My Two Cents

21
Jul

Hi.

Remember me?

I used to write a blog about storyboarding. Well okay, I still do… just not lately.

*slaps wrist*

And I’ve been stressing about starting up again because it’s been so long. As in…the first post back better be a GOOD ONE.

So I’m going to write a crappy one just to take the edge off, if that’s okay.

Rest assured I am very much alive and well.

I’ve just been suffering from a case of post-storyboard-contract “Lazy-ass-itis”.

Here’s what I’ve been doing.

I ended my Kid vs Kat contract at the end of May. *whew*

And survived.

I went to Hawaii at the beginning of June.

See?

Sweet, sweet Hawaii. *sigh*

Then home and relaxed some more. (That’s about when the “Lazy-ass-itis” kicked in.)

I turned down some work. (See above.)

I saw ‘Toy Story 3’. Twice.

Loved it. *sniff*

>>continue reading>>

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3
May

Just Make It Look Good

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Thank goodness May is here. Because April was emotionally draining.

I was looking forward to April ending because of all the ‘death stuff‘, then on the morning of the 30th (the last day of the month) I received an email with more sad news.

My ex-boss and friend of many years had succumbed to cancer and passed away at the age of 59.

I burst into tears. And cried all day.

But I don’t want to write another post about death (one was enough don’t ya think?). So I’d rather tell you the good stuff about my friend and one great art lesson he taught me ‘way back when’.

Call it a little tribute.

As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I used to be a graphic designer in my twenties (remember…I’m old). I worked at a small studio out of college for a year or two, then tried to go the freelancing route at 22. A bit risky. But I was still living at home so the timing was good.

Through a mutual connection, I met Steve Buist who was looking for a little extra help around his small graphic design studio. He took a chance on me and I did some work for him off and on for another two years or so.

Then he offered me a full time position. I took it and worked at D-Zign S.A.B. for the next six years until I left to pursue animation with Steve’s blessing.

Back then, the studio was just me, Steve, another guy named LP and Steve’s wonderful wife Cheryl. Steve was a boss who wasn’t a ‘boss’. His clients loved him. His suppliers loved him.

He loved his job, he loved his family and he loved cars.

Anyone would be lucky to work for a guy like Steve. We were a little family in that studio.

I saw his three girls grow up. We knew what was going on in each others lives. We drank a lot at our little Christmas parties.

And I learned tons about graphic design.

Now, this was a time when a graphic designer didn’t mean ‘someone with 3 months of training and a MacBook’.

When I started, it was markers, paste-ups, wax machines, rubber cement thinner, x-acto knives, T-squares, Letraset and stat cameras (Google it). Half of the supplies could cause some serious health issues or cut the end of your finger off! Those were the days, baby.

Everything was done by hand. It rocked.

>>continue reading>>

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24
Apr

I hope this post isn’t too much of a downer. But it might be.

Sorry.

Because it’s a little off-subject and might not have the comic snark you’re used to if you come here often. If you are new (hi!), just know this isn’t the norm and I will get back to the business of boards eventually. I’m still in Kid vs Kat vs Karen mode.

But here it goes anyway.

A man died in front of me a week ago.

His funeral was yesterday but I didn’t go because I had to work and I didn’t really know him.

But I was thinking about him. Because I witnessed the last moments of his life.

>>continue reading>>

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12
Oct

cloudy_with_chance_meatballs

This one will be short and sweet.

First off, go see ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs’.

Fun, fun stuff. For the kids and adults. It was a ‘cartoon-cartoon’ and one heck of a ride.

I went out of my way NOT to see it in craptastic ‘Real 3D’ and I have to say, there was not one second when I thought “Hey, I wish this was blurrier and stuff was flying at my face.”

Not once.

Between this and ‘Surf’s Up’ (love that one), Sony Pictures Animation has earned my total respect. They are making some great stuff over there. Thank you Sony Animation people!

Maybe I’ll write more of a review thingy on ‘Cloudy’ soon. In the meantime, go see it.

