Postal Card adventure 1


Bellllllls !! My precious !!!

- English translation after -

Il est temps de faire un peu de pub pour les Fêtes de fin d'Année à venir !!

Voilà 3 semaines que nous travaillons d'arrache pied Margo et Moi pour vous préparez de belles Cartes Postales.
Nous avons pris contact avec Yannick un imprimeur sur Montréal (L'Empreinte pour les curieux) car, même si les prix sont révolutionnaires en Chine, j'aime pouvoir suivre pas à pas la procédure et avoir un vrai échange de confiance avec la personne avec qui je travaille.

Finalement le plus dur fut de sélectionner les images pour ces 2 premières séries !

24 Octobre: 1er RDV avec Yannick à l'imprimerie. Au programme visite des locaux, des machines, et discussion intense sur le papier, la finition, la qualité, le packaging...
Bon... On a complétement craqués sur le packaging ^^ J'ai toujours designé mes produits dérivés avec soin, ajoutant la petite touche authentique ou amusante et là j'avoue que lorsqu'il nous a montré l'emballage Kraft personnalisable et la cordelette rouge et blanche, mon neurone "J'en-rêve-depuis-toujours"a tilté !!
Nous sommes repartis chez nous des étoiles plein les yeux et le cerveau en ébullition rempli d'idées à venir. Pas facile de rester concentré que sur les Cartes Postales lorsque je commence déjà à avoir en tête les maquettes de réédition de mes anciens livres et tous les nouveaux à venir et tout ce qui me trotte dans la tête !

29 Octobre: On a acheté les Grelots qui orneront le packaging

5 Novembre: Grelots reçus :-)) WOUHOU !!

6 Novembre: Ca y est le Deal est conclu et Margo, qui a fini les maquettes, n'a plus qu'à les envoyer par FTP.

11 Novembre: Yannick est passé au studio pour nous montrer les épreuves. Une petite correction sur un masque qui a dérapé et maintenant il n'y plus qu'à attendre le Jour J de l'impression. Nous irons sur place pour
suivre l'impression sur 2 machines, d'un côté les cartes, de l'autre côté la feuille de Kraft qui servira d'emballage. Comment dire : On a hâte!

En attendant la suite de l'aventure, n'hésitez à commander mon dernier LIVRE "A World of Imagination" si ce n'est pas déjà fait ^^ et à pré-commander de ce pas les PACKS CARTES POSTALES que nous vous concoctons !

A tout bientôt... !

It's time do some advert for the Christmas Holidays to come !!

It's been 3 weeks now that Margo and I are working relentlessly in order to cook you some pretty Postal Cards.
We took contact with Yannick, At L'Empreinte a printing company on Montréal because, even if the price in China are blow minded, I appreciate to follow step by step the process and to have a real trusting bound with the person with whom I work.

Finaly the hardest was to make a selection my pictures for these two first series !

24th October: 1st appointment with Yannick at the printing house. The program was: visiting the big space, seeing the machines, and intense discussion about the paper (weigh, texture), the finition, the quality, the packaging...
Well... we completely drove crazy about the packaging^^. I always designed my own derivative products with care, adding the little genuine or fun touch that I like and I admit that, at this moment, when Yannick shew us the customizable wrapping, the red and white thread, my neuron "I-dream-about-that-since-ever" tilted!!
We came back home, sparkles in the eyes and a broiling brain full of ideas to come. Not easy to focus only on the Postal Cards when I start already to have in mind mock-up for old books, new ones and for everything which running inside my head.

29th October: We bought the Bells which will ornate the packaging.

5th November: Bells received :-)) WOUHOU !!

6th November: Here we go, we clinched the deal and  Margo, who finalized the mock-up, has just to send the files on the ftp.

11th November: Yannick came home to show us the tests. A little thing to adjust on a mask that slid and now we have just to wait for the D Day - the Printing Day ! We will go there to follow the printing running on 2 machines. On one side, the Postal Cards, on the other, the wrapping Kraft paper. Well, how to say: We look so forward to it!

In waiting for the next episode of this wild adventure, feel free to order my last BOOK "A World of Imagination" if you still don't have it ^^and to pre-order right now the POSTAL CARDS PACKS that we are cooking for you!

See you very soon... !

Exigez la marque au Grelot ^^!!
Demand the Bell label ^^!!

