Tuesday, January 22, 2008

4 Soren Art Show

Last Saturday night's 4 SOREN Benefit Art Show at Monkeyhouse Toys was a big success, bringing together some of L.A.'s finest artists and animators for a worthy cause:

Leana & Paul Rudish, Roger Webb, and Amy Keating Rogers (Soren's Mom!).

Brianne Drouhard, my lovely wife Eiko, Mariko Ukai, Leticia Lacy.

Nick the Ring keeps the joint bumpin'.

From FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS Director Lauren Faust comes the original pencil cover art for her book Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls.

Special pen & ink drawing of the entire cast of FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS by creator Craig McCracken.

Andrew Brandou, brilliant as usual. From his "Hell" half of the "Heaven & Hell" show.

Anna Chambers rocks the plush.

More stunning work from Brianne Drouhard, aka The Best Kept Secret in Animation.

Paul Rudish works out his painterly side on a cardboard canvas.
Is there anything the guy can't do??

The low angle on this Lynne Naylor gal makes her look even leggier than she is already! I think they hung this one up so high just to keep people from trying to walk out the door with it.

Original pen & ink comic strip from DEXTER/PPG alum Chris Savino.

From HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI Director Shellie Kvilvang.

A fine tradition of cartoon bears continues with this cool ad marker art
from Andy Suriano.

JOHNNY BRAVO creator Van Partible's tribute to ABC's 70's era
Saturday morning PSA's. Watch some of 'em HERE.

My man Joe Orrantia, painting scenes of an older world lost to us modern technlogical types.

Cool pen & ink piece by Mari Inukai. Kawaii!

I don't know this artist, but I like this one :)

...and finally, a picture by some guy.

Some of the art will still be on display until February 3rd and can be viewed online HERE. There's even a closing night party Saturday, February 2nd from 3:00 - 7:00pm, so if you're in the area, you should drop by!

*Check out more pics on Soren's blog!



I know I've been telling you for the past few months that THE MIGHTY B would premiere in January, and you probably noticed it hasn't aired.... that's 'cause they're bumping the premiere back to Saturday Morning, APRIL 26 @ 9:00 AM. So try not to get too wasted that Friday night so you can wake up early for it.

If you wanna get another sneak peek at the show, check out the giant NICKTOONS: NOT JUST CARTOONS book by Jerry Beck. At the end of the book is a big section on Mighty B, with tons of art from the pilot, along with early pre-production drawings.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Soren Rogers Benefit Art Show

On Saturday, January 19th, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM there will be a special benefit art show at Monkeyhouse Toys in Los Angeles to help my friends convert their mininvan for wheelchair use for their son, Soren.

When he was 9 months old, Soren was diagnosed with a seizure disorder called Infantile Spasms. He is now 4 years old, and unfortunately all of his seizures have caused him global developmental delay. Soren needs your help to make the family mini-van wheelchair accessible. Medical insurance doesn't pay for this, and as you can imagine, care for a special needs child is already quite expensive, so a bunch of us are donating our artwork to raise funds. You can read more about Soren HERE. Be sure to click the pic above to see an extra HUGE version of the flyer so you can check out all the artists involved! (Over 40 animators, illustrators, painters, and photographers)

Participating artists include Andrew Brandou, Anna Chambers, Mark Andrews, Lauren Faust, Seonna Hong, Chris Reccardi, Andy Suriano, Paul Rudish, Craig McCracken, and me, too. Here's my contribution:

Yes, you have seen a digital version of this before, but this one is "real", done in ad markers and pencil on watercolor paper. If you're in the area, come on down and see all the cool art.... maybe you can grab something by one of your favorites! If you're out of town, on-line sales will be set up by the night of the show.


100,000?!?? HOLY CRAP!!!
Sometime at the end of last month, my blog quietly registered it's 100,000th hit, according to the ClustrMaps counter you can see up on the right. (and I only started keeping track in June of 2006.... the blog's been up since Nov 2005) That's crazy. Thanks, guys.... I couldn't have done it without ya! Sheesh... with so many people checking in, I better update more often. It's a new year, so anything could happen. Stay tuned.