Second, I can’t wait for the Princess and the Frog!

2D classical animation is coming back. I’m all giddy about it.

Just sayin’.

Third, I’m starting a new season of ‘Kid vs Kat’.

Like today.

Should be a fun season. Lots of work ahead. Lots of late nights. But it’s cool.

I even splurged (i.e. racked up credit card) for my own Cintiq 21UX (insert rapid inhalation of breath here). Kind of scary. But it’s purrrrrtty. I will be drawing my boards digitally this time around. And I’ll be writing about the process in the Production Journal to keep you up on the madness that is working on an animated TV series.

Fourth, the Mini Storyboard Critiques are going up!

In price.

It was supposed to be today. But I felt I should give the people ‘on the fence’ a little more time.

So there’s a slight delay in the price increase. It’s now Wednesday, October 14th. Yeah, in TWO DAYS.

Then the $32 Mini Storyboard Critique goes up to $54 and the Mini Critique 3-Pack goes from $89 to $149. (Do the math on that one. Smart people are scooping up the 3-pack.)

You can use these ANY time, so no worries if you don’t have work to send me right away. We’ll just tuck it away until you’re ready. Or set a date in the future and use that as accountability to get your butt in gear if you need it!

We artist types tend to do that ‘procrastination thing’. Accountability is a good cure for that.

So if you’re on the fence, now is the time to hop off and snatch up one (or three) of these suckers. Because the price certainly won’t go down in the future.

That’s it, that’s all, c’est tout.

For now. 🙂

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Get your own Mini Storyboard Critique here before the price increases on October 12th 14th!!!

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21
Sep

terminator2_Im_back

Oy.

What the heck happened there? How long have I been absent? Way too long, apparently.

Funny how time can slip away from you when you’re working 16 hour days, huh? Sorry about that, but I just couldn’t summon up the brain power or the time to write anything.

But I have returned! (If anyone cares.)

And yes, that photo is totally silly.

So here’s a couple of things.

I’m teaching again. Yes, I am once again the storyboard instructor at the Vancouver Film School. If you are planning on attending there in the near future, it will be I who whips you into storyboarding shape and crushes your dreams.

Wee! Fun times.

I’m also working again. I know I haven’t really talked about it, but this past year has *sucked* work-wise. Everyone has been feeling it in my neck of the woods. And a lot of them still are. Ick.

Then it all came tumbling at me at once (which is how it always goes). A rush development board this past month which turned out rather well. Happy clients make it all worth it. (And money helps. I had forgotten how to press ‘deposit’ on the bank machine.)

Then I’ll be working on the next season of ‘Kid Vs Kat’. So the Production Journal shall live on! Which means more late nights and all around insanity for the next seven months. Eep.

But it’s all in the name of going back to Hawaii, right? RIGHT?

Don’t worry, the blog shall prevail. I promise. I may have to skip a week here and there, but I’ll do my best.

Plus I’ll still be offering my One-On-One Storyboard Consulting and the Mini Storyboard Critiques. And hopefully a few little learning products.

And please note:

I will be raising the price of the Mini Critiques on October 12th. It’s going from $32 to $54. Yup. So if you’ve been on the fence thinking about getting one, now is the time! You don’t have to use it right away either. You can tuck it away and use it anytime you like in the future.

Now, the next post will be the follow-up to Aidan’s revised storyboard. Really! It will! Honest Aidan, honest!!

Thank you all for your patience. : )

_._._._._._._

Sign-up for the Storyboard Club Mailing List and get a Free Storyboard Template Pack!

Get your own awesome Mini Storyboard Critique here before the price increases on October 12th!

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email because I *will* be back. Again.

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18
Jun

Okay, this is a cop-out. I admit it.

I’m really working on a post (or series of posts) with an interview I did with Anne Denman of Studio B Productions about resumes, portfolios and applying to studios and stuff.

We recorded the interview during lunch on an audio cassette and I’ve transcribed it. But digging through it all and actually *writing* the article is inflicting all sorts of procrastination-ish stuff on me.

