Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Claude & Chunkie and 850 Meters

Something I've been putting off for the longest time ever,since Febuary last year in fact. It always takes a purpose and a deadline for me to start hauling arse to get these new panels up and running. Here's a quickie teaser of what's in store for the new adventures of our fatefully paired duo. Hope you folks will like it. *fingerscrossed*

And now,something gobsmackingly funny by Thuristar & Lunanime called 850 Meters. A teaser first introduced to me by my bro quite some time back. Can't believe I haven't shared it yet! Well here it is folks! Enjoy!

Excerpts info taken from their YouTube link :

"850 METERS is an "after hours" project, a 10-minute animated comedy short currently in production, produced by THURISTAR and Lunanime, with the support of the VAF.

The film tells the QUEST of a FAME-AND-FORTUNE-hungry, wannabe hero, in a not-so-fairy tale!

850 METERS will be completed in 2011. As we move forward with the production of the short, THURISTAR is also producing a 'making-of' of the film. The idea is to follow the work of our small team 'behind the scenes', through monthly 2-minute episodes, each of them featuring a different production step.
Mostly Belgian, but also French, American, Norwegian and from Luxemburg, the 850 METERS team is working between London, Paris, Valence, Albuquerque, Kortrijk and Ghent, for a few months of 'after hours' production."

Created and directed by Joeri Christiaen
Music by Frederik Segers
Written by Joeri Christiaen and Perrine Gauthier
Developed with Karim Rhellam
Creative Producer: Perrine Gauthier
Executive Producer: Annemie Degryse
With the participation of PMG Worldwide (messiahStudio), Grid vfx and Temple of Tune
With the support of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

With the AMAZING work of:
Vegard Myklebust, Technical Director
Michael Mahy, Character Animator
Olivier Thill, Modeler and Z-brush artist
Maud Chalmel, Graphic Artist

Making-of by Antoine Kerninon & Perrine Gauthier

Monday, October 24, 2011


Sorry have been out on the loop,folks. Been having a lot of comp issues starting with my system getting infected in-between renewing my antivirus and then later on having to take it to the shop to manually install the antivirus....and then the tedious task of re-installing all of my softwares and then checking out all of the bugs and updates affected by my comp hardwares,updating each of them and adjusting/tweaking them for my use. Gggrrrrrr....
What did help were my best friends being there for me during my stressful episodes and one even hooked me up on a new series by one of my favorite British personalities,Stephen Fry. It's called Planet Word. Excellent show overall as expected and even got me hooked back on prior comedies and eps from other documentaries I didn't get to catch in BBC.

This next one, The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive kinda rang true to me somehow and got me pondering a lot.

And this entry wouldn't be complete without my sharing another little gem I stumbled upon recently : I love all of the creative little 'Must Drink More Milk' segments.

And I so want a copy of this book to add to my library :(

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Congratulations and more updates

First off! Congratulations to Dice Tsutsumi and Gerald Guerlais for the most awesome achievement during the wrap up auction of SketchTravel recently.
One red sketchbook passing from one artist's hand to another spanning through 12 countries over 4 and half years. All in aid of 'Room to Read'. Check it out here and I am so aching to get a copy for myself!

Sketchtravel trailer ENGLISH from on Vimeo.

Sketchtravel en 30 secondes from on Vimeo.

GAaaa!!!! *drooling*

Thank you to Harald for the heads up on this new TinTin trailer. I can hardly wait!

And to Ben for the heads up on 'Ninokuni' ,a game colab between Level 5 and Studio Ghibli.

And to Isabella Mazzanti for this charming animation cut out link called Les Trois Inventeurs by Michel Ocelot in 1980.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One Inspiration after another.

I heart Juanjo Guarnido's Blacksad.

One Word : Valve.

And the Giants.

And day of inspirations.
Cheers Folks!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day & Night

Love the clever mix of 2D and 3D animation in this charming lil short.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Word of the Day : Constantinople

I started a trend with an art bud,drawing a rough concept/sketch out of a word or phrase of the day which we'd take it in turns to come up with. The word this time was 'Constantinople' which at the the I thought was too huge and glorious an undertaking to achieve in just one sketch so dilly dallied,not wanting to face the obstacle on my sketch journal. Eventually,I got to it and this was what I can up with,drawing from memory what's best I can come up with which links me to it,without having to go through arduous referencing,totally undermining the purpose of the everyday sketch exercise. So this is what I came up with. Thoughts of Emperor Constantine,the Byzantium era...Hagia Sofia in Istanbul....

