Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jon Foster and Technological Terror

Hello everyone. It's been an interesting week. I've been diligently working away at a 3 minute animation piece for Alberta Education. I'm very busy with this and have been unable to do any work beyond a few small sketches and making some notes for concept work for Our 1984. I wanted to share my dismay with you at the events of the early part of this week. I won't bore you with the graphic details but instead will cut to the chase and spill the nasty conclusion untempered by warning or lead in. So...my hard drive on my computer crashed. I had most of my data backed up but lost some concept work for Our 1984. Booooo! I lost the raw files for my background works and two concept paintings I was working on for my trolls in the story.

Such a shame. I was very excited about the direction those painting were taking. I guess... I can do it over again and apply what I learned the first time I did it, and I have all my notes and analog sketches. So I haven't lost a lot of conceptual ground, just work time.

On a more positive note. I spent a good part of today taking part in an online seminar with Mr. Jon Foster, one of the most amazing contemporary illustrators. He is an excellent teacher and the seminar was really informative. I'm hoping I can apply some of the tidbits I received during this awesome event. His work always blows my mind. I have a link for his work under the illustrators/artists I admire heading in the right column of this page.

I'm still on hiatus due to my current workload, but will be getting back at this book in the new year. I hope you are all well.

Blessings