Monday, February 26, 2007

EL TIGRE is almost here!

Check out the latest issue of ANIMATION MAGAZINE for a cover story on EL TIGRE, featuring cover art from an upcoming episode, as realized by the whole crew of the show, including original pencil art by ME, and additional work by Gabe Swarr and Steve Lambe, among others. Here's my original art for the show, which freeze-frames into a full-clor painting by ol 'Lambey:

The big news? EL TIGRE premieres Saturday Morning March 3rd at 10:30 AM on Nickelodeon, right after SPONGEBOB and right before AVATAR. Grab a bowl of Cap'n Crunch and a hot cup of coffee, settle in, and have fun!

COOL NEWS: The 1st episode is available FOR FREE on iTunes! Just go to the "Free on iTunes" section of the iTunes Store front page and you too can carry EL TIGRE in your pocket!


BONUS Cartoon Treasure!

Check out this hidden animation gem from 1963: "Little Prince And Eight Headed Dragon" (Wanpaku Oji No Orochi Taiji) Produced by Toei Animation, it's the film that inspired SAMURAI JACK (Thanks to Chris Mitchell letting Genndy and the crew watch his laserdisc), WINDWAKER, and it's what Disney ripped off for the Pegasus/Hydra sequence in HERCULES.

The guy who posted the trailer above was good enough to put up the entire film in 3 chunks, which can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Childhood Artwork pt. 2: Teenage Anime Explosion

Okay, as promised, round two from the childhood vaults. Whereas my younger years were filled with STAR WARS and superheroes, with adolescence came anime... (I did these between the ages of 14-16 years)

ROBOTECH changed everything for alot of us kids at the time,
mainly the MACROSS portion of it.

By the time MEGAZONE 23 came out, my robot drawing skills improved a little bit.
(You be the judge.)

Ya can't draw Japanese robots without drawing GUNDAM. It's a law.

MEGAZONE 23 villain BD, 1st as a pen & ink drawing....

....and then on cel. Yeah, really.

For MZ 23 Part II, he got re-designed. SO metro. So '80s, too.

Again, hand-inked and hand-painted cel. This is how you did things before
Photoshop & Illustrator.

Okay... that's enough of that! Sheesh...
NEXT TIME: I finally get to post some EL TIGRE stuff.


Kirsten Ulve New York show!!

Hey, all you New York bloggers: Be sure to head on over to Gallery Hanahou to check out my pal Kirsten Ulve's solo show PICTURES YOU WILL LIKE on Friday, February 23. You've seen Kirsten's coolness in tons of magazines and most recently Target, but this is a rare chance to see her gallery work. Head on over after work from 6-9 and show her some love!