I will get it done though!

So to fill in the gap, I’m going to pimp out a few artists.

This is what happens when you sign up to the Storyboard Club Mailing List Which Is Really Kind Of A Newsletter Thingy on your right.

Some of my ‘list people’ wrote to me and gave me a link to their sites. And they’re very good, so you should look at them and learn.

There are some good examples of making a blog a half-decent portfolio. And some are just really nice drawings.

Take it away Eric the orchestra leader!

(Name that reference and you get a cookie.)

Aidan Casserly has two nice sites. Aidan’s portfolio site is clean and easy to navigate. Aidan’s blog is full of more storyboard goodness. Check them out.

Drew Blom. After reading my series of posts on making a portfolio site, Drew made a very nice site on Weebly.com. Watch and learn folks.

>>continue reading>>

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9
Jun

OK, this is an experiment.

One that I may regret. I’m not sure yet.

But I feel as though I’m in a bit of a ‘posting slump’ and need to shake things up a bit. And since I started using audio in my Mini Critiques, I realized that audio and video really are a godsend to a lazy ass like me.

Sorta.

Because I can talk a heckuva lot faster than I can type.

And I’m a bit of a ham.

So I went to see Pixar’s ‘UP’.

And I was going to give it one of my ‘tri-perspective’ reviews and all. Much like my Coraline review, I was going to focus on the experience of seeing the movie.

Well, this was my experience.

Sorry if the video is too long. Sorry if it’s not loud enough. Sorry that there is no real review at this time. When I see the movie again, I’ll give one (the short version is: it’s fabulous).

But there were ‘technical difficulties’ that I need to rant about.

So in the name of “putting myself out there” here is my ‘UP’ experience.

My apologies. : )

(Judging from the still frame on the video, I assume the video Gods are punishing me already.)

If you can’t see the video in your feed reader, click through to the post.

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My Two Cents

21
Jul

Hi.

Remember me?

I used to write a blog about storyboarding. Well okay, I still do… just not lately.

*slaps wrist*

And I’ve been stressing about starting up again because it’s been so long. As in…the first post back better be a GOOD ONE.

So I’m going to write a crappy one just to take the edge off, if that’s okay.

Rest assured I am very much alive and well.

I’ve just been suffering from a case of post-storyboard-contract “Lazy-ass-itis”.

Here’s what I’ve been doing.

I ended my Kid vs Kat contract at the end of May. *whew*

And survived.

I went to Hawaii at the beginning of June.

See?

Sweet, sweet Hawaii. *sigh*

Then home and relaxed some more. (That’s about when the “Lazy-ass-itis” kicked in.)

I turned down some work. (See above.)

I saw ‘Toy Story 3’. Twice.

Loved it. *sniff*

>>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
3
May

Just Make It Look Good

Posted by Comments Off on Just Make It Look Good

Thank goodness May is here. Because April was emotionally draining.

I was looking forward to April ending because of all the ‘death stuff‘, then on the morning of the 30th (the last day of the month) I received an email with more sad news.

My ex-boss and friend of many years had succumbed to cancer and passed away at the age of 59.

I burst into tears. And cried all day.

But I don’t want to write another post about death (one was enough don’t ya think?). So I’d rather tell you the good stuff about my friend and one great art lesson he taught me ‘way back when’.

Call it a little tribute.

As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I used to be a graphic designer in my twenties (remember…I’m old). I worked at a small studio out of college for a year or two, then tried to go the freelancing route at 22. A bit risky. But I was still living at home so the timing was good.

Through a mutual connection, I met Steve Buist who was looking for a little extra help around his small graphic design studio. He took a chance on me and I did some work for him off and on for another two years or so.

Then he offered me a full time position. I took it and worked at D-Zign S.A.B. for the next six years until I left to pursue animation with Steve’s blessing.

Back then, the studio was just me, Steve, another guy named LP and Steve’s wonderful wife Cheryl. Steve was a boss who wasn’t a ‘boss’. His clients loved him. His suppliers loved him.

