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John Sanford

By day, Director / Story Man for Disney, Sony, PIXAR, and most recently  Dreamworks.

By night, Creator of the Chippy and Loopus web comic.

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Chippy from John’s web comic Chippy and Loopus!

 

My guest on the Man vs. Art Podcast is the brilliant and super talented Artist, Writer, Directory, Story Artist and comic creator John Sanford who currently works as the Director of the Dreamworks Animated Series Riders of Berk  . John is also the creator of the web comics Chippy and Loopus and K&J which his wife writes. John is originally from Denver  Colorado. He attended Calarts and in 1993 started at Disney on the Hunchback of Notre Dame as a Story trainee. He worked on  worked on Mulan, Atlantis, a little on Lilo, then co-directed Home on the Range.

After Disney

John left Disney after David Stainton (rhymes with Satan) Took over and went tot Sony, Pixar, then Dreamworks where he is now am an episode Director on the Dragons TV show Riders of Berk.. John is married, he  has has no kids, but he has  4 dogs.

John joins me for an extra long episode where we talk about animation, story, artist’s rights and how productions tend to ignore them. John is very frank and doesn’t pull any punches when he gives us the behind the scenes scoop at Disney, Pixar, Sony, and Dreamworks.

 

Concerns about the Animation Business.

John’s main concern is the way studios use Storyboard artists to simply draw script pages exactly as scripted. He feels, (and I agree) that when Story Artists are not given the opportunity to be creative and approach storytelling with drawings the projects become stale. What is more entertaining?

A) reading Sponge Bob has a  wacky freak out?

B) seeing  Sponge Bob’s have a wacky Freak out?

I rest my case.

 

Cartoonists should create animation stories with drawings.  Plain and simple. Creating animation by any other way is insane.

This is a very special show, John was pure dynamite and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making this episode!

Thanks!

John Sanford his lovely wife and the world's cutest dog.

John Sanford his lovely wife Sarah and the world’s cutest dog .

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 Ink brush sketches by John Sanford.

Monkey Jam ink sketch John Sanford

Monkey Jam ink sketch John Sanford

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Witch and Cat ink sketch John Sanford

 

 

 

 

 

 John Sanford inking cartoons the old school way.

WITH INK!

 

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If you are not having a good time while you are cartooning, you are doing it wrong!

 

 

 

 

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Spock, Kirk, and Bones. by John Sanford.

Batman and Robin by John Sanford

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Jan 062014
 
Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.
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Top 8 Art stories from 2013

 

First up, I’m sure I missed something.  There were lots of  big news in the Art World  this year. Damien Hirst had another installation ripped off.  Works of Fine art selling for record numbers,  A&E the arts and entertainment channel finally went to shit.  Anyway, sorry If I missed something this is just the stuff that really stood out to me.   And now Here we go.

 

 

#1 Banksy bitch slaps New York with art  2:50

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Trendy, jaded, and snobby New Yorkers  got worked up into a frothy frenzy over Banksy’s  30 Day Artist’s Residency  in New York called “Better out than in.”    The mysterious graffiti artist left his witty subversive  mark across the Big Apple.  He used his website and Instagram account to let fans know where he had struck each day! The eccentric  Banksy  set up a Central Park art booth selling his original, signed  art for $60.  A couple  of customers unknowingly bought the extremely valuable artwork at dirt cheap! $60.o0 for work from a guy who has sold some for $1,000,000 or more. Unfortunately, for anyone looking to score one of the large pile of remaining originals, Banksy declares at that it was a 1 day only sale.

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Subversive

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Social and political

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Animal Rights

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Banky’s crowning moment of awesome

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Banksy took a cheap Hudson River School style painting from a thrift store called Housing Works,. He painted  a Nazi chilling  on a bench on the painting, and re-donated it back to the store with his signature. Housing Worksauctioned it off for $615,000.

 

#2 Billion Dollar Nazi hoard discovered. 7:55

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Nazis posing with art in Venice, Italy. Artworks Worth $1.6 Billion, Stolen by Nazis, Discovered in German Apartment. Art masterpieces seized by the Nazis and thought to have been destroyed in British bombing raids on Germany during WW2 have been found behind rotting food in a loner’s modest apartment near Munich.

#3 Russians have balls 13:57

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A Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky  stripped naked and nailed his genitals to the ground of Moscow’s Red Square in a shocking protest aimed at “the police state”.

 

#4 Hayao Miyazaki: Retires?  16:52

 

Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.

Master Miyazaki By Raul Aguirre Jr.

