Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
One week, to the day, of Scartoons' debut release, the YouTube Channel has its first review! A very special thanks to Charles Zembillas and The Animation Academy of Burbank, CA for taking the time to check it all out and share your thoughts!!So I figured it was time to kick things into high gear! Therefore, it is my distinct honor and privilege to present SCARTOONS: My Official YouTube Channel on this most significant of dates, 9.9.09. Above is a link to the site along with my first online release. This video, I assure you, is the first of many, so please do STAY TUNED!!! My next two releases are already in their final stages of completion and I am currently working on some brand new material! Thank you all, and if you like what you see, please help spread the word by sharing and embedding these videos as much as you like. Here's hoping my weird little world brings some entertainment to yours!! ENJOY!!! =D
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'd like to take a moment and say a few words about two wonderful communities. They have played an extremely pivotal role in my life and career, and I owe them both a tremendous amount of gratitude. The first is The Animation Academy. It has been my home away from home since I began my training there in 2002. Within 2 years, I learned more about animation (and saw more improvement in my work) than I had (or have) at any other art school! Its strict attention to traditional skills and the basic fundamentals of drawing undoubtedly sets The Academy apart as one of the ultimate art institutions. In addition to its cutting-edge staff of industry pros and arsenals of unparalleled reference material, the school provides its students with something rare: an ideal environment to create!! Any artist will tell you that inspiration, motivation, and FUN are essential to the creative process. The Animation Academy has always made these factors a top priority, and I thank God every day for the blessing it has been in my life! Though the sheer quality and sky-high standards of the program brought me in, it was the school's raw productive energy and creative unity that made me want to stay!
I had never even heard of Animation Nation until I attended The Animation Academy. Even after I became a member, I did not fully grasp the purpose of its existense...until now! For those of you who are not familiar with it, Animation Nation is a forum-based website that literally serves as "The Voice of The Animation Industry." General information, endless discussions, career opportunities, and news regarding any and all things "Animation" are its focus. However, Animation Nation has recently become so much more than this! While attending a monthly "AN Night" (the last Tuesday of every month @ 2006 Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA), I learned that the original intent of the site was to help artists promote themselves! Through AN's all-new web platform, monthly meetings, and ever-growing community, this dream is currently and successfully being fulfilled!! I, myself, am now part of AN's Homepage Slideshow, and as the community continues to grow, so does this amazing resource for independent creators! For all the juicy details, click the above link and find out how you can promote yourself and your artwork for FREE!!!
(CLICK HERE to VIEW/PURCHASE "CONTROLLING ILLUSION")
Controlling Illusion is the debut release of master creator, Charles Zembillas, the founder and leader of both Animation Nation and The Academy. Charles has been my teacher, mentor, and brother now for almost 10 years. He has taught me more than any artist I have ever known, and the majority of that knowledge is presented in this book! Controlling Illusion is, indeed, a fantastic collection of LIVE class demonstrations. Every image was completed in one sitting before an audience. What makes the book truly unique, however, is its explanation of the material. The process behind every drawing, painting, and sketch is described in great detail. Further more, a broad range of tools are represented, including pencil, inkpen, marker, guash, watercolor, acrylic, and digital medium. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to bare witness to many of these brainchildren, and having seen them created in person, I HIGHLY recommend this book to any level of artist! The work will inspire, the text will enlighten, and the unquestionable result will be improvement in your art!! Thank you so very much for sharing your wisdom, talent, and secrets with us, Charles!!! I'm sure I speak for the masses when I say I'll never forget it...we would not be where we are today if it wasn't for you.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
So just out of curiosity, has anyone out there downloaded the official Chance Raspberry RINGTONE?!? What do you mean you didn't know one even existed? Well guess what...that makes two of us!!! ;D Apparently, someone got their hands on a MIDI tune I had composed and uploaded to an old playlist of mine -- enter the CR Ringtone, NOW AVAILABLE via the above link! Funny what you find when you're not even lookin'...Welcome Back 1980s!! Enjoy!!!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The year was 2006 and I had just completed the last of 508 original, hand-drawn sketch cards for the second Family Guy trading card series. There may, in fact, be a few diehard bloggers who remember a post similar to this one from back then. The job was for 12 or so artists to each create a minimum of 500 sketch cards, which would each be randomly inserted into every 25th pack of Family Guy trading cards. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us. Before rushing from my house at the last minute to deliver the package to FedEx (imagine a full-grown Little Billy sprinting down the city streets as that last truck out preps for departure), I had managed to scan most of the cards in my set. Upon returning home, my plan was to immediately blog my favorites...which I did, only to discover later that doing so was a breach of contract. A closer look at said contract revealed that we had been asked by Inkworks, Inc. (the producers of the card series) not to publish any cards online or elsewhere until the sets had a chance to circulate through the public. I quickly removed the blog post before anyone was able to see it and that was that...until now!
About a month ago, I Googled myself just for fun, and in doing so, stumbled upon this amazing website. It seems someone took the time to collect a huge portion of the cards from ALL the various artists involved in the project. They created a website for each artist showcasing as many of their cards as possible, and are still accepting submission scans from those who have found sketch cards. The above link will take you to the Chance Raspberry Sketch Cards Page, where you can view many of the cards from my batch, as well as those drawn by other artists! Thanks a million to Scoundrel Art Community for spending your time and energy on this website!! I'm sure I speak for all the Family Guy Sketch-Cardists when I say it's a real honor and privilege seeing our work appreciated and enjoyed!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
(CLICK HERE to sample or purchase)
Here is something new for all you music lovers! As you may or may not know, the only thing in life that rivals my love for animation is my passion for music. Aside from writing and composing some of my own, I love listening and am always on the lookout for tunes that really "hit!" If you are like me, then look no further!! ANY fan of powerful lyrics and catchy melodies that really hook will love this -- The Yacht Fund is for you!!! The singer/songwriter behind this CD just happens to be my best pal, Ryan McKendall. Ryan and I have worked together for many years on various band projects and film scores. In fact, he is and will be the "music man" behind Little Billy and many other cartoon ventures of mine! The Yacht Fund marks his latest solo release in a long list of musical triumphs, including the bands Joseph & Alexander, Rescue Me Wednesday, and Jacuzzi Fiend. The first image above is linked to Amazon.com, where you can sample and purchase the single, "Brick By Brick." This song is also available on I-TUNES. If you like what you hear, please write a positive review and help Ryan promote his new release! Congratulations, buddy!! WE WANT MORE!!!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Never underestimate the power of a deadline! The above is a promo poster for WALLYHOOD, a pilot script I co-wrote with my very good friend and lifelong partner-in-crime, Ryan Valdesuso. Ryan and I created, developed, and wrote out this concept in one week for the 2009 Page International Screenwriting Awards. The show is about a young musician from Omaha, Nebraska who moves to Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock sensation...and all the snags he hits along the way! Inspired by our own musical past, Ryan and I based this premise on all the wacky adventures, zany obstacles, screwball hi-jinx, and genuine frustrations we faced trying to get our band, Jacuzzi Fiend off the ground. We hope the judges have as much fun reading this baby as we did writing it! From our minds to God's hands...it's with You now. Amen!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
D I S T R I B U T I O N
(Photo by Noah Amrani: ANIMATION NATION NIGHT - 3/31/2009)
DESIGNER MUGS FOR SALE!
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(Little Billy Primo-Promo Merchandise)
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