Sunday, August 31, 2008

Name Change

Yes, I changed my name to Frederick VonHosenhiven.

Just kidding.

Inside joke.

Anyway, as you probably noticed, I changed my blog name from "Panda Sensei" to "Cartoonimation." I know it's a dorky name. Sorry.

So, I watched X-Men uno and dos (that's one and two) on FX last night. Reason I remember what channel it was on is because "X-Men" has an X in it just like "FX." It was one of those "DVD on TV" things where the really pretty chick and the average-looking guy make corny jokes to cheer you up as you viciously shout at the TV for interrupting your movie with commercial breaks at every other second and this run-on sentance is really great. The second one ended at, like, 11:30 p.m. I think I only stayed up that late so I could see Nightcrawler in the second movie. I was tired for church this morning but hey, it was worth it. Who doesn't love to hear a German accent? Come on. With the v's instead of the w's? Serious stuff, people. Serious stuff.

Slightly pointless post (as usual). Excuse the lack of a sketch or two. Have a good Memorial Day tomorrow! Go have a cookout or something. Eat some steak. Grill some shrimp on the barbie.

...Wait. It's Labor Day tomorrow. Just kidding.

See, I could go back and fix my mistake, but I like to be very conversational as I blog. And in coversation, you can't just go back in time and fix your little booboos as you speak. Nope. Can't reverse those "the arms on my hair are standing up" kinds of things. Sorry people.

But seriously, go grill some shrimp. And bring me some . I went and made myself hungry talking about food. All we got is Ramen Noodles.

Don't you just love my grammar? "All we got." You can just tell my family comes from Kentucky, can'tcha?

I was planning to end this post a long time ago. Bye-ee.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Epic Fail & Fluffy Tails

I hadn't drawn my character, Panda Sensei, for a while, so I decided to doodle him a bit in Study Hall. Though, I soon found out, I pretty much forgot how to draw him. Or maybe I never knew how to draw him in the first place. I don't know why, but he's so complicated. It's like I have to redesign him every time I draw him. The only thing I like about these doodles is that hand he has on his hip on the top left. Other than that... blah. Also, I've been kinda rolling a concept around in my head lately. I was watching Planes, Trains, & Automobiles with my parents the other night, and I love buddy comedies like that. I've been wanting to have some sort of concept to practice on lately and... Ah, well. Long story short, I decided I wanted to somehow make the little fable of Tortoise and the Hare into a buddy comedy sort of deal. Maybe with a comic, or a short story with illustrations or something. I don't know. But anyway, here are some concept drawings of the rabbit that I kind of like:

I probably like the one on the top left of the second picture the best. Why haven't I drawn the tortoise yet? Well... I have no clue how to draw a tortoise. So I'll have to go to the zoo or look for pictures online or something like that.
Anyway, I'll probably never go that far with the Tortoise and the Hare thing, but at least it's practice.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Early Bird

Gets the worm! Ahaha....

So, I was gonna post this drawing a while ago, but forgot to. A comment on my last blog by Will Finn reminded me, so. 'Ere ya go!

His name is Henry, for now. It's kinda a funny story how I made him up. Not "ha-ha" funny, but... "That's almost interesting" funny. Not Jim Carrey funny, but "I found my other sock that I was looking for under my bed" funny.

Speaking of that!! I was at the movie theatre with my friend Theresa the other day, and we saw a movie poster with Jim Carrey on it! He was like, running through a field of flowers all happy, and the title was jus "YES". It looks like it's gonna be a comedy, and that's just exciting. I'm gonna stop getting off subject now.

About how I made the chicken up! Back in... Maybe it was sixth grade (I'm a Junior in highschool now). I was trying to draw my cat. Key word: "trying," because at the same time I was also failing. So I sort of half-erased it and turned it over to the other side to draw something else. I could still see my drawing through the other side of the paper, but now, it magically looked like a chicken. And voila! Henry here was born (Name not neccisarily permanent). Haven't drawn him in years though, but I magically remembered how. He used to have a rooster tail, but then I realized, chicks dont have rooster tails, so.

So now that that's over, back to the movie theatre! Me and Theresa went to see the Dark Night, and it was pretty darn awesome. I think my favorite part was the Joker's pencil magic trick. If you've seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven't, then, I'll tell you what happens. Batman dies and Joker takes over the world. TWICE.

Oh! Also. My friend Lisa might get me the book by Eric Goldberg, "Character Animation Crash Course." Say that three times fast.

But yeah, that's exiting. Hopefully Barnes and Noble doesn't hate me and lets it order right. Though I'm sure once I finally get my hands on it, I'll find it at the bookstore the next day.

So I guess that ends my blog post. Have a good'n! God bless!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Back to School

I doodled this little Italian mob-type guy in my study hall class the other day. He looks a lot like Billy from the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. But that was an accident.
That's a cigar in his mouth... but it kinda looks like a worm.
In unrelated news, I just bought the Home on the Range DVD the other day. It was really good. :D Slim and his three little nephews are hilarious. That song he sings is amazing. If you haven't seen it, go see it. If you have, see it again. lol. I liked it a lot more the second time I watched it, for some weird reason.
Uhm... Well, I guess that's it. So uh... seeya!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vote for my sissy?

Okay, could I ask some of you a favor? It won't take long, I promise.

My sister Amanda is an amazing photographer. She got nominated for a photography contest, and it would be just amazing if you would take the time to vote for her.

Here's the link to her website, in case you need convincing:

And here's the link to vote:

All you've got to do is click "vote" above the photo slideshow thing on the orange button. You have to sign up for the website real quick, but it won't take long! I promise! It takes like, five seconds.

And thank you so much!! Let me know if you vote for her, so I can thank you. :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Character Animation Crash Course

I want this book! If I get this and a tablet, I'll be pretty much set.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Some Sketches

I didn't really like my old blog layout and stuff, so I changed it up a bunch. Not that you didn't already notice.
Anyway, here are just a couple sketches. I was kinda trying to come up with a little character here. It's funny; the first drawing I did, his beard was the main part of his whole design, but within the next couple drawings, I got rid of it completely.

I doubt this'll be a character I use a lot. It's just practice.

Here's my character Panda Sensei, just standing around being grumpy. For some reason, this is the only angle I can get him to look right at. Every other way I try and draw him, he looks like a different character.

Anyway, I guess that's it. Thanks for reading! God bless.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Portrait of an Animator

Someone I know on was drawing some people... So I decided I would too. And I am reeeealy prud of how it came out!

And yep, that's Will Finn. I'm a big fan of his. I'm kinda embarassed posting this, actually. I know he has a blog here; and he's stopped by mine a couple of times and left some nice comments. If he stops by again and ends up seeing this, it'll either be "Aw, I'm flattered," or "That's a little creepy." Hopefully the first one.

Here's the picture I drew it from (it's kinda bad quality). I'm posting it just so you know I didn't, like, pull the drawing outta my butt or something. Lovely visual, I know. And lookie! You can see Eric Goldberg and Andreas Deja in the picture, too.

Now that I think about it, if he wasn't creeped out before, he probably would be knowing that I have a picture of him on my computer. Gahaha.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Guess who this is!

I'll give you a hint: it's not me.