Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Starting the New Year in Art ...

 
(Sketching while waiting to enter Monrovia High School)



February is full of memorable occasions for me
The wave started to build last month.

 Jan. 4th...
The Brown Bookshelf contacted me to inquire if I would be interested in writing a blog for their annual '28 Days Later' campaign celebrating Black History Month."...yes..."

 Jan. 28th... 
I was born and raised in Monrovia, CA and went to high school with Joannie Yuille (pronounced Yule).
 Joannie donated copies of Steamboat School to all  the libraries of the five elementary schools in Monrovia. She presented the books at the school board meeting. Board member Terrence Williams invited me me to be present that night.  Thinking I was going to just observe, I was called on to say a few words. No surprise what a few words of encouragement can accomplish. Terrence later reported to me the effect of what I said reverberated through the crowd and the school board. My words lad the groundwork for what would come a few days later.

 Joannie wears many hats one of them being Chairperson of the Monrovia/Duarte Black Alumni Association (MDBAA). She invited me through the MDBAA to a number of events.
All this activity contributed to my busy month of February:-)

February 2nd...
Steamboat School was highlighted on the second day of The Brown Bookshelf '28 Days Later' month long recognition to "...push awareness of the myriad of Black voices writing for young readers...".  
 thebrownbookshelf.com.

Feb. 5th...
I was contacted by Toni Guinyard journalist for NBC4 news requesting an interview for the channels Black History Month special.
Of course I said "yes":-).

Feb. 8th... 
I celebrated my birthday by filling out paperwork (2 hrs.) for a job as adjunct professor teaching a class titled Drawing Fundamentals at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut CA.

Feb. 9th...
9:45am
Not everyday I get to see a news van in the neighborhood and it stopped in front of my home.



Out steps the occupants...

                                                                                              


The Emmy award winning journalist Toni Guinyard and camera person Bobbie Eng.











Bobbie sets up for a shoot in the gallery...


















My point of view......
















 What Bobbie's camera saw...
                                                                                                                      















B-roll in my studio...

















Bobbie back to the gallery to do some creative camera work (below).

















Toni is a little wilted after the interview passed the three hour mark...time for a Cake Break:-).

 My day old birthday cake and ice cream hit the spot for Bobbie who skipped her hash browns to fill in for a camera person who called in sick and Toni who's day started at 3am this morning and was a bit famished.

Cake Break...


 Packing up the van to leave my next door neighbor Gloria got into the act. Bobbie supplied Toni with a 'prop' microphone for a sidewalk interview:-)

 My interview will air Saturday February 18th on NBC4 at 7pm (pst) as part of NBC's celebration of Black History Month.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/contact-us/community/Celebrate-Black-History-Month-with-NBC4-413072403.html

February 10th...
Monrovia High my alma mater...it has been literally decades since I walked the halls of MHS ,1968 to be exact.
I had a great time talking to, answering questions and encouraging the students.

(Talking to the students with NBC cameraman  capturing the interaction on film)


(MHS student who was brave enough to ask for her picture to be drawn)


























My old art classroom...
I paid a visit to the classroom I took art classes in.
This room brought back memories.
Within these walls Ms Dorothy Clemmons encouraged me to "always carry a sketchbook".
 I took her advice.
It was also in this classroom Ms Clemmons kicked me out of class...I deserved it:-) and never spoke to me again.

 This publicity photo (below) of Ms Clemmons, principal Leonard Morris and myself was taken for the local newspaper the Daily News Post. I had won a regional competition sponsored by Bullocks department store for a pen and ink drawing. The piece went on to New York for a national judging and I was awarded a plaque which came to the school.
The drawing was entered in competition before I was 'booted' out of class and the award came after my departure from class.
Ms Clemmons was silent through the shoot being true to not speaking to me.
Like I said "I deserve it".

(The award winning artwork was still on display in NY, this piece of mine was used for the photo)
(Sketching for MHS art students in my old classroom)











(I presented art instructor Tiffany Sands with a signed copy proof of Steamboat School)
 Feb.15th...
I met with old friend Glen Keane. After lunch we got rejuvenated and inspired with a trip to the Norton Simon Museum.
(Glen and me at the entrance of the Norton Simon Museum)















February 18th...
I am scheduled to read Steamboat School, sign autographs and Q & A at the Monrovia Library. I will be there from 1-2pm.


