Friday, July 20, 2012

A Post About Bugs

I am kind of a bug nerd. Have always been, but being up here means exposure to some pretty snazzy insects. Yesterday we hunted down The Great Tomato Horn Worm which is the caterpillar precursor of hawk moths, and also possesses an impressive array of defense mechanisms:

1) Firstly, they are green and camouflage very well with the plant, and are therefore difficult to find.
2) If you shake a plant on which they are presiding/consuming, they will warn you with clicking noises.
3) They have very good grip and a decent number of legs. Prying them off a tomato stem is not for the easily-deterred.
4) When you do manage to pry one off, it will either try to bite you with its mouth or stab you with the little dark horn on its butt.
5) Or flail one end from side to side so you can't grab hold as easily.
6) And if all else fails, it will try to puke green juice on you.

Chickens love them.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mosquitoes' Hall of Fame

Sunday, July 8, 2012

sketches, sketches

The forest is always changing
the Drake
un chat

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Updates & Slight Sketch Dumps

The episode of the CBC Short Film Face-Off featuring The Scarf and related interviews, audience feedback played this past Saturday night, and you can catch the episode here!

I'm also pleased to announce that another film I've had the pleasure working on, Kaj Pindal's The Railway Steam Gallop, has been selected to play in the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival!! I'll share more about that soon.

In the meantime, some observational sketches:

 Cow, horse, and who-knows-what-else. Very cool.
 A most excellent lake. Likewise, very cool. (Ba-dum-chuh!)
The rodeo. Very macho. Lots of gratuitously unbuttoned shirts and macho swaggers.

Some folks observed at said rodeo.

 And Shadow the Dog, who hates singing and also does not like being watched while he eats. Sweet old chap.