Blog Roundup

Samuel Michlap

Haven’t done this in a while so here’s a look at some artist blogs that I recommend…

Samuel Michlap has some mighty incredible paintings on his blog. The one at the top of this post was for the DreamWorks feature ROAD TO EL DORADO. Must I make a comment comparing this to the finished product?

Curtis Jobling: designer, book illustrator, novelist, series creator…and he still has time to blog. I’m not sure how he does it all, but among other things, he’s the designer of the hit British children’s series BOB THE BUILDER and the creator of FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT, soon to be the first 2D animated series produced by British puppetmakers Mackinnon & Saunders.

Spumco-Ottawa pals Chris Dainty and Jessica Borutski (of I LIKE PANDAS fame) are documenting the development of their new TV series concept, THE CONSTELLATIONS. Looks like a fun and appealing idea.

Conversations on Ghibli is pretty much what it says. If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki and Takahata, then chances are you’ll enjoy this blog.

Mark Kennedy is a storyboard artist at Disney, and his posts offer superb pointers on drawing, design, composition and boarding. And there’s also drawings by Bill Peet and Milt Kahl. I’m satisfied with that.

Canadian animation artist Nick Sung has been working on a personal project called ONE MAN BAND (not to be confused with the Pixar short of the same name). It’s not a film, but a portfolio book/leica reel that was produced in a very limited run of two copies. He explains the genesis of the project HERE and HERE. Nick’s art is beautifully drawn and designed, and the large number of posts over the past three months offer a valuable insight into his working process.

Nick Sung drawing