Mr. Wray has done hundreds of drawings, but now suffers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and can no longer hold a pencil. His daughter Amanda has started scanning and posting these drawings regularly. Most of them are simpler than the self portrait shown here, and display a very elegant economy of line. I look forward to seeing more.
What do you do when you’re a disgruntled animation industry insider, slaving away at projects that drive you bananas, and have no outlet for your creativity? Do you start drilling through concrete in my building at 7:30AM? Maybe.. but most likely, you start a blog! Perhaps one where you vent your work-related frustrations by posting satirical stories about imaginary cartoon projects, dreamed-up studios, and interviews with both real and fictitious industry big-wigs. Make-believe? Or a terrifying mirror of real life? Da-da-daaaaa! You decide. (FYI: the Toon-ing In blog has no pictures, only good ol’ fashioned word-writin’, so put on you reading glasses.)
Here’s an excerpt:
New Show Based On Children’s Book Just Like Old Shows Based On Children’s Books
BlamZone Animation has announced another 26 episode animated show based on Fred Crimpen’s somewhat popular children’s book “Rabbits Ahoy!”
After a number of shows produced by Blamzone in the mid nineties failed to catch on with audiences, the company, on the verge of bankruptcy, decided to entertain original pitches.
Blamzone producer Sheryl Tooker elaborates: “There was a scary period where we were bombarded by crazy creatives offering up shows like a child who gets his wishes granted by fairy godparents, and a talking kitchen sponge that lives in a pineapple, of all things! We at BlamZone were relieved when the CEO finally decided to stop experimenting, and retreat into the warm safety of adapting another children’s book.”
“Rabbits Ahoy” has been a brisk seller amongst gift-giving grandparents, school librarians, and is a regular selection in the “Pediatrician and Dentist Periodical Purchasing Society” catalogue. The series will feature characters who appeared in other Crimpen adaptations. Said Tooker: “With a children’s book, we can put it on a table in the boardroom and look at it, and understand it, without having to make a ‘leap of faith’ with some artsy lunatic.”
Sounds like somebody needs a hug!
Kelly Murphy’s illustrations have a mischievous knack of being able to be lush, atmospheric, and haunting, but at the same time, enormously sweet and cute. She has a number of illustrated books under her belt, and has begun to tackle character design and animation. Visit her blog Who the Sh*t Drank All My Beer for updates and works in progress.
Wheee! Sam Hiti has a new book called Ghoulash that is just brimming with tasty ink drawings that he has created in the past year, many of which appeared on his blog. Ghoulash is highly recommended for fans of ghouls, monsters, creeps, zombies, and uh… Rambo. Plus, each book comes with an original inked drawing in the book.
On My Desk is a new blog with a wonderfully novel focus: taking a look at the desks and workspaces of artists and other creative individuals. It’s fascinating to see not only the physical workspaces of other artists, but to also see how they decorate their space to make it personal and to divine inspiration.