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March 26, 2008

Paul - Artist from Presentation


And heres that calendar thing I was talking about:


March 25, 2008

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Lecture

MCAD, Auditorium 150
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' collaborations include the animated short When the Day Breaks, which received the Cannes Palme d'or for Best Short Film and an Academy Award nomination among its many honors.

Tilby and Forbis studied film at Vancouver's Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and are experienced educators themselves: Tilby has taught at Harvard University and Montreal's Concordia University, while Forbis leads animation workshops for children. They are currently working together on a film for the National Film Board titled Wild Life.

Off Kilter Comics Lecture and Reception


Curated by Chicago cartoonist Onsmith, this exhibit showcases cartoonists who approach comic art in varied ways, including expressive line work, abstracted narratives, geometric drawings, diagrammatic layouts and easily digestible images. Artists featured include Zak Sally ( La Mano), Lilli Carre, John Hankiewicz, Dan Zettwoch and Ivan Brunetti.

Brunetti, Hankiewicz, Onsmith and Sally will take part in a free, public gallery talk to open the exhibition on Friday, April 4, starting at 6 p.m. A gallery reception follows until 8 p.m.


March 24, 2008

My Kid Could Paint That

Hey guyyyyyys! So over spring break I happened to run across this documentary at movie gallery called "My Kid Could Paint That". I don't know if any of you have heard of Marla Olmstead, but she's an amazing abstract painter...and only 4 YEARS OLD! She's been compared to Picasso and has sold many of her paintings for thousands of dollars! It was really interesting and you should definitely check it out!

I also thought she'd be interesting to do for someone's artist! Check out her website at marlaolmstead.com (I forgot how to link a website to the blog! sorry!)

March 14, 2008


another one!! this one showed up in amundson hall, and i don't even know where that is. apparently, my plan to recruit my friends to spread it is working! this one came from someone i know, and he said, "sneaky zine placement" on my facebook wall. man, i feel so cool.

i might have to come out with an issue #2.

March 13, 2008

Andy Warhol, Eduardo Cortes

By using mass-produced objects as his inspiration, as well as relying on screen printing rather than painting, Warhol abolished the principal of artistic originality, instead utilizing images familiar to everyone and practices almost anyone could repeat.


David Rausch - #7

here is the drawings from my idea.

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This guy turns into a tree and then gets burnt to the ground by a cloud. Game Over.

March 12, 2008

exciting news!!

hey everybody! i just got an email from somebody named kyle about my zine. it said, "i wanna be sneaky too! love, kyle." i am just so excited over this.


March 11, 2008

Will Barras - Clarissa


This is work by Will Barras. He's and up and coming Illustrator from Halesowen, England. He has been in Europe, America, and Japan and now resides in London. He is currently Illustrating at Bermuda Shorts and doing his own illustrations in his studio. If you want to check out more on this artist and others that I found while checking him out take a look at these websites:






Hey guys I saw this on the AIGA site and thought it might be relative to this class:

Friday, March 21, 2008
01:00 pm - 02:00pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD
2501 Stevens Avenue
Auditorium 150
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Michael Fleishman is an illustrator, educator and author of several books, including Exploring Illustration (Thomson Delmar Learning) and How to Grow as an Illustrator (Allworth Press). A freelance illustrator for more than 25 years, he has written for several publications, including HOW and STEP Inside Design, and he is a frequent presenter at design and educational conferences. He is developing a new series for Thomson titled The Visual Artist at Work.

Sketchbook post, Animation, Chelsey

I'm working on two ideas right now one involving a creepy shadow and another involving a creepy creature stepping out of a box to the song New Soul.

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March 10, 2008

Ellie Drotning- Post #7

Sorry this is late everyone- I completely spaced last night! These are my character studies/ brainstorms for what my main (and only) character will look like. i was debating between a sketchy style or a very geometric, clean style. I think I'll go with the second. And I debating if she should have a face or not, but I think having no face will be more effective once the animation is done.

