Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Blue Sky Evening

I'm honored to have been invited by Blue Sky Studios and the Society of Illustrators of New York to host a presentation on Thursday, September 24th at the Society, describing Blue Sky's process of animating Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaurs . With the help of my four supremely talented Blue Sky pals-

Mr. Michael Defeo -Sculpting Supervisor

Mr. Michael Knapp -Art Director

Mr.Tony Maki - Story Artist

Mr. Galen Chu - Supervising Animator

we'll take you step by step in the development of a single character- Buck, the slightly unhinged weasel, and the sequence "Campfire", one of the most dramatic and hilarious of the film. We'll show you Buck's development from my designs on paper, to modeling him in clay and computer, to storyboards and finally, to the fully animated sequence. The evening will end with a Q&A followed by drinks at the Society's bar where you'll also have the pleasure of being surrounded with work by some of the masters of illustration like Norman Rockwell (his stagecoach mural hangs over the bar!), Winsor McCay and Harvey Dunn among others.

I hope some of you can make it.


  1. I'll try to attend! I'll be on vacation at NY precisely that week. Brilliant!

  2. Wish there was a way to record these and post them online. Come back to Atlanta!

  3. It's GREAT to see that you have a blog up!!!

    thanks for sharing with us.

  4. too bad i live on the other side of the world :)

  5. Glad to see this blog.Love your drawing style and these Icc Age dinosaur drawings are great!!Especially love the pterosaur and Buck drawing.Being a bonafide dinosaur lover I was wondering if there are any plans to publish the concept art for 'Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs'?

  6. I watched you speak on thursday ... wow, very very inspiring. It has refocused me in a way that i don't think has happened in the past. And Mike Knapp has given me the most unbelievable advice on how to prep my portfolio. Thank you to all of you for not being afraid to share your secrets!