Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sketch update

I usually venture to and fro with my black a4 sketchbook and weapon of choice, a Japanese brush pen---ooh I love that pen. Can't find any more in my local art store, so may have to resort to mail order. Trying to get studies of people on buses usually ends up with awkward moments of eye contact with the subject. I'm not attracted to you sir/ma'am, I'm just - sketching you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Want to smile?

Just a reminder that bad news is not the only thing that comes from Israel right now.

A gorgeous music video that should set you up for the day nicely, made for Oren Lavie by the Animation duo Yuval & Merav Nathan.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

quietly waiting

A procrastination doodle for saturday. I have a free-ish evening, my wife has gone out to help deliver a baby (she's a childbirth coach) I have a storyboard to finish- but I am compelled to draw fat, flightless birds.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


A little screengrab of my recent storyboarding- not by any means a great drawing, but you can see how I like to work- usually super loose to start with. I'm using flash mainly because I love the way its brush tool behaves- crisp and responsive, as close as I can get to my favourite real drawing tool, brush and ink. Flash also allows for very easy fills of colour, just one click and your character's flooded with colour. Coupled with the ability to work on a timeline and flip your drawings, it becomes an awesome boarding tool.

I use colour if it will help clarify the image to the viewer (and also because the perfectionist in me won't quit) -but in truth storyboarding is about working fast , intuitively, and not getting hung up on detail- genreally I try to hit somewhere in between.

That said, I'm desperate to get my hands mucky with some oil paints this weekend.
Have a good one, folks!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Patriot- animated short from Roy Iddan

Patriot - Animated Short by Roy Iddan from Captain_Fantasy on Vimeo.

Take some time to watch Patriot, a short from a friend here in Tel Aviv, Roy Iddan. A classy piece of work that will keep your attention to the end.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Getting fishy

New years resolution?

Finish stuff.

I'm superb at starting stuff. Finishing is my area of concern. I will finish this fish. And all the other stuff I started.

Acrylic and oils.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy new year. I look back on a wonderful and challenging year. I always seems to remember a year in terms of where I travelled- chronic wanderlust, I guess. Now I'm excited by what's coming up- learning so much and hungry for more. It's humbling to see the talent around me in Tel Aviv and Online, and so great to learn from it.

I spent my new years eve in bed. But also with champagne and wife, so that was just fine.

God bless. Have a great, fulfilling year. JP