I recently participated in an art show featuring artists from the Toronto animation scene titled All Dahl’d Up. The show was organized by Tammy Semen, and was displayed at the Gladstone Hotel here in Toronto. The theme of the art show was Roald Dahl, so I did a fox… you know… because of the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Here it is:
And here’s a few process pictures for you ‘behind the scenes types’:
(there’s some bonus Copy Cat roughs up there in the photo too!… my desk is a mess!)
I used brush and ink and coloured it with gauche on illustration board. I’m kind of hoping it doesn’t sell so I can put it in my living room… I may even try some more paintings of this type, as it was kind of fun to do.
Artists in the show were:
For those of you who look at this blog to see updates on how the latest issue of The Possum is coming along, I thought I better give you a little something and assure you that I haven’t given up on issue #6.
With that said, I have taken a little bit of a detour from The Possum as of late to try to finish a couple other projects that have been kicking around in my head for some time. I’ve been plugging away on a children’s book, which I’ve been posting some of the pages as they’ve been getting completed….. (some of the pages, not all of them)
I’ve also been trying to finish a short animated piece based off of a children’s book that my wife has been working on. I’m using it as an excuse to learn how to use Toonboom and it could also be something I might try to develop further into something more some day. This is where I’m at with it at the moment:
Also, I’ve been chomping at the bit to start making a Possum animated short and I’ve finally started to do some very rough storyboards. The plan is to make it look something like this… or maybe this…. (This one may take a while to finish, but you know what?….. I’m a stubborn man).
There’s a lot of different ideas rattling around inside of my head but I’ll just keep working away at them all and hopefully I won’t go crazy.
P.S. I didn’t even mention Captain Smith and Broccoli Boy and all the other Possum stories that I have yet to get to (24 hour comic inspirations, Spy Guy team ups, merchandise….) How is it possible that people get bored?
I think a lot of you know that I’ve been having problems with my liver for the last 11 years, but more specifically the last couple of years, and a little over 3 months ago I received a liver transplant. It’s a long story, but a very good friend of mine donated almost 75% of his liver to me last October (and I’m eternally grateful to him!!), but because of some complications the transplant had to be redone in November, using a liver from a deceased donor (who I have never met, but am also eternally grateful to!!!…… God is watching over me and taking care of me). Three weeks after my first transplant I went into the hospital with trouble breathing. It turned out that the main artery that supplies blood to the liver had clotted up and my new liver was dying, which caused the main bile duct to deteriorate and bile was leaking into my abdomen (hence the trouble breathing). I was immediately checked into the hospital and had my abdomen drained. 3 days later, I was being wheeled into the operating room for my second transplant in 3 weeks.
By the grace of God, everything went really well with the second transplant, and 3 months later I’m back playing hockey and wrestling with my kids. I’m feeling better now than I have in YEARS and I’m enjoying not being yellow anymore! It was a hard couple of months, but so many positive things happened during that time that I feel fortunate to have gone through it all (which sounds strange, but it’s true)…. although I’d be more than happy to never do it again.