Little Red

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“She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him.”

Just finished up a new piece, “Little Red”, for submission to the SCBWI Tomie dePaola 2015 illustrator award.   The goal was to illustrate a line from Philip Pullman’s version of the tale – the rest of the excerpt can be read on the prompt page.

I started off with pencil sketches, then re-did the sketches, experimented with the lines and painted the piece all in photoshop – here’s a little process gif!

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magic 8-ball fortune

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Remember those magic 8-balls? I often wondered if they were weighted, the same answers always seemed to come up.

This month’s theme on loopdeloop.org is “fortune”.  I actually started working on this concept a few months back, for the “ritual” theme, but decided to go with a different idea for that one, will post that up soon. Here’s an earlier stage of the 8 ball gif:

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Monster Party! Interactive Art

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Finally got together a post on another fun project, totally separate from my film (but still full of monsters, surprise, surprise! :))

Nick and I collaborated on this for FableVision’s 2014 Creative Juices “Glow in the Dark” Art show (I had interned at FableVision the previous spring, worked on lots of awesome little animation projects while I was there).

I cut out paper monsters and arranged them in layers in a shadow box we borrowed from my dad. While I was doing that, Nick tinkered with the electronics – using arduino and a string of leds, he programmed three separate light patterns and attached it up to a sound sensor and wired a bunch of batteries on the inside.

The box stays dark until someone shouts “MONSTER PARTY!” (or makes any other kind of noise; roaring works especially well).

Here’s a demo of it in action:

Thanks to Miriam for providing the sound:).

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Tons of thanks to Nick Malfroy-Camine as always, my favorite partner-in-everything.

“Monster” Wins ‘Best Animation for Kids” at Animation Block Party!!

Super excited that my film, “The Search for the Monster of Lake Quannapowitt” won Best Animation for Kids at Animation Block Party 2015! To celebrate, I’ve posted it online and updated my website with a new page for info on the film.

Hope you enjoy!

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Monster of Quannapowitt at Animation Block Party!

“The Search for the Monster of Lake Quannapowitt” was accepted into the Animation Block Party festival this year!   It’s playing during the Kids Animation session Saturday, August 1st @ 2pm, at the BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

rover_afterI wish we could go – we’ll be out of the country…

but if you make it to the screening, say hi to my mom :)!

Monster empathy update in color

Quick post – I colored my “monster empathy” loop, looking a bit more polished now!

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Had so much fun working on this piece last week for loopdeloop.org – you can see it/vote for it here on their site.  Be sure to check out the loops that other animators have created too – so many of them are fantastic.

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sketches for loopdeloop/empathy project – some UPA inspiration here.

Grandma’s Kitchen Process

Hello! I just got back from my first SCBWI conference and it was awesome… perhaps more on that later. For now, some thoughts on the process for one of my favorite recent pieces, “Grandma’s Kitchen/Two Sugars“.

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I often think about my Grandma Ruth, who passed away when I was about 11 years old. I loved visiting her & my grandpa – they lived about 4 hours away, so we didn’t get to see them all the time. My own girls are so incredibly lucky to have access to their grandparents – all four within a twenty-minute drive!  In any case, my grandma’s home was full of neat patterns and spaces that I loved to explore. We took pictures of the house before it sold, just after she passed away, so I went searching for them to use as reference for this little story. It’s strange to think that the house we live in now is just a half hour’s drive from that kitchen!   Often when I visited, I’d try to convince her that my own mother let me have two sugars in my cereal instead of just one tiny sprinkle. I’m sure she suspected the con, but she nearly always let me get away with it.
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Thanks, Grandma ;).

“Monster of Lake Quannapowitt” in Athens!

If you happen to be in Athens, Greece next week, check out the international film festival debut of “The Search for the Monster of Lake Quannapowitt”!   Although I won’t be able to make it there in person, I made sure to send a representative :).

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Pattern Design: Beagles

Here’s the fun little side project I worked on last week! Spoonflower.com, an awesome site where you can upload or choose designs to make custom fabric, wallpaper & wrapping paper, has a weekly pattern design contest. This is for the theme “Beagle”(in honor of Miss P, winner of best in show at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show). I think the voting runs through Wednesday this week, if you want to check it out and toss a vote my way!

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I worked out two color variations, just entered the sky blue/brown variation in the contest. Here they are zoomed out a bit:

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beagle_4_blueandgreenbeagle_1_sketch     beagle sketch

Everything here was drawn digitally, aside from the pencil sketches at the bottom. It’s been really nice to have a theme for my sketching practice, hoping to do more of these in the future.