Friday, January 6, 2012
I ran into Matt at this year's CTN Expo while he was walking around the floor. I don't usually geek out too much over meeting people but it was pretty unreal to meet a guy who had such a huge impact on our culture! Since he is so famous I was worried that he would be grumpy but just the opposite! He was a super friendly and down to earth guy. Thanks so much Matt!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The ever elusive Nicolas Marlet was kind enough to do this sketch for me at CTN 2010 after I recognized him and introduced myself. His blank expression is really intimidating but after he speaks you realize he is insanely nice. While he was drawing this for me a huge chunk of Sketch Travel was right about to do a group photo (which I didn't even realize at the time) and Peter De Seve saw Nico drawing this for me and said he was jealous. Thanks Nico!
Unbelievably talented illustrator Carter Goodrich is a little self conscience and after a kid at his talk tried to call him out to do a sketch in front of the entire audience he was a little put off and wasn't comfortable doing sketches for anyone. I asked him to sign the page instead and he kindly agreed. If I ever meet him again I will ask if he is willing to do a quick sketch on the same page. Thanks anyways Carter!
It is a scientific fact that Kris Pearn is the nicest guy ever to exist. Don't ask him for a kidney unless you really need one because he'll do it! (Pure speculation) He was the head of story on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and is now directing the sequel. Can't Wait! Thanks Kris!
The owners of Imaginism Studios and Dynamic duo Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera were nice enough to do these sketches for me at CTN. I took Bobby's amazing digital painting class back when it was after hours at Sheridan before his online classes started and It was one of the best things I ever did! Thanks Bobby and Kei!
A sketch by Pixar story artist and the director of the short Partly Cloudy, Pete Sohn. This sketch was acquired after my Burbank trip at the Ottawa Animational Festival. After waiting in a pretty long line and trying to calm my nerves I ended up being super awkward and overly enthuthiastic talking to Pete. I'm pretty sure I creeped him out with my over excitedness but he was nice to me
anyways. Thanks Pete!
Don't be fooled by the hard to read signature, this drawing of Spirit is by none other than master animator James Baxter! Post comic con while back in Burbank, I was given a fantastic tour of Dreamworks by supervising animator and Joe's neighbour Marek Kochout. Of course I brought my sketchbook just incase. At the very end of the tour as we were walking out of the building, all hope seemed lost. Just then, we turned a corner and James Baxter was walking towards us! I froze up and could not muster up the courage to stop him but he waved hello to me and Marek (mostly Marek.) I figured it wasn't meant to be and that it was too awkward to stop him because he is probably very busy and I did not want to offfend him. However, as we continued to leave Marek asked me "so you know the animator James Baxter?" and I quickly replied "Yeah...I know we just passed him." I took this as a second chance and asked Marek if he would be willing to take my sketchbook and ask James later if he would be willing to do a small sketch for me. I told him that if he says no that it is completely okay but if he could just ask that it would mean a lot to me. Of course, James did do this great sketch and I can't thank him or Marek enough!
Not to be confused with Pixar artist James Baker, this Jim Baker was a traditional animator at Disney and Co-directed the Animated American with Joe. Jim drove me down to Comic Con that year so this drawing of the animated american characters commemorates our journey. Thanks Jim!
One of the gems of my book, this was a very tough sketch to get! Chris was also at comic con but had a no sketch policy. I thanked him anyways and accepted defeat but later on in the day Joe's girlfriend Sally agreed to try and get a sketch for me. To my delight she was able to convince him. Thanks Sally and Chris!