Monday, December 31, 2007

Mo Willems has a blog

I just discovered it...he had an amazing 226 posts in 2007, so he updates it very frequently. Add it to your list of artist blogs. Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 28, 2007


"A silent concrete creature follows a nervous businessman through Montreal in Terminus, an eerie and darkly funny short film directed by Trevor Cawood."

(via Boing Boing)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Once Upon a Wintertime

Just in case you didn't see it over on John K's blog already....

A wonderfully illustrated Golden Book, by Disney artist Tom Oreb. He has some great page scans if you scroll down and click on the images. Picking up on the theme of a limited palette, this book actually alternates back and forth. Though, all the colors are masterfully implemented. Check out the striking compositions of snowy scenes with trees and icy rivers.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Let it snow!

A few months ago, Bob wrote about the beauty of a limited color palette. You only need to look outside on a snowy day to see this for yourself. (This photo was just taken last week.) In fact, nature always seems to choose the right colors, no matter what time of year. Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Grow Island

I found my 5-year-old son playing this:
Grow Island

Pretty cute!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Year End Lists (2007)

Hey everyone! It's that time of year again.
The return of the year end

Top Ten lists!

What's that? You have a Top Ten list, too? Here's the place to state your opinion. No matter the category (books, movies, music, games, quotes, sports, television...whatever!). Contribute to the list craze! I do a list of my personal favorite albums. What do you got?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Nate Wragg, Ratatouille Credits

Many of you who've seen Pixar's Ratatouille have mentioned how much you love the end credits of the movie. I've been checking out Nate Wragg's illustration blog for awhile, but I just made the connection that he was one of the key artists behind the credits animation. I think a lot of it came from the concept art he did for the film. He talks a little about it in this post:
Everything was animated by hand, and since we wanted such a painterly look on the finished animation, we had to paint all the animation in a futuristic old fashioned way, all in the computer, but frame by frame in photoshop with no cheats or short cuts. Unfortunately we didn't get to use any cell painting gloves, maybe next time.

eBooks for real this time?

Appleinsider has a great breakdown and analysis of Amazon's new Kindle eBook reader. A lot of comparisons have been made to Apple's iPod domination of the mp3 market. Only thing is that there really isn't an eBook market yet.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


John K. has a nice little post about some background art from a Donald Duck cartoon. He's blogged frequently about how cartoons should have better color design (he specifically love's Art Lozzi's background designs for Yogi Bear). Worth checking out when you get second. He talks about how the color scheme is limited, but not monochromatic. Browns, reds, grays, and oranges are working great together. And subtle enough so when the characters are overlayed, they still pop.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Looking for a design pick-me-up? Jay passed this great website on to me today. It's a design portal of sorts that tracks current trends in web design by showcasing a ton of cool sites. There's a lot to look at, especially if you're looking for innovative design solutions or just a lot of cutting edge Flash sites.

--> Visit Beautifully

There is a similar site I used to frequent called linkdup that has a bunch of great design as well. I don't know if they update it anymore.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Cancer, Schmancer!

--> Watch "Inside Magoo" (1960)

This is kind of like what we did with the stroke animations.
Except it features Mr. Magoo! (note, you have to skip the first couple minutes to get to the cartoon)

(via Boing Boing)