As my hand is on a strict 8-hour-a-day drawing limit, here are today’s erstwhile people sketches, in text form:
- the tortured French philosophy student turned businessman trying to read his novel while standing up in the corner of the Tube car
- the nebbish young man in the camel jacket whose book was open but he was looking at his girlfriend
- The Gyspy (dangerous variety), from a nineteenth-century novel (I could see through her disguise)
- the young man and his obvious father out for a grand night at a BBC radio recording
- the curvy young lady in the smart grey jacket and perfectly proportioned polka dot skirt, posing like a model as she waited for the Jubilee Line
- the middle-aged bespectacled black businessman, just disembarked, giving the departing train the weariest expression
There is a boat on the Thames with a horn that sounds exactly like the opening of this song. Whenever I hear it, the song starts playing in my head. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to it in the last couple of weeks.
Because ‘puppies,’ right?
I found this in a stack of old life drawing. Will I ever remember why I drew Lorenzo diMedici with a pet weasel?
Anyone have any idea if this is from a book I’d forgotten I read? This wouldn’t have been the actual Lorenzo diMedici, I am just a big fan of his bust and tend to drop him into anything Renaissancey. One of the Bartimaeus books maybe?
Poor Dr G.M. Levick … languishing in relative obscurity for a hundred years, then BAM! The BBC, CBC, and NPR have all made hay of his horror at the depravity of penguins, and no one will remember him for toughing out an Antarctic winter in a tiny ice cave with five other malnourished, incontinent, but transcendentally plucky and good-humoured men, which ought to be the main thing.
Now with cited links! Can’t find the old episode of The Now Show, though … doesn’t mean it’s not out there, if you’re determined.
OH NO THE 90s ARE BACK
RUN FOR YOUR LIIIIIVES
Original drawing here (from before the 90s were back, ye gods how did we let that happen), BG from this site.
Shocking details of wage-theft conspiracy emerge in a class action lawsuit filed against DreamWorks, Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Digital Domain 3.0, Sony Pictures Imageworks and others.
I don’t think this directly affected me, in my time at Disney, as I was always too junior (and heretical) to be desirable within the studio, never mind to another studio. I’m sharing it because while it’s not as fun as, say, browsing character design blogs, it is important for anyone wanting to get into the animation industry to read about this. The whole of animation history is full of studios taking advantage of their employees and it is not in their interest to change, which is why employees must be vigilant not to be taken advantage of, and not to let it happen to others. No matter what your studio may tell you about being a happy family, it’s a business, and will make cold-blooded business decisions when it suits them – in fact the whole ‘happy family’ rhetoric is a cold-blooded business decision, as it encourages employee loyalty and is much less expensive than competitive pay.* It isn’t in anyone’s interest to revisit the bidding wars of the ’90s because everyone suffers in the long run, but that does not make it OK for studios benefiting from record profits not to pass that along to the people who made the films, never mind conspire with each other to keep their workforce from finding just compensation anywhere else.
And for people who take only a recreational interest in animation: it ain’t all peaches and cream: be an informed fan.
*To be fair, I have worked at studios that are, more or less, happy families, but the truth of it seems to be in an inverse relationship to size and to explicit statements of familial happiness.
The two very different ladies of Unthinkable Solutions, the consultancy firm at the heart of Think the Unthinkable.
Think the Unthinkable is back on Radio 4 Extra, so you can listen and see if your mental image of the characters resembles mine at all.