Archive for August, 2010

Rain Date

Monday, August 30th, 2010

If you came by this weekend this is all that you would have seen of me. The hot water line from our boiler decided to get two separate leaks. It took a couple of days for the true effects to make themselves visible. That unusual “dripping” turned out to be a wall full of water. So there I was, with my head hidden between the joists, replacing long sections of piping.

Is it raining?


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

You know it’s time to clean the studio when you start to stick to the floor.

What's the difference between Bill Gates and a cartoonist? I'll bet Bill doesn't have to mop his office floor himself.


Sunday, August 15th, 2010

These days it seems that you have to treat everything with a cynical eye. There always appears to be someone that will benefit financially¬†from most actions, philanthropic or otherwise. O.K., even though I’ve become more and more cynical as the years pass, I know there are countless groups doing fantastic work. But there’s one group that I am involved with, The Inkwell Foundation, that exists only to bring smiles to children facing serious medical issues . Go visit the website for photos from recent events and¬†more information. Then buy a t-shirt to help this group of volunteer cartoonists and animators visit more children’s hospitals.

Is that gray t-shirt really gray? (Yes, it is).

Drawing backwards

Monday, August 9th, 2010

I was helping frame some art for a fellow cartoonist for her upcoming show (more on this soon) and ended up with a stack of black paper. It’s too large to waste and too small to use for framing, so I thought I’d try sketching from black to white instead of the usual.

This was similar to how some of the Old Masters worked, Rembrandt being one. In a very simplified explanation, they tinted their canvases with Burnt Umber and then picked out the highlights. I was at a lecture by Marshall Arisman, who uses this method to create his paintings which have graced the pages of almost every major magazine.

Why is it so dark in here?

Draw 50

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Whenever a member of the Berndt Toast Gang faces a major event in their life, we make up a card for the gang to sign. Lee J. Ames, is one of the Berndt Toast Gang’s founding members, and the person that coined the term, “a Berndt Toast!” Lee has recently moved back to NY to be near his daughter so we’ve done up a card for him. Lee is probably best known for his series of “Draw 50” books but he has worked in many parts of the industry, even for Walt Disney (be sure to read his biography page) during the Pinocchio and Fantasia era. Some of Lee’s books include Draw 50 Aliens, Draw 50 Beasties, and more. A number of them were done with other members of the group. Creig Flessel, Andre LeBlanc, Tony D’Adamo and more. All that’s missing is Draw 50 Cartoonists!

Draw 50 cartoonists? No one will buy that!

And the card:

About halfway to 50 Lee Ames'