Archive for November, 2011

The Snowman

I went to see a screening of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” yesterday with my wife, in which the score was played by a live orchestra. Unfortunately we were seated on a balcony and quite a bit of the screen was obscured by some ceiling-mounted speakers, but otherwise it was a great experience, and really took me back to my childhood! I’d actually forgotten just how amazing the animation was for it’s time, with lots of impressive rotating sequences, and no 3D animation software in sight – all hand drawn!

The Snowman

The King’s 6th Finger, by Jolby & Friends

I came across a great children’s book recently, called “The King’s 6th Finger”. It’s a collaborative effort between illustration and design studio Jolby & Friends and Rachel Roellke. To quote from their website, it’s “a tale about a King named Mortimer who is obsessed with the number 5. He has 5 towers on his castle, 5 moats around it, 5 knights on 5 horses, 5 queens, 5 servants, 5 meals… he’s obsessed! Until one day, from his five-legged chair, he looks down at his hand and discovers that he’s grown a 6th finger! What will he do? How does he remove it? What crazy plans do his advisors have in store for him? You’ll have to get your hands on the book to see!”

The Kings 6th Finger

The Kings 6th Finger

The Kings 6th Finger

Mike Yamada’s Zoo Zoom Alphabet Cards

Seen as a lot of my own work often has an educational aspect to it, it’s always great to come across work by other artists that happens to have a particularly educational bent (the Super Dictionary being one such, albeit strange, example). I was excited, therefore, to stumble across this great set of animal-automobile-themed alphabet flash cards by Mike Yamada, a visual development artist at Dreamworks. I originally discovered these on Yamada’s blog, Extracurricular Activities, but also found that you can purchase them at Gallery Nucleus.

Zoo Zoom Alphabet Cards

Stephan Pastis’ Peals before Swine

I really love the Pearls Before Swine comic strips, by Stephan Pastis. I came across them online a few years ago, and have several of the books. I really enjoy reading them when I get a chance, although it has been a while, I have to admit! They’re certainly great for a laugh though! Here’s one I picked fairly randomly to feature on here, but, according to Pastis himself, this is actually the strip that is probably most closely identified with the Pearls series. Must get one of the more recent books soon, so I can stay up to date with it!

Pearls Before Swine