Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Harryhausen Experience

Ray, me, and my autographed copy of Clash.

This man is so good he doesn't even have to look at the camera!
(guilt by association)

There are many perks that come from working at an animation studio! We, the people of Film Roman, just a few weeks ago, were fortunate enough to be graced by the presence of Mr. Ray Harryhausen, pioneer of the groundbreaking stop-motion and visual effects making their debut into the motion picture industry during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Some of Ray's works include The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and the notorious Clash of the Titans (1981), to name a select few. Above are a couple snapshots taken in the glass conference room at Film Roman after Ray's presentation. With him is your humble narrator, in true animator fashion, looking as grizzled and fatigued as possible!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Nightmaring


I shut my eyes and dreamed a dream that simply shouldn't exist,
Then held a wooden writing stick and started drawing this.
And as the dream began to fade, no comfort did I find,
Within this dark, forgotten place...this prison called my mind.

(Dismal . . . isn't it, folks?!)

Just a little rough "teaser" involving your good friend and mine, Chuckles the Clown! Chuckles is a character I've been developing for a long time, and is the dark star of my up-and-coming short film, Clownsyndrome. This cartoon will be the first installment in a series of gorific delights, which I call PSYCHOTIC CONCOCTIONS (the Chance Raspberry version of Merrie Melodies.) Stay tuned!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Making A Comeback

Here's a face you may find familiar! It had been...well, too long since I'd done anything new with this character, when I received a letter from a close friend of mine asking me to draw her something. This drawing would later be transferred onto a piece of fabric, and would then be included as one small part of a patchwork quilt. Therefore, I decided to create a collective scene involving some of my original characters, but as I was laying out this first design, another close friend and colleague of mine, Mr. Charles Zembillas, asked if he could post the rough sketch on The Academy's blog. This struck me as a great idea: allowing people to see how the character design process unfolds from a quick blue pencil sketch to the final rough design (in graphite!)

The character displayed above is my ol' pal, Bearman, who will be surrounded in the final piece by a few other originals. The color of this sketch was altered in Photoshop, and as soon as the project is complete, both the final drawing on paper AND a scan of the fabric transfer will be posted! Sorry for the delay, Rikki!! Love ya. =)

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Latest News

Greetings, friends!

I realize it's been quite awhile since I've updated this blog, and that my "Art Of" book was originally scheduled for a September (and October 31st) release. However, I have recently come into possession of some extremely valuable publishing information, which has made it necessary for me to push back the date. Rest assured, however, that as a result of this delay, the quality, volume, and appeal of this book have all significantly increased!! Still, I realize that many of you have known about this project for awhile, and I sincerely apologize for this ongoing delay. Thank you all so much for your unrelenting patience! I'll be posting some NEW work as soon as I can, including a few more previews of what you can expect to find in The Art Of A Chance Raspberry!!!

All The Best,

- -= cR

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

California KiddsTM

Alright guys, this is it...the last thing I'll be posting for awhile, and my gift to America (and the rest of world) on this beautiful July 4th, 2oo6! Although this piece has no direct relevance to our nation or its independence, it still stands as a symbol of the freedom this country provides by representing our ability to freely and creatively express ourselves. So this one's for you, America, and for all the valiant souls (some of which are only fresh out of high school) who, at this very moment, are risking it all to ensure that this land remains free!! May God bless and watch over you, the soldiers of these United States, and let us never forget this simple fact: United We Stand!!

The following is an exclusive sneak peak at the stars of a television series I've been developing with two of my friends. The concept was originally concieved and developed by screen-writer, Corey Mitchel, and will feature the direction and legendary voice talent of Mr. Bob Bergen (a.k.a. Porky Pig!) As Lead Character Designer and Head of Visual Development, I have been given the honor and priviledge of having full creative control over the final look and style of this project!! All three of us will be co-producing the show.

And so, as my good friend Bob would say, "A-th-thi-th-the-th-that's All, Folks!"...for now. If you haven't checked in awhile (or for those who haven't seen 'em yet,) I've posted some NEW Simpsons work from my character layout test (within the previous post entitled, Simpsons.) Again, you may click any image on this site for a closer look, and thank you all for making this blog what it is. Have a fantastic 4th of July!


