Sunday, December 17, 2006


This is the front of my business card. All my contact info is on the back. I think it's a cool card. It's plain, but at the same time kinda bold, plus it has a zombie on it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Old liberals

I did these sketches while watching the Liberal Leadership Convention. They are not caricatures of anyone, but the facial features, like the jowels and hair, are mostly based on former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Pretty much explains itself. It is a gameboy advanced Tom & Jerry game. I was an animator on it. This was several years ago. It was a lot of fun to work on, and the game got really good reviews. I still have my copy that they gave to everyone that worked on the game, still haven't even taken the plastic wrap off it. I don't know why I am posting this now. It just popped into my head.

Monday, November 27, 2006

updated my website

I finally got around to adding some of the better stuff from my blog and putting it in the GALLERY section of my website. I filled up Gallery 1 and I started a second Gallery too! All with drawings from my blog. The last time I added anything to the Gallery of my website was probably just before I started blogging, 14 months and 140 blog posts ago. WOW! That's a lotta blogging! I am not keen on these posts without pictures, so here's an oldy, just so as not to have a drawingless post.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Zee's Laboratory

It's yours truly as I would appear in Dexter's Lab. See the COLORED VERSION on ART JUMBLE.

Friday, November 24, 2006


Doesn't look like much in the sketch, but the COLORED VERSION turned out to look pretty good. Samurai Jack was another brilliant show. My favorite episodes are the ZOMBIE GRAVEYARD episode, the BLIND ARCHERS episode, and the BLACK NINJA episode. This is my last post for this weeks topic on ART JUMBLE. Now I need to get back to work.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Once again check out THE COLORED VERSION of me as a cartoon character. This time it's from the Power Puff Girls. See my other pics on ART JUMBLE too.

What's in a name?

It's me as a FLINTSTONE'S character this time! Check out the COLORED VERSION I did for the "draw yourself as a character from your favorite cartoon" thread over at ART JUMBLE. I can't decide which Flintstne's name works best with my name. ZINC RISEK or ZEE ROCK or ZINC ROCK?


This is a sketch for a thread over on the ART JUMBLE BLOG. The topic is "design yourself as a character from your favorite cartoon." I went with KIM POSSIBLE. THE COLORED VERSION is on Art Jumble posted on November 22 2006.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


This was my first time doing a digital painting like this, I've used painter a few times before, but that was more coloring, not painting. I could spend more time on this and touch up areas and make adjustments forever. The toughest part of any painting, digital or not, is putting it down and saying "That's enough." I could easily have done more to the goldfish, but I justify it by telling myslef he's in glass, so it doesn't matter if he looks a bit flat.


Not done yet, but I did add a cast shadow of sorts on the ground. But the main thing is that it's a lot darker now. And he looks more slimey. The bones sticking out of him are too bright right now, I need to tone them down. Still working on the tail. And I need to fix where the bones are poking through his flesh. Up next, step 5! Just about finished!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Monster - Step 3

In this step I basically added some basic shading to the jar on top of his head, the bones, the drool, and the goldfish. The goldfish still has some work to be done on it. So does the monster. But it is mostly there, all that is next is to go in with the details and make sure that the shading defines the forms. I have been neglecting his tail, it needs to be better defined with light and shadows. The next step might be the last. Stay tuned for Step 4, it's all about the details!

Step 2

In this step I added some tones to the BG, Darkened up some of the shaded areas of the monster, started with the flat colors of the goldfish on his head and the water and the drool from his mouth. I also worked on his eyes a bit more. There's still lots more to go. Step 3 coming up next!

Step 1 of a monster painting

I'm working on this monster in painter. I will post various stages of progress on this. So here's stage 1. Pretty much a flat wash BG at the moment. Got my overall shading scheme for the monster. A few highlights on the mouth and brow, just to get an idea how he will start to look fleshed out in that area. Did a fair bit of work onhis eyes. Stay tuned for step 2!!

Sunday, November 19, 2006


He's one of the main characters in another pitch of mine. He has a kitchen sink for a body, a tool belt full of plumbing equipment, a plunger, a squeegee, a rubber stopper, he has hot and cold water taps for ears, a faucet for a head, and his cape is a bath towel with the word HIS on it, from a HIS and HERS matching set.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


I was cleaning up my place, throwing out old papers, when I came across this caricature of yours truly. It was done by BRIAN LEMAY, way back in 1989/90 when I was in the Sheridan College Animation Program. I was a student, he was my teacher. The likeness is spot on! At least it was back then when I had hair and used to work out. I always loved Brian's work. His character designs on Inspector Gadget were wonderful. I learned a lot from him.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Garbage monster

I dunno. A garbage monster for a garbage painter experiment.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


I wish I took more photos inside the Cartoon Network Studio, but I wasn't about to snap my camera at all the animation desks and toys and posters and drawings and animators, after all, I had a pitch to do. That's a page from my pitch package in my hand. I owe a huge thanks to my brother, Rob, and my friend, Errol, for doing the drawings for me. Long story short, the next step is to pitch it to the Cartoon Network Office in New York City. My meeting with Heather in Burbank was very positive. I can't thank her enough for giving me her time. The next step is to pitch to the NY offices, they specifically handle projects in the demographic that my pitch is targeted for. So with that out of the way...I still have a day to enjoy sunny California!!


