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TothPix: Model Sheets

Alex Toth spent a portion of twenty-five years of his career doing character design and storyboards for TV animation. And for about a decade after artists and animators passed along to each other huge stacks of those designs (and still do). In 1996, Toth friend and fellow animator Darrell McNeil gathered it all together is one big package, the Alex Toth: by Design book. I was fortunate to snap up a copy upon its release, and good thing I did, ’cause the book fetches around $300 nowadays, long out of print. Folks have taken to selling small stacks of portions of what’s included in the book on ebay.

Here's some faves I scanned. (Check out more I posted previously.)  

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TothPix: Young Samson

young Samson 'Nuff said.

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TothPix: Character Designs

Alex Toth spent a portion of twenty-five years of his career doing character design and storyboards for TV animation. And for about a decade after artists and animators passed along to each other huge stacks of those designs (and still do). In 1996, Toth friend and fellow animator Darrell McNeil gathered it all together is one big package, the Alex Toth: by Design book. I was fortunate to snap up a copy upon its release, and good thing I did, 'cause the book fetches around $300 nowadays, long out of print. Folks have taken to selling small stacks of portions of what's included in the book on ebay.

From time to time, I'll be scanning and posting some of my favorites from that book. Enjoy!

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Sketchbook Month: Bedbug Lullaby Title Card

Friend and fellow illustrator, Cedric Hohnstadt has pronounced March, 2011 to be Sketchbook Month. So, I'll be joining the throng of artists in posting a new sketch each week day all month.

This first is a quick layout rough of a title card for a Bedbugs Lullaby music video I'm completing this week to debut Saturday.

I'm not sure whether I'll be executing the final art digitally and adding pastel or other effects, or drawing traditionally. Either way, I'll post that art here this weekend. I recorded a couple weeks back the lullaby I wrote, my daughters and I recording helium-induced Bedbugs vocals last Saturday. The video edit is coming along very well. I can't wait for everyone to see it!

Drop by the blog tomorrow for another sketch...

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Charlie Griak's Fever

Illustrator and good friend Charlie Griak's animated short, Fever is now available on iTunes. Something of a futuristic take on Crime & Punishment, Charlie originally intended this project to be a fairly simple four-minute animation, but he couldn't help himself and got carried away, doing far more full and complex animation as the short ballooned to nearly ten minutes in length, doing the lion's share of the work himself.

View a trailer in the Animation section of his site, as well as his superb vector and traditional illustration. For only $1.99 at iTunes you're getting a lot of bang for your couple bucks. To whet your appetite, below are a few more screen caps from Fever:

Also, Charlie's blog is an insightful and intriguing glimpse into the creative process of an artist bridging the gap between traditional an digital illsutration, and personal and paying work.