16 09 2019

around 2005 I developed some simplified looks and animations for a new market – the cellular phone. the format of the tiny screen at that time was vertical, the resolution miserable and not too much room for a lot of information. if some clear recognizable images had to be developed, they had to follow a new visual language. there were no apps at that time yet, and I had no idea who to contact and what was already in development. so I just played with simplified visuals and did some main title trailers in keyframes. of course it didn’t go anywhere, today the phones are bigger with a crystal clear resolution and the format, vertical or horizontal is irrelevant.

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animation world history

15 09 2019

GIANNALBERTO BENDAZZI, the most prolific animated film historian, was teaching together with me and ISHU PATEL in singapore, at NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, school for art, design and media. it was a good time – we were the ‘dinosaurs’ within the big group of professors from all over the world. there were many happy moments with the 3 of us bitching about the old days, oh well!
giannalberto had finished his ‘monster’- animation world history book, that was supposed to be published in 3 volumes, over 1.000 pages in total. FOCAL-press was the publisher. he wanted me to design the cover, of course I was more than happy to do this. what an honor.
the first design with recognizable shadows of the most famous cartoon characters on a prehistoric cave wall was rejected, for copyright reasons. ok.
giannalberto was already depressed. he liked the cover a lot. I gave it another try, you see the design below – on the left! that one was denied again. it was too cartoony – well…
giannalberto gave up. we left it up to the publisher to come up with a better design. and the final already published look is the one on the right below.
I was experiencing these kind of blows a lot during my career, when morons with no taste or connection to the arts take over. today I am just smiling…

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eleven years

14 09 2019


11 years ago I started this blog, somehow it feels like last week, but so many things have happened in these 11 years – it could be more than 20! at that time I was still in my late fifties, now I am happy that I reached 70. in my new home – asia – I moved around quite a bit, alone 7 years in singapore, now I am back in manila. when I started this blog, for sure I did not imagine to publish within the following 11 years around 1.200 posts. thats quite a volume, around 1.200 pages!
2008 my second book – DREAM WORLDS – had just been published in english, after the japanese first edition, and after my first book ‘designing brushes in photoshop’, only out in japan. in the meantime another 2 books came out. and I am preparing another 2 ( keep your fingers crossed ). like these new books I have a lot more plans, especially to travel more around europe. the next trip is mid october this year, starting in munich, germany. anyway – I am curious what the next years might have prepared for me…

style diversity 1.9

6 09 2019

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style diversity 1.8

5 09 2019

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style diversity 1.7

4 09 2019

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remembering Richard Williams 2

26 08 2019

the awards in the soho studio

with art babbitt and emery hawkins on RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY

with ken harris

animating on ROGER RABBIT test

DICK’S SIX sunday brunch in hotel brittannia london

with roy naisbitt and ken harris

brainstorming on NASRUDDIN

with vincent price

in front of his house in hampstead

the soho studio staircase with awards

with ursula andress on CASINO ROYALE

with vincent price

with vincent price, the voice of the grand visier in NASRUDDIN

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