I made this promo for a book about Kafka and Rabbi Nachmann.
It ain't too bad.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I have just read an article by a Los Angeles television critic about the Emmy nominations.
I personally couldn't care less about the Emmy's themselves (or any other awards for that matter, unless I'm nominated for something).
His words sum up perfectly my own feelings towards the massively successful string of recent hits in my own industry recently.
I should care to meet this fellow and say "Thank you for expressing everything I've been whining about for so long".
"they are not beloved by me. I don't say this to be contrary or controversial. If anything, I'm in a state of wonderment. It feels odd, critically, to remain so unmoved by things that have moved so many, to be left cold by what warms the multitudes. Do I think that people who like these shows are wrong? I suppose in some way I must, just as I imagine that they would pity my inability to enjoy them, as though I were unable to appreciate the taste of strawberries or the smell of cut grass. … "Modern Family" does not work on me at all. It's as if we existed on different planes, or came from different planets, or that I suffered from some sort of neurological deficit that denatured every joke and feel-good moment."
at 12:58 AM
Friday, August 27, 2010
Nancy Beiman's Animated Performance: Bringing imaginary animal, human and fantasy characters to life.
Nancy Beiman's new book "Animated Performance" should find a place on the bookshelf of anyone who creates character based work, whether it's animation, illustration, comic art, writing or portraiture.
Although written particularly for animators, it is not a technical "how to" book, which should be appealing to non animators.
There's no endless dreary theory either.
It's straight forward information that encourages the artist to think about the characters they are working with or creating.
This may sound obvious, but it's not.
A quick glance at the animation landscape should reveal this.
Further and deeper examination of character, and characters relationship to story will hopefully push us to experiment more and to do better work.
Apart from Nancy's text (which, from the little I know her feels just like her throughout), the book is large and packed full of terrific, wonderful illustrations.
I contributed a couple myself and every one of Nancy's are 163 times better than mine.
There are some birdy dinosaurs that I especially like. I also love the stretchy cats.
It's available for pre-order at amazon.com, here.
at 6:50 PM