Below are some photos from my recent trip to Belmont Shore, Longbeach LA. I traveled out to LA to attend the premiere for Brian Jett’s film ‘Let Go.’ I created the animated titles and sequences for the film.
‘Let Go’ on IMDB
I’m really excited and proud to say that my brother, Allister Timms, has recently been published in an anthology of short stories, called ‘Timeshares,’ by DAW Books. The anthology’s central theme is timeshares and each story is an answer to the question, ‘When in time do you want to go on holiday?’ – basically a collection of shorts on time travel.
Allister’s story is entitled, ‘No Man’s Land’ and is a terrific piece that is set in the mud and trenches of World War I. Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories and a great read. I only wish the cover was better – it made my eyes bleed :(
Here’s a time travel photo of Allister and I in Ireland, when Allister lived in Galway, which seems like eons ago.
Another set of sketches from our road trip and camping trip to northern California. For part of our trip we camped at Lodgepole, Sequoia National Park. Above are some sketches of Lodgepole, Sequoia National Park. Colored pencil and pen and ink on paper.
It was an amazing place. We saw lots of wildlife including a black bear cub and a scorpion (the scorpion was living under our tent – see photo below :)
I updated my blog to the latest release of wordpress today (version 2.6.3) and was able to add a really cool plugin for NextGen Gallery. NextGen Gallery allows you to implement and organize galleries and albums on a wordpress site like flickr. I really like NextGen’s implementation and it’s easy to install.
Anyway, with the gallery plugin installed I uploaded the second set of photos from our Gnomon Stop Motion class visit to the Chiodo Bros Studio in Burbank. This set of photos focuses on one of their talented artists, Rick O’Brien, and his amazing painterly work. Rick spent a lot of time with us explaining his texturing and painting methods and concepts – it was great :)
You can now buy giclee prints/posters of my photographs (framed and unframed) at:
Below are three images from the set. The first is from Venice, Italy. The second is from Interlaken, Switzerland. The third is from Worm’s Head, Rhossily, Wales.
Since my last post over a year ago, a lot has happened. The most significant events were last summerâ€™s nine-week trip in Europe and our subsequent move to Los Angeles.
I was accepted at UCLA for the Fall of 2006 and am currently working on my MFA in animation. This blog will hopefully record my time at UCLA within the MFA animation program.
Below are a few of my favorite photos from last summerâ€™s trip.
Here are some photos that show my inking process, tools and work space for my latest pen and ink drawings. There are also some photos of a great Play-Doh penguin that Angie made for me :)
Here I am working on the Ysbryd drawing with Angie’s Play-Doh penguin keeping me company. I’m adding the fine background lines with a 0.1 Sakura Micron.
I start my pen and ink drawings with a pencil drawing to lay out the forms and composition. Here you can see the pencil under-drawing. I use a click-pencil for this part of the process and the red one pictured here is a Niji Grip 0.5mm. The paper I have been using is Bristol Board which is a lovely smooth surface for pen and ink.
After the pencil drawing I ink in the main forms with a small nibbed pen and you can see the result of this step in this photo. The pen to the right in this photo is an amazing Japanese brush pen that my parents bought me for Christmas. It makes the most wonderful brush like marks and the ink flows really smoothly. I love this pen. You can see a close-up of its synthetic brush head below.
Here’s a photo of my workspace while I work on the insect pen and ink drawing. I work on a flat Ikea table that has a white laminate finish (it was really cheapâ€¦I think only $30). For the insect drawing I referenced National Geographic’s January 2006 issue that had a great spread on mantids and that helped me with the main character’s design, Trychfil. Usually when I work on a drawing or painting I work on character, prop and environment designs/poses in a ‘design’ sketchbook that I use solely for this purpose. You can see this design book underneath the National Geographic magazine with some designs for Trychfil and the tree branches. You can also see the pocket sized moleskine that I carry around to doodle in. This is where most of my characters usually start. Once I pick out the characters from one of my doodle books I usually play around with their designs in my design book. I try to keep my character doodles pretty simple and I draw them all in pen.
Here’s Angie’s Play-Doh penguin. Hope you like the photos and have a good weekend :)
Happy New Year to all of you, my friends and family (that’s Mr. Squeaky Beak above).
I had a good year and the best part of 2005 was being with Angie (you’re the best, gorgeous :)
Above is the Tim Biskup book, ‘100 Paintings’ (ISBN : 1-59307-051-9) I received as a Christmas present from my brother Allister. The book is a collection of 100 small format paintings, 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, reproduced at actual size. It’s an excellent book and I highly recommend it if you’re a Biskup fan. To find out more about Tim Biskup, visit his website at www.timbiskup.com.
Also here’s a photo of my brother’s daughter Vienna in her Christmas best surrounded by some of her gifts.
I hope everyone had an excellent Christmas. Will post something new soon :)