CTN Expo 2012 Follow-Up

I want to give a huge thank-you to everyone who attended my Freelancing workshop at the CTN Animation Expo. The room was full with a few people standing in the back, so apparently there’s some strong interest in this topic among artists in the animation industry. A handful of people followed me out into the hall afterwards for an impromptu Q&A and a couple of people told me it was the most informative presentation they’d seen at the Expo so far. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad people seemed to find it helpful.

Once again I offered a detailed outline of my talk as a free PDF to everyone who attended the workshop. Just like last year, I’ll also extend that offer to my blog readers. If you’d like a copy of my notes just send me an email using the email link over on the right-hand column of my blog. No strings attached. It’s just my way of giving a little back to the artistic community.

The Expo itself was terrific as always. At any given time there were at least 2-3 different workshops going on, plus live art demos and a jam-packed show floor. I attended several amazing and inspiring presentations, too many to list here and came back with an armload of inspirational art books. There was also a free life drawing session with costumed models going on all day, every day, out in the lobby. I can’t say enough good things about the Expo. If you are an artist who has any interest in the animation industry, you really need to check it out.

Just to give you a very small taste, here’s a video someone took of Glen Keane giving a short drawing demo out in the conference lobby area:

Mark your calendars for next year’s expo, November 15-17, 2013.

Animation for “What’s In The Bible?” Volume 9

DVD Cover

Earlier this year I animated another segment for the DVD series “What’s In The Bible?” (from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer). Volume 9, “God Speaks”, covers the major and minor prophets in the Old Testament. I was asked to animate five brief clips to illustrate the various categories of biblical prophecy (i.e. instruction oracles, indictment oracles, etc.). I had no idea that scholars divided prophecy into categories, which just goes to show what a quality production this series is. It’s great for all ages. Although primarily aimed at kids, even a guy like me who’s been reading the Bible regularly for most of his adult life can still learn a few things from it.

All of the scenes I animated took place in a courtroom. Below are a few screen grabs, followed by a short DVD promo clip that contains a portion of my animation.

Animation still

You can order DVDs of What’s In The Bible? from their website or on Amazon.

Off To SpringCon 2012


This weekend I’ll have a table at SpringCon, Minnesota’s largest comic book convention. Come on down to the State Fairgrounds and say “hi”.

For Sale: Autographed Kuzko Maquette and Original Drawing

Kuzko maquette and drawing

Since I’m doing a book sale to thin out my studio shelves and make room for new stuff, I thought it would also be a good time to part with my “Emperor’s New Groove” maquette-and-drawing combo.

I originally purchased this pair of Disney goodies at a fundraising auction. The first item is a limited edition animation maquette of Kuzko from “The Emperor’s New Groove”, signed by the lead animator (Nik Ranieri) and the sculptor (Raffaello Vecchione). The second is an original, signed sketch of Kuzko by Nik Ranieri on genuine old-fashioned animation paper.

I’m auctioning both items together as a set on ebay. Jump on over to read more info and/or place a bid.

The Book Sale Strikes Back

That’s right. I’m having another book sale.

I’ve got a pretty large collection of art books in my studio library. Too many in fact. I bought a stack of books last summer at Comic-Con and they’ve been piled neatly on my studio floor all these months because there’s just no room for them on the shelves. So it’s time to prune everything down again.

I’ve listed a few books for sale on Amazon and hope to add more in the next few days. You can view a live update of everything I have available on my Amazon.com storefront: http://www.amazon.com/shops/cedricstudio

I’ve tried to undercut other Amazon sellers whenever possible. If I’ve got a like-new copy I’m not going to sell it for cheaper than someone selling a raggedy book full of highlighting and coffee stains, but if my copy is in the same condition as one listed by another seller I’ve tried to underbid him. They could always counter by lowering their price (some sellers even have software that does this automatically) but for the moment at least, buying from me will get you the best deal. You can check for sure by clicking on the item and looking at the various “Used and New” offers.

Happy shopping!

EDIT: While I’m at it I‘m also selling an autographed “Emperor’s New Groove” Kuzko maquette combined with an original drawing of Kuzko by Nik Ranieri. Better than a toasted plate of spinach puffs!

I’ve Been Interviewed On DesignMontage.com

Design Montage logo

Australian designer Jenica Smith publishes designmontage.com, a website which brings together an eclectic mix of creative goodies from all corners of the internet – design, illustration, photography, animation, and the like. She’s just posted a short interview with me about my illustration work and career. I encourage all my blog readers to take a poke around the site. There’s some really neat stuff, and I’m very flattered to be included.