ottawa animation festival

Now that the Ottawa animation festival is done I will finally upload these here.:)

“Over the garden wall” was probably my favourite show of last year and now one of my faves of all time. Me and smieska made Pat mcHale and Nick Cross a otgw booklet and gave it to them two days ago as a thank you for creating that wonderful show.:) (we where shaking like leaves afterward!! dear god I hope I didn’t made a fool of myself!!)

I will now post the art little by little over the next days.:D

anonymous asked:

what was the blue umbrella debacle of 2013?

Oh man it was a disaster, I won’t go into it much… but basically someone was bothered by how the red love-interest umbrella in the Pixar short ‘Blue Umbrella’ had eyelashes, and then that got reblogged by some “special snowflake hall of fame”-type blog, and then me and Sock’s voice actor were defending the OP, and then someone with a Sock URL showed up and started calling us ignorant fucktrucks and accusing us of insinuating that Disney is homophobic (which I MEAN, that wasn’t the point, but whatever), and then I pointed out that they just called the creator and voice actor of the character in their icon ignorant fucktrucks and then I think they deleted their account or something, I can’t remember.  I’m sure the whole thing got re-reblogged on that special snowflake blog too, it was just… absolute clownshit insanity.  

Then a few months later me and a bunch of friends were at Ottawa International Animation Festival watching a panel from the director of the fuckin’ umbrella short and we were amused to find that in the original storyboards it didn’t have eyelashes anyway. 

I don’t know who ultimately decided it needed eyelashes, and I definitely don’t think it’s, like, “””THE STRAIGHT AGENDA””” or anything… I just think we’ve all seen a million heterosexual love stories and when you try and boil down a love story to it’s core elements and have umbrellas act it out, it seems cutesy to give one of them eyelashes, but when you stop and think about the fact that we compulsively do it, it’s kind of ridiculous.  That’s all, haha.  

Also that Bobert Raphael-Wakaflockasberg McHorseman quote was from a larger article which is a way more worthwhile read than me talking about the Blue Umbrella Debacle of 2013:

4 Animals on the Verge of Extinction

This weekend, the TED-Ed Animators spent a day creating animation with some high school students in Ottawa, Canada as part of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Using stop-motion, we set out to animate four of the most critically endangered species on our planet. In the workshop, we led the students through the production process from start to finish: We researched the animals, designed and storyboarded visuals of their habitats and that which threatens them, and then used cut-out animation bring them to life. Check out their incredible results below.

1. Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The ivory-billed woodpecker is the most critically endangered species on this list. In fact, it may already be extinct. This beautiful bird, which was native to the Southeastern United States and Cuba, was considered extinct until 2004, when a few sightings were reported in Arkansas and Florida. If these birds are still out there, they are likely a very small population and incredibly vulnerable. The main reasons for their extinction are habitat loss (logging) and human hunting – these birds were killed for their feathers.

2. Javan Rhinoceros

The Javan rhinoceros is the most endangered of the world’s five rhinoceros species, with an estimated 40-60 rhinos remaining on the Island of Java (Indonesia) in Ujung Kulon National Park. The last member of another tiny population in Vietnam’s Cat Tien National Park was killed by poachers in 2011. While this rhino used to be at large in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, it has been hunted to near-extinction for its horn, which is used to make folk medicines.

3. The Tiger

Four subspecies of tiger—the Caspian, Javan, Balinese, and South China tigers—have already gone extinct due to habitat loss and relentless hunting by humans. Five subspecies are left: the Amur, or Siberian, tiger, the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, and the Sumatran tiger. All of these tigers live in parts of Asia, with fewer than 3,000 remaining in total, and illegal hunting claiming more on a weekly basis. The main driver of this extinction is the market for tiger bones, skins, eyes, and other body parts in China and Vietnam, where tiger organs are used to make an array of traditional folk medicines.

4. Northern Right Whale

The most endangered of all the world’s whale species, the northern right whale (Eubalena glacialis) numbers around 350 individuals that travel the Atlantic coasts of Canada and the US. During the whaling days of the 19th century, this whale got its name because whalers considered it the “right” whale to kill, as it not only was full of valuable whale oil, but it floated after it was dead, which made it easy to handle and process. As a result, it was driven to near extinction. Although the right whale is now protected, its small remnant population continues to suffer losses due to entanglements in commercial fishing gear and global climate change, which can affect the availability of the tiny crustaceans on which right whales feed.

The facts on the endangered animals featured in this blog post were sourced from

Shout out to the 16 Ottawa high-schoolers that helped us bring this content to life including ghadahadil syrva hazelnut1313 and our fabulous student assistant, Bella!

So me and smieska are at the Ottawa international animation festival and got the incredible chance to meet Over the garden wall creator Pat Mc hale!!! So when we learned he would be there we decided to make a booklet with some illustrations as a thank you gift since this show touched us both a lot.:) 

This is the cover I made for it and we will post all of the other art once the festival is done.:)

Excited, blessed, and proud to say that The Magnificent Menagerie of Melvin McMelanie will be screening in The Nevada City Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Anima Syros, the Indiana Short Film Festival, the Josiah Media Festival, and a few more (I think)!

I’ll be at NCFF this weekend and at Ottawa later this month, and will be selling a few prints of this special film fest poster there, either in person or through their shops! I’ll sell remainders (along with more prints) off of my website after the travel weariness wears off.

Seth’s Dominion, directed by Luc Chamberland, is a hybrid documentary/animation film exploring the life of master cartoonist Seth. The film won the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival and had an international debut at London’s Raindance Festival. Now, Seth’s Dominion is coming to the CBC’s “Absolutely Quebec” series! Seth’s Dominion will air on CBC Saturday, August 22nd at 7pm. 


We’re going to Ottawa!

The Nick Talent Outreach team will be at the Ottawa Animation Festival this week. 

They’re doing a ton of cool stuff, including portfolio reviews and development panels. Highlights include a conversation with piggoatbananacricket creator Dave Cooper, and a panel about our shorts program with the creators of theloudhousecartoon and pinkymalinky-crew.

Stop by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood!

I’ve mentioned this before, but I got selected to go to the Ottawa International Animation Festival, in September! I was selected with 15 other awesome people.

I’m really excited about this opportunity! But it’s super expensive and I don’t want to put the cost of this trip on my parents. We are getting some help from the school, but I’ll still need to raise at least $800.

I added a donate button to my art blog.

I appreciate any donations! If you decide to donate, shoot me a message and I can draw you something in return, or you can choose something from the blog and I’ll get you a print of it.

I can draw a character for you like this, or if you want I’m pretty alright at Figure Drawing. 

If you don’t wanna donate, a reblog would be great!!

Thanks! <3

Disney TVA is on  OIAF40 with a Star Vs The Forces Of Evil and a Pickle And Peanut Panel

And Possible WIP Clips of Big Hero 6 ,Ducktales  Billy Dilley , Country Club & Tangled!