Charles O. Sketchbook Post #7

These are my break dancing box and circle characters! The guy at the bottom left is another character for a possible second skit.

Emily Graupner

Hello. My animation will depict the struggle I face almost every day when I try to take of my boots. It’s nearly impossible and funny to watch for everyone who is not me. I’m not sure how detailed I’m going to get with the character, but I’ll probably place more emphases on detailed movements than on the character itself.

Clarissa's Post #7

This is what I have so far for my baker to cupcake idea, I'm getting pretty excited about it

Jason Raish-kaitlin


Draw pictures and travel the world? Sign me up.
Freelance Illustrator Jason Raish:
based in NYC, has at least one brother, draws for magazines.
www.jasonraish.com <---has an interesting travel/personal blog, reminds me of our class blog.

meuh-kaitlin SB#7


Rabbit vs. Robot. This involves a hula hoop and a very flexible middle area. I want the rabbit to look really fun and squishy. And the robot like a box that has a blinker on top. I have the beginning of a plotline, and an idea of how to end it-most likely not in violence. I think sound effects or music would be fun, but not necessary.


Hey guys!
My animation is called "You Put a Lime in the..." It takes place on a beach, with the ocean in the background, and a palm tree with coconuts in the foreground. Here's the general idea.

A guy wearing swim trunks walks into the scene and spots a lime on the sand. He thinks to himself, "A lime in the coconut!" (Like the song, which by the way will be playing instrumentally throughout).
So, as he shakes the tree vigorously to get a coconut to fall, we see a tight shot of a monkey peer from behind a leaf and frown.
The guy continues to shake the tree, and BAM! A can of coke flies down, smacking him in the head.
As he sits up dumbfounded, the monkey struts by holding a mixed drink and says, "You put a lime in the COKE you nut!" (the lyrics will kick in a this point)
I have sketches and character studies, but my scanner is on the fritz and I will borrow someone's tomorrow and post them asap.

David Rausch - SB #7

So I kind of don't have a scanner or a camera at the moment to show you guys my sweet pics. I was planning to scan in my stuff at school today but I forgot to do it. I'll get them up tomorrow. But my idea is to have a guy holding a sign that says "Save the Trees!" and then he will turn into a tree and then a cloud is going to hit him with lightning and he is going to burn to the ground.

Game Over.

Nikki_Sketchbook 7


I have decided to do a jack in the box animation. It's going to have a little man that is turning the knob of the side and it won't open when you expect it to. I would also like to add the jack in the box music and in the end it will end up blowing up.

meher-sketchbook post #7

this is my idea for my animation. i'm still thinking about it, and i may change a few things around. another idea i had was doing an animation of how my hat came into existence. either way, the style will be the same...i can't seem to get away from the style of stick figures i've developed. and you know? i'm not sure if i WANT to.

i also found another animation that i'd like to share. this commercial came out a couple of years ago i think. i loved it then, and i still love it now:

i think the music and animation work together really well in it, and it's subtly humorous. plus, it's interesting to see it in a flip book format, although i have a suspicion you would need a lot more pages than those found in a checkbook...

sketchbook post, Animation, Chelsey

I'm working on character sketches and two different ideas. One is about an ugly creature stepping out of a box to the song New Soul, another idea is a long creepy shadow slinking down an alley and when the owner of the shadow steps into view he is just shaped exactly like his shadow.

Matt Wenger - Post#7


I know how this looks, but trust me, it will go in a different direction in my animation. I've decided to make an animation for a mash-up song and this figure here has to do with a ying yang twins lyric. I've drawn about 20 some womanly poses for this part of the animation, but for the sake of not making the blog all trashy I decided to only post one image. This womanly figure will eventually turn into a salt shaker, so that's where it's going.

March 9, 2008


Hey guys! So I've completely changed my idea because I didn't want there to only be people in my drawing! Therefore, I'm going to have a guy being eaten by a shark. :-) Basically i'm going to have the fin sticking out of the water, and you will be able to see the guy's body...and he's going to try to be swimming away, but eventually the shark will catch up and chomp chomp chomp, eats the man! So that's the idea, these are some initial sketches and I'm going to have more done for tuesday, but I've had a huge amount of homework to do this weekend so I haven't had much time to get a ton of sketches done! So there you have it, and see ya Tuesdayyyyyyy.

