Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lumpus Cabin

Lumpus Cabin, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.
My inspiration behind the designs on Camp Lazlo were vintage fabrics from the 40s and 50s. The colors were graphic and bold with areas where the white of the fabric peeked through the paint. Almost like a dry brush effect, but more graphic.
I loved the yellow skies in the old Western prints and added that to the Lazlo environment.

Night time Camp Kidney

Cabin with Boat, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.
While I was still working on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, I worked late into the night on the Camp Lazlo pilot. Joe Murray drew and animated. I designed and painted. It took a couple of years for the show to go through negotiations and changes before Cartoon Network aired the first episode.
These paintings were some of my favorites from Camp Lazlo.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Ganguro Girl

Live black velvet paintings!

My version of a Japanese Ganguro girl.
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Ganguro Girl

A friend of mine recently told me my work looks like these girls in Japan.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Girlie Sketch

New Girlie Sketch, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.

So much pink! It must be the Hallmark Valentine's I see everywhere.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TOY STORY 3 WINS Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature

CONGRATULATIONS to PIXAR and all of the people who made this wonderful film!

So, where's the press?

If it weren't for Cartoon Brew, the PIXAR Times and DISNEYWIRE, I might not have found out about Toy Story 3's win at all.
NY Times? Chicago Tribune? LA Times had a strange article about how the Toy Story 3 franchise is older than the children who went to see it. Even Variety is missing a statement.
Yes, the winners are listed. Best Animated Feature is way down the list right above Best Foreign Language Film.

But this is the Golden Globes!
I see article upon article in every major newspaper about who wore what designers creations. Who looked great, who didn't. Articles about The Social Network, The King's Speech, and The Kid's Are Alright. 
Why is every film mentioned EXCEPT Toy Story 3? And nowhere can you read anything about the other animated films that were nominated: Despicable Me, How To Train Your Dragon,The Illusionist, and Tangled... All amazing films.

The irony of this is either hilarious or very sad.
More people of all ages have seen and loved the beautifully written, directed, and animated films nominated than their live action counterparts. The Voice Over actors were amazing (they are not nominated in the mainstream awards). You could see the enthusiasm on Tom Hanks and Tim Allen's faces during the award presentation. They looked like they wanted to jump out of their seats. They did have a presentation on stage and Tim Allen did his famous Buzz Lightyear voice.

Is it because the market is over saturated with animated characters and toys? What would it be like to get a Black Swan or miniature Burlesque doll with your happy meal?

Is it because animation is only for children? Every adult I know has seen every recent animated film at least once, or 5 times.

Is it because the scripts do not tackle controversial issues? Could animation directors do abortion, gay marriage, or an entire film of a man cutting off his hand?

Maybe animation studios should pay Furries to walk along side Lee Unkrich on the red carpet. Maybe then there will be photos of Lee Unkrich.

Maybe animated films try too hard... They try to please too many people too much of the time.
But the animated films who do take a stand, or are intense, never see a wide release. They are reserved for Art movie houses.

So what will it take for Ricky Gervais to make snide comments about animation directors and actors? At least he supports animation with his own show on HBO.

Most animators hate the awards shows. Or, at least they say they hate them. But awards or no awards, publicity is money in the bank. And money in the bank means more work for out of work writers, directors, actors, animators, editors, sound mixers, and post production houses.
Whether animators truly hate the awards or not, they need to step it up a notch.
We need the work. And we need to be paid what we're worth in the market. 

Lee Unkrich with his Golden Globe for Toy Story 3

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Girl Scouts vs. Waldorf

    It has been a long time since I've encountered Waldorfian snobbery. I forgot how demeaning it is. After a fun filled day with thousands of Girl Scouts, I was caught unaware. My daughter and I were beaming with "girl power" happiness and cute cookie kick off badges when we walked into the dank rudeness that my daughter must live with now that a Waldorf teacher will soon be her step mother.
  She sat on a stool, lord of her kitchen while my daughter and I excitedly talked about our day. Every detail of the day was met with a judgmental "ugh" from the Waldorf teacher. I very quickly felt like her foot was slowly pressing down on our sunny dispositions. Happiness was not acceptable. I tried to get out of there as fast as I could, but my older daughter was talking to me as well. We were jolly and happy to be together. I was conflicted about leaving my two children in that environment. Luckily, they don't notice the fake smiles the Waldorf teacher gives them. I see through her and they are blinded by her quiet and always shooshing demeanor.
  Having 50/50 custody with my ex can be difficult at times. Sometimes the kids want to be at my home when they are with their Dad, and sometimes they want to be with him while they are with me. We choose our new partners and have to accept each other's choices. 
  The girls were staying with him, but I had permission to take my Girl Scout daughter to the largest Girl Scout event of the year, The Cookie Kick Off. We ate pizza, and the girls made sugar tubes packed with fruity and sour sugar powder. We bought a small set for my older daughter. As we went through the booths and exhibits, I had forgotten about the long history of the Girl Scouts relationship to our country. It must have been a very empowering group back in the early 1900's. They continue the "girl power" mantra today. 
  My daughter wrote a letter to the troops in Afghanistan and I read the beautiful replies from the soldiers to the Girl Scouts. They have a program with the soldiers over seas where you can send boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the troops. They receive thousands of boxes every year. There is a historical relationship between the Girl Scouts and America's military. 
  The most popular spot of the day was the American Girl booth. We entered the raffle to win the new doll, Kanani from Hawaii. The girls waited in long lines to jump in the bouncies and slide down the enormous blow up slides that were set up around the perimeter of the event. The whole event was loud with laughing and screaming girls. Thousands of them!
  The cookie kick off tee shirts were so cute and worded with positive girl messages. So were the cookie earings that smelled like thin mints and samoas. This event was all about teaching girls how to be entrepeneurs for themselves (and how to run a convention). These are great skills for young girls to learn that are not taught in school. Plus, my daughter won the American Girl Doll! We sang and laughed the whole drive home.

