Site update

I've been working on updating my site s l o w l y for the past couple of weeks. I just posted an animation page. I hope to add some more new work soon. :)

Coming up for air

Dan and I finished the last of the AV Club Stand down series a couple of weeks ago and I'm just catching up on a lot of things like blogging. I'm really proud of the work we did even though it was very stressful. I only had to do the backgrounds but Dan did the bulk of the hard work drawing and animating them. He spent a lot of time filling them little hidden jokes and call outs for all the comedy nerds out there. We got lots of good feedback and learned a hard lesson about reading comments ( don't read them unless you have a thick skin and a sense of humor about it all). AV club commenters are a tough audience.

Here are links to some of them. They can all be found at the AVclub.com Also I'm aware of how these are awkwardly embedded on my site. I'm working on a redesign.

Updates

First of all, thank you to the talented and lovely Fuzzy for helping clean up my site of Mal ware. Nothing too serious but now you don't get that annoying red screen when you try to look at this blog. Thank you. Dan and I have been hibernating working a big project that I couldn't talk about until it went up. Last week was the first episode of the The Av Club's Stand Down. A animated web series where comedians share their worst stand up experiences. Dan is drawing and animating it and I'm doing the backgrounds.

Whoo we've been busy and will be until the end of summer here is the first episode, Patton Oswald. Next week. Maria Bamford!!!!

In related news, The Av Club interviewed Jon Hamm and he mentioned that he LOVED Stand Down!! Yaayyy Don Draper, you rock. http://www.avclub.com/articles/jon-hamm-shares-his-ipod-with-us-sinead-oconnor-an,82531/

Not quite right

Sometimes you work really hard on something and it just doesn't work.This was inspired by Richard Scarrey but the composition just falls apart. I needed to cluster the elements more to show your eye where to go. oh well

Eve Zeisel

Dan and I went to the Dank Haus for a vintage bazaar. It was a collection of vintage/retro dealers all in one place for the weekend. There was food and drink and a free photo booth. We weren't planning on buying anything but we met a very enthusiastic dealer who had some Eva stuff and I really liked these salt and pepper shakers. They are inspired by a mother and child.They are her "iconic" design. She lived until 105 and died this last December. All her stuff was made so it fit nicely in the hand. You can still buy her designs today all over the place, they are timeless.

Read more about her here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/arts/design/eva-zeisel-ceramic-artist-and-designer-dies-at-105.html?pagewanted=all

and here

http://www.evazeiseloriginals.com/meeteva.shtml#

Christmas Thorne rooms at the Art Institute

The Art Institute was free for the month of January. I got there in time to see the Thorne rooms decorated for Christmas. Well, a some of the rooms were "decorated" for the holidays. I don't know what I was expecting. Something more elaborate but this totally makes sense. I guess my love of miniatures made my imagination run away with me. Tiny Things! Tiny Tiny things! Side note - The Sixty-Eight Rooms' By Marianne Malone is a young adult novel about magically shrinking down the size of the rooms and exploring the worlds in each setup.

They picked a few rooms in different time periods to show how Christmas was celebrated throughout time. One of the rooms wasn't even decorated because of some political/religious reason.

I snapped shots of the ones I liked.

This is traditional English Christmas. English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840-70

The decorations are the wreath on the door and the garland on the stairs. Virginia Entrance Hall, 1751-55

Wooden shoes in front of the fireplace. French Provincial Bedroom of the Louis XV Period, 18th Century

California Hallway, c. 1940 Celebrating hanukkah with dreidel and menorah.

You can see them all here. http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/thorne