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Give Handcrafted Goodness from Nan Lawson

December 18th, 2009

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I’ve had the great pleasure of watching LA based artist Nan Lawson’s artwork grow from shy water-color illustrations to beautiful pen and ink drawings, color prints, and photography over the course of the year. With her Etsy store selling more of her work than ever, you should give it a browse and snatch up as much of her art as you can! I’ve seen white elephant gift exchanges get very ugly as participants clamor for her pretty prints…

CF: Where (if at all) did you study art/design?

Nan Lawson: I took a figure drawing class when I was in college, does that count? I have a degree in film from Syracuse University, so I was never formally trained as an illustrator. I’ve been drawing my entire life, I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t have some kind of sketchbook lying around.

CF: What or who influences your style the most?

NL: I find I am [Read more…]

“Nature Break” Part One - Mike Hollingsworth

December 14th, 2009

Mike Hollingsworth’s animated series “Nature Break” is awesome. Now a hit on the YouTubes and the festival circuit, Mr. Hollingworth found a moment to talk about the series, its voice actors, and the coolest animal on Earth. Keep an eye out for the second half of this article “Nature Break Part Two - The Comedians” later this week, featuring interviews with the talented LA comics that voice Hollingsworth’s characters.

Channel Frederator: What gave you the idea for “Nature Break”?

Mike Hollingsworth: When Fuel TV picked up another season of Stupidface I wanted to do something new. I had created my little black and white Low Tide cartoons for season one and it was time to have fun with COLOR! The show was now a half an hour instead of a full hour so I thought it would be fun to make quicker cartoons. Two characters, quick conversation, no explanation. I was a wee bit inspired [Read more…]

I Draw Butts Really Well - Dr. Sketchy LA

September 21st, 2009

I can draw butts. Like, really well.

Sunday night I got to show off my butt talents at Dr. Sketchy LA, the Los Angeles offshoot of the popular New York “anti-art school” at North Hollywood’s Cella Gallery.

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Founded by model and artist Molly Crabapple in 2005, Dr. Sketchy is now a worldwide phenomenon, with dozens of classes spanning the globe from Austin to Tokyo. The three hour life drawing session usually consists of burlesque dancers and erotic models as subjects, in various states of undress, and eventually (guaranteedly) full nudity. Dr. Sketchy LA has undergone some pretty radical changes under the new leadership of Bob Self, head of BabyTattoo publishing. Previous classes had fallen short of the notorious and awesome Dr. Sketchy reputation, and Self says we can look forward to a veritable “three ring circus” in future sessions, along with lots of surprises and I’m guessing, butts.

For more info, or to [Read more…]

Non-human deadline: August 21.

August 12th, 2008

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Most of you know all about New Tee Vee, where the knowing go to know more about wassup in the online TV world. But, you probably don’t know about their summer Pier Screenings events in Los Angeles, where the knowing go to see even more, and meet even more.

Well, August 28 is there ‘Non-Human’ screening (”by which we mean anything that doesn’t include human actors on-screen“) and they’re welcoming “animation, puppets, animals, machinima, or whatever other interpretation you have.”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 21.

“Animation…”! That means you! Have those in the know know about your films. Great opportunity, great venue, great event. Get your entries in now.