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No drawings today.

Oh my oh my, no drawings in my post today- what is wrong with me?
Well, work. As usual.
I did update Water Tribe but on DA. I started posting the second version here:
Should make for an easier reading, plus the pages will be easier to go through.

Started my first week at Nickelodeon. Now I can mention the project, after checking that it had been made public: I'll be helping to board on Penguins, the same penguins as in the Madagascar movie. It promises to be fun, wacky humour.
I have to get used to doing my roughs on a Cintiq tablet, but at the moment, I am going too slow for my own taste. So Monday, I'm making a template and doodling it all on paper then scanning them all. I can't be weaned off paper just yet!
I had the joy and privilege of going to the voice recording of the episode I'll be working on. The booths were full: 6 voice actors having the time of their lives, being silly but also doing their work. Very inspiring to be sitting there and listening to them. I stayed calm and professional, though part of me wanted to shout silly things too, hehe.
(I wish I had seen an Avatar recording)

I managed to get one of two DVDs of the first show I worked on as storyboard artist: Adventures in Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World.
Oh man, my screen directions are all over the place, haha! I learned so much since then.
I fell in love with the characters of Colver and Maplewhite all over again: a nice duo of villains, but since they are stuck on the same dino filled plateau than our heroes, they sometime work with them. Hurray for not completely one sided villains!
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Maplewhite is to the right- I did so many fun things with these characters, including having Maplewhite getting kicked in the balls, and showing him butt naked!!!
I loved working on this show!! XD

I had a total *squeeing* fangirl moment this week too: my ultimate, favorite Italian comic artist, Leo Ortolani, wrote me an email. *faints*
He is the author of Rat-Man, a parody of super heroes but the story evolved so much beyond just that. The hero has no power whatsoever...and no intelligence. Leo Ortolani is a genius at comedic timing, and a huge inspiration to me.
He had seen the little Avatar\Rat-Man crossover I had done in the past, as an hommage.
I wish I wish his books were translated in english and published all over the world! He deserves recognition way beyond Italy.
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I will write back to him, when I will have calmed down and make sure my brain doesn't go stupid on me.

Gotta return to work- got me some Avatar pages to do!


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Nov. 18th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Thinking about Maplewhite getting kicked in the balls makes me cry.

I always wondered if artists watched the actors recording sometimes. Thats pretty awesome.

Nov. 18th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
I actually censored myself when it came to draw the kicking scene but I did show the character doubled up in pain right afterwards. I guess I was giddy doing it because this was not something that often gets done in animated tv shows.

It is extremely rare that crew artists get to be present during recordings. The room is usually pretty full with directors, coordinators, recording crews and producers. That's why I was on my best behavior- I hope I get to go again.
Nov. 18th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
omg congrats XD That must have been exciting to get a message from one of your idols like that!

Also omg penguins!! I loved Madagascar, despite generally hating on those 3-d movies, can't wait to see what kind of awesome work you produce! Please please find a way to work King Julien in there somewhere as he is the only lemur I have ever loved.

So many cool things happening with you, so awesome XD
Nov. 18th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
PS Maplewhite's facial hair/ expression reminds me of Lao XD ahaha
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Haha! I guess subconsciously, Maplewhite's beard went to Lao. Though Lao would argue he maintains his in much better shape.

I wanna draw some Maplewhite goodness again. Gonna make Zhao jealous!
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
Exciting messages- you should have seen me spazz! I'm just glad my roommate wasn't anywhere near to see me make a fool of myself.

Of the whole Madagascar movie, the Penguins were my favorite characters. As for King Julien, I wouldn't worry too much. The king can't be kept away from the public view ;)

Nov. 18th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
I didn't like Madagascar at all, but I did like the penguins a lot.

Its cool that you got an email from someone you admire. I'd probably spazz too!

I think I've seen a collection of his work when I worked at the local library, but i forgot to pick it up and then it was gone.
Nov. 18th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
I have to admit to have sort of forgotten most of the film now, except for the penguins and that darn song at the Lemurs' party. The designs were a lot of fun though.
Ooooh, a Leo Ortolani collection? I'd need to check if that exists-for that may mean part of his work has been translated in English! *crosses fingers and hopes*
Nov. 18th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
I've never even seen Madagascar, lol. Still. :thimbsup: and no comics because you're busy is a pretty viable excuse, if you ask me. ;-)
Nov. 18th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
Er... :thumbsup:

And here. I thought I was being so careful about the typos.
Nov. 18th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
I have no self control in some things, either... lol.
Nov. 18th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Madagascar is a fun film- just be prepared to see a bunch of hyperactive animals jumping all over the place. I know I wanted to scream "calm down!!" a few times. Loved the designs.

Haha, Saw your Zhao's family restaurant leaflet. Hmmm...I wonder who is in his "family"
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Well, if I could draw it, I was sort of picturing Hahn in a apron (maybe a little like that one I saw of Iroh chasing Zuko with the tea tray).
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
sorry if this is a bit random. you were living/are in Montreal, right? could you possibly reccmend any art schools/colleges for graphic design and illustration (since you're in the bizz and all) other then concordia?
Nov. 19th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
No need to apologise for the randomness- will be glad to try and help.

Let's see....if you're planning to stay in Montreal, there's le Cegep du Vieux Montreal that has an animation program. May not be exactly what you are looking for though. I've had a few friends that have graduated from Dawson College which seems to have had a nice course there, but that was a few years ago and I don't know how much their program has changed. Apart from that, I haven't studied in Montreal and must admit not knowing that many other good schools. Mea Culpa. But, keep asking around- on DA and other places. You'll probably run into students of different schools who can tell you about their programs right now.
Best of luck!
Nov. 22nd, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
thanks so much! this is really helpful, dawsons illustration program looks promising!
Nov. 19th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hope you send him that Rat-Man cover you did for Comicopia! I never got around to sending him a copy of the book or the scan!! :)

You still rock :)
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Naaaah. I prefer that he saw only the other Rat-Man stuff I did. It felt like I had done something more with his characters and his syle.
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Are there any trailers up? I got nothing but literature yuck! XD
Nov. 20th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, but the litterature is good too- feels weird when you adapt a work and change it so much.

Anyway, managed to find this little (and I mean little) trailer on the company's website:
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