Sunday, November 30, 2008

German ace

Adding to the previous doodle, I'm preparing a story about the German hot air balloon aces of WW1. Needless to say, their careers were short.

I'll post the story by the end of the week.

you're excited, aren't you?

French Policeman

Monday, November 24, 2008

On storytelling

Comics doodle, flash and photoshop.

I sat in the park at lunch break and finished Carlos Ruis Zafon's The shadow of the wind. Initially put off by the whiff of queasy gothic romance, I have to admit this book stole me completely.

Set in Barcelona during 30s, it is the story of a kid who finds a book, the last remaining edition by an unknown author. After discovering that someone has been systematically trying to burn every copy of work by this author, the kid is compelled to find out story behind the book. The ensuing web of intrigue and coincidence, evil, misfortune, and love, is exquisite.

I'm in the business of telling stories, and I'm not sure I'm that great, but the one thing I do know is the most valuable asset you possess is the mind of your audience. Depending on your art form, every member of your audience is willing to give you at least a few seconds of their undivided attention- A precious snatch of time with which to hook them- and then release the next hook- and the next- until the end.

That's all storytelling is- the release of information.
Our goal is to know our characters and events so well, that our only priority is how to release the information- how to coerce, to manipulate, frighten, humour, enrage our audience. Leading them to invest themselves in the story.

As I read, I realized Zafon's book is a Masterpiece of this skill. How gently he nudges his audience into his traps, until we realize how each character and plot component suddenly begin to clarify, to fuse together, fuelling an inevitable climax. We realize he is too good at his craft to question it, and just have to buckle in and find out what happens.

Please read :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pigs and planes

I always dreamed of playing in a place like this when I was a kid. Hold on, I still do.

Colour version on the way :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just screwin' around...

Charcoal, coloured pencil, oils, photoshop.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Illustration friday.... wise

Wise guy. I'm cheating with this one, you may have seen it before, but it seemed to fit the week's topic.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Nothing like the closing stages of a project- increased pressure, sure, but increased energy too. As we finish our renders, our sound, and now compositing- we're getting there.

The little critters will fly.

Of course, I can't show you anything of the final animation. That sucks. Hope that changes soon.

:) JP

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cowboys and sketches

A fairly crumby elephant, but fun for warming up- charcoal.

We had my sons' birthday party this weekend. A wild west theme, that by the look of living room laid to waste at the end, was a success. I told the kids an improvised cowboy story with drawings, and my wife made the most awesome cake in history. Noah, in red, was immensely proud.