Local Cartoonist Gives Birth to Bigfoot

Cartoonist and colleague Chris Savino has finally debuted the first installment of his "live-action cartoon" called "Bigfoot and Gray: On the Run." Take a look-see:

 Chris and his pals have been working on this labor-of-love for years, so it's great to see that it was worth the wait :) Chris and I have worked together intermittently since 1994…we met on Ren and Stimpy when I was "the new guy" and just learning the ropes. He's been a cartoon-making machine all the time I've known him (Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Foster's, Flintstones on the Rocks, Johnny Test and Kick Buttowski)!

Carl Faruolo stars as Bigfoot, and Eric Bauza provides the voice of Gray the alien. I've had the pleasure of working with Carl on Phineas & Ferb, Kick Buttowski and Fish Hooks…he's a hilarious story man, and (as you'll see) a walking cartoon. This will make a terrific series, so watch, enjoy, and let the Hollywood bidding wars begin!

And after you've watched the final product, check out this cool hand-drawn storyboard animatic:

Much more at the official Bigfoot and Gray production blog:

Getting Started in Storyboarding

This question came in from Twitter today: "How would I go about getting a first storyboarding gig?" I thought I'd put my answer on the blog so others can read it too. Here it is:

When I was starting out I had absolutely no idea how to look for work myself. It ends up being different for everybody. The big thing when I was starting out was to make sure LOTS of people saw my work. This was before the Internet got started, so I was working on my college newspaper, making comics and showing them off at conventions. It was meeting a Ren & Stimpy director at a convention that helped me get my start. He liked my comics, and he told me all about how storyboarding for TV works.

The main thing that helped me get started was that I got my work OUT THERE where people could see it. That's a million times easier to do now than ever before; no publishing costs too get your work see by countless people through blogs and Facebook and Twitter, etc.

Here's a crazy story: last year I came across a guy on Twitter. Never heard of him, never met him, nothing. His avatar looked cool so I clicked on his link. The art on his website was KILLER. So I tweeted and Facebooked about how much I liked this guy's stuff. Just one time. Just as an admirer…nothing to do with work. BTW: the guy is Matias Hannecke and his website is he's @MatiasHannecke on Twitter

A couple weeks later Matias emailed me out of the blue to thank me for helping him get a job (!). Apparently one of my bosses here at Disney follows my Twitter/Facebook posts, he must have liked what he saw on Matias' website and hired him for a freelance development project. I didn't even know about it. My boss never even mentioned it to me. But because Matias had his (killer) artwork out there, easily accessible, and because he had a social web presence, a huge door was opened up for him.

Some of my local students have found work – lots of work, in fact – by constantly checking listings in craigslist.You can also find out about animation opportunities by having a Twitter account and following users that specialize in talking about animation job listings like!/animationjobs and of course following the storyboarding job announcements on my blog

Check out this video class that talks a bit more about how to get started putting a storyboard sample together: You can build up a portfolio of storyboard work by volunteering to storyboard student films or by finding short-term (probably low-paying) gigs through facebook and local job boards.

It's definitely not easy… You have to be very determined and somewhat thick-skinned to persevere through the storyboarding job-hunting maze. But I've noticed that perseverance and a constant dedication to improving your work goes a long way.

I hope that helps!

Brush Pen Doodle-Fest

I just love sketching with a brush pen!

I thought these photos looked cooler than just scanning the artwork...but it was a bit hard to keep my phone's camera focused.

I like sketching with the PITT Artists Pen (make sure to choose the "Brush Nib"), but I mostly use the Japanese Mitsubishi PFK205 double-sided brush pen which you can get from