Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE 2014 NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHALON

I did something really 
DUMB.


I swam 1/2 a mile.

Then right after that biked for 
18 miles.

And then immediately afterwards
ran 4 miles.

WHY ON EARTH
would I do
THAT
when I could instead be 
sitting on the beach,
in a comfy chair
reading a book
and eating ice cream?

I'd like to say I was tricked into doing the
2014 NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHALON
 but I did it of my own free will.

Disney has a HUGE
tri-team and are ALWAYS 
looking for people to rope into it.
Since I was already swimming twice a week
and running the rest of the week,
I was thinking of
possibly
I dunno
maybe
giving it a try.
(but not)

Then my neighbor 
Darren
asked if I wanted to 
give it a shot.

And I said 
um
well
okay
i guess?

The next thing I know I
spent 5 months 
getting ready.

It was a great
challenge.

A goal.

LIKE GOALS.

I set a lot for myself:

Working on a new show pitch.

Learning to read music.

Not picking my nose and eating it.

There's always 
SOMETHING
I'm trying to do.

And last Sunday
I completed a
triathalon:


It was hard,
but not awful.

I was grossly unprepared for the swim.
I only got to practice swimming in the ocean a few times
and when it came to the real thing I wasn't
able to get a good rhythm going.

The bike ride was fine.
The hills stink,
but every uphill has a downhill on the other side.
My chain came off twice,
but it only took half a minute to get it back on.

The run wasn't bad either.
But after doing the other stuff beforehand,
I was ready for it to be over.

And when it was
I rejoiced:


I think my favorite part of the event 
was the people.

There were
men, women, boys and girls
of every
age, shape, size, and ethnicity.

So many body types, colors and reasons for being there.
Everyone was beautiful.
And everyone was there for the same thing;
Challenging themselves
and helping raise money
for 

My next goal is to
go to the
and
NOT
train for a 
triathalon
starting...

NOW!










Thursday, September 11, 2014

HEY, IT STILL GOT 5 STARS


There's really
nothing but
awesome reviews on
Amazon
for this book
Mr. Willems
and I 
rocked a while back:


There's a 101 and counting!
But this is my 
absolute
favorite:


RIGHT?!

I know you already have
five copies.
But you really should 
another three
or four
over




Monday, September 8, 2014

THIS IS MY LIFE



This is the kind of stuff that 
happens at my house
before school:


Are you surprised?

2x4 technology
FOREVER!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

IT'S GOT THAT OLD SKETCHBOOK SMELL


Dang son,
I can't seem to get through sketchbooks
like I used to!

There are just too many
sooper secret projects
happening!
Hopefully I'll be able to tell you 
about some of them soon!

In the meantime,
let's dial the
wayback machine
to early 2006
and
take a peeksie
through
this:


This was around the time
Head Writer of Wrongs 
Andy Rheingold and I were
getting close to finishing up
writing stories for
season six of KND.


Yeah,
it was kind of stressful.
Back then I wasn't drawing much.
I was mainly beating out stories
over and over again
until the structure felt right.

Here's an early stab at
Operation: CARAMEL



Tick tick tick...


Here's an very early start to
Operation: GIRLFRIEND:



And here's a space sausage:


Before I even knew
Wow Wow Wubbzy
creator
Bob Boyle,
I already thought he 
rocked:


True this:


A visit to Nickelodeon:


My heart gets all smooshy when I 
find stuff like this in old
sketchbooks:


On the other hand,
I have 
ABSOLUTELY
NO
POOPIN'
IDEA
what this 
letter is in 
reference to:


And yes,
this sketchbook was 
powered by
Scramble Energy:


I love saving passages from books I like and 
taping them into sketchbooks.


Not sure if this was before or after
OPERATION: NAUGHTY:


Billy Wilder rules the school:


I really liked reading
in 
Shonen Jump.
And I still think this spread,
with all it's diverse characters,
is pure milk chocolate:



Before my iPhone,
this was how I kept track of things
I needed to do:










WTF?
Thor Bunny?


This 
STILL
makes me 
giggle:



And finally,
it's always a good idea to
write down things your kids say
because
ADORABLE:


And that's all I got for ya.

Wouldn't it be nice if I could show you a
NEWLY FINISHED
sketchbook 
in the next 5 years?!

I'll work on it.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GABRIEL PICOLO IS KINDA AWESOME


I really like
Brazillian artist
Gabriel Picolo's
sketchbooks.











I especially his
reimagining of animated characters.
He's done a 
LOT
from all different networks and studios,
both, film and TV.

I especially love the ones
from Cartoon Network,
like 
Fosters Hone For Imaginary Friends:


Courage The Cowardly Dog


Powerpuff Girls


Johnny Bravo


Dexter's Laboratory


Samurai Jack


Billy and Mandy


And
(YAY!)
Codename: Kids Next Door


Here some info about his wok process from
his DeviantArt page:

Frequently Asked Questions


Do you sketch first or do you draw entirely with pens?
I always make a pencil sketch first. Only then I add ink.
What are the sizes of your notebook?
I draw on a 9X14 cm Moleskine, acid-free paper
What tools do you draw with?
I draw with pencils for sketch and Staedtler ink pens. I often use a white paint as corrector for the lines inside black spaces.
How are your blacks so even?
Firstly, I ink everything traditionally. I've been doing the coloring part digitally. After everything is done I increase contrast levels at Photoshop CS3.


For more awesomeness from 
Mr. Picolo
check out his gallery over