So there you have it. My take on Constantinople.

They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) from They Might Be Giants on Vimeo.

Also,thanks to my DA pal, Avancna from US for sharing this link with me on it. Really cool!

Cheers folks!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

1955 - 2011

Rest in Peace,Steve : Oct 5th 2011.

He was one of those who inspired me to get back on my feet.

Not the greatest art piece in the world,but it's what I will keep in my sketch journal to remind myself what he went through and how he got through it.

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

- Steve Jobs

Cheers Folks

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Saladin Nominated for the International Emmys

WWAAAA!!! Just received the good news from the team!
Our Saladin the Animated series has been nominated for the International Emmy Awards under Children & Young People category.
I'm so chuffed I'm still trying to settle down after hearing about it.

Here's the news!!! :

Congratulations to everyone in the team for all their passion,dedication and hard work in seeing this project through!
Win or lose...its still the best thing ever and I'm so very very thankful and happy.

And Here's today's word of the day..."Resplendent" It was Luc's turn to come up with the word.

Cheers everyone!!!!

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Cat's Pyjamas

Here's today's word/phrase of the day...'The Cat's Pyjamas'. A quick check in Wikitionary says that it was " a slang phrase coined by Thomas A. Dorgan. The phrase became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s,[1] along with the bee's knees, the cat's whiskers (possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets). In the 1920s the word cat was used as a term to describe the unconventional flappers from the jazz era. This was combined with the word pyjamas (a relatively new fashion in the 1920s) to form a phrase used to describe something that is the best at what it does, thus making it highly sought and desirable.[2]

A report in the New York Times[3] of a publicity stunt by an unknown woman in 1922, in which she paraded along 5th Avenue clad in yellow silk pajamas and accompanied by four cats similarly dressed, may indicate the phrase was already current by that date, as the "cat's meow" certainly was.[4]

Good to know and I certainly took the phrase literally here's my take on Cat's Pyjamas.

The phrase brought back fond memories of a certain little Tom Kitten, who had overgrown his best suit while forced to get ready for proper company by his mother. Just look at his expression! BP has certainly nailed his look to a tee. Goes to show how far love and passion goes when one adds it into one's work. Priceless!

And thought this was a sweet soundtrack and music video to share.
Cheers folks!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Creative Escape to Borneo

Hi everyone, I've been away recently to host my friend,Luc, who was on a short visit from HK for a creative holiday escape to Borneo. Actually didn't think we'd make the trip at all due to some unfortunate incidences that caused delays and what nots,almost canceling the trip altogether.
Anyhoo, we got to go after all and here are a few quicky pics of the trip I took along the way.

A sneak peek of my travel journal in the works. We stayed and traveled around Kota Kinabalu this time 'round.
We planned our trip around to hit the jungles and beach scene to get away from staring too much in front of the computer and just to get more fresh air in the lungs and see some greenery for a change. It was marvellous! The air up in the mountain range is so clean,crisp and cold. Loved the market and dense vegetation all around us.
A glimpse of Mount Kinabalu,the tallest peak in Malaysia.
And a rare treat, the Rafflesia,one of the rarest plants in the world. Although in fact,it is a parasite. It's lifespan after blossoming is only a mere 1 week before it starts it's decaying process.

We paid a visit to the tree tops,trekking up the hills and did a canopy walk in the hot springs and parks.
A visit to Borneo wouldn't be complete without a bit of island hopping excursions. We only did 2 islands but it was more than enough for a one day trip. Good to see some clear turquoise water with corals and fishes. Thankfully for the duration of our visits and tours,the rain clouds stayed away and we have had good cool cloudy and sunny skies all day.

Some painting on the beach.

Some lovely natural rock formations and designs nearby our spot.

My journal page.
Luc was testing out his new brushes and water color palette. He did a grand job for his journal as well.
Our last night out was a necessary visit to the Philippine Night Market in the heart of town.

Vibrant colors,noise and the pungent aroma of food wafting through the air.
A bit too humid and smoky to sketch as we've unwisely pitched ourselves amidst chaos amongst the nearby open air food stalls. But we eventually got some good art out.

Even found some time to sketch some more while killing time at the airport.

Arriving back safely to KL, a quick dinner with some pals in the heart of town and had to introduce Luc to our most recognizable landmark before bidding adieu and an early flight back to HK the next morning.

All photos of the trip can be viewed in my Flickr page here :