April 21, 2006


Inspired by events that I'll make more clear to you next week, here's the result of some long months of work:

The initial desire is always to tell a story, and I was looking for a happy one. I had been looking at little golden books a lot, trying to fun-up my little girl story and going nuts over the Incredibles and Boundin'. I walked around a lot, watched a lot of movies, drank coffee, scribbled in notebooks and one day started writing in verse. From the mountain of ideas that the three words ONE MAN BAND conjoured, I fiddled refined, wrote, designed and boarded the bits of a film.

When I thought ONE MAN BAND, I imagined perklunkity jazzy dixieland music, old time circuses, small town America, and the 30's-40's-50's; a lanky vagabond fellow in a red coat with epaulets and a cornet. It seemed to me a perfect classic Disney film idea--the kind of thing that Ward Kimball and his crew might enjoy making; and it seemed to me too that they'd do a helluva job, which effectively raised the bar pretty high.

The thought was: what if someone was just born to be a ONE MAN BAND? What if he couldn't help but be one? Must be awkward at dinner. And weddings. And school. And if he's in a band. But what if you can't help being who you are?

Intros over, more next week.
All colour courtesy of Painter and Photoshop, otherwise, thank pencil & paper.


  1. Yeahp. Awesomeawesomeawesome. Keep setting the bar.

  2. keep settin it low!
    you can pretty much just walk over it!

    thanks j.

  3. That sounds like a great idea! There is already a short called "One Man Band," but it's not the same plot or anything. I want to see more of your fantastic drawings!


  4. This is TRUE! Amelia, and that's where we're picking up on monday.... I got to see some clips from OMB at the Michael Giacchino/Gary Rydstrom lecture in NY and it sure looks pretty cool. I hope my drawings can live up to it!

  5. This is a great thing you're venturing upon. I really like the character and the way you've handled him stylistically, clothes and all. Nice blog!

  6. Wow, very cool character sir!

  7. Man Nick your and animal love the new work boy u can pimp the colrease or whatever u use don't know what else to say just so damm sweet hope kool it's been a while since I said hey well hey take care bro!!!

  8. Nick,

    Those are fun drawings. Exactly the sort of thing that fits the definition : "inspirational art" . This is definitely the sort of thing I would want to work on if I saw a story pitch with designs like these.

    I look forward to seeing your finished film. I hope you blog the rest of the production process.

    That was a great quote from Robert Henri, in your previous post , by the way.

    "Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway."

    That should be the motto for us hand-drawn animation folk.

  9. Awesome stuff Nick... You've inspired once again.

  10. Hey Nick! You've done a lovely presentation so far. The character feels a bit like The Tin Soldier, which I think is a good thing. Working with this music must be an inspiration. Good luck as you progress!