February 25th...
Joannie asked me to say a few words at the MDBAA sponsored Black History Month Soul Food scholarship Luncheon...Monrovia Community Center 12-3pm

February 27th...
First day of teaching class at Mount San Antonio College...
(That's me 'STAFF')




February 28th...
I will speak at an assembly at  Clifton Middle school in Monrovia.
Yearbooks from my time spent there (below).
















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That's my busy month...until next time...










Thursday, February 2, 2017

Steamboat School and The Brown Bookshelf...

  • About Us

    The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators. You can read more about the founders of The Brown Bookshelf here
    Today February 2, 2017...
     in it's month long celebration of Black History Month The Brown Bookshelf will highlight Steamboat School in today's post...link thebrownbookshelf.com.

    until next time...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Steamboat 'round the bend...

Steamboat School continues on it's course...named to the list Notable Children's Book - 2017 by the Association for Library Service to Children.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Steamboat School before 2016 ends...


I’m delighted to inform you that the following books were selected for Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best books of 2016:

  • Steamboat School

The Best of the Best lists represent our choices for the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership. The list is widely promoted throughout Chicago, including local news coverage. We order extra copies of these books in various formats to promote them throughout the city, give them special labels, and we feature them in branch displays and in our catalog and web site. We also present them to staff as great reading suggestions to promote to our patrons.

Congratulations and thanks so much for your support throughout the year, including advance review copies, which help make this process possible. We look forward to a new year of reading your books.

All my best,

Liv

Liv Hanson | Content Curator, Youth
Technology, Content and Innovation | Chicago Public Library

and Steamboat School got an 'Honorable Mention'  Best Picture Books of 2016 by Huffington Post.

until next time...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Atlantis: The Lost Empire...part 4





More workbook and thumbnail sketches...

Workbook (WB) poses are designed to convey the basics...it is up to the animator to make the scene entertaining.

 WB sketches (below) give the basic intent of the scene and indicate the camera move (upper right corner).


Thumbnail sketches (based on the sketches made on the x-sheet- see part 3) work out the action of the handshake, his walk toward camera, putting on the lab coat and reaching into medical bag to pull out the bone saw.

Though only his upper torso is visible, the whole body has to be kept in mind for believable animation.


















Thumbnails to help visualize and work out the action (below- right #1 to left #14)...these are the drawings that I would show the directors to get their approval to proceed to animation.

The directors input...
Am I capturing the action as they envisioned?...do I need to add or omit some action, did I overlooked something?... after all, it is their movie.














Thumbnails to work out the mouth shapes for dialogue"...well, no time like the present..."
 (this scene is presented in more detail in ...part 2)


Workbook sketches...
The scene starts out with the Doctor talking to Milo about the bone saw and what he can do with it...


and ends with him saying "...say ahh..."

The thumbnails of the action and dialogue... 














Thumbnails to work out the action- into the medical bag goes the bone saw, out comes a tongue depressor...the dialogue "...stick out your tongue and say ahh..."




Thumb nailing (below) my way trying to find an interesting way for Dr. Sweet to look into Milo's mouth...


Dr. Sweet's monologue with Milo is loaded with questions of which he (Milo) cannot answer with several objects poked in his mouth in succession...






Thumbs to visually see if the mouth shapes are working for the Dr.'s  line of dialogue  "...fishing, I hate fishin'... and experimenting to see if the beakers can be introduced in an entertaining way (below, lower left).
Lower right thumbnails were probably done at a football game as the page contains a referee and player. I carry a sketch book with me at all times and when inspiration hits me I'm prepared to jot the thoughts on paper.
















WB gag brings out the jokester in the Dr...

The animators job is to plus the scene by making it entertaining and appealing. By offsetting the beakers, having distance between them and having one tossed into the air made better presentation and staging without taking away from the original intent of the scene.
































 WB and thumbnails "...you too..."











until next time...