Stuff that makes me wanna DO stuff:

Jun 132011
Ronald Searle's Birthday

I can’t think of any cartoonist that I admire more than the great RONALD SEARLE. Many others feel the same about this superb satirist and stylist, including the 70 PIXAR artists who recently sent him a 91st BIRTHDAY SKETCHBOOK filled with tributes; a project which I was honored (though intimidated) to be included in. It [...]

It’s all about LOVE

 Posted by on February 17, 2011  Friends, Inspiration
Feb 172011
It's all about LOVE

If you have around 50 minutes to spare, please watch this wonderful, wise, profanity-laden presentation, as JOHN STEVENSON (director of KUNG FU PANDA) gives his perspective on the creative process, and how to keep the spark alive as a working commercial artist. As commercial artists, the trick is to find true enthusiasm for doing work [...]

Creative Cronies

 Posted by on March 3, 2010  Artists, Friends, Inspiration
Mar 032010
Creative Cronies

I have been busy lately, but creative output on my personal projects has been slow… Which sounds like a good excuse to post about interesting things my friends have been doing. Sanjay Patel has completed a new book, called RAMAYANA: DIVINE LOOPHOLE, this time published by CHRONICLE BOOKS. It is another of his explorations of, [...]

Rise of the LAIKANS

 Posted by on May 24, 2009  Artists, Inspiration, Websites, Work
May 242009
Rise of the LAIKANS

Working at LAIKA Studios in Beautiful Portland has allowed me to meet some wonderful artists. None of whom I had met before, but some who’s work I was already familiar with. VERA BROSGOL is incapable of doing an un-appealing drawing. Beautiful storyboard drawings simply SQUIRT from her fingertips (personally, I have to GRUNT mine out). [...]

An Inspired Christmas

 Posted by on December 25, 2008  Friends, Inspiration, Updates, Websites
Dec 252008
An Inspired Christmas

Rather than post my own Christmas card, here’s a link to a Christmas post by Rhode Montijo. Both he and his writer pal Jason Jaworski recently set up on Broadway in New York city to make hand-drawn crayon portraits and type-written short stories for the passer-by Christmas shoppers. In return, the recipients were encouraged to [...]


 Posted by on May 29, 2008  Artists, Friends, Inspiration
May 292008

Derek Thompson’s website is called DerekMonster because of his love of drawing monsters but the moniker also fits the man himself, because he is an ART MONSTER. Derek will share his hyperactive and hyper-talented style of magic in his forthcoming lecture in the Gnomon Workshop series of DVDs, where artists from the film, comics and [...]

May 262008
Drawn Patrol

Years ago, I worked at a studio where a lot of extra-curricular funny drawings were done by the crew. We drew caricatures of eachother, or of people seen on the streets at lunch hour, and we traded goofy doodles about funny things that happened around the studio, in-jokes and other silly stuff, and I joined [...]

Kung Fu Panda

 Posted by on May 19, 2008  Film/TV, Friends, Inspiration
May 192008
Kung Fu Panda

This picture shows the partnership between one of my all-time favourite human beings, Mr John Stevenson, and PO, a character designed by one of my all-time favourite artists, Nicolas Marlet. As I write this, John is currently wowing them in Cannes with his new movie, KUNG FU PANDA, which he directed (alongside John Osborne). The [...]