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Man vs. Art Episode 69! Developing animation for TV vs. Creating your own animated short.

Man vs. Art Episode 69! Developing animation for TV vs. Creating your own animated short.

The flawed development system.

Developing and pitching ideas for animated TV shows to networks and studios is a tough way to go. I have been going at it for seven years. I’ve managed to sell one property, my short Hero Heights at Nickelodeon. I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours developing other shows and pitching them to all the networks only to be rejected time and time again, usually for silly reasons. Plus all of this development work is done for no pay

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Man vs. Art Episode 66! The Thief and The Cobbler.

Man vs. Art Episode 66! The Thief and The Cobbler.

The Thief and the Cobbler was supposed to be the greatest animated feature film ever created! The film is master animator Richard Williams life’s work, a highly revered legend in the animation industry.Williams labored on his dream project for over 30 years. Sadly, his masterpiece suffered a similar fat such as The Magnificent Ambersons and the unfinished Don Quoxite by Orson Welles. Imagine how much it sucks to have your life’s work taken away from you because of money and then released to the public in a form totally different from that you intended. I call this artist’s hell. That’s the tragic and sad story behind The Thief and the Cobbler.

When he began production in 1964, Williams wanted The Thief and the Cobbler to be his masterpiece, and a milestone in the art of animation. Because its complicated animation and independent funding, The Thief and the Cobbler was in and out of production for over three decades. Williams worked for years as a producer of incredible TV commercials. Every cent he earned went into the gradual independent production of The Thief.

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Man vs. Art Episode 64! Creator Harry Partridge

Man vs. Art Episode 64! Creator Harry Partridge

Mad man Harry Partridge is a UK based animator, writer, voice actor and musician who started his one man show of making cartoons for the web at 16. Since then he has directed shorts for the BBC, Playboy and Nintendo among others and has racked up over 50 million views on his youtube channel alone.

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Man vs. Art Episode 62! Minion Opinion Art Buffet.

Man vs. Art Episode 62! Minion Opinion Art Buffet.

Get your ART ON! Hola Minions. Today’s podcast has a bunch of really cool things going on! So put down that weak little salad dish, grab that big honkin’ plate and belly up to the Man vs. Art Buffet! Today I read some listener email and we induct Rod Serling into the Pantheon of Awesomeness. Steve Seivers and Dahveed the creators of the independent animated web series Supa Pirate Booty Hunt drop by to talk about their kickstarter campaign.

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Man vs. Art Episode 59! Krishna M. Sadasivam creator of the web comic  PC Weenies.

Man vs. Art Episode 59! Krishna M. Sadasivam creator of the web comic PC Weenies.

On today’s show I speak with Artist, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Tech Geek, Art and Animation Instructor Krishna M. Sadasivam creator of the web comic PC Weenies.

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Man vs. Art Episode 57! Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil Creators of Forever Freshman

Man vs. Art Episode 57! Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil Creators of Forever Freshman

On Today’s show I am joined by Independent Comic Creators Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil to discuss their comicbook Forever Freshman! We talk about writing, art technique, tacos, beer, and Metal Gear Solid and more!

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Man vs. Art Episode 54! Interview with 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Director of The Simpsons Mark Kirkland.

Man vs. Art Episode 54! Interview with 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Director of The Simpsons Mark Kirkland.

Interview with Mark Kirkland three time Emmy Award winning Director (The Simpsons).
Multi Award winning Filmmaker, Writer/Director/ Antique movie camera collector and cinematographer.

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Man vs. Art Episode 53! 2011 AM2 Anime Manga Music Con wrap up!

Man vs. Art Episode 53! 2011 AM2 Anime Manga Music Con wrap up!

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One Crazy Weekend in Anaheim! I spent Fourth of July weekend tabling in Artist’s Alley at the 2011 AM2 Anime Manga Music Con! It’s not my usual kind of crowd or event but I figured what the heck? Time to expand my horizons and meet new people! I’m sure glad I did!
The Man vs. Art Crew!
With the help of my wife “The Lovely and Vivacious Hortencia” and my nephew Jacob, I set up my table with original art, prints, my books, DVDs, buttons, and cards for sale. Plus I also took commissions that I would draw up on the spot. If you could think it up, I would draw it for you! A bunch of new minions signed up for the Man vs. Art subscription list and I got lots and lots of compliments on my stuff.As for how I did? Well I sold a few original sketches and did a couple of commissions! My Cowboy Bebop Faye Valentine sketch went withing the first hour! Below you can see my rough pencils and finished inked drawing.

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Man vs. Art Episode 52! Listener Email and Voice mail Buffet

Man vs. Art Episode 52! Listener Email and Voice mail Buffet

From around the age of six, I have had a passion for drawing the shapes of objects.

From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention.

At seventy-three, I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees.

So, by the time I am 80, I will have made much progress, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature.

By one hundred, I will decidedly have attained a higher state, indefinable, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own.

May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.
Hokusai (who lived to be 90)

On today’s show I put together a collection of emails and voice mails for a massive buffet of art talk. So Buckle your cartoon belts and let her rip!

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Man vs. Art Episode 49! Advice for Artists on Overcoming the Fear of Failure.

Man vs. Art Episode 49! Advice for Artists on Overcoming the Fear of Failure.

Ever notice that whenever you begin an new artistic project like a new book, painting, portfolio, short film, etc that the darned Fear of Failure Demon always seems to drop in to petrify you? You spend sleepless gut wrenching nights where all you can imagine is doom. You toss and turn with dark visions of both yourself and your art as objects of scorn, ridicule, or even worse objects of pity. So you put off trying for the thousandth time, and ditch your dreams. Ask the top painters, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, comic creators, animators, poets, writers, directors, and they will all claim that they are no different! They too have had to deal with the Fear of Failure Demon and have had their shares of crushing disappointment.

I’d like to give a shout out to Krishna Sadashivam The creator of the killer web comic PC Weenies! He called in and left a voice mail question on the Man vs. Art Minion Hotline! He asks what animation studios are looking for in terms of Storyboard Artist Portfolios. Check out the podcast if you want to know what I had to say on that.

Born in 1920 Isaac Asimov was a writer of some of the greatest classic Science Fiction stories of the last hundred years. Of his works The Foundation Series… The Galactic Empire series and his Robot series were major contributions to the world of sci-fi literature. And These are just a few among the 500 books that he wrote or edited in his lifetime.

In particular Asimov’s Robot series generated 2 lasting concepts in science fiction including the invention of a robot’s ‘Positronic’ brain and the 3 laws of Robotics. Both concepts were featured in the movies ‘The Bicentennial Man’ and ‘I Robot’ which were loosely based on his characters.

Lastly I’d like to present you with some samples of the 2D Traditional and some 3D digital Animation my students did from my History and Principles of Animation and Timing for Animation Classes at the Gnomon School of Visual effects in Hollywood California.

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