Bloo and Lazlo playing around. You can't see it too good in this shot, but there is a glass display cabinet filled with Cartoon Network goodies. I want it all!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


The next person I bumped into was Mandy! She was her usual pissed off self, but I could tell she was happy to see me.


This was the first person I saw when I entered the Cartoon Network Studio!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

In good company.

I want to give a big THANK YOU to the guys over at IT'S JERRY TIME for giving me a nice link (with a way cool banner and everything!!!) on their WEBTOONS PAGE. CHECK IT OUT!!! It's amazing to be mentioned in the company of some great, super popular, sites like JIB JAB, ODD TODD, JOE CARTOON, OOOH BITEY, and FREDERATOR. I have been a fan of many of these sites for a long time. Keep up the great work!!


Happy happy joy joy!


I'm about to to enter the coolest place EVER.

Me in Burbank

I just got back from Burbank California. Here is the first pic of my trip. I got to pitch an idea to the Cartoon Network!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Color variations

My choice would be the bottom left, with the purple hair.

color variations

Here are a few color options for the bully character. I like the last one on the right best.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Here's a very funny looking bully character. I drew this, but I can't take credit for the very cool design. He was designed by ERROL BURKE. He is very fun to draw, because he looks like Angus Young from AC DC. I was told the 'T' stands for TROUBLE. Perfect!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

DR. JOHNNY FEVER from WKRP in Cincinnati

Next up is Dr. Johnny 'Fever' Caravella as played by Howard Hessemen. Definitely not a morning person, but he was really cool.

Bailey Quarters from WKRP in Cincinnati

I am working on a pic of the whole cast from the show. It was one of my favorite shows of all time. Every single character was unique, interesting, had an individual look and was an archetypal character. This BAILEY QUARTERS. JAN SMITHERS was perfect in this role; shy, quiet, smart, but bursting with potential and ambition underneath those glasses.
My approach for this WKRP drawing, is not do to caricatures in the traditional sense. By that I mean I am not necessarily doing a caricature of Jan Smithers here. My approach is more like a character design approach. I am not trying to get a specific likeness of Jan Smithers, I am trying to capture the essence of her Bailey Quarters character.

I’m still working on her. I think I’m getting close to what I want.

Here she is…for now. She may be tweaked a bit before the final design is drawn. But I am pretty happy with this one. Now, onto the next WKRP character.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Still no pic....

...but there is one coming soon. I am working on a caricature that I wanted to do for a long time. Years, in fact! I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I will be posting the roughs soon. Until then, here is a link to FEED- animation_vfx_design blog. There is a nice post about the Ottawa Animation Festival. Look for the post dated Monday, October 2, 2006, called ONLINE OTTAWA X2. My propaganda parody films are mentioned.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

WHAT?! No pic?!

No pic in this post, just a link to an article in BROADCASTER MAGAZINE. There is an article on the OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL, and my propaganda shorts are mentioned. I like their description of the Z-FILES, "zombie-filled, outrageously comical twist on 1950's nuclear propaganda films."

Monday, September 25, 2006


These are the options for the GOD design. In the final design he had slippers, not Jesus sandals.


This is GOD. I did a bunch of variations of his beard. I went with this one because my girlfriend liked it best.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

more pilot screen shots

This scene is a flash back of KARZINKI, the garbage truck driver, as a little boy. That's his Papa in the wife beater.


I just got back from the OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL. I had a blast! I met some amazing people. Everyone was super nice. Now I have one week left to finish this pilot. I could have used those 5 days I spent at the festival working on this, but it was an opportunity I could not afford to miss out on. I want to thank everyone involved in putting the festival together and everyone attending the festival too. Thank you very much. It was my first time at the Ottawa Festival and I will definitely be going back every year from now on. I added some new links, to the right, to some of the great people I met at the festival.
The guy in the bath robe and slippers, above, is God. I really like how this pilot episode is turning out. The working title of the show is PETE & BOB. The animation is very South Parkish. So I should be able to finish it in a week. There are several other posts in this blog about this project. If you go through the archives of the past 3 or so months, you'll see other screen shots, some of which were just tests and experiments. The screen shots above are not tests. That is the final look of the pilot.

Monday, September 11, 2006

PAINTER experiment #2

Still playing with PAINTER. I love this program. This is only my second pic using painter. I am discovering new techniques already. And I accidently found the rotate canvas function, very handy function indeed.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

FOOD AND FALLOUT rough sketches

My personal favorite of the 4 episodes of the Z-FILES, is the 4th one. I am really hoping to get started on some new episodes in the new year.

WIND DIRECTION rough sketches

Episode 3 of THE Z-FILES was the most complex. It had the most cuts, the most scenes, the most BG's, and the most characters.

WONDERFUL SIGHT rough sketches

Yep, this is all the sketches for episode 2 of my animated shorts. All I needed was this to go ahead and start animating. The whole episode is one single medium shot, with very understated animation and lip sync.

Awful Gas rough sketches

It is less than a couple of weeks away from the Ottawa International Animation Festival. My web cartoon series, THE Z-FILES, will be screening at the festival. Here are the scribbles that I did for the first episode, AWFUL GAS. On the bottom right, you can see that my original idea was to have the lady mutate into a plant like creature, it was my tribute to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. I ended up not going with the plant and instead had her mutate into a multiple eyed octopus type creature.