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As usual I didn’t get a chance to update this blog for half a year. I’ve been working hard on a lot of prime projects that I’m really excited to be part of. Above you can see the faces of some of the cool dudes whose projects I have been working on over the last few months. It’s the start of the fall semester so I’ll be back at UArts teaching my one section of Intro to Computer Animation soon. I’ve also been writing and posting on meathaus.com and cartoonbrew.com sharing work that I find extra tasty. It’s just got to have that special flavor.

Familiar Creatures Record Art

It took a while but I finally grabbed a day and half and finished Ben‘s record art just in time for the last show the full band will probably play in their current line up this past weekend at Cha Cha Razzi. See the previous post on this project here.

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“Bloodhound Dogs” is my favorite track, listen to and buy the record digital style over here:
Familiar Creatures by Ben Cady

Also I’ve been using this tumblr blog as more active blog including sketchbook work and “Lenny” comics as they roll out. I’ve recently started up more comics after a multi-month sidetrack into creating some Lenny animation development material, which is also continuing.

I recently wrapped up animation production on a segment for Comedy Bang Bang season 2 on IFC. More short animated segments appear to be on the horizon for television shows and a bit of educational software.

Syfy and Variety

I’ve received copies of the two latest books that I designed for Universe and Rizzoli, The Science Fiction Universe… And Beyond: Syfy Channel Book of Sci-fi, and Variety: An Illustrated History of the World From the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood. Below is a snapshot of them on the floor and a video preview of the Variety book from author Tim Gray and Rizzoli.

new book designs

Album Art Sketching

Ancient bud Ben recorded a new record in a studio and I am sketching cover art for it. I’m surprising myself with this transition to digital in all parts of my process, slowly but surely. It’s like I don’t fully comprehend what’s going on but I can’t stop it. It’s like What’s Happening to My Body Book for Boys. Anyway, “Familiar Creatures” is the new record, and it is the one thing I am working on right now that I can share on this blog, beside my other personal project, Lenny. Here is a rough sketch and another tonal sketch on top of that in which I’m working out some ideas, both from this morning. (EDIT: Added another from this morning, the next morning.) Otherwise I can report that over the past few weeks I’ve also assistant animated for M. Wartella on his segments on MAD (Cartoon Network) and started a new project up with Vincent Stall‘s company, PUNY Entertainment.

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Adventure Time (Unofficial) Art

Yes, “unofficial.” That basically means fan art. Well, I am a fan of the show and have a good handful of pals working on it so I’m always pleased to see new episodes. I made these earlier this year for a test to become an officially authorized Adventure Time illustrator for a publisher that has a deal to put out Adventure Time books and other products. That didn’t lead anywhere yet but at least the process made me try my hand at these characters which was fun to do. I have some notes to update the characters from Pen to make them more like the iconic licensed versions that are approved for this type of use, so I’ll be updating these as soon as I get a chance. This is opposed to the versions of the characters on the show that you can see change slightly depending on which team of artists boarded the episode. Very interesting stuff.

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In other news, it’s been busy around here this year. Two books are about to be released that I designed, one is a history of science fiction movies and TV produced in association with Syfy Network and published by Universe, and the second is a book that is essentially a history of the last 100+ years as seen through the pages of the magazine Variety, published by Rizzoli.

Also the Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! show that I directed animation segments for has premiered on HBO Go recently. This was an awesome project to be involved in and features a lot of funny people including Brody himself of course. Will incorporate into a new animation reel and distill into a portfolio post ASAP. Check out the post on Meathaus I did on this.

Also the segments I animated for Eagleheart need to be added to the reel and portfolioized…got a full plate here. Let’s do this.

Last, I’ve been doing a lot of pages on Lenny’s Summer Job, one of my animation show ideas re-visited as an ongoing sketchbook comic, this has been the perfect solution for me to get the ideas out without worrying about being slick about it all. Just do ’em up in my sketchbook with pencils and ink quick and dirty at the crack of dawn while everyone else is sleeping. It makes me focus on the developing story and characters knowing all along that I can always come back later and make a bunch of slick presentation material if I intend to pitch this Jimmy-Jawnson again. And I’ve never understood how you can develop a show idea with all these character descriptions and stuff without figuring them out first by actually writing and drawing a whole load of exploratory stories. So that’s what I’m doing.

Pants Down

Quality Control

I’ll admit that I’ve been caught with an incomplete website fully live. It is better than the last version, which was also incomplete, but additionally had begun advertising illicit ways to purchase prescription medicine in Google search results. It wasn’t me, I swear! I’m busy enough as it is developing my cartoon and book ideas; I’ve got no time to also be an international hacker/drug dealer on the side. Well here’s hoping for the best with this version. Which I will finish this time. Just give it a few weeks.

I believe this is what they call a “soft launch”, right? I’ll just tell myself that. Above, enjoy this artwork from my son and I, from April 2009.