Tumblr is For the Birds
A Poem from an Introverted Animation Artist

Every morning I come walking in,
through the big old studio door;
To an empty space devoid of din
The silence I adore.

I love to work in quiet zen,
despite my early rising;
the only sound is of my pen,
my storyboards revising.

At times I’ll hear a voice somewhere
between the walls and rooms;
And although my psyche is aware
my working pace resumes.

The stragglers eventually file in
to fill their desks and seats;
The clamber of my artist kin
A dissonance, non-discreet.

And so you know my daily fate
My peaceful plight lambasted;
With a shrug and sigh, I faintly state:
"It was real nice while it lasted."

RANDOM QUESTION TIME!

Thanks for sending me some cool questions today guys, they were fun to answer! But now I have a question for you!

Oddly, one of the few things that creep me out in animation is when the camera smash zooms into a character’s mouth, usually when they’re screaming or singing or to be used as a scene transition. Like this:

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Sometimes there’s a vibrating uvula, like this:

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And sometimes even the uvula has a face or mouth and screams, like this:

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My friends and I have a good laugh whenever we watch some animation stuff and this happens, and I thought it would be funny if I just compiled as many of them as I can find into one compilation video, probably with some stupid but fitting song playing over it, just for kicks and giggles. So far I’ve found only about 13, but I know there’s more of em out there!

If any of you can think of any instances of these in a cartoon/show/movie and can direct me to where I can find it, it’d be greatly appreciated!

Here’s another old animation test I found that I still kinda think holds up. At one point I was gonna do a short about a short greedy king who tries to go on living in his castle after all his servants, tired of his demanding selfish ways, quit on him. I was gonna do it in sort of a graphic, UPA-esque inspired style, and I made this little test to see how it might look. Looking back, those colors are absolutely garish, and I sort of half-assed those columns and background elements. Now I just dig the little animation cycle I did of the king, who’s face I based off of my dad’s. 

I stumbled upon a folder filled with some old rough animations I made back in 2012 (which to me feels like a LONG time ago). And surprisingly, some of them didn’t make me go “YEESH!” like they usually do. 

Here’s one of them; an unfinished piece with a pirate finding “treasure” on the beach. 

To commemorate Don Lusk’s 100th birthday, here’s the Arabian Dance sequence he animated for Fantasia way back in 1940. Apparently, there were so many drawings of these coquettish fish that there were stacks of ‘em piled up to the ceiling (the scene is animated almost completely on one’s).  

Just look at how gorgeous this scene is. And to realize the amount of progress and development that these animators made over such a short time is simply astounding.  In barely ten years they progressed from the black-and-white rubber-hose Mickey Mouse cartoons to the complexity and beauty of Snow White and Pinocchio. I’d go as far to say that this sequence (among the many other breathtaking scenes from Fantasia) was the pinnacle of the medium. At this point, there was no limit to what they could do.

Another one of those random aimless animations that I found on my work computer from about 8 months ago. One of those cases where I was waiting for feedback on a shot or a new assignment for the day and had to kill time.

Only killed about 20 minutes, I recall.

Another rough shot from my Yoplait yogurt commercial. I really liked the little staccato action I gave to the rooster at the end of his crow, where his back end raises up, his toes drag and his head vibrates, but it sadly got obscured by the sun beam that encompasses the screen for the wipe transition. Ah well, at least you’re able to see some anticipation and squash-n-stretchy bits where the rooster puffs up and moves like a bellows.

Another rough shot from my Yoplait yogurt commercial.

I really liked the little staccato action I gave to the rooster at the end of his crow, where his back end raises up, his toes drag and his head vibrates, but it sadly got obscured by the sun beam that encompasses the screen for the wipe transition. 

Ah well, at least you’re able to see some anticipation and squash-n-stretchy bits where the rooster puffs up and moves like a bellows.

Here’s a (still sorta rough) tie-down pass on that cow shot. 

Here’s a (still sorta rough) tie-down pass on that cow shot. 

Here’s another first rough pass from my commercial. I hope I’ll be able to post it soon.

Here’s another first rough pass from my commercial. I hope I’ll be able to post it soon.

Ah screw it, here’s my initial rough pass for one of the shots in the Yoplait commercial.

Ah screw it, here’s my initial rough pass for one of the shots in the Yoplait commercial.