Paul Sketchbook #7

So for my animation I plan on having this mopey looking guy fall through the ground. After falling through the ground for a while, it will cut back to this scene where he'll land in a dumpster off to the left.

Heres a different shot of the guy, looking extra mopey.

(these are drawn a lot bigger than I'll probably do for the animation.)

Micki- Animation

For my animation, I'm doing it on our Labradoodle Murphy who always sits in front of window the entire time until our mom returns home. He will whimper and bark as she is leaving and then just sit and wait. So I'm going to start my animation with my mom saying bye to Murphy and his head will be turned to the sound of her voice, then the door will slam and Murphy will whip is head towards the window to watch her leave. The garage door will open and close and the car will pull back little by little until it disappears. I will be switching from the back view of Murphy to a close up side view of his face to capture the emotion on him at different times in the animation. I will make his tail move back and forth and anything else that moves on his body of course. I will switch to the back view of him to capture the day dwindling down to the evening with the sun moving and appearing at different positions outside the window. I don't think the detail of the outside will be that excessive, just some outlines of the road and sun and whatever else. I'm going to end with my mom walking into the door and Murphy running off the screen and fade out with that. It will be a happy ending with happy music playing in the background. It will start off with some somewhat sad music because Murphy is very depressed that our mom is leaving him for a bit. Barking and whimpering sounds will occur. The drawings on the right side of my paper are of Murphy's head movement when he goes from looking towards the sound of my mom's voice to whipping his head towards the window. I'm still trying to figure out how to make that realistic as I can, but it won't be easy. Some of the other images are side views of murphy to capture his emotion and what the back view images will look like with the car gradually moving back. My title will be "WAITING..." The video I posted is a reference for me to see how someone else created the realistic movement of a dogs head with drawing. I hope you enjoy it!

March 8, 2008

You suck at Photoshop #8

Just looking online at videos and came across this one. Apparently it is number eight of a sereis of them.

To the Beat Zine, Eduardo Cortes

Hello everyone.

Since I never had my zine critiqued in class I would love to hear comments or feedback about it from anybody.
My zine was the one called "To the Beat". Electronic music genres.
In the zine I put some examples of some songs for each genre but obviously you need to hear them first. So below there is a link that will show you the songs from each genre so you guys can listen to them. You have to be patient since this kind of music tends to be repetitive and a little tedious. Just click on the link and open with windows media player or any mp3 player.


March 7, 2008

Laura Sketchbook Post #7

If you look at my storyboard, it's pretty straightforward what I'm doing. I'm going to try to make this animation loop well, with the ending frame being the same as the beginning, so this kitty can be repeatedly bonked on the head. What I chose to create this with is tracing paper, which I will later scan in.

Project #3: Animation

Here is the assignment sheet:
Download file

Here is an animation tutorial in photoshop:

Sneezing Guy and Animation Site

Sneezing guy:

A site with a range of animators.

This one in particular is good, I thought:
Matt Abbiss,

Student Examples-Animation Assignment

Here is the link to last semester's student animations:

March 5, 2008

Clarissa 's Sketchbook Post #6

Sooo.... forgot to post an animation, but I thought better late than never. But I found one that pertained to an idea that I had for my animation. I was thinking of morphing a cupcake into something. So I thought this one was interesting.

March 4, 2008

Chelsey, Sketchbook post, Edward Gorey

This is a link to an animation from my favorite illustrator, and it delightfully creepy.

March 3, 2008

Emily Graupner

Every time I watch this I am a happier person. This is an animated music video to “Genius of Love? by the Tom Tom Club. It’s a classic, but Mariah Carey got her hands all over it so you may recognize her version first. It has relevance to the upcoming assignment and to my zine (whereby images are created to convey the feeling of the song).

