Friday, December 27, 2013

Here it is, the answers to our 2013 Christmas Card!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  Oh and bonus points to all who saw John 3:14 and realized it needed to be John 3:16...hehe.  I found that little blip after we had printed and sent them out.  Until next year...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Christmas Card Answes 2012!

Happy New Year!  Here are the answers to this years Christmas Card!  Thanks for spending the countless hours looking over these 20 differences, hopefully you found them all and aren't cheating by coming here for the answers!

Cheers, JL

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Christmas Card Answers 2011

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year everyone! Heres the answers to this years card. Hope you got them all!


Thursday, December 09, 2010

Super Big Micro Gallery Show! Piece #3

Logging Train #10
ink, watercolor, and pastel

Here is another tiny piece I did for the Super Micro Show! I can't wait! It's only 2 days away. See ya there!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Super Big Micro Show Piece #2

Logging Train #4
ink, watercolor, and pastel

Here is one of 4 other pieces I did for the "Super Big Micro Show." Guess what the subject matter is...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Whittling a Bear

So here is a little show and tell of my process for carving a bear. I use a pocket knife, a serrated pocket knife, and a Dremel tool. I also have a hand saw for chunking away the larger bits.

I first start with a lot of sketches, I also look to inspiration, so I know what I'm generally going for. In this case I looked at real bear footage, a ton of bear books, and some Country Bear stuff over at the Imagineering Research Library. I pick my block of wood and start to draw on it...trying to see the character inside. To me drawing on the piece of wood is like drawing on paper, but in three dimensions.

Once I start cutting this usually changes a bit, because I like to work into the wood and find the finished product as I go. I knew I wanted the bear to be in a relaxed pose(considering he has just eaten.) So I worked at that for awhile to get it right. I put him a little off balance from the wood which was difficult considering I want to make use of as much of the block of wood as possible. His butt overhangs in the back a little and extends in the front. I ended up using a few glued in pieces( the butt of the gun, and the raccoon tail on his cap, and the bottom stump of wood he sits on.) The barrel of the gun is a thick piece of copper wire.
I have to just keep cutting, then do a drawing, look at it from all angles, cut again, then draw again and keep repeating until I've carved away every bit of the wood that is necessary. It's always been an exciting moment when I finally can see the character realized in three dimensions! It's so much fun! If you've never tried it, you should. There is something so tangible and permanent about carving something from a piece of wood.

Just thought I'd share that. Please come to the Super Big Micro Show at Gallery Nucleus on Dec. 11th!


Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Super Big Micro Show!!!

Here is who is going to be in the show....

Need I say more?!!! See you there!!!


Here is a preview of one of the pieces I did for the upcoming "Super Big Micro Show" at Gallery Nucleus. I carved this bear out of a block of wood. I've been recently getting into whittling, it's really fun! I've wanted to carve me a bear for awhile now, so this was my chance. I definitely was inspired by Marc Davis' country bears. I've got his art plastered on my walls here at work. If your ever at the Disneyland Park, look around Critter country for a whole slew of carved animals...definitely a source of inspiration!!!

We started doing these "Micro Shows" in a space right next to our offices here at work. We have these two little walls that we couldn't figure out what to do with. Thus the Micro Gallery was born. Micro art for a micro space.

For this special one of a kind show at Nucleus however, we invited friends from Dreamworks, Pixar and a few others to join us. The great thing is how connected all the artists are from studio to studio. Most have worked together in the past etc... We usually have themed shows here at work, but this Nucleus show is going to be a little different. No Theme! We are all doing art that inspires us, stuff we like to draw personally on the hopefully when we see everything up there together it will give the world a good idea of what is running through the minds of animation artists. It will be a very personal show! If you live in or around the LA area you'll have to come by and check it out! Our Opening is on Dec. 11th! See you there!!!!