Back from Seattle

(English translation below)

Me voilà de retour à Montréal après un voyage prolongé et très inattendu.

Je remercie du fond du cœur Tara Larsen Chang pour cette magnifique aventure dans son atelier. Et un grand merci à tous les élèves : Tom, Joel, Jo, Tara, Tory, Lynh, Vinod, Catherine, Ann, Seth, Michaela, Julie, Heather et Michelle pour leur énergie et leurs bonnes idées.

J'ai hâte de découvrir les pièces terminées de chacun !

Après ce superbe moment Tara, Margo et moi sommes partis vers le nord, direction Vancouver, pour découvrir la côte ouest du Canada. Avant de franchir la frontière, nous nous sommes arrêtés chez Nancy et Michel Gagné à Bellingham où nous avons tous joyeusement conversé, bu et dîné ^^ (Merci pour ce repas délicieux Nancy!). J'ai rencontré Michel pour la première fois en Californie l'année dernière et il travaillait alors sur sa campagne Kickstarter et son projet de transformer son comics "Saga of Rex" en animation 2D entièrement auto-réalisé. N'hésitez pas à suivre ses actualités sur FB.

Nous avons repris la route vers Vancouver et nous avons eu l'occasion de rencontrer une famille incroyablement généreuse et talentueuse, Rikki et DJ Cleland-Hura, des anciens de chez Pixar, qui nous ont offert un aperçu et un tour incroyables de la ville. Après nos aventures laborieuses à la douane américaine, nous sommes donc revenus sur Vancouver pour profiter encore plus de cette cité fabuleuse.

Une Bretagne en gigantesque, en fait ! Les montagnes entourent la ville, l'océan au bord avec des plages et des falaises et ses parcs dans la ville (ou plutôt devrais-je dire ses forêts), c'est merveilleux.
Je pense qu'on a trouvé un lieu où poser les valises et cette fois-ci peut être qu'on y laissera pousser nos racines !

Back in Montreal after an unexpected long trip.

I deeply thank Tara Larsen Chang for this amazing adventure in her workshop and also a big Thank to all the students: Tom, Joel, Jo, Tara, Tory, Lynh, Vinod, Catherine, Ann, Seth, Michaela, Julie, Heather et Michelle for their energy and their good ideas. I look forward to finding out their finish pieces.

After this great moment, Tara, Margo and I drove North, direction Vancouver, to discover the west coast of Canada. Before crossing the border, we stopped at Nancy and Michel Gagné where we tchatted drank and ate (thank you for the sweet and delicious dinner Nancy!). I met for the first time Michel in California last year and he was working on his Kickstarter campaign and his project to shift his comics "Saga of Rex" in 2D Animation, all by himself (from design to music). Feel free to follow his news on FB.

We took again the road to Vancouver after that and once there, we had the chance to meet an incredible generous and talented family, Rikki et DJ Cleland-Hura, ex from Pixar, who offered an amazing view and tour of the city. After our harsh times at the american border, we went back therefore to Vancouver to enjoy more this fabulous city.

A Brittany, in Huge ! the moutains that embrace the city, the ocean at the edge with beaches and cliffs, and the parcs in the city (or I should say the forest), that's pure beauty.
I think we found a place to put down our luggage and maybe this time we will let our roots grow !

TLCWORKSHOP

TLCWORKSHOP Sept 27-29

In 3 days, I will be glad to be near Seattle,WA - in Bothell to be specific - where I'm going to teach a character development and watercolor lesson to 13 eager and passionate persons, thanks to the invitation of Tara Larsen Chang who handles the workshop.

I've packed up my things and really look forward to being there.

Feel free to pop up on Sunday at lunch time 1PM. There is an open door where Tara will be happy to answer your questions about the workshops she will be heading next year 2014 (HERE a little view of the special guests who are going to come) and I will be very happy to meet you as well. I'll be doing a book signing and print signing session during the lunch time.


Here is the address:

23732 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell 98021

About my Etsy shop during my trip on the West coast !! As Margo comes with me, we won't be available to send anything from Sept 26th to October 2nd included. We will reply to you at our return !
Feel free to order your print, book and/or original, the reservation is noticed we will take care of you from the 3rd of October. Thank you for your understanding !!