He loved his job, he loved his family and he loved cars.

Anyone would be lucky to work for a guy like Steve. We were a little family in that studio.

I saw his three girls grow up. We knew what was going on in each others lives. We drank a lot at our little Christmas parties.

And I learned tons about graphic design.

Now, this was a time when a graphic designer didn’t mean ‘someone with 3 months of training and a MacBook’.

When I started, it was markers, paste-ups, wax machines, rubber cement thinner, x-acto knives, T-squares, Letraset and stat cameras (Google it). Half of the supplies could cause some serious health issues or cut the end of your finger off! Those were the days, baby.

Everything was done by hand. It rocked.

>>continue reading>>

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24
Apr

I hope this post isn’t too much of a downer. But it might be.

Sorry.

Because it’s a little off-subject and might not have the comic snark you’re used to if you come here often. If you are new (hi!), just know this isn’t the norm and I will get back to the business of boards eventually. I’m still in Kid vs Kat vs Karen mode.

But here it goes anyway.

A man died in front of me a week ago.

His funeral was yesterday but I didn’t go because I had to work and I didn’t really know him.

But I was thinking about him. Because I witnessed the last moments of his life.

>>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
12
Oct

cloudy_with_chance_meatballs

This one will be short and sweet.

First off, go see ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs’.

Fun, fun stuff. For the kids and adults. It was a ‘cartoon-cartoon’ and one heck of a ride.

I went out of my way NOT to see it in craptastic ‘Real 3D’ and I have to say, there was not one second when I thought “Hey, I wish this was blurrier and stuff was flying at my face.”

Not once.

Between this and ‘Surf’s Up’ (love that one), Sony Pictures Animation has earned my total respect. They are making some great stuff over there. Thank you Sony Animation people!

Maybe I’ll write more of a review thingy on ‘Cloudy’ soon. In the meantime, go see it.

Second, I can’t wait for the Princess and the Frog!

2D classical animation is coming back. I’m all giddy about it.

Just sayin’.

Third, I’m starting a new season of ‘Kid vs Kat’.

Like today.

Should be a fun season. Lots of work ahead. Lots of late nights. But it’s cool.

I even splurged (i.e. racked up credit card) for my own Cintiq 21UX (insert rapid inhalation of breath here). Kind of scary. But it’s purrrrrtty. I will be drawing my boards digitally this time around. And I’ll be writing about the process in the Production Journal to keep you up on the madness that is working on an animated TV series.

Fourth, the Mini Storyboard Critiques are going up!

In price.

It was supposed to be today. But I felt I should give the people ‘on the fence’ a little more time.

So there’s a slight delay in the price increase. It’s now Wednesday, October 14th. Yeah, in TWO DAYS.

Then the $32 Mini Storyboard Critique goes up to $54 and the Mini Critique 3-Pack goes from $89 to $149. (Do the math on that one. Smart people are scooping up the 3-pack.)

You can use these ANY time, so no worries if you don’t have work to send me right away. We’ll just tuck it away until you’re ready. Or set a date in the future and use that as accountability to get your butt in gear if you need it!

We artist types tend to do that ‘procrastination thing’. Accountability is a good cure for that.

So if you’re on the fence, now is the time to hop off and snatch up one (or three) of these suckers. Because the price certainly won’t go down in the future.

That’s it, that’s all, c’est tout.

For now. 🙂

_._._._._._._

Sign-up for the Storyboard Club Mailing List and get a Free Storyboard Template Pack!

Get your own Mini Storyboard Critique here before the price increases on October 12th 14th!!!

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email for some KvK madness in the future.

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21
Sep

terminator2_Im_back

Oy.

What the heck happened there? How long have I been absent? Way too long, apparently.

Funny how time can slip away from you when you’re working 16 hour days, huh? Sorry about that, but I just couldn’t summon up the brain power or the time to write anything.

But I have returned! (If anyone cares.)

And yes, that photo is totally silly.

So here’s a couple of things.

