James Baker

Raised in Australia, James Baker is a pencil-jockey who's worked in the animation industry since 1982. He has worked at studios all over the world, and now makes his home in San Francisco. This blog is a place for him to explore personal projects in both writing and drawing.

February Sketches

 Posted by on February 28, 2015  Drawings, Lefties
Feb 282015
 
February Sketches

Here are some watercolor sketches done on location around San Francisco in this past month. The first was done in Union Square while Julia and I sat prior to our dinner reservation on Valentines day. It was gloriously warm and sunny, with many people out enjoying themselves, and I managed to get a scribbly sketch down, before the [..READ MORE..]

Teenage Camelot

 Posted by on February 22, 2015  Baker's Dozen, Lefties
Feb 222015
 
Teenage Camelot

At around the age of 15, I met a group of older teenagers who’d already finished with high school, shared a house and lived on the dole. I thought they were the height of teen cool because they could do whatever they wanted; woah. I was still obliged to wear my school uniform and kow-tow to ‘the man’ [..READ MORE..]

Phil Robinson

 Posted by on January 28, 2015  Colleagues, Friends
Jan 282015
 
Phil Robinson

A beloved longtime member of the Bay Area animation community, has finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer after battling it bravely for over 3 years. Phil Robinson will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jennifer, and his many friends from around the world, me amongst them. Phil came to the Bay Area in the early 1980s but I [..READ MORE..]

The Bullet Train

 Posted by on January 13, 2015  Drawings, Friends, JourneyMan, Travel
Jan 132015
 
The Bullet Train

In late 1996 I was in a mood to travel. There was an impasse in my life and, as with similar confusing junctions before and since, I hit the road, spending Christmas in Britain with friends, planning to head to Paris in the New Year, by way of the train through the CHUNNEL. Nobody was riding the EUROSTAR [..READ MORE..]

Sketch Trek: THE NEXT GENERATION

 Posted by on January 2, 2015  Film/TV, Lefties
Jan 022015
 
Sketch Trek: THE NEXT GENERATION

As a follow up to some Star Trek TV sketching we did months ago, Julia and I did more sketch nights of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a favourite of Julia’s that I wasn’t so familiar with. When Star Trek: TNG was first broadcast, in the late 1980s, I was working in Asia and Europe; countries where I couldn’t understand television anyway and [..READ MORE..]

Happy CHRISTMAS 2014!

 Posted by on December 25, 2014  Pencil-Jockey, Updates
Dec 252014
 
Happy CHRISTMAS 2014!

Happy Christmas to you all (please insert whatever holiday you prefer, religious, or secular) and I hope you gather with your loved ones today. Speaking of good company; two years ago, before I got sick, I was surrounded by dear friends as we worked together on a TV Christmas special; “The Toy Story that Time forgot.” It’s most [..READ MORE..]

Space FLiK

 Posted by on December 5, 2014  Baker's Dozen, Childhood art, Drawings, Thoughts
Dec 052014
 
Space FLiK

Recently, I found a small cardboard box that contains all the artwork, and the super-8 film spool of a movie I made when I was 15/16, for my final high school HSC art exam. This celluloid masterpiece was called SPACE FLiK, and was a hopelessly crude parody of Star Wars in the style of Mad magazine (two things [..READ MORE..]

Kid Kalimari

 Posted by on November 27, 2014  Drawings, Sephilina, Updates
Nov 272014
 
Kid Kalimari

This guy here is called KID KALIMARI, a comics character that I never did much with. He is related to another one of my characters that I have actually followed through on publishing; SEPHILINA.  He lives in the city of SAN FIASCO, and ends up becoming a pal of ROCKET & the PROFESSOR. In the back of my [..READ MORE..]

Here Be Monsters

 Posted by on October 10, 2014  Drawings, JourneyMan, VisDev
Oct 102014
 
Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters is a book illustrated and written by Alan Snow that inspired the animated film, The Boxtrolls. The book is a rambling grab-bag of fun ideas, seemingly every idea that Alan Snow ever had up till that point. It is a very enjoyable read, but presented a problem to adapt into a 90 minute movie. There [..READ MORE..]

The Boxtrolls

 Posted by on September 26, 2014  Film/TV, JourneyMan, Pencil-Jockey
Sep 262014
 
The Boxtrolls

I’ve admired the films of Laika for years, and now I’m pleased to say that I’ve been involved in one; THE BOXTROLLS. From 2008-2012 I worked on this film, and to make this an extra special experience for me, it was directed by my dear friend of many years, Tony Stacchi, and Graham Annabel, a new friend made [..READ MORE..]