Friday, December 13, 2013

ink sketch04

One of the cheap pen I received from Japan is actually pretty nice to sketch with.doodling some planes for my next ink drawing.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ink 08

Uncle bear is excited to go see his new plane!

Tools of the trade. part 01

I just got some new brush pens from japan. The 3 on the top have synthetic  hairs, they are about 15$~20$ each.
I use most of the time the Pentel Brush pen. Which is a fantastic pen.

But my it is starting to "engorge" itself after a few minutes and I lose the thinnest line that I could have when I just picked up the pen. Which means I can only work a few minutes at a time... not ideal.
My theory is that air is getting in the cartridge and is "pushing " the ink out too quickly. Maybe the cartridge's plastic is too soft and letting air in? I'm not sure but when I open the bottom of the pen (where the cartridge is), the cartridge is often loose.

I use to use the normal fude pen to write in japanese, but this time my in-laws brought me the smaller one to test.
The 3rd pen from the top on the picture is the Kuretake fude pen (くれ竹 筆ペン) it is very similar to the Pentel.  it feels a little better, the plastic seems to be a little stronger, the hairs are a little softer and it writes very consistently (maybe because it is brand new :) ). But it is so smooth that it gets hard to open! no grip! It does look really nice.

I really enjoy the pentel ink though, really black and thick. So both the pentel brush pen and the pentel fude pen have a great advantage in my opinion.

The last two on the picture are very cheap pens (about a $ each), the tip is made out of foam and the ink is not very covering. (I'll use them to fill surfaces, :)).

Now I need to get some nicer paper.

By the way, muddy colors have a great post on inking

IF ONLY FOR A SECOND // Mimi Foundation // EN

face it with a laugh!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013


some sketches and some more work for my series.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

more layout sketches

some more sketches, was thinking about western movies and Chuck Jones animation

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Robot and the Sparrow

You must read this amazing graphic novel!

Gentleman artist Jake Parker masterpiece!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ink05 - composition study

sorry for the lack of post ... but get ready for a bunch!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ink sketch

some preparatory sketches and warm ups..
All using my pentel pocket brush pen!

ink 04

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Ink 03

Super busy at work, had to throw this one together too quickly... don't like to work like that...:(

Thursday, November 7, 2013

ink02 and post 100!

#ink 02
Much slower than inktober, got slammed with work! 98 to go!
but with a delicious support from the wife!
There are still layout issues and inking problems, but I'm still working with as few preliminary sketch as possible.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ink 01

start of my 100 drawing serie

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mr Jake Parker is a gentelman

 As a real gentleman Jake Parker understood my mistake and forgive me!
Check out his great Art
and his #inktobers are for sale!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

more ink...

New goal! I'll try to get 100.
Grand pa was happy with his flight.. but back to the drawing board.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

sorry Mr Jake Parker!

Damn! just realized that my character looks like inktober man from Mr Jakeparker!
Sorry to him! guess he influenced me even more than I thought! this is a plagiarism from admiration!

#inktober 31

#inktober 31... ready? set!...go for an other round! I'm not stopping here!
thanks to Pentel for mentioning me on their twitter!

houdini 13

houdini 13 is out! can't wait to try it out! 

#inktober 30..

loosely inspired by a Christophe Lautrette drawing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#inktober 29

#inktober 29
can't believe it's almost done! But I'll continue until I get at least 31 drawings. (I have 24 right now)

Monday, October 28, 2013

#inktober 28

 28...actually 27 but wasn't happy the way it end up so redid it.
Agent X23 should have choose a better time to land.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

#inktober 26

#inktober 26 Little bear is going to be a pilot when he grow up... just like his uncle!

Friday, October 25, 2013

#inktober 25

 25 Mr bear is ready for a new adventure!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

#inktober 24

 24, this cappuccino better be real good!

how to get better at inking

 From Jake Parker's tumblr page:

1) Draw 100 somethings in ink. (fish, robots, portraits…you decide)
2) Draw an ink drawing every day for a month.
3) Draw a 24 page comic in ink.

With Inktober I'm jumping to #2, but I'll do 1 in november and see if I have time to do #3.

