A Great New Blog

Check out the Temple of the Seven Camels, a great new art blog by Mark Kennedy, a 16-year veteran of Disney animation. Rather than post his own work, his blog is about education—sharing his knowledge of art and story principles as they relate to cartooning and animation. It’s definitely a blog I’ll be visiting often!

More Courtroom Sketches

Recently I was called in by Minneapolis station KSTP-5 to sketch for another murder trial. Ronald Reed, a former Black Panther, was finally convicted of killing a Minneapolis police officer, a crime he committed 30 years ago.

I’m never really satisfied with my courtroom sketches because I have to bang them out so fast (these were all done in one day). Sometimes you get a good seat with a clear view, sometimes not. Plus you never know if a witness will be on the stand for five hours or five minutes, so you have to draw fast. Still, it’s a fascinating way to make a few extra bucks.

The defense (Reed is second from left). In retrospect I should have left out the security guard for clarity:

This witness was hard to draw:

The witness listens to a 911 call she made 30 years ago that wound up luring the policeman to his death:

This former Black Panther was obviously not happy to be on the stand:

Working With Art Directors

Stan Shaw has posted a terrific article on his blog called The Rules of Art Direction. It’s a collection of interviews with art directors on the do’s and don’ts of working with illustrators. This is a terrific insight into the minds of art directors. A fantastic resource and a definite must-read for any one who does freelance work.

To MacBook Or Not To MacBook?

The new MacBook Pro is Apple’s first laptop with their new Intel chip, which will make it the fastest Apple laptop ever by far. Unfortunately the current version of Photoshop is not configured to run on the Intel chip, so until the next version comes out Photoshop will actually run slower on the MacBook Pro.

Having a good laptop would be a great addition to my business. My wife could go online or help me with administrative tasks (which she loves doing) without booting me off the computer. I could take my projects out of my lonely studio and into a coffee shop or bookstore, where at least there are other people around. I don’t travel much, but when I do I could take work with me (though that may not always be a good thing), even working in the car while my wife drives. Best of all I could check e-mail and go online wirelessly from just about anywhere. With the built-in iSight camera I could do free video chats with my wife. And the MacBook Pro doubles as a portable DVD player and iTunes player, complete with remote control. In short, a MacBook Pro could really free me up.

But would it be worth the $2,500 price tag?

So I’m wondering….do any of you blog readers use a laptop for artwork? If so, what do you like (or dislike) about it? And how does the wireless internet thing work? Do you get good connections or is it not as great as it sounds? Post a comment and let me know what you think.