Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Nicholas Brothers (and a brief hiatus)

I have always had a soft spot for tap dance. John Canemaker showed us this video in my action analysis class, and I was absolutely blown away. Watch it – you won’t regret it!

For the next week or so, I am going to cut the internet from my daily routine and will not be posting anything. I am attempting to finish animating my film on a very limited schedule and trying to cut down on distractions (a lot of caffeine will be involved.)

Bill Peet

My love for Bill Peet is proving to be exponential (right along with my love for Michael Sporn’s blog.) Currently, Michael Sporn is posting one illustration each from twenty-six of Peet’s children’s books. Check out the first thirteen here. He’s also posted the final illustrations from Cappyboppy here.

(I think Cappyboppy’s still in the lead for my favorite. Just look at him!)

Titles in the order they appear: “Chester, the Worldly Pig”, “Buford the Little Big Horn”, “The Wump World”, “The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg”, and of Course, “Cappyboppy.”

Chris Sanders

This is a short that Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon) made when he was at Cal Arts. It’s not the best quality video, but it’s beautiful hand-drawn animation.

Mary Blair


I am in the last 5 weeks of production on my thesis film (meaning the deadline is 5 weeks away and I am scrambling to schedule all of the final steps into such a small amount of time. also meaning I have not had as much time for blog posts lately, which I apologize for!) Lately I have been doing some research on background design and color to start getting excited and inspired, and today Mary Blair is standing out to me. Above is some of her concept work for Peter Pan. Much MUCH more can be found on Michael Sporn’s blog.

Jan Lenica

From the looks of it, Jan Lenica did everything: music, architecture, poster-making, costume design, children’s book illustration, film, and animation. His cutout animations (see the youtube link above) heavily influenced both Jan Švankmajer and Terry Gilliam. Read more about his career here.

{via 50 Watts}

Olaf Hajek

Paintings from the ever-talented Olaf Hajek.

{via dark silence in suburbia – thank you for reminding me of his work!}

Yasuhide Kunimoto

Paintings by Yasuhide Kunimoto.

{via the jealous curator}

Yusuke Suzuki

These photographs by Yusuke Suzuki make the 5-year-old in me so jealous. And yes, that last photo is a book bed.

Dietrich Wegner

Sculptures by Dietrich Wegner.

{via freak show}

Bill Peet

Illustrations by Bill Peet, storyman for many of the early Disney films  (Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone, Alice in Wonderland, and Dumbo, just to start) Michael Sporn has been posting illustrations from Peet’s lovely book on his blog. I highly recommend taking a look at what’s already been posted and checking back for Part 3.

More illustrations after the jump.

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