#inktober 23

#inktober 23 Prof McAllister shouldn't have walk on that vine.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

#inktober 22

 22 (one day late), mr wolf makes a mean

Monday, October 21, 2013

#inktober 20 one more to go for today

20, what would have happened if my daughter was in pacific rim !

#inktober 19

got to post two more today to keep up!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

#inktober 16, rapunzel 1855

 16, rapunzel 1855,

 I need to work bigger! But I started with this format and want to finish inktober with it!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Robin Davey

I really like this guy's style. Would be great to do a short in collaboration with him.

#inktober 11

.... catching up!

I might need to change the paper I'm using (storyboard pad), or draw even bigger...
Composition could be better. Need something in the background and maybe something in the foreground too.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#inktober 9

#inktober 8 - 9 don't remember, but what I know is that real bad guys look like this!


small interlude in my drawings...Nuance.
Nuance from Marc-Antoine Locatelli on Vimeo.

Dance, music, editing, visual effects, what's not to like?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#inktober 7

well actually 5, I didn't get to do any drawing during the week end because of my back.

So here is how I felt. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

inktober 4 part 2

 4th day number 2, just making up for the lost time.
not super satisfy with it but I post it, that's the rule!

Inktober day 4

#inktober day 4, I tried 2 different pens for this one. I'll see if I have time to do an other one today to make up the time lost :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013


The amazing Jake Parker started a cool challenge #inktober , 30 days, 30 inked drawings.
Pen and paper only.
I'll see how long I can keep it up.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Skin tones

Playing around with different type of skin colors. (CS5, basic brushes). Just layering color very softly. I tried to keep a consistent lighting setup (key light, fill and rim light)
Trying to understand what other artist are doing.
My good friend Andrew Arconti showed me some tricks with the soft light blending mode that I', dying to try. I'll try to post some result soon. and application of this page on a model.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Old technique, new twist

I really like this idea. First because I still really love the physical aspect of film. Not what you see but the one one that you can touch. It is something that I really miss from my first job in motion Pictures, back when Pacific Title still existed. there were only few computers but still a lot of noisy machines that dealt with film. My goof friend Mark Freund was my supervisor then, he was always looking at film print and tell us how much color we needed to add or remove.
As much as I am a digital addict and love computer, there will be always a place in my heart for film.
Second, I enjoy when people mix technique like these, it is an effect that has been seen a lot but revisited in an interesting way.

LONDON GRAMMAR - Wasting My Young Years - Behind The Scenes from Academy Plus (A+) on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

R.I.P Ray Harryhausen 1920 -2013

"I'm very happy that so many young fans have told me that my films have changed their lives. That's a great compliment. It means I did more than just make entertaining films. I actually touched people's lives -- and, I hope, changed them for the better." - Ray Harryhausen

I remember seeing Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963) on an old 16 mm projector. I can't remember if it was my dad or someone else that set it up, but I remember that I got hooked right away. Since then I always loved fantasy movies... still do! :)

Kathrine Switzer - boston marathon 1967

I Love Superheroes: Wonderwoman

"In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29." (via kateoplis)Wiki
 I'm always amazed to realize that things like that happened not long ago.

Monday, April 22, 2013


KAIROS Trailer from Studio La Cachette on Vimeo.

I'm trying to find more info about this but it already looks great.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

interresting apparatus

I know he/she could have done this easily in After effects or photoshop. but I like the idea of trying to keep it "physical".
I also think that more we, as a society, advance in virtual/digital world, more you'll find people to find ways to transform it to physical.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Very interesting video, I would like to find more info on it. But it shows very well how subtle change in our perception can affect our understanding of space.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

2d FX animation

Last summer my dad came to visit with my little sister. Not only is was great to finally have my father in my house, but it was also great to hang out with him.
We talked a lot about art and more specifically about animation. He showed me which software he is using to teach animation and a little on how to use it.
The main software he is using is called TVpaint. One thing that I really enjoy about it is that you can start pretty quickly to animate. I'm not going to do a full review of it now. but I wanted to say that i never understood why some software developer try to reinvent the wheel. If you really want to show how good you are, make your software intuitive and user friendly. If that means you have to follow some standards so be it. there are few things in TV paint that are not easy to do. per example, select and move your selection... basic!
anyway, here are some of my animations.

I'll post more when I have more..