Monday, March 30, 2015

Mom, There's a Frog in My Celery!

A while back my sister called me up in a panic.  She had just come back from grocery shopping and was pulling apart a bunch of celery and there was a small dead frog in the middle of it.  Needless to say she was majorly freaked and I was majorly amused - as was she after she calmed down.  She did have some anxiety around celery for a while after that.

So This drawing was the result, then I put it on an apron for her.

Here's the apron for purchase if you'd like one. For those of you with the same sense of humor.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Back to the Future Art Show

I was recently part of an art show honoring the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future.   The show was curated by my friend Nico Colaleo and held at the Nerdmelt Gallery at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.  

Click here to read Nico talk about the show

Here's my piece for the show

It was great to be a part of something that so many people showed up to and enjoyed.  There were a ton of great pieces in the show done by artists that are obviously in love with the film.  A lot of in jokes that die hard Back to the Future fans would totally appreciate.

Bob Gale, The Co-Writer/Producer Of the Back to the Future films, also came by. My buddy Eugene Abano and I were lucky enough to chat with him for a bit and get a picture.

Back to the Future: A 2015 Art Tribute from Nico Colaleo on Vimeo.

For Those of you who aren't familiar with the scene I took my inspiration from, here's a clip fro the movie

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


A couple years ago I was approached by a friend of a friend to do some animation for the pitch of a show.  The idea was for comedian and actor David Koechner
 (who also did the voice of Mac Antfee on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja) to interview funny celebrities and cut away to doodle type animation that depicted the funny things they were saying.  

It was a fun project and it was great to bring something to actual completion with my own hand. Creatively it was interesting because I found a style by accident that I really liked.  
Time constraints prevented me from doing fleshed out inbetweens, but I didn't want a popping staccato look that lesser finessed animation usually has.  So I chose my moments wisely.  I popped quick poses and compensated by fleshing out the follow through and overlapping animation as well as some "cushion drawings."  There are some poses here and there that are on more than 2's. 

I just felt it out to see what seemed right. The vibe was supposed to be doodles on a place-mat that come to life.  The process created a real kinetic energy that I got a big kick out of.  I made a point to fully inbetween a scene but it was so smooth it didn't feel right.  It lacked the quirkyness that the style had created, so I just stuck to it

I've waited a while to put this up because they were still pitching it around town.  But recently I found out that was't in the works anymore so here it is.

KADOODLING from Joshua Taback on Vimeo.

The animation was done TRADITIONALLY HAND DRAWN in ToonBoom Harmony. With the aid of some digital tricks such as copying and pasting pieces of drawings that didn't have to change.

The live action clips were taken from already produced shorts from Dumbdumb Films.  You can see the whole interviews in their original form here: Just scroll down to where it says DENNY'S.

If you're not familiar with some of the animation terms above feel free to leave a comment asking about them or watch this video:

To further honor Hand Drawn Animation, here's a tidbit about The making of Snow White