April 24, 2009

Tales from the Crib . . .

Well, okay, I was a little bit older . . .

-Here’s a couple of masterpieces painted up by yours truly when he was about 4 or 5 years old.

If you can make out the words in the bubble, it says, “I will see a man and I will eat a man.”

Without a doubt, this demonstrates my understanding of monsters and their repulsive mindsets at a very early age. Monsters were raw green, teeth and horns were always venomous yellow, appendages ended in razor sharp claws, -and who can contest with that sinister orange face?
(. . .shudder -it’s like a train wreck, I can’t look away!)

My imagination and ambition plainly were not confined to the borders of the paper as demonstrated by the taped edge on the left. The tender, warped mind I had as a child clearly suffered no boundaries –especially when it came to scribbling the horrific, but immeasurably important, beastie’s dialogue.
Note too, the order of page elements, which follow traditional western sequential art storytelling. The viewer first gets sucked in while trying to decipher the dialogue on the left, and then is horror-struck at the awful vision of imminent doom on the right.

This second specimen is proof enough of my early aspirations to become a Concept Artist later in life. Long before Pixar’s "Cars", my tanks already had faces and personalities (and apparently enjoyed their jobs, too). I bet this guy’s happy because his long snoot allows him to ‘rain thunder’ from a most secure distance away.

April 6, 2009

Central Park? What's that? . . .

Two years ago, I worked for Waterford Research Institute, an educational software company.

We were involved in a wide variety of multimedia programs, games, activities, animations, videos -you name it, -which centered around teaching young kids reading, math and science skills.
The latest project we were working on, I never got to see to completion. It followed the adventures of a young squirrel and his friends in Central Park. A little over a month ago, I got wind that it had entered into it's Beta stage.

Kudos to everyone who had a hand in the development, and current production, of this project. Thanks for your friendship, creativity, and the fun years together.

More info and videos can be found here.

Waterford Research Institute is developing Central Park, a new online preschool product for the youngest learners, and we're inviting you to help us make it even better.
Together, you and your 2-year-old can explore letters, numbers, nursery rhymes, shapes, colors, and more. Then tell us about your child's experience and receive access to the software for an additional six months for free.

To learn more and to sign up, visit: https://beta.waterford.org/
Last day to sign up is April 30th!

To learn more about Waterford and our mission, visit: http://www.waterford.org/
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Website: https://beta.waterford.org/