August 30, 2008

on respecting the process

i don't write too much on this blog any more, but i do have a small backlog of entries i've never posted; here's one recently rediscovered, written it think, in response to attitudes i felt swelling around me. this isn't so much an essay, as it is a bulletin; an plea for people to get over themselves and to return to the things that they know to be true  :



It's been a while since I've written anything substantial on this blog, so I'm going to talk about something that I can't seem to stop being aware of lately: a lack of RESPECT FOR THE PROCESS. i am tired of whining. THE CHALLENGES ARE THE FUN of this mess called the creative act. THIS IS ABOUT THE EXCITEMENT OF PROGRESS. this is about taking steps forward, and that is good enough--that is all anyone can ask. THIS IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY. this is about recognizing things as they are; this is about being honest with yourself. this is about minding your own business, and getting on with your own business. you are the one responsible for yourself. LET'S GET TO WORK ON PUSHING OURSELVES FARTHER; BECAUSE WE CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER. Let's do that. Here are the simple truths:

everyone has a different process, and processes are always continual.

the path is always and will always be frought with danger.

there will never be a guarantee of success.

gain perspective and learn to accept the good with the bad. accept the truth.

you must  act with courage and honesty.

 truly appreciate those who support you.
 
and that's final. let's muck about goddamit, work and live with love and passion on our sleeves; and for goodness's sake, let's get on with it already.



these are things easy to forget. i should read this every day.

August 25, 2008

t.gately

i'd like to start posting some drawings from our weekly gesture drawing class at pixar, but i've got a backlog of older drawings i figure i should post. below, some tom gately notes from tuesday gesture classes, 2007. any idea what he's suggesting in each? if you're curious, let me know and i'll write some little explanations.


well, here tom's talking about pushing things farther; going all the way to exaggerate things. oh, and opening up that negative space between his back and his arm.

here tom reminded me that there is a relationship between things in space, and that we need to give this emphasis, reinforce this; we shouldn't flatten things out too much. i believe he also suggested that he might have the fellow lean forward to look forward.

yes, the comment here was about balance--about throwing her off balance, putting her in motion; it probably had to do with the particulars of how i was interpretting the pose, but either way, static is way more boring than active. i  think my lean back could've worked, but i didn't push it nearly enough to make it play.

August 23, 2008

rough and tumble

some roughs for my totoro piece; style exploration via adrienne adams, peter mccarty, the new yorker, sempe, the princess and the frog and the great marc simont. have a good weekend!





August 17, 2008

m & n

i was surprised and delighted this afternoon to meet a fellow who'd purchased one of my paintings at a Maverix art auction last year. it was one of a pair: the first, a painting of naia who works at a coffee shop i frequent, the second, a fictional gentleman.

naia, i had hoped would be accepted for a group show at the society of illustrators in new york-- but it was not to be. now this little painting is cared for by a friend from work; she has a good home.


August 08, 2008

The Totoro Forest Project


Recently I was invited to contribute to the Totoro Forest Project, an auction of artwork by international animation, comic and illustration artists in service of saving Sayama Forest outside of Tokyo--the one that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro.

The event will be held at Pixar on September 6th, and a selection of the artwork will be displayed at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco; a catalogue will also eventually be available. The whole thing is headed by some of my good friends at the studio, so a round of applause for Dice Tsutsumi, Enrico Casarosa, Ronnie Del Carmen and Yuniko Pang. It's a great honor and pleasure to be involved, and I hope we manage to raise a lot!





My piece, about a moment of person-plant communion, was kind of an homage to Helen Levitt and Marc Simont--and of course to New York city: a place with a lot of concrete and a lot of green. It's based on a little plant I saw bowing out of an apartment window in NY; a little cactus, I think. This one's for that cactus.