Tony Bancroft was one of the first Disney animators we had ever met.
In 2009, we went to the very first CTN Animation Expo, and Tony was sitting at a drawing table, simply being available for any Q&A while he drew the characters he had worked on during his Disney days. There were only a few students attending that very first CTN, and my crew was lucky enough to be a part of it.
We literally hung out with Tony for hours. We soaked up as much animation info as possible. And this was just one day of the Expo. As it came to a close three days later, there were jokes being made about him adopting us, and how we were his groupies.
Flash forward three years. Tony's twin brother Tom Bancroft started attending the Expo, and now HE knows us too. It's so funny. After about year four, we realized that there's definitely a Thing about the yearly Bancroft Bros photo.
We seek them out and they will jump out of their queues of thirsty students to take T...
When I was 8 years old I took a stab at animating for the very first time. The subject matter is "Wizzer and Jewel" from Disney's live action adaptation of "101 Dalmatians" from 1996.
Back then, there was no internet, no animation classes, and no books (at least in my area) about animation. Yet I was a sponge for learning about animation, and each time Disney featured a making-of, I would sit in front of the TV and write down notes about things that were important.
The most important thing I had learned at the point of this animation was that in film there were 24 frames in a second. I also had observed what we call "Breakdowns" and "Anticipation" without knowing the words.
I had these two blank notebooks lying around in my bedroom, and out of sheer childhood boredom and freedom, I counted how many pages were in the notebooks one time. TWENTY-FOUR!
I lost the entire weekend to this piece, but found myself inexplicably in agreement with every animator out there: Animation is ex...
I really wish I had enough time to make a daily comic about the mundane adventures that my husband and I have. You know you have a good thing going when every day can seriously have a comic inspired by an event from it.
I hate advertising. There is this famous clip by Bill Hicks where he suggests anyone who works in advertising or marketing to kill themselves, because they're Satan's little helpers. It may sound dramatic, but I love watching Bill Hicks rant about it.
If you live in a city, you are assaulted every single day by huge billboards and advertising campaigns. If you turn on the radio, they're blaring ads in your ears. If you click on an Amber Alert, you get bombarded by pop-up ads.
No seriously, that actually happened to me. It was disgusting.
The worst part about advertising is how it is down to such a science, most of us don't even realize we're not making our own decisions about goods and services.
So street art is illegal, but huge billboards containing never-ending s...