Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Term 4 - The final push - crunch time :-)

A quick shot that was taken yesterday morning. Our senior students have just started Term 4 in the Animation course here at VANarts Media college in downtown Vancouver B.C. The fingers the students are holding up represent the remaining months they have left in the course before their final short films are to be completed for graduation. It's going to be a fun intense focused summer. 

Our college has a new website we are proud of. Please check it out :-) 

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

VANarts students - Research + Development Studio examples

As the senior students here at VANarts begin their research and development for their senior short films, I bring in some of my various pieces of artwork from the studios that i have collected over the years to inspire them. They love seeing some original work.

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Monday, February 15, 2016


Very happy to post that my old friend, Greg Tiernan and his wife Nicole Stinn, recently contacted me in regards to having some senior and graduated students help out with their feature film ' Sausage Party '.
It's a great opportunity for these young artists as they enter the industry and I know that Greg, Nicole and their crew have been so positive with helping them settle in as they enter the final push to meet the deadlines for production.

I stopped in last week to take a group photo of our VANarts character animation students. It's a beautiful studio and I hope this experience is nothing but positive for everyone involved.   

Back Row { hiding behind pole } >   Hao Wang  { He's a lot taller in person } 
Middle Row >   Tuan Anh {Luka} Trinh,   Edgardo Ulloa,   Wiley Townsend,   Anurag Jadhav,  Prasad Thangeti,  Jose Mireles
Front ROW  >  Michael Yatco,   Laura McColm,  Adriana Gasset Soto 

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016 !

Had a last minute gathering at my house yesterday with some of my old college friends. We have all been very fortunate to have made a living being passionate about the arts. These guys are great.
From Left to Right >  Jon Hooper, Andy Bartlett, Greg Sullivan, Michel Gagne, Terry Pike, Ralph Zondag and myself.

Happy New Year everyone ! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Part 3 - Don Bluth - Storyboards - The Land Before Time - Tyrannosaurus Attack

Don Bluth and story artists Larry Leker and Dan Kuenster worked together as the storyboard artist crew during the features 'Land Before Time' and 'an American Tail'. All 3 of them did beautiful work. Here is the last part of the Tyrannosaurus sequence. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

INSPIRATION 21 - Willy Pogany 4

Here are some more scans from Willy Pogany's beautiful Drawing Lesson book.
Various figures :

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

INSPIRATION 23 - Glen Keane ' Nephtali '

Again we were rewarded with another project from master animator Glen Keane. 
Always an inspiration, Glen has again created another piece of work motivated by his passion for the arts 

I have posted some images of frames from his beautiful new short film ' Nephtali '

Below is the description that was posted online with the short. 
Also, I have posted the link to the short at the bottom of Glen's drawings.
There is so much appeal in his drawings, the subtly, the emotion, the strength.
Beautiful work that can only inspire.


The legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, who invented characters such as Ariel, Tarzan, Pocahontas and the Beast, perfectly remembers his first encounter with the Paris Opera : as he was sitting in a nearby cafĂ©, he could not stop drawing “the most beautiful building I had ever laid eyes on”. Dancing has always inspired his art which circles around the creation of movement, and he was excited to lift the curtain and enter a world which seemed even more magical than the performances on stage.
His film “Nephtali”, which refers to Jacob’s blessings and Psalm 42, was born from the comparison between the grace of a dancer and that of a deer. In a choreography which Glen created with Marion Barbeau, he depicts the journey of a soul that is drawn towards a higher power, fights a struggle and is eventually liberated.
By using both film and drawing, Glen Keane and Marion Barbeau manage to overcome the constraints of gravity and attain the freedom towards which a dancer’s body and spirit always aspire.

- Glen Keane