Tuesday, January 23, 2007

No Time For Nuts gets an Oscar Nomination!

The entire studio was buzzing today about the Oscar Nomination that No Time For Nuts got in the Best Animated Short Film category. A huge congrats to the Directors, Mike Thurmeier and Chris Renaud and of course the entire Blue Sky crew that worked on it immediately following the Ice Age 2 wrap-up! Awesome work fellas...I'm proud to be apart of it!

Here is the full list of nominees in the Animated Shorts category:
  • THE DANISH POET
  • LIFTED
  • THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
  • MAESTRO
  • NO TIME FOR NUTS (woot!)
Sadly, Ice Age 2 wasn't nominated for Best Animated Feature...but we'll get them next time with Horton Hears A Who!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

BSS Challenge: Evil Robot

My first BSS Challenge in a while. The coloring could have been better...mainly struggling with a light source. I like the inking though! I'm gonna take the night off from the comic to practice guitar. Hope you folks dig it!

I really can't dance...

But the Unlimited-Ammo version of me certainly can! This awesome japanese site lets you draw yourself, put a cage around said drawing, then automatically 'dances' you. I found this at Drawn.ca. Heres the site if you want to make your own and be amused for mere minutes. WARNING: The Unlimited-Ammo me can dance forever in the interwebs...and no one wants to see that.....forever.

Some more art is coming soon, I promise! I guess this is kind of a drawing though....is it?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Unlimited-Ammo: Premature Eradication!

Way back when, Matt Simmons, Nick Gibbons and myself decided to do an anthology of our own zombie comic strips and ultimately, pull them together to make a comic called 'Swords are for Zombies'. Matt and Nick slowly got busier with their own projects and SAFZ sank into the shadows from whence it came. I decided to keep mine going and titled it Unlimited-Ammo.

Ok enough backstory...Nick did this one strip that was so GENIUS that a couple of years later, I wanted to put in the U-A series. I no longer have the original comic (hard drive explosion) but it's strikingly similar. Here it is now, a rough 'remake' of that very strip.

I had a great time working on this. It's my second 'comic style' page and the first where I got really ambitious with the shading. I used photos of roadsides and thunderstorms for reference, took reference photos of Nick and myself, and "studied" Bill Crabtrees work in Invincible. I'm not sure if I can go back to greyscale...coloring is just too much fun.

Here is the rough layout. It has only slightly changed...definitely for the better.

It's probably gonna be a while before the next comic is released. I had an idea on the way to work and Nick liked it. It's probably gonna be 4 pages or so.