  As soon as my daughter walked in the door of her Dad's house, she was greeted by the Waldorf teacher with a big fake smile. Tense, and not sure what to say to me, she immediately told my daughter to shoosh because her Dad was on the phone. This, obviously, was a difficult thing for us to do after the excitement of the day. I came in only for a couple of minutes so I could fish out the cookie papers I needed from our Girl Scout bag (there was no light outside of the house). She did not invite me in.
  The teacher sat atop a stool and watched me as I pulled fun items out from the day. Then I saw it. The judgement. Oh yeah! I forgot about that. I handed the powder sugar kit to my older daughter and the teacher groaned. I made a joke to try to lighten the tension, but the teacher was stone faced. Everything in our bright yellow bag was evil and unnecessary. My older daughter was excited to see me after not having seen me in a few days. The teacher glared at me. I had to leave...quickly. Before I made it to the door, she very rudely kicked me out. My daughters were dumbfounded and afraid to hug me goodbye. I was afraid to hug them goodbye.
  I opened the door to the pitch black night. No porch light. She might as well have had a broom and swept me out the door like a bug. It was that awful. As I closed the door, I looked at both daughters stunned into silence. It had been a long time since they saw the teacher treat me this way. Then I left.
  The whole drive home I thought many things, first of them being: My poor children. They have to live in that controlling environment. The other thoughts were: What is wrong with this person? How can she act that way in front of the kids? Doesn't she know that I am the mother of the two children who live with her? Doesn't she know how her actions affect the children and the family dynamics? 
  Ahhhh... Now I remember.... At Waldorf, the parents are ignorant. It is the teachers who decide how the children should be raised and tell the parents how to do it, even if they have never been a parent. They are masters of elitism and making parents feel insignificant. I think the teacher actually believes that my children came out of her body somehow. The lack of respect towards people outside of the Waldorf cult was magnified in that short exchange. It was awful. Who chooses to live that way? And why? And why do my children have to live under that kind of scrutiny?

  My daughter and I had had the most fun day surrounded by thousands of girls being encouraged to do whatever they want in life. Dropping my daughter off into a controlling and judgmental environment was very difficult. Especially as a mother. I want what is best for my children. They deserve the best. Unfortunately I have no control over whom my ex decides to have living with the children. As long as she doesn't poison them, there is not much I can do. I have to accept this teacher and hope that someday I will garner the respect I deserve. 
  She scares me.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Funny Moments on The Cleveland Show

The Cleveland Show
Fox Animation
Color Designer-2nd Season

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Square Peg, Round Hole

Square Peg, Round Hole, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.
While I was uploading everything I could find, I came across this painting.
One of my favorites that I had in a show at the Cartoon Network Gallery.
Tom Kenny bought it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cleveland Show Mall

BG Color Design

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New Cleveland Uploads

The Cleveland Show
BG Color Design
2nd Season

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The Cleveland Show

LA-pot-shop, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.
2nd Season
LA/Hollywood Pan - Pot Shop, Hills on Fire-Mud Slide
BG Color Design

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

CU dining-table, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.


BG Color Design on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

Monday, January 10, 2011

My TRON Experience

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I finally went to see TRON Legacy a few days ago. As much as I hate wearing 3D glasses, this was the first film that I have seen where the film was truly made for the 3D experience. Loved the floating dots separating the indoor from the outdoor residence. What a gorgeous set!

I have always loved painting with contrast and vivid color. This movie looked like a giant scratchboard illustration that had been backlit. 
I am not a gamer and was not interested in the story as much as the aesthetics. I wanted to know where people slept and went to the bathroom. How did all of this amazing technology get made in a world where everything was destroyed over and over again? Were there any fat characters? African American? Did people eat? Were there any children?
It was all pure fantasy, and beautiful. It looked like a lot of fun to work on.

Congratulations to all involved... It is a gorgeous film!

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Foster's EXT Day, originally uploaded by carol-wyatt.

This is still one of my favorites!
Mike Moon hired me at Cartoon Network at the beginning of Foster's to develop the look of the series with Dave Dunnet designing BGs. Before we started painting in Illustrator, I had time to paint some fun pre production BGs in gouache. I have a few different times of day of this same background.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3rd Sketchsssss

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New Sketch

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New Year's Resolution:
Sketch MORE!!