Myself and my pal/partner Jon Flannery (Cryptogram Ink) were recently guests on "Art Palace", the podcast of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Thank to so much to Russell Ihrig and the CAM for having us to discuss our special project ... it was an absolute blast.
Direct link to podcast here // it is also available via Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcast subscription services.
We discuss the story of our current project, creating a tribute paper based on the visual artwork of the "Independent Eye", a recently unearthed underground, free press local newspaper (published 1968-1975).
This is part of a broader project involving the "Eye" that I have been heading in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati dating back to last November. This is my first mention of it here on my website, but if you are a personal friend on social media networks (or follow me on Instagram), you may have seen my ongoing updates on this project. It has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding project, and one that has been very atypical for me, in that it has involved conducting long phone conversations, organizing and attending several meetings, submitting formal funding proposals, and things like that. Ultimately, though, we are now just a few short months away from the exhibition/panel discussion taking place at the library in the fall, the publishing of the library's digital archive, and the creation of the tribute paper. Many, many more details to come, but if you are interested, just about everything is explained in the podcast.
Had a blast briefly stopping by the Echo Park Film Center microcinema space when we I was in Los Angeles last week. Had a short, friendly conversation about our own local Mini Microcinema (and Floating Shape Workshop) in Cincinnati. They kindly invited me to screen some animation at their annual "Open Screen" event which I would have loved but unfortunately it was the evening before we flew back.
I also documented the west coast trip w/ that 35mm Minolta and just sent the film away to get developed ... going to be making a little short film when I get the prints back. Thanks again to my friend Jennifer Fischer for the tip about the EPFC.
I currently have two ink & watercolor pieces on display and available for purchase at Wooden Hill in Westwood. They have some of the cat totes for sale. also Thanks, Amanda, and her great shop and gallery space!
"Jazz Hands" (ink & paint on tan-colored paper)
"Ocean" (ink & paint on wc paper)
Absolutely thrilled to have animated this little promo to promote the 15th anniversary of Dungen's seminal record "Ta Det Lugnt". It is a little incomprehensible that 2004 was a decade and a half ago ... such is aging, I suppose. This is a record that has meant a lot to me and is definitely an all time favorite. I could spend several paragraphs on that but will focus on the animation. It was a blast getting to paint the beautiful, psychedelic LP cover for this. They are performing the album in its entirety with a series of Swedish and Scandinavian shows this summer in June and July (see end of video or link above for dates).
Here is a six-page comic I made for the annual "Baseball Annual" published by the great literary journal Hobart Pulp. Ever year, they publish a baseball-centric issue with short writings (fiction and non), poetry, and the occasional comic. I was thrilled to get to do one ... thanks to Aaron Burch and co. at Hobart!
It's called "the Art of the Blowout" and is about the peculiar situation of a position player coming in to pitch during a lopsided, blowout game (which briefly stirs artificial excitement for the lethargic crowd). The fictional teams are the Elephants and the Golden Trout (pun intended). Hope you like it.
I am hosting a Floating Shape animation workshop at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, February 2nd! This workshops runs for 3 hours (1-4 PM) and is designed for ages 6-14 in mind. Using the museum's historic collection as inspiration, we will be doing a collaborative cutout animation project. Here is the link if you are interested in registering ... registration cost is $10.
Here is a large smiling sun (titled "a brighter future) I painted for this Saturday's benefit show at the Thunder-Sky gallery in Northside. This is the second edition of "Shelter in Place", a human rights benefit show curated by my friend Holly Prochaska. The first one was an awesome experience and very successful, and this one should be as well. Any piece of art or artist-made goods (photographs, handbound mini-books, prints, etc.) purchased will have 100% of the proceeds donated to a charitable organizations such as the ACLU or Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. The opening is this Saturday, 6-10 PM at Thunder-Sky, Inc. Also, the upstairs show "Time Warp", a unique show in conjunction with both Thunder-Sky and the Pique gallery in Covington opens the same night.
.... originally, they were going to be mini-suns available for purchase.
Now available in the shop: the "Colourblind" tote bag. 100% natural & machine washable. The perfect tote for groceries, records, or just about anything that fits in a 15.75" x 15x25" opening!
