Friday, November 30, 2007

Echo and the Bunnymen ~ "Bring on the Dancing Horses" music video, 1985

I just saw this for the first time on YouTube. It's directed by Anton Corbijn. I rather like this video, but I feel a little strange for liking it. Maybe it is because I like the song, or my appreciation of Corbijn's work. I really don't know why I like this. I would like to know if anybody else actually likes this.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Emmett's Birthday and the discovery of TOP CAT

As usual, my birthday this year just happened to fall upon Thanksgiving, so my family and I had a double celebration. My sister, who is a culinary student, took charge of my birthday treat shown below. All I asked was no chocolate this year, and in turn, I got a lovely collection of cream-filled, sugar glazed pastries (I can't remember what the dish is called, but it was still great).

What did I do on my birthday besides eating? I discovered Hanna Barbera's Top Cat for the first time in my life. Although I had discovered many HB characters when I was a little kid (through one of our local video stores), I never found anything on Top Cat, even though the character popped up in HB images every so often. I found myself attracted to it, which is I guess isn't too sup rising. I find HB's characters to be among the most appealing, right up there with Looney Tunes characters and others.

Along with Top Cat, I also watched a Looney Tunes DVD with my Grandmother. She's getting up there, and it was wonderful to see her laughing. I showed her Bob Clampett's Book Revue with Daffy Duck (one of my favorites). And not only was she laughing, but she was excited to pick out all the celebrities parodied in the cartoon. A true classic.

I would like to wish whoever reads this blog a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Pitti and Pogo

Sorry for being so unreliable. My schedule is really hectic, as I am now in the full swing of animating my thesis. I guess if I am going to keep this blog going, I may have to avoid writing entries for a while. I will still put up pictures and videos.

Here is one of the pencil/color tests I have been working on. Pitti is pretty hungry here.

Also, here is a Pogo by Walt Kelly from 1968. I have been getting into Pogo for the last month.

I have spent so much time trying to be a good animator, that I haven't paid enough attention to being a good draftsman (I see a huge difference between the two).