Thursday, June 30, 2016

PEGASUS PAGE 4


This page is part of a set of 4 pages I adapted from a storyboard I executed in 1990 for the TV Series “Long Ago and Far Away”. 

I must have done these pages in 1991, as part of my ongoing, unsuccessful attempts to break into mainstream comics after my graduation from Art Center College of Design in 1983. I figured that these pages would allow me to show off my ability to draw natural landscapes, pretty women, horses and nocturnal weather conditions.


I found it galling that I was at the top of my game as a storyboard artist, doing really excellent work, and would be treated like just another fan-boy on the make at comic-book conventions. My pattern, up until I was working on the Batman Animated TV series in 1991, was that I would do new samples to show at each year’s San Diego Comic-Con, get summarily rejected, and sulk for several months until it was time to work up new samples. These pages were possibly done for the 1991 convention. Or 1990.



PEGASUS PAGE 3


This is page 3 from a 4-page adaption of a storyboard I did for Marek Buchwald in 1990. Marek had been the background designer or director on several series I had story boarded at DIC in the late 80’s (ALF, ALFTails, The Real Ghostbuster, Kidd Video, Little Golden Book Land, Maxie’s World).
This storyboard was for an episode of the TV series, “Long Ago and Far Away”. To quote Wikipedia; “’Long Ago and Far Away’ is a television series that aired on PBS Television from 1989 to 1993.

Marek is an interesting dude, though I only learned this while doing cursory research for this blog. According to his website: “Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan –Central Asia /foothills of the Himalayas, Marek Buchwald grew up absorbing the richness and aesthetic of the many cultures who left their mark on this Silk Road marketplace, the beauty of ancient Islamic architecture and tilework and the color and old world craftsmanship of Uzbeki and Himalayan tribal peoples.”
If you’re curious, you can read more at: http://marekbuchwald.com/aboutartist.html

At the time, I didn’t know any of this. Marek was a pleasant man but kept his own business, at least as far as I was concerned.

I am including my storyboards off of which I based this comic-book page. (To be continued)

PEGASUS PAGE 2



This page is part of a set of 4 pages I adapted from a storyboard I executed in 1990 for the TV Series “Long Ago and Far Away”. 
I must have done these pages in 1991, as part of my ongoing, unsuccessful attempts to break into mainstream comics after my graduation from Art Center College of Design in 1983. I figured that these pages would allow me to show off my ability to draw natural landscapes, pretty women, horses and nocturnal weather conditions.


I am including my storyboards off of which I based this comic-book page.

A note on the storyboards: since I was freelancing this at night while working a day job as storyboard supervisor and the 1990 season of  ‘The Real Ghostbusters’, I roughed out my section of the episode. Marek had my section cleaned by various Filipino ex-comic book artists that were gigging in the TV animation industry during this period, possibly Del Barras or Alfredo Alcala. It seems to me that I see at least 2 different styles in the clean ups. My frequent director, Kevin Altieri, storyboarded the remainder, cherry-picked the battle sequences for himself, leaving me all the girly “Muses-and-Pegasus” sequences. (To be continued)



PEGASUS PAGE 1



From the archives: Page 1 from a 4-page adaption of a storyboard I did for Marek Buchwald in 1990. Marek had been the background designer or director on several series I had story boarded at DIC in the late 80’s (ALF, ALFTails, The Real Ghostbuster, Kidd Video, Little Golden Book Land, Maxie’s World).
This storyboard was for an episode of the TV series, “Long Ago and Far Away”. To quote Wikipedia; “’Long Ago and Far Away’ is a television series that aired on PBS Television from 1989 to 1993.


 “The series, aimed at children aged six to nine years old, presents stories based on traditional fairy tales. A number of presentation methods were used to tell these stories, with stop motion animation, live-action or cel animation being used depending on the episode.
“(The series)…featured a number of guest narrators, including… Mia Farrow (who narrated “Beauty and the Beast” and Pegasus)”
“Pegasus” was #20 out of 31 episodes.
The episode’s soundtrack can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv6qcKG61bc









I am including my storyboards off of which I based this comic-book page. (To be continued)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ON LEATHER WINGS, PART SEVEN


Here it is, the fifth and final page of my 5-page pitch to DC Comics, in 1992, for a Batman comics project based off the TV series. I’m including the storyboard pages from which it was adapted.

On the topic of artists who cross over twixt comix and animation storyboarding, ones who come to mind are Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Butch Lukic, Bret Blevins, Ronnie Del Carmin, Anison and Benton Jew, Hiyao Miyazaki, Otomo, Osamo Tezuka, Dan Riba, Jim Wheelock, Tony Salmons, Armando Gil, Jennifer Coyle, Trevor Goring (though he specializes in live-action boards), Mike Vosburg, Chuck Patton, Neal Adams, Rich Chidlaw, Dave Bullock, Brendan McCarthy, Bobby London, Chris Rutkowski, who am I forgetting? Don’t know about? Oh, shit, all the Bob’s Burgers staff artists who worked on the comicbook series. Tom Riggin, Robin Brigstocke, Steve Theis, help me out here….

By the way, storyboard pages 249 and 250 are drawn by the unit director, Kevin Altieri. I would say the Batman and Man-Bat figures on those pages are inked by Bruce Timm.







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