Here is the full schedule of Floating Shape Workshops events this summer! For further/detailed info on the individual workshops, click the FSW tab above. As always, each event is a little different (as such, costs also vary ... some free, some require registration).
This month (July), we are excited to be hosting a week-long summer camp at Robot Inside (coming up in just a few weeks, and space is almost full!). Each attendee will be making their own animated film over the course of the week. We will also be returning to the Good People Festival over in Covington, Kentucky for the second straight year. This year, we have a fun & collaborative, live animation project planned for anyone who comes by.
In August, FSW will host a flipbook workshop with the Mini Microcinema as part of the annual Over-the-Rhine "Second Sunday on Main" celebration. Our last workshop of the summer will be at Wooden Hill, located in Westwood.
Now available in the shop: a collection of twenty (20) whimsical postcards. They are standard-sized, matte postcards (the content of each card being quite hazardous in nature). Nestled together in a see through, vellum envelope that features an original "ink on envelope" ink drawing. Perfect for old-fashioned mail correspondence or general safekeeping!
Available for purchase here.
Here is a collaborative new short film called "Earth!", which was made last month at a Floating Shape Workshop event. On the eve of Earth Day 2018, we set up shop at my good pal Tara's Robot Inside (in their beautiful new storefront location). This was a free public/community event, so any child who came by had the opportunity to contribute to the film.
All that was prepared beforehand was the traditional animation in the beginning, before the cutouts were added. We used a very quick & simple set up as we only had two hours of time. It was a different format for a workshop than I have done before, but I really think it turned out well. The majority of the materials used in the film were of recycled and/or scrap paper.
J. Otto Seibold is trying to pitch an animated television show, based on the concept of a rock band called "Bubblesoap".
I am a big fan of the work of J. Otto Seibold. Back when I was working on my children's book "Tunnel-Ball", I had a very nice (online) conversation with Jotto about the art of picturebook making and the dramatic changes in the landscape of publishing today compared to the previous decades. I gave his most recent book, "Lost Sloth", to my nieces a few Christmases ago, which has became an instant classic to them (if you are reading this and are familiar with Seibold's books, don't worry, "Olive" was already a Christmas staple for them). Also, Black Francis read Lost Sloth. Does it get any better than that?
Here is the link to a Gofundme page to help support the endeavor to bring Bubblesoap to fruition. I would love nothing more than to see these characters animated, so I hope, at the very least, this will open the door to that in one capacity or another.
Here is the completed film from the children's animation workshop that I hosted last Saturday. It was one of a series of workshops that took place as part of the Inbetween Animation Festival (put on by the Cincinnati Film Society).
The workshop was a lot of fun and a lot was accomplished in just two hour's time. Registration for the event sold out, so almost twenty children (ages 7-15) got to participate, many of which were experimenting with animation for the first time. The new portable, lightweight lightboxes for traditional hand drawn animation (for future Floating Shape Workshop events) also made their debut, and were a big hit. On this same Vimeo channel, you can also see the flipbooks that we made & filmed during the workshop.
Also, as I was cleaning up the room from my workshop, my friend Tracy Miller-Robbins began setting up for her workshop which proceeded mine. It was called "Animated Drawings" (ages 16+), and she was hosted it with her husband Rob. They also do children's workshops together as well (Cartwheel Animation Studio). Check out the awesome results from their workshop, too ...
As part of the inaugural Inbetween Animation Festival taking place in Cincinnati on April 14-15, I am excited to be hosting a youth animation workshop. Due to the nature of this workshop, it will be for ages 7-15, and space is limited (registration is required).
This is a special workshop for the festival that I am holding individually (independent of FSW), and will take place from 10am-12pm on April 14th ($20 registration required). My friend and fellow animator/educator Tracy Miller-Robbins is also holding a workshop called "Animated Drawings" (ages 16+). See an overview of all of the workshops (for all ages) happening here. The screening of the films at the festival will be taking place the following day on the 15th at the Esquire Theater.
Registration for the workshop is available here via the Cincinnati Film Society.
UPDATE: All spots are full for the workshop! Thanks and I'll see you on the 14th!