Friday, 20 January 2012

The Cat is BACK!!

Helloooooo Fellow Bloggers!!!
Its been a while! Happy 2012!!
Please forgive me for the lack of communication and posting the last few months.
Since retuning from California and with the release of "Scribble-Tor", I just haven't stopped.... in fact it's STILL going on.
I just wanted to touch base and keep you posted with whats been going on.
But first of all, for your visual delight, here are a couple of sketch book samples to wet you pallet...

There is only a few for now, as i just haven't got the time right now to scan everything in. I just picked a couple I quite liked to share with you.... Plus, with the success of "Scribble-Tor", Im already planning a second book for CTNx-2012 so am saving lots of "unseen'' stuff for the book!! :P
For those of you who are interested in purchasing a copy of Scribble-Tor, It is currently only available in the USA, but if you are not in America, and can't wait for the UK release, you can buy it online from "Stewart Ng Books". If you happen to be in L.A, you can also purchase it, in store from "Gallery Nucleus".

I will be releasing Scribble-Tor in the UK at "Animex International Animation Festival" from the 6th-10th February 2012 and will be there to sign copies, portfolio reviews and answer questions. There is also going to be an exhibition of my original art work from the book and some of the work I did at Blue Sky, on "Rio".
I will also doing a presentation with the incredibly talented "Fraser McLean", talking through the process of his must have, new book "Setting the Scene". You can purchase "Setting the Scene following the link to Amazon. This is a book for any animation book junkie. It has everything you should ever need to know in regards to making an animated film, with the main focus being LAYOUTS/ENVIRONMENTS. With the forward written by Pete Doctor and hundreds of examples of production artwork, illustrations and quotes from all of the masters at Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky etc, you don't want to miss this!

For those of you still waiting for your copies of Scribble-Tor, you have not been forgotten. Your books are waiting for you, i just haven't had chance to draw in all of them yet and get them posted out... but you will get them ASAP.

2012 is already looking to be a busy year, with lots of exciting things happening.
I have a few projects lined up and am busy scribbling away on other things, but for the time being, I'm keeping them all hush-hush.
One of the things i am really looking forward to is the release of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie", which is due for release in October. I worked on the film as a Concept Illustrator/Designer back in 2010 and loved every minute of it. Its was a childhood dream come true to get to work on a Tim Burton Animation..... And to have him approve my work for the film was the cherry on top of the icing!! :D

Not much has been publicly released yet, but i can share one little snippet, which i found online at IGN.
I am proud to show the production still above, as this was a scene I actually worked on. What i find most rewarding is to see my hand drawn concepts and designs actually made into tangible models and sets. This was a very fun project to be a part of and I can't wait to see the final film come together.

Righty folks, It's time for me to dash. Got lots I need to be getting on with.
I hope you are all well and i wish you all a happy, healthy, and creative new year ahead!!
'Hopefully' I'll get back to blogging more frequently in the next few months or so.... ;)
Like always, Thanks so much for following me and leaving such great feedback.
I know that I haven't been too good at getting back to people, but i promise, this year, I'll get better at it.
I really do appreciate all of the wonderful comments and emails that I get, and can not thank you enough for the wonderful support!! :D

Peace, love and happy scribblings to you all,


PS, I just want to say a MASSIVE Thanks you to every one who visited my booth at CTN and came and said "Hey". It was so good to see so many of my old friends and to meet so many new friends too!!
What is also so nice, is to finally be able to put faces to names from the blogging world!! And what a pretty bunch (and very talented bunch) you all are!! :)
The show was a huge success, and all the talent on display was mind blowing. I had an incredible time and am already planning a 2nd book for CTN 2012!! I can't wait to do it all over again!! :D

Also, I must say an even bigger Thank you to all of you who purchased something from me. By the end of the show I actually sold out of "Scribble-Tor"!!! I couldn't have been more grateful to you guys!! Thank you so much!! :')
(Don't worry tho, for you guys who still want a copy, there are still a couple of crates left, in anticipation for the UK release.) If you would like a personally illustrated copy, please email me. Once the book goes on sale in the UK, i will set up a pay-pal account for it.

Lastly, Just a special thanks goes out to: Craig Elliott, Kirk R. Thatcher, Chris Ingram and family, Thom Lu, Jackie Huang, Frank Xu, Isaac Orloff, Spike, Peter De Seve, Brian Ajhar, Dean Yeagle, Chris Ayers, David Colman, Mark McDonnell, Ken Dunken and Patti, Hugo and family!!
Your help, support and constant encouragement is a blessing and I am so grateful for everything you have shared with me in one way or another. Thanks you guys!! :') I really appreciate it.