Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Beatles on Vinyl

Paintings on Records





When they was fab

Chillin' on the sofa, writin' some new material? The hair is the actual black of the record.

I made these pop art pieces for the Final Vinyl Group Show at the Craig Gallery (Alderney Landing, Dartmouth), which is on display until December 19, 2012.

I hope if anyone is considering buying one, you might consider buying the whole set?

It would be a shame for the band to break up.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Dog is Ignoring You on Television

Our little animated poem was on TV last night - on CBC - on a program called CBC download. Available on the CBC Download website .

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Plein Air - Baby Island

Another tortured Plein Air painting. Pen & Watercolour.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Get Your A@@ to Mars

I updated my website with my new photography series entitled GET YOUR A@@ TO MARS. My brother made this cool astronaut costume for Halloween so I got determined to do this Mars inspired photoshoot. I spent months scouting the perfect location. It ended up being this construction site in Bayer's Lake (Halifax). 

See more from the series on my website here.

Here is a production shot.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Still Life Studies

Black & white studies - Acrylic on paper.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Interactive Transcript...I see what you did there

YouTube's "Interactive Transcript" function is crazy. Is it trying to inject politics into "A Dog Is Ignoring You"? It's the least political thing, possibly, ever.

It's kind of cool. Mostly creepy.

Go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JBywuG2RpI&feature=plcp

Click on the button underneath the video that looks like a page. If you roll over it, it says "Interactive Transcript".

It tries to give you a text read out of what the narration is saying.

My favourite lines are:

Just as you think he is Clinton toward team (0:46)
Just as you think you will never Vietnam alleged (1:05)
and i would appreciate some prize (1:21)
idle streak (1:26)
promise me. they'll never leave me. account. mood (1:37-1:44)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Dog Is Ignoring You from the Passenger Seat of a Parked Car

Written, Narrated, Directed, & Music by Anne-Renée Dumont
Storyboards, Animation, & Designs by Mirco Chen
Supa-Dawg Designed by Scott MacDonald
Backgrounds & Hand Drawn Type by Anne-Renée Dumont

Huge thank you to Mirco and Scott for being awesome and for making it come to life!

A Dog Is Ignoring You is premiering at the Atlantic Film Festival 2012, CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 PM at Park Lane in Halifax.

Watch it bigger here

A Dog Is Ignoring You - Production Notes

I'm no audio engineer but I did try to record some decent audio. I bought one of these semi high quality USB microphones to record the narration and the guitar in my apartment. It just plugs into your USB port. I also got a mic stand and a pop filter. Then I got into multiple fights with the software/hardware until something eventually sounded acceptable.

Unfortunately, I broke the mic stand and now my setup is an advertisement for duct tape. (See after shot).

Working on the watercolour backgrounds and the ink lettering. I had nowhere to sit for quite some time.

The Crew: Scott, me, Mirco.

THANK YOU to anyone coming out to see this at the festival tonight and thanks to the festival for letting it happen.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mahone Bay (Plein Air)

Did some plein air painting in Mahone Bay. Pen & watercolour on watercolour paper.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Computer Arts Magazine

My latest showreel got featured in the April 2012 issue of Computer Arts Magazine. It's on the cover disk that comes with the magazine in the section "showreels and shorts". You can see the thumbnail of my "purple guys" on the square cover.

Thanks to Computer Arts Magazine for featuring my work!

The paragraph writeup is a little misleading though. I don't currently work at Collideascope (not since 2010) and I think the avatars they are talking about are the Mystery Hunters ones and they weren't actually designed by me (They were designed by Mirco).

As far as the Mystery Hunters work goes, I tried to show the parts I worked on, the screen designs, interactivity, some production art. Together, my boss and I designed all the mini games and the adventures, which was rare and fun, and that part with the avatar that you see in my showreel of the avatar running from ghosts is part of an opening sequence that I put together to entice the user to wanna play the 33 mini games + 13 adventures.

We had a talented group of artists and animators for that Mystery Hunters project that I was fortunate enough to work with, that included Mirco Chen, Matt Jaeschke, Reuben H., Nathaniel Heath, and Paul Sarrazin. Those guys rule.

You can watch my showreel here

Monday, August 20, 2012

Long Hair, Athletic Socks

I drew some skateboarders from the 70s. Those Dogtown kids from California had style, man.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turties

I may have gone a little overboard trying to make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cuter.  These were done with Conte, Graphite Crayon, and Soft Pastel on Coloured Paper. This set is comprised of four seperate drawings.

 My brothers were watching the movie and I hadn't seen it. Until then, I never knew the premise.

A bachelor rat adopts four baby turtles and raises them??? That's pretty adorable actually.

                               Angry Splinter, Calm Splinter.

 This sketch of Splinter was found carved into the sewer wall. 
I think he did it himself. __ OBEY __

In this version, Splinter knows he's the best though. 
Watercolour and Graphite Crayon on Fabriano Artist Paper. 30 "x 22 ".

Knights of the round table. Ninjas of the Rectangular paper. Here Splinter is pretending they are all equals. Ink, Graphite Crayon and Watercolour on Fabriano Artist Paper. 30" x 22 ". Splinter and his boys.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tumblr Thingie

I'm observing a moment of silence for the blog, in particular, mine. Apparently it is dead. So I've disguised my blog as a tumblr account to appeal to the young folk. From what I gather, Tumblr is a place where young people gain popularity mainly through re-posting other people's original hard work. I hope the internet doesn't come up with anything new, as my brain has reached its capacity for username and password storage and retrieval.

Anyway, my tumblr thing will contain my art and photography updates I guess. (Even though I do that on my website already).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

People I Know

It's Mirco!

It's Scott!

Hand drawn with Graphite Crayon & finished digitally. Graphite crayons rule. Wear those suckers down a bit and they give this beautiful thick scratchy line. The kind of thick scratchy line dreams are made of.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pre-Shrunk 2012

I have two pieces hanging in the Pre-Shrunk 2012 show at Argyle Fine Art until Feb 16, 2012.

They are really tiny! They are also for sale through the Gallery.