Charles A drawing on the wall animation

Sigafoos Sketchbook 6

Here is the hand drawn animation I found, by an artist named Chris James.
Its fun to watch these drawings transform from one thing to another.

David- Sketchbook Post 6

So this isn't exactly the animation we will be doing, this is computer based stop motion, but it is still pretty interesting and super super funny. I couldn't find any code to actually put the screen up here so your going to have to use the link, but it is this guy who does 4 minute video game reviews using little stick figures while he narrates with his British/Australian accent. It's great.


Whitney - Sketchbook post #6

This animation I thought was very simple but used fading in and out really well with the drawings.I thought it was actually neat seeing the hair of the figure change with each image. It helps with the simplicity and to show that it is hand drawn. And of course, it has a good little message. :)


Hey guys, so Tuesday nights in March AIGA and the Walker will be presenting "Reinventions: Insights 2008 Design Lecture Series." March 25th, the series will host a designer by the name of Ed Fella. He is known for his innovative hand-rendered and typographic compositions, collages, and elaborate sketchbooks. I find him to be especially relevant since we have been working with zines (which combine illustration and collaging, of course). Fella's work can inspire designers to remember they can DRAW in a time where computer-aided design seems to take over.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
07:00 pm

Here's his website, which reminds me quite a bit of our zine project in the way it combines drawing and collage.

Angst Cartoon-Natalie Olbrantz

I thought this was pretty funny and I liked how it was super simple. I thought it was a good example of what we'll be doing in the next few weeks. :-)


Eduardo Cortes.

This is pretty simple but I thought it was cool.

Ellie Drotning- Post #6 (take two!)

Hey everyone- I know I already posted my sketchbook for this week, but I just remembered this music video, and I just couldn't resist sharing it with you guys. No joke, I think this is probably one of my favorite music videos, and you can laugh at me if you want, but minus the bad 80's hair I think it's pretty great! Take a look!

Take On Me by A-Ha

Nikki_Sketchbook 6

I'm sure you have all seen Salad Fingers but I thought the animation of it is pretty relative to what we are doing in class...super creepy tho!

March 2, 2008

matt Wenger - Post#6

This animation is just how I image our projects will be, i think it's the notebook that gives me that idea.

March 1, 2008

Benson-Sketchbook #6


I found this on youtube as you can tell and this video came up right away and I have to say, it is sweet. It's a little over 4 minutes long and is very entertaining. I thought this would be a cool video to show for our animation assignment. I hope you all enjoy it! :)


This animation has a series of episodes. I dislike greatly when he laughs, talks or makes any noise at all. He is obnoxious. This is one of the least obnoxious cartoons.
But I admire the use of lines to create the character and objects, and how the background color changes with his mood. Simple, and effective.

The feisty Italian cartoon reminded me of another animation that I love.
I know, I know, it's Disney-but it's FANTASIA (2000). The style replicates that of the artist Al Hirshfeld-he's good with lines. AND it's set to a George Gerswin classic, Rhapsody in Blue. I can't get over how charming it is, the witty use of simple color and half-finshed detail works so well with the soundtrack. The characters seem extra lively compared to the rest of the city.
The one odd things that sticks out in my mind are the eyelashes of the waitress- I can't get over them. Why are there bead-things on the ends? Wouldn't that be heavy? They look like spider legs. Or showgirl lashes.

Paul Sketchbook #6

So this is a short I'm pretty sure I saw on Channel Frederator. Channel Frederator is a video podcast that comes out ever week or so that showcases all sorts of animation.

Here's their website: www.channelfrederator.com
And here it is on iTunes: Channel Frederator

Cool stuff.

meher-sketchbook post #6

i just wrote a great blog...and it was deleted. i will mourn for it later. here is the video, and here is the website for the people who animated it; they've got quite a few videos racked up for some cool artists.


chip kiiiiiiiidd

sorry heba! obviously i was not paying attention. i can't seem to save it as a pdf...but i've saved it as a jpg, and this seems a little more exciting anyway.