dreadlocks.







Seattle 2015

 Posted by on January 25, 2016  Lefties, Location Sketching, Travel
Jan 252016
 
Seattle 2015

In the final days of 2015, we flew to Washington State to celebrate Julia's birthday (which is also known as New Year's Eve in the rest of the world). Although it was quite chilly in Washington (by Californian standards anyway) we were blessed with some beautiful sunny weather, and Julia and I both did a little sketching near [..READ MORE..]







CHICAGO 2015

 Posted by on January 3, 2016  Lefties, Location Sketching, Travel
Jan 032016
 
CHICAGO 2015

In summer of 2015, Julia and I went to Chicago to visit her family and enjoy that great city. We both did a lot of sketching on that trip, but I only just scanned mine recently and here they are. Julia's Sister and Brother in Law were attending an out of town wedding and we volunteered to hang with [..READ MORE..]







the inbetweener

 Posted by on November 5, 2015  Family, Lefties, Pencil-Jockey, Thoughts
Nov 052015
 
the inbetweener

I first started working at the Hanna-Barbera animation studio in Sydney when I was 17 years old, joyfully working on some of the crappiest cartoons ever made. I remember that time as one of great personal triumph, but also profound and enduring heartbreak. I'd wanted to work in animation since I was 8 years old but thought such [..READ MORE..]







Wasteland Ronin

 Posted by on October 5, 2015  Film/TV, Lefties, Reviews
Oct 052015
 
Wasteland Ronin

Restricted media is everywhere in the 21st century and parents worry that their children will see something raunchy or violent on a computer but it was difficult for we pre-internet kids to see such material. In 1979 I was 15 years old, unable to get into an 18+ movie and envied schoolmates with older siblings who’d sneak them into [..READ MORE..]







SF Sketches

 Posted by on August 23, 2015  Lefties, Location Sketching
Aug 232015
 
SF Sketches

Here are a few sketches done around San Francisco over the past few months. I've been spending a lot of time at the California Pacific Medical Centre's Castro Street branch lately, and on my way there and back I sometimes stop by the Market and Castro intersection to eat prior to riding the Muni-M line. Here are some left-handed [..READ MORE..]