Love you Guys !
Cheers

MY NEW BOOK

Depuis le temps que j'attendais mes copies !! 10 longs mois d'impatience fébrile, de vitupérations et de ralouilles contre l'éditeur, d'attente finalement blasée pour enfin retrouver l'excitation primaire que j'ai eu lorsque j'ai découvert mon livre pour la première fois au CTN eXpo en Novembre dernier.

JE LES AI ENFIN !!

Je les ai reçu juste pour le Comiccon de Montréal - d'ailleurs un grand grand Merci à Dan et Jessica de la Librairie 'The Labyrinth Books' de Toronto pour me les avoir apporter. C'est vraiment très apprécié!
Ainsi, les voilà entre mes mains et disponibles à l'achat dans ma boutique The Goblin's Workshop
Il n'y en a pas pour tout le monde alors dépêchez-vous !

I've been waiting for so long my copies !! 10 long months of feverish impatience, of invectives and grumpiness against the publisher,  of, finally, indifferent expectation to at last get again the first excitement that I felt when I saw for the very first time my book last November at CTN eXpo.

I HAVE THEM !!

I got them just for the Montreal Comiccon - before I forget, a big big sincere Thanks to Dan and Jessica from 'Labyrinth Books Library' Toronto for bringing them to me. Much much appreciated!!
So here they are between my hands and available on my Etsy shop The Goblin's Workshop
There won't be enough for all so be quick !


GOBLIN ETSY SHOP

"The Goblin's Workshop" on ETSY

It's been 3 month now that my Etsy Shop is open !
You can enjoy Small color reproductions on semi gloss Epson paper,
Small sketch reproductions on velvet Epson paper
and now you can also have the possibility to get one my original Black and White DRAWINGS.

Cela fait 3 mois aujourd'hui que ma boutique Etsy est ouverte !
Vous pouvez apprécier les petits tirages couleur sur papier Epson semi gloss,
les petits tirages sketch sur papier Epson velvet
et à présent vous avez également la possibilité d'acquérir un de mes DESSINS originaux Noir et Blanc.

Very soon you will have the possibility to get bigger reproduction (13x19in) and to get custmizable requests about wedding and Baby shower.
Très bientôt vous aurez le choix d'avoir des tirages plus grands (33x48,3cm) et la possibilité d'obtenir des personnalisations pour les mariages et naissance.

MERCI pour tous vos commentaires chaleureux pour mon travail et pour Margo qui s'occupe avec amour et énergie des colis et des emails !
THANK YOU for all your warm comments about my work and for Margo who looks after the packets and emails with love and energy !

SPAMS

Ah les Spams !! Je n'en peux plus !
Come on ! I'm just tired of that Spams !

Moi en grognon - My grumpy face ...

Je repousse l'évidence à chaque fois et c'est peut être pour cela aussi que je ne vais plus très souvent sur mon site internet.
C'est avec beaucoup de regret que je retire l'accès aux commentaires de mon blog car depuis quelques temps cela est devenu juste ingérable. Et je ne sais absolument pas quoi faire pour les retirer une bonne fois pour toute.
J'ai beau mettre des mots clés dans la liste noire, rien n'y fait...
I put off the evidence each time and that's probably the reason why I go reluctantly on my website.
It is with a lot of regret that stop the access to the comments on my blog because it has been just unbearable for some time. And I don't know what to do to make them vanish for once.
I add key words in the black list but they are still there...

Voilà donc plusiseurs mois que je suis envahi par les spams et autres pourritures joyeuses du net.
Les montres, les chaussures, le maquillage, les sacs de marques, les conseils pour perdre du poids, sans oublier les propositions indécentes et les pillules magiques qui ont refait surface.
So I am completely invaded and weedy by spams and joyful rotten things from the internet.
Watches, Shoes, Make up, Famous brand bags, advice for loosing weigh, and of course without forgetting indecent proposal and magic pills which pop up again.

Pour les commentaires je vous invite à venir me voir sur Facebook ou à utiliser mon lien de contact - Je suis vraiment navré pour ce désagrément !
For the next comments, I invite you to use my FB page or to use my contact link - I'm very sorry for this unpleasantness !

PS- Je ne cherche pas à augmenter ma visibilité sur internet donc merci de m'oublier et de ne pas m'écrire à ce sujet.
I don't want to arise my visibility on internet so thank you to forget me and to not write me about this matter.

News February 2013

Just a little BIG Hi to my Readers !
Juste un GRAND Bonjour à mes Lecteurs !