Last Fall,  Oscar-winning Japanese film-maker Hayao Miyazak announced his retirement  from directing after the release of his final movie, which premiered in competition at the Venice film festival.  However, Miyazaki also “retired” in the after  Princess Mononoke in 1997.  He returned to direct Spirited Away four years later. He also came in and took the wheel of Howl’s Moving Castle in 2004 when original director Mamoru Hosoda up and quit the film.  2 months after the announcement, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki appeared on a  Japanese TV    and discussed Miyazaki’s  plans to serialize a Samurai manga.

 

Yes!

 

#5 $1.26 Million Picasso Raffle Won by Pennsylvania Resident for $137 Ticket 19:30

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An American  won an online raffle for a $1.26 million piece by Pablo Picasso after buying a ticket for the price of $137.  The 1914 piece was auctioned off to benefit the efforts to save the ancient city of Tyre, and was won by Pennsylvania resident Jeffrey Gonano.

#6  Morgan Freeman portrait hoax 20:40

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The Gif above flips back and forth between the soudce photograph and the “ipad finger painting”

Some people are so talented.  Some are douchebags. Some are talented douchebags. This artist spent over 200 hours and made 285,000 brush strokes to create painting of Morgan Freeman that is as a pixel for pixel reproduction of the photo reference. Artist Kyle Lambert thinks we are all stupid.  He did no such thing. His finger painting is a photograph.

#7George Zimmerman Racist Murderer now Artist? 30:37

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WTF? Consider this. George Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watchman acquitted by a Florida jury earlier in 2013 for the fatal shooting of African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has put what is said to be his first painting for sale on eBay

 

 

#8 Former President George W. Bush an Artist? WTF?

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Yup! and he paints puppy dogs and  kitty cats! I’m torn here folks!  A war criminal who sent thousands of our boys to die in Iraq under false pretenses and is responsible for about 1/2 a million Iraqi deaths paints kitties!

Forgive me if I don’t get too choked up about the kitties.

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At the end of the show I rant about Quality of art as not being subjective. Taste! Compare A Jack Kirby Captain America

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with a Rob Leifeld version.

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I rest my case.

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Dec 062013
 
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Welcome to the Man vs. Art Podcast! Below is the menu. Enjoy your stay!

Living the dream!

Andy Charles Griffiths Artist

Andy Griffith Actor

Andy Griffith Actor

0:00 Prologue: The Forging of the Great Pencils

4:45 Man vs Art Intro

7:25 Welcome Andy Griffiths

10:28 Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear Children’s Books

11:33 Birth of an Artist or Andy’s turning point

16:46 Alan “Go Fuck Yourself Hollywood” Moore

21:18 Comics and Animation are not mutually exclusive

22:16 Ego vs Inbetweening!

25:15 New Zealand and Children’s Books

28:48 Dealing with kids

30:01 Andy Griffiths name confusion

32:51 How Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear came to be

40:11 “We’re speaking into the future…”

42:22 James Cameron is James Cameron

43:47 Sci-Fi: From fringe to popularity but still a sausage fest

46:00 Jab Comic Contest winners

50:52 Talk of the Star Trek reboot and the new Khan

53:00 Cintiq love

55:35 No Sketchbook?!

58:00 Mac and PC comparison

1:00:58 Andy’s books on Amazon

1:04:23 Kids are the masters of honesty

1:07:15 A very special cameo

1:10:09 The magic of art

1:12:50 Reminiscing about Warner Bros

1:16:28 Merchandising rant and the Iron Giant

1:22:22 Sign Off

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Andy was born in  South Wales to a  Welsh mother and Jamaican father who was stationed in Wales with the Royal Air Force in World War 2.

He grew up in the early 70′s UK when TV was bad and comics were worse. ”The Victor” featured mainly World War 2 stories and dull characters like Alf Tupper, “The tough of the track” ; Or Roy of the Rovers, a soccer player. Unlike most kids at  school, Andy had no  interest in war or sport. He loved  Dr Who and Star Trek which were about the only cool things around.

One day, Andy’s dad brought him home a copy of the Mighty World of Marvel featuring black and white reprints of Spider Man, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four. His mind was totally blown and it started my life long love of comics and comic art.

By 1988, He’d started and dropped out of architectural school and was working as an insurance clerk which he hated. Much to his parents dismay, he quit and went traveling round the world.

A year later, he came back, determined to either make it as a comic artist or a rock guitarist. He did neither, but did get a work experience placement in a small animation studio in Cardiff which led to his first real animation job as an inbetweener for Siriol Studios in Cardiff. This was the start of an 8 year animation career that culminated in working for Warner Bros as a clean-up artist at their short-lived London Feature animation Studio.

IMDB profile is here.

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In 1998 the studio closed and Andy was burnt out on London and the whole animation industry but he could see the huge potential t   hat digital art and the internet offered. Andy bought a “Powerful” computer with 125mb of Ram and 1.5 gig hard drive. Andy got hisself a Wacom tablet and started learning Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator. He left London and headed to Devon for the sun and surf and a depressing period where He could only find work in a meat packing plant. Andy learned HTML in his spare time and eventually got a break and started a new career as a web and graphic designer.

