Saturday, December 17, 2011

Burns & Krusty - Did I? I did.

Here's a few Simpsons drawings I came across. I think the Burns ones are from a scene that I did revisions on, where I added a pose here and there or revised another drawing for one reason or another.  Ususally If I do the whole scene, it sticks in my memory.  I can't even begin to think of how many random drawings of mine are in different shows.  I'd be watching an episode on TV and think "Hey, I did that scene, no wait.  Did I?  I did.  No, that's Mark's show, I didn't work on Mark's show.  Wait, I know I did that pose that just passed.  Oh, this is that episode I worked on for a day."

Friday, November 25, 2011

Moe Desk Sketch

This little drawing of Moe I did was taped to my desk for years when I was on The Simpsons.  I thought it really captured his character so, I'd always take a quick look at it for reference.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool

Ah the World Wide Web!  Such things you have to offer.  No other place can you do so much and move so little.  All kidding aside, there is a plethora of resources out there today via the internet.  A while back  I put a link in the Resourses and Tutorials box on my blog called the FIGURE & GESTURE DRAWING TOOL.  I didn't get much chance to use it but it seemed great.  Anyhow, I just used it.  I set it for 2 minute poses, opened up a photoshop document (11"x17"), chose a big sized brush size (75: with the jitter up for texture, the minimum diameter down for a wide range of line & 30% opacity) and hit start.  I just added a layer each time the pose changed and saved the document.  To export all the layers in one fell swoop I went to FILE / SCRIPTS / EXPORT LAYERS TO FILES.  It's a great tool for some quick pencil mileage.  There's also an option to draw animals!  Yes, I know, technically people ARE animals, don't be such a smart ass.

A big shout out and thanks to the creator of the site, known as Pixelovely.

Here's the URL:

It's been a while, but here are some 2 minute gesture drawings from tonight.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Simpsons Pencil Test of Moe from LITTLE BIG MOM

Here's a scene from the Simpsons episode Little Big Mom.  I had to register the background (or BG) a bit off kilter for this because, due to the lovely inconsistency of the xerox, it didn't work with all the drawings properly.  I had to resize it in photoshop a bit too.

This is the kind of scene I always relished.  A solid acting opportunity from a really great voice read.  We would get the sound track of the voice actors, then play it over and over, making a point to hear every nuance.  We were somewhat limited by how many poses we could put in, but it taught us to be economical with our drawings, and it also helped us to pay more attention to phrasing than every word.  I know it helped me be more direct with my animation.

Anyhow, Thanks again to Digicel Flipbook for making it a breeze to put these old scenes together.

Animation by Joshua Taback

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Simpsons Pencil Test - "This is the worst pain ever!"

Here's a good classic bit from The Simpsons.  Again it's from the Little Big Mom episode where I was this Assistant Director on. There weren't too many skiers on our crew, so I was glad to take a few scenes where my years of mediocre sking experience could be made use of.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


More Simpsons stuff.  I think I just found a way to put sound to the pencil tests, but I figured I'd get this up here anyhow.  It's a scene from "Little Big Mom." Homer sees Marge sneaking out the door with a box from the attic. He yells "STOP HER, SHE'S DOING SOMETHING!" and the run after her.

If you'd like to watch the episode it's at>
The scene is in the beginning right after the Itchy & Scratchy Cartoon.

I'd also like to give a shout out to Digicel Flipbook Software.  It's what I used to compile and time the animation drawings. It was real easy to pop the drawings in and time them, as well as some camera work on the next clip I will post. It also has a great drawing feature to it, I haven't had the time to fully make use of yet, but I hope to soon.