Friday, June 23, 2006

Official Release Date!!!

I know, I know...it's about time, isn't it?!? Well friends, I'm very pleased to announce that I've finally set a release date for the new book. Though I won't be selling these due to my lack of copyrights on some of the material within, I will be sharing them with the world as portfolios and giving them away for FREE!! This sketchbook will be my first official release (but certainly not the last) and I hope you'll all pick up a copy to enjoy for yourselves! Instructions for placing a FREE order will be posted as soon as the book goes public on:

See "The Latest News" post (above.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Styles

Here are some character designs drawn in the Cartoon Network - Nickelodeon style. The first image represents Part II of my Foster's character design test, which required the creation of four new imaginary friends. The second and third images are two of my original characters drawn with that same "iconic" look in mind.



Monday, June 19, 2006

Cartoon Network

The following is a compilation of character poses created for Cartoon Network's Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. The first four images portray my blue and red pencil drawings (to the left) and a coinciding screen-shot of what was actually aired (to the right.) The final composition is Part I of my Foster's character design test. Each character was originally drawn on its own level, as were the various heads up top, which were included to provide alternative facial expressions.





Friday, June 16, 2006

"Neon Eon"TM

These life renderings are the first of a growing series that began as a simple experiment. My intention was merely to throw some color on a few black and white figure drawings. However, a Photoshop-tweak or two later, I stumbled upon this method of making an image look like it was painted with light! As such, I thought it only appropriate to entitle this debut trio Illusions of Light (Part I of the "Neon Eon" series.)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Figure Drawing

Here are some gestures, quick sketches, and comps drawn from live models with graphite and colored pencil.



Friday, June 09, 2006

A Few Personal Favorites

More highlights from the new book . . .



Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Re-working The Blog

Alright friends, here's the deal: I've decided to renovate my entire blog and re-define how the page functions! Therefore, please don't be alarmed by the lack of content posted at this point. I have already finished editing and revising ALL of the work that was here before, and will be bringing it back along with some brand NEW stuff real soon. As I continue to archive these additions, a new piece will be posted every day until all the old work is restored and the new stuff takes over!!



For starters, these are some highlights from my first collective work, which is finally nearing completion and a concrete release date...no, for real this time!! =) The book, entitled The Art Of A Chance Raspberry, will be a compilation of what I feel is my best work to date, and will include more recent drawings as well as some dating back to junior high! Everything you see above was drawn by hand with either blue Col-erase pencil, graphite, or ballpoint pen, then rendered in Prismacolor marker or Photoshop. You may click any image for a closer look (they've all been enlarged and quality-enhanced.) And remember: a NEW piece every day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Welcome!

Greetings, fellow Bloggatarians!!

My name is Chance Raspberry and welcome to my official Animation Art Blog...which I like to call The AnimAttic. Animation, comics, and art in general have been my #1 passion since I was a small child. In fact, to this day I can hear my parents trying to explain to their five-year-old son how pausing the VCR (remember those??) for hours on end, to draw scenes from a favorite cartoon, would destroy the machine. We lost more VCR's that way!

My family and I are originally from Tennessee. In 1983, I moved with my parents to Los Angeles, CA at the ripe old age of two...been living (and drawing) here ever since! Like most of the kiddies I grew up with, I loved watching the after-school and Saturday morning cartoon shows. The difference was that immediately after (and sometimes during) these frequent viewing sessions, I'd grab the nearest pen, pencil, or crayon I could find and try to recreate what I saw on the screen.

Since then, life has been quite a journey. I've attended various art classes and schools, including the CSSSA Animation Program at Cal Arts, Otis College of Art & Design, and The Animation Academy of Burbank, CA! Along the way, I have had the priviledge of working with the fine people at Cartoon Network, Film Roman, InkWorks, Inc., and several other freelance opportunities. This blog is a collaboration of personal favorites from each of those experiences, along with several works from my own projects involving animation, comics, and art. I truly appreciate all of you taking the time to explore my world and I sincerely hope you enjoy what you find enough to return again. I'll be adding to and updating this blog as frequently as I can with NEW and current artwork from my animated projects! So until then, here's wishing you, The World, an exceptional rest of the year! God bless!!

From The Heart,


- -= cR