I’m teaching again. Yes, I am once again the storyboard instructor at the Vancouver Film School. If you are planning on attending there in the near future, it will be I who whips you into storyboarding shape and crushes your dreams.

Wee! Fun times.

I’m also working again. I know I haven’t really talked about it, but this past year has *sucked* work-wise. Everyone has been feeling it in my neck of the woods. And a lot of them still are. Ick.

Then it all came tumbling at me at once (which is how it always goes). A rush development board this past month which turned out rather well. Happy clients make it all worth it. (And money helps. I had forgotten how to press ‘deposit’ on the bank machine.)

Then I’ll be working on the next season of ‘Kid Vs Kat’. So the Production Journal shall live on! Which means more late nights and all around insanity for the next seven months. Eep.

But it’s all in the name of going back to Hawaii, right? RIGHT?

Don’t worry, the blog shall prevail. I promise. I may have to skip a week here and there, but I’ll do my best.

Plus I’ll still be offering my One-On-One Storyboard Consulting and the Mini Storyboard Critiques. And hopefully a few little learning products.

And please note:

I will be raising the price of the Mini Critiques on October 12th. It’s going from $32 to $54. Yup. So if you’ve been on the fence thinking about getting one, now is the time! You don’t have to use it right away either. You can tuck it away and use it anytime you like in the future.

Now, the next post will be the follow-up to Aidan’s revised storyboard. Really! It will! Honest Aidan, honest!!

Thank you all for your patience. : )

_._._._._._._

Sign-up for the Storyboard Club Mailing List and get a Free Storyboard Template Pack!

Get your own awesome Mini Storyboard Critique here before the price increases on October 12th!

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email because I *will* be back. Again.

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
18
Jun

Okay, this is a cop-out. I admit it.

I’m really working on a post (or series of posts) with an interview I did with Anne Denman of Studio B Productions about resumes, portfolios and applying to studios and stuff.

We recorded the interview during lunch on an audio cassette and I’ve transcribed it. But digging through it all and actually *writing* the article is inflicting all sorts of procrastination-ish stuff on me.

I will get it done though!

So to fill in the gap, I’m going to pimp out a few artists.

This is what happens when you sign up to the Storyboard Club Mailing List Which Is Really Kind Of A Newsletter Thingy on your right.

Some of my ‘list people’ wrote to me and gave me a link to their sites. And they’re very good, so you should look at them and learn.

There are some good examples of making a blog a half-decent portfolio. And some are just really nice drawings.

Take it away Eric the orchestra leader!

(Name that reference and you get a cookie.)

Aidan Casserly has two nice sites. Aidan’s portfolio site is clean and easy to navigate. Aidan’s blog is full of more storyboard goodness. Check them out.

Drew Blom. After reading my series of posts on making a portfolio site, Drew made a very nice site on Weebly.com. Watch and learn folks.

>>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
9
Jun

OK, this is an experiment.

One that I may regret. I’m not sure yet.

But I feel as though I’m in a bit of a ‘posting slump’ and need to shake things up a bit. And since I started using audio in my Mini Critiques, I realized that audio and video really are a godsend to a lazy ass like me.

Sorta.

Because I can talk a heckuva lot faster than I can type.

And I’m a bit of a ham.

So I went to see Pixar’s ‘UP’.

And I was going to give it one of my ‘tri-perspective’ reviews and all. Much like my Coraline review, I was going to focus on the experience of seeing the movie.

Well, this was my experience.

Sorry if the video is too long. Sorry if it’s not loud enough. Sorry that there is no real review at this time. When I see the movie again, I’ll give one (the short version is: it’s fabulous).

But there were ‘technical difficulties’ that I need to rant about.

So in the name of “putting myself out there” here is my ‘UP’ experience.

My apologies. : )

(Judging from the still frame on the video, I assume the video Gods are punishing me already.)

If you can’t see the video in your feed reader, click through to the post.

_._._._._._._

Sign-up for the Storyboard Club Mailing List and get a Free Storyboard Template Pack!

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email to see if I ever video-blog again.

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