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Thursday, December 31, 2009


The Thing In The Distance is playing at Future Film Festival in Italy. 3rd appearance at the festival, which is nice

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Safari! Again!

I have always been annoyed that I didn't include the exclamation mark after the title...

Safari from Elliot Cowan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

In The Dark

The original Boxhead and Roundhead cartoon.
As ever, email me if you'd like a compilation DVD

In The Dark from Elliot Cowan on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A card

I was asked to rough up this design for a Christmas card.

It had to show something unpleasant escaping from the box but we never see what the thing is.
The recipient of the card would be required to fill that in in the final box.
Mine was apparently too unpleasant...

Monday, December 07, 2009


Does anyone read

I found this letter from Dr Seuss to a young fan.
I'm reasonably sure economics, marketing and middle management make this incredible advice from a very important artist utterly redundant but here it is anyway.
* The full correspondence can be found at the links above.

...About giving you advice...pointers on how to properly write and illustrate a picture book...all I can say is this:

This is a field in which no one can give you pointers but yourself.

The big successes in this field all succeeded because they wrote and they wrote and they drew and they drew. They studied what they'd drawn and they studied what they'd written each time asking themselves one question: How can I do it better, next time?

To develop an individual style of writing and drawing, always go to yourself for criticsm. If you ask advice from too many other people, then you no longer are yourself.

The thing to do, and I am sure you will do it, is to keep up your enthusiasm! Every job is a lot of fun, no matter how much work it takes. If you'll plug away and do exactly what you are doing, making it better and better every month and every year...that you CAN be successful.

The very best of luck to you!

Your friend,

(Signed, 'Dr. Seuss')



Sunday, December 06, 2009


The Thing In The Distance wins a Golden Pencil for 2D animation at the 2D or Not 2D animation festival.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

2D or Not 2D

The Thing In The Distance has its North American premiere at the 2D or Not 2D festival in Seattle Washington.
For details of the festival visit HERE.

From the festival blog:
"Here’s a perfect example real innovation and yet a traditional approach combined. The somewhat spooky but extremely enjoyable “The Thing in the Distance” by Elliot Cowan is one you must not miss. Suffice it to say, you won’t have seen anything’ like it before!"

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

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