Saturday, January 30, 2010

Quick comic with Stefan Gruber

Stefan came down for a visit and on his way out the door we sat down to draw this...

Design For The Other 90%

Just went to this show at the Mercy Corps Action Center in Downtown Portland.
Amazing and inspiring.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Message from Texas

My brother sent this:
"Look who I found in the sugar section!"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yuri Norstein

One of my favorite fellers, Stefan Gruber, just invited me to go see Yuri Norstein in Olympia next month. (Thank you Stefan!!!!!)  If you get a chance to go see Mr. Norstein present his work your eyes will receive great riches and your heart will climb a ladder.  I know he is also visiting USC and SF, not sure where else...  If you aren't familiar with his work, you can see it here in a miniature compressed incomparable representation, but if you can see it screened big and on film, oh my oh my, that's is something else completely!  Live a little!

This one is a heart ladder for sure.  Made in 1975!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Alarm Magazine - IPRC Feature

My Orcas zine was reviewed in this IPRC Feature in Alarm Magazine Issue #35.  It is a really nice portrait of the IPRC!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hot off the press!

2010 Animation Reel from Lori D on Vimeo.
(Free tip: Might help to let it load completely before playing it.  It's stuttering a little bit when it's still loading...)

Faye's Diaramas

My bff makes the best diaramas!  Have you seen them?  Here are some oldies but goodies..

"Chain Fight"

This one is called "Lunch Break"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Main Street DVD

This is now for sale in my BigCartel store.  Main Street was a video art show in Los Angeles during autumn and has now been born again as a DVD compilation featuring videos and animations by Melanie Bonajo, Jacob Ciocci, Lori D., Lucky Dragons, Miranda July, Kris Moyes, Andrew Sutherland, Peter Sutherland, and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Package design is by Brian Roettinger–with an amazing full-color fold out booklet… fancy! This DVD features 2 of my very first animations.

Harvey Spannos

Here is an old photo taken from the back of my truck when I was helping on the film as the action stunt camera danger driver....  Harvey Spannos is the precursor to the new movie..Machotaildrop.  I think Harvey Spannos is a fine fine thing to point your eyes at as well if you get the chance.  I'll put the trailer on here too in case you haven't seen it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

What is the IPRC?

I volunteer at the IPRC here in Portland. If you are wondering what the heck is the IPRC maybe you would like to watch this mini-documentary to find out!  I did a little window display for the IPRC in Reading Frenzy that you see in the video..lots of felt.  I am working on a mural in the new IPRC conference room this weekend alongside some LOVELY lettering adorned with gold leaf done by B.T.   I'll post a picture one of these days.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


My favorite fellows made a BIG movie!  Check out the trailer:

black on black...

brand new painted pictures for sale



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tell The Teenagers

Please tell the creative teenagers in your life that there is a sssecret sesssion awaiting them in sssouthern California this sssummer.  It is known as CSSSA or The California State Summer School for the Arts.  Students from all over California, the USA, and the world come together for a month of intensive focus in the following disciplines: Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Film/Video, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.  This experience will change their life.  It really will!  The application deadline is coming up in February so if you know any high school students that might be psyched on this opportunity please point them to so they can start getting their application materials together.  This will be my 9th summer working at CSSSA and I absolutely love being a part of it because the students come away from the experience with an exploding energy for their craft and a newfound confidence in their own voice and an impressive portfolio.  It is not a summer camp.  The students have to work hard and can even earn college credits.  I direct the Animation Dept. at CSSSA and would be happy to answer any questions for you and yours.  Please help the teenagers in your life find out about this rare opportunity.  It is largely state funded and who knows how much longer it will survive the treacherous California State Budget!  There are tremendous scholarships available for California residents so please encourage the CA students you know to apply even if they don’t know if their families could afford to send them.  Here are some photos from the animation dept. last year that might give a sense of what it’s like… Goodtimes!
Thanks for helping get the word out!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Have you ever seen the Picture Files?

Brent Wick just told me about a little known but glorious resource at the Multnomah County Library called the Picture Files!  It's a huge archive of pictures cut out from magazines, discarded books, calendars, and other resources.  They are sorted by category.  You request a topic and they will give you a folder to pick through.  You can check out up to 50 images at a time!  I heart the library big time.  Ask at the Information desk for help with the Picture File.  And if you like this service, please fill out a comment card to tell them so because I hear that this resource is under the threat of termination and that the librarians have to really fight for it so they wont shut it down.  Here is a beauty I checked out from there yesterday...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hidden Portland!

I haven't seen this book by the Carye Bye yet but it looks great.  It's described as a collection of unique locales and oddities containing watercolor and ink illustrations aside candidly written descriptions and anecdotes that take you on a tour of the overlooked and rarely seen.  Carye Bye steers you from the permanent home of a famous coin that was tossed to decide Portland's name, to a secret toy museum in an unassuming part of town; a n essential book for the curious visitor and resident alike.  Available from Bedouin Books and Amazon.  And check out the Hidden Portland website which is bountiful in sharing lots of interesting secrets about this beloved little city.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

L.A. Mushroom Jamboree!

My friend David Fenster, a wonderful filmmaker, has helped to organize a series of events called Fungifest 2010 around LA.  It sounds pretty glorious if you are even just a casual an admirer of fungi.  Opening night is a week from today, on Saturday, January 16th at 8pm. The events move over to the Hammer Museum on Thursday the 21st, then back to Machine on Saturday the 23rd. A full list of events with dates and times is here.  People are encouraged to bring in any mushrooms they find to the events as Bob Cummings, a mycologist, will be on hand to aid in identification. He will answer any questions we can come up with, and will generally drop mushroom knowledge.

Events include:
Mushroom gelato from Scoops
Chanterelle schnapps
The premiere of a couple mushroom themed short films I've just finished
Slime mold racing
A mushroom hunt
Mushroom dancing
Mushroom music
Mushroom growing
and lots more...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Omar Souleyman

Just finished this portrait


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rodeo Queen

click on image to see it larger


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Omar O Wow!

I love this song. I have no idea what he's singing about but the music is SO FINE! PARTYTIME! The whole S.F. album is wondrous. Unfortunately it looks like it's SOLD OUT right now...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Labs With Abs - Abs of Egypt

I got the BEST present in the mail from this human:

Holy hell.  It's so good.  You can get one too!  They are here.
This is my favorite page:

Monday, January 4, 2010

Picnic Pig

Collab with Mel Kadel - For Sale HERE

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I Fell Off My Bike

My friend Isobel fell off her bike and then made this great animation about bike accidents!  But is this just a trailer?  Really?!  Oh!  I thought it was the whole movie.  I hope I'll get to see it all someday...

I Fell Off My Bike - trailer from Isobel Knowles on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

More Phood

Look at this miniature dinner my new 12 year old friend Hanna made for me out of clay!  They are actually 50% bigger in this picture than in real life.   It looks so delicious.  I have them sitting here right in front of me all day.  I think I might have to make a life-sized edible replica of these dishes... I'm gonna constantly crave spaghetti and blueberry pie!

Philly Phood Phantasia!

Here are a bunch of my favorite Philadelphians.  Look they're on TV!

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Nature Scene

This is a detail from a special request painting I was asked to make last month.