Hey there, did you miss me oh my invisible pals? Yeah, I know…
So sorry I haven’t been around but July has been a busy month. On a mundane level there have been dramatic tribulations at the day jobbe (isn’t that what day jobbes are for?) and the heat here in Sonoma County has been pretty intense. Somedays it reminded me of why I left Sacramento…just a bit though.
Mostly though I have been working with Jesse Bloch over at Crissy Field Media on an animated segment for the KSAN documentary. I have already done some work for the film but this time Jesse wanted a completed piece to cut in for the submission to the Mill Valley Film Festival. He also had specific parameters that he wanted in terms of look and feel. In the past the work I have done has been, well, like my nature ANAL RETENTIVE. Jesse wanted something looser, more like an animatic with jarring cuts and loose line work.
At time the latter bit was like chewing on aluminum foil. I now realize that I am the Adrian Monk of garage animators.
At the same time I had certain things I wanted to play with. Ever since the election of…that THING…I have done a pretty good job of hiding from the work on CRUNCHYROLL, which is an anime site on the net. With aid of an old pal from when I was working at NAMCO I have explored aspects of anime that I had never seen. In the past it was all tech and mech and Miyazaki. Now I started looking at the broader picture, everything from Rom Coms to Surreal fantasy. In the latter I found something that has inspired me, Shows like MONOGATARI and FLCL made me look at animation in ways I have not looked at it in a very long time. Animation not as product but as art.
In addition as I scanned the works of all the studios I also began to appreciate the visual language, elegant at times, decending into tropes at others.
Hell I hadn’t even known what a TROPE was in this sense, that is how out of touch I was.
In a world where “cultural appropriation” is often taken up as a battle hymn ,with internet villagers picking up virtual torches and pitchforks. I began to toy with the idea of adapting some of this language into my work. As I did this work became play and I found myself doing long hours and not really caring. As my old pal, Ken Macklin, used to say I “went into the STATE”. To us “the State” was that place an artist goes to when the world around her/him closes in a grey mist and all that is left is you and what you are working on. It is a STATE where you create.
So I cannot post what I did just now, except over on PATREON (yes, that is a shameless plug), until after the Festival. I will post some of the new stuff I will be doing going forward though as I have some ideas about what I want to do next. I want to add a third dimension to a similar work while making the audience think it is still 2D. This is something that has fascinated me for years but I got caught up in supplying clients rather than doing my own work.
Yeah, I’ve had enough of that…