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The Art of Pixar

I like art books. To see sketches, paintings, drawings, visual research, colourscripts, etc which inform the final film or animation makes you realise how much work is put into things you might not even notice on screen. A few years ago, a Pixar exhibition opened at ACMI in Melbourne. Of course I went, and on the whole it was pretty interesting. My favourite part by far was the last third of the exhibition which was displayed colourscripts for many of the Pixar films.

Book 4: A Story About The Magik Pencil

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the last in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). A Story About The Magik Pencil This is the fourth and final book my folks saved from my childhood. My last book was a lengthy volume, and I thought maybe I’d fallen into the alluring dream-life that is the long-form author.

Book 3: The House Of Horror

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the third in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). The House Of Horror Wow. Which seven year old boy isn’t a fan of ghouls and ghosts? And then the video game came along! I’m still interested in the paranormal, and aliens. I used to watch The X-Files — and not just for Gillian Anderson — so it’s natural for the seven-year-old me to pen a novella which included as many ghouls and ghosts and creepy-crawlies as possible.

Book 2: Trans Formers: I Like Trans Formers

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the second in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). Trans Formers: I Like Trans Formers You don’t need an explanation of where the inspiration for this tome came from, however the choice to include a giant rabbit on the cover playing with “Trans Formers” instead of the Transformers themselves probably does.

Book 1: The Bravest Knight That Ever Lived

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the first in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). The Bravest Knight That Ever Lived I believe this book was inspired by the film Jason and the Argonauts. I believe this because I flat out stole the name of the warriors in the film for my story.

Things I have photographed in my life so far (update)

Update I want to thank everyone who purchased one of my books. I hope you’re enjoying it :) It makes me feel what I’m doing is not too much of a waste of time, heh, so thanks. I’ll look forward to creating another book sometime in the future, though what it will be is anyone’s guess. See what happens in a year or so! The news is the special edition of my book is no longer available. The standard edition still is through.

The Book

I’m putting a book of my photographs together at the moment. Essentially the book will showcase the last 2½ years of my personal photography, distilled down to 110 photographs. I’m printing it with the online service blurb.com. Tonight I uploaded the final PDF version for my test print. That’s the news. Excitement. Stay tuned.

Eating Animals

I started reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals during last (long) weekend’s trip to visit Claire in Phnom Penh. Today, I finished it. Three holiday-days, and one hour at home. To give a very brief summary, the book challenges the way you think about the chicken, pork, beef, and fish we eat, though it is not a bible for vegetarianism. It tackles the recent issue of factory-farming in what I think is a biased, but fair light. By biased I mean the message is undoubtably that factory-farming it’s wrong, but it does not deliver the message aggressively.

Great things come in small, foil-stamped packages

I bought a book yesterday:101 Things I Learned In Architecture School, buy Matthew Frederick. I’m not an Architect, so why did I buy it? Well, it was pretty cheap for a start, ~$16 bucks. It’s attractive. It has a thick, raw artboard cover with two-colour foil stamping, and a linen spine. And it’s around A5 size. It took me only four or five pages of flicking in the store to decide to bring it home with me like a sad-eyed puppy.