In 2004 Andy left the UK with then girlfriend, now wife Amy, for a 3month

tour of New Zealand. They ended up staying and now live here as permanent residents. Andy  then started his Fourth career as a freelancer. Doing a mixture of cartoon illustration, web design, comics, cartooning workshops and now his latest venture, children’s books.

Over the last 10 years I’ve done illust

ration work for clients including Hasbro,

American Greetings, Wilson Spor

ts, The V& A museum, The Jodrell Bank Centre
for Astrophysics and many othe

r companies small and large.

Andy currently fuss the following software: Illustrator, Manga Studio, Painter, Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro.I’ve

Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear is his children’s book. Self published through Createspace and available on Amazon or as a digital download from his website store.

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He decided to publish under his name Charles Griffiths as there’s already a famous Australian children’s book author by the name of Andy Griffiths. It began life as a doodle for his daughter to colour in. See his blog post about it here.
http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

Links
www.zengrenade.com Andy’s website and blog

www.tooniversity.org Andy’s cartooning workshops website

www.youtube.com/channel/UCDE81Qp5BibXeqajhOXLO8g Andy’s  YouTube channel for Adobe Illustrator and cartooning tutorials.

https://twitter.com/zen_grenade
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zen-Grenade-Graphics/155197327917480
http://zengren

 

2013 CHEROTICA JABCOMIX.COM ART CONTEST WINNERS!

 

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 Ep: 86 2013 Halloween Special with Sexy Horror Comics Creator Geo Brawn IV

Ep: 86 2013 Halloween Special with Sexy Horror Comics Creator Geo Brawn IV

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Sexy horror comics creator Geo Brawn IV joins me for our annual Halloween show on Man vs. Art. We talk about a bunch of cool things like Breaking Bad, Creativity, Gags, 80′s action films, graphic novels, and much more!

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Ep:85  Former Disney Animation Artist turned Porn Cartoonist JAB in his first ever interview!

Ep:85 Former Disney Animation Artist turned Porn Cartoonist JAB in his first ever interview!

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THIS PODCAST IS A CELEBRATION OF ART IN ALL IT’S FORMS. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE INTERESTING, COMEDIC, SOCIAL SATIRE AND TO INSPIRE ARTISTS THE WORLD OVER.

THE SHOW IS FILLED WITH HILARIOUS BITS OF IGNORANT NONSENSE AND ADULT THEMES THAT REALLY REQUIRE THE MATURITY LEVEL OF BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD TO FULLY APPRECIATE.

PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY SUGGESTIVE LANGUAGE, OR IF YOU HAVE ANY SORT OF GOOD TASTE AN/OR ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE OF HUMOR.

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Ep:84 Intervention Con 2013! Cartoonists that distribute Via the web unite!

Ep:84 Intervention Con 2013! Cartoonists that distribute Via the web unite!

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On Today’s show I talk to Webcomic Diva Onezumi Hartstein and her husband/producer James Harknell. We talk about how the Con has grown as well as helped so many artists. Plus we talk about my involvement in the 2013 show. That’s right! I will be attending the show as a featured guest and speaker with 3 panel discussions scheduled for me to host!

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Entry-Level Graphics Tablets: Which Offer the Best Value for Money?

Entry-Level Graphics Tablets: Which Offer the Best Value for Money?

Tablets come in a dizzying array of styles, and choosing between them online can be quite a challenge given that you’re not able to physically try out how they feel and how responsive they are.

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Ep:83 The Man vs. Art  2013 San Diego Comic Con Wrap Up.

Ep:83 The Man vs. Art 2013 San Diego Comic Con Wrap Up.

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Has the Comic Con jumped the shark? Should it even be called “Comic” Con? In this episode one old geek comes to terms with the fact that the comic con has become something else. It has mutated. No, Evolved. No, The comic Con has adapted. Can this old geezer geek accept the change?

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Ep: 82 The Return of the Poet Christopher Luke Trevilla

Ep: 82 The Return of the Poet Christopher Luke Trevilla

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Poet Christopher Luke Trevilla and Artist Raul Aguirre Jr. go deep into the artist rabbit hole and explore the mind of the artist.

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Ep: 81 Dreamworks Animator Larry Flores

Ep: 81 Dreamworks Animator Larry Flores

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Man vs. Art Podcast Episode 81. Raul sits down with old friend and colleague From Disney, animation artist Larry Flores who just got laid off from the Dreamworks ill fated “Me and My Shadow” film. Larry talks about his 20 plus years in and out of the Animation business.

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