I drove back to Shreveport today to attend an animation workshop sponsored by Moonbot Studios and The Shreveport ArtSpace, a former downtown department store that has been converted into a three-story exhibit and event space; wonderful venue for creative events.
The workshop was presented by Joy Ang (joyang.ca), a character designer for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, MARVEL, and Nickelodeon. She gave an enlightening workshop on designing characters along style sheet specs. The group then designed new characters based on her descriptions and then were reviewed by the group as an enhancement.
My take-away from the experience is that character designers work with the characters only. There are other artists that work with colors and backgrounds. Joy did mention that sometimes she design characters’ props as well.
As a picture book illustrator, I’m always trying to figure out how to create more animated characters for print. This workshop really helped me understand character design much more!
Well done, Joy!
Went home to the Mississippi Delta today. I’m originally from Greenwood and know the Delta very well since I used to check cotton for bugs for a summer job with an entomologist during my high school years.
The Clarksdale Carnegie Public Library is, of course, in Clarksdale. Legend has it that Robert Johnson, who many consider the father of The Blues, sold his soul to the devil in a Faustian deal at the crossroads of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 49. The town has made the most of this iconic image. The library in downtown Clarksdale is right down the street from Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Restaurant where The Blues is played both day and night in a honky-tonk atmosphere.
Special, thanks to Mary Jenkins, the Children’s Services Librarian there at the library for being so welcoming and helpful. I look forward to returning!
I spent two wonderful days in Bienville Parish for summer reading programs at their branch libraries in Arcadia (main library), Ringold, Castor and Saline.
The kids were great and had lots of questions about drawing. Special thanks to Children’s Librarian Mona Bell for two days of library fun.
Today was a very fun day! I am scheduled to present my summer reading programs in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The parish seat is in Arcadia. And what is that near? Why Shreveport and Moonbot Studios, William Joyce and Brandon Odlenberg’s animation studio.
William Joyce was in Jackson in early April. I sat in the back of the activity room where he did a school presentation. Of course, I was the last in line during the book signing with all the kids wanting signed copies of Ollie’s Odyssey, his latest book. He signed that book and the bag of books of his that I’d been collecting over the years.
I mentioned that I was going to be near Shreveport at libraries in Bienville Parish in June and would like to come by to tour through Moonbot Studios. He gave me the name of Moonbot’s Marketing Director, Sara Hebert, to coordinate with. What a nice guy!
I emailed Sara, who was very cordial as well. We set a time for today for me to visit.
Moonbot is a multi-platform storytelling monster! Apps, short animated films, books, games, you name it. What a wonderful creative place to work!
I felt so welcomed to be there because Sara introduced me to everyone we met in the studio hallways. Wonderful southern hospitality! You can’t beat it!
Thanks to Kathy Ward, Branch Manager at the Harrisville Branch Library for letting me come for a visit and the summer reading program. What a great time we all had! Thanks so much, Kathy!