I didn't go to my website's blog a lot these last few months. I hope everyone is ok !!
Since my return from Burbank, CA my head and hands have been quite busy. 

Cela fait bien longtemps que je ne suis pas venu sur le blog de mon site web. J'espère que tout le monde va bien !
Depuis mon retour de Burbank, CA, j'ai été pas mal occupé.

My landlord has put the house that we rent in sale and by twice, it has been nearly sold. So we had to begin to pack up our things and mess each time because the people who want the house wanted to get it fast. That wasn't a big deal but we had to prepare the move and find a new Home.
We wanted to move closer the city of Montréal again (even though we love so much the countryside!) because that isn't very convenient for both of us to work.

Notre propriétaire a remis la maison que nous lui louons en vente et par 2 fois a presque été vendue. Donc à chaque fois nous avons dû commencer nos cartons car les personnes qui voulaient la maison souhaitaient l'avoir très vite. Ce n'était pas un gros problème mais nous devions préparé notre déménagement et trouvé un nouveau Chez Nous.

I'm glad to say that we have found a new flat to rent this WE and so we are going to move very very soon at last !
Je suis très content de vous dire que nous avons trouvé un nouvel appart ce WE et donc que nous allons déménager très très vite enfin !

Since October 2012, I've been working for an animation Studio in Montréal, Digital District Montréal, and my back and forth in car made me crazy - 160km per days, 3h to drive per days when the weather is good and there's not a lot trafic. Fortunately Margo was behind the scene to help me with the networks and the mails because I wouldn't have had the time to do anything.
Depuis Octobre 2012, je travaille pour un studio d'animation dans Montréal, Digital District Montréal, et mes allées-retours me rendent fous. 160km par jour, 3h de trajet par jour quand ça roule bien et qu'il n'y a pas d'intempéries. Heureusement que Margo était derrière  pour m'aider avec les réseaux et emails car je n'aurais pas eu le temps de faire quoique ce soit.

Plenty of things is coming this year so let's keep in touch. Plein de choses arrive cette année alors restons en contacts !

Suivez-moi sur Facebook !

After the Show 5

19th of November, the CTN Animation eXpo is over now and though I have it still in mind !
I spent 3 amazing days and I wanted to thanks Tina for this great opportunity. Such a great gathering of talents and legends under a same roof. The show is over but my Californian Journey isn't finsihed !

The day after the CTN I had the chance to visit 2 amazing studios : Dreamworks studio and Disney animation studio.

The first studio we visited was

Dreamworks Animation Studios


With my friend JJ from the Arludik Gallery under the main Entrance

It was Thanksgiving times and everyone in the studio was preparing the little party for the first before the official date of Rise of the Guardians.


Nice topiary of the Logo

This is an A-MA-ZING place ! A kind of big hacienda very friendly. The outisde was very cool, great gardens with little river which runs through and beautiful carps - but I'd like to suggest though some more sculptures in bronze of their character or other topiaries, that would ornate the garden even better. The sun, the place, the people, everything make us comfortable ! 


Wouter Tulp a great great designer and JJ in the background

We couldn't take photo of the inside and unfortunately we haven't been able to see anything in process (I should have to pretend that I lost myself ^^) . Maybe the next time ! The only pics I took of the inside is the reception with the Awesomeness Po. I think everybody do the same photos with him ^^ and I was glad to do it too. Margo and I rubbed his belly for good fortune ^^

During the Thanksgiving lunch in Dreamworks, I met again the amazing Christophe Lautrette. He worked recently on "The Croods" and his design are pretty good (I love his serie with the cowboys). And Thanks to JJ from the Arludik Gallery I met Devin Crane and in fact I knew his art but didn't know who he was. He draw gorgeous fashion Ladies. His work is worth to be seen. You will love it too, I'm sure !

I could stay forever in fact ! But we were waiting in another awesome studio

Disney Animation Studios


Welcome !!!

The buildings were not as new as Dreamworks but they have a story that Dreamworks haven't. We all have been surprised when we arrived when we discovered that the very famous John Musker would be our guide. He has been director of The Princess and the Frog but worked also on Treasure Island, Aladdin, the little mermaid and The great mouse detective.

We left the Animation studio and crossed the street to visit the Disney studios.

For the wink, John has been in college with Tim Burton, John Lasseter and Brad Bird and while we were walking along the corridor of the animation block he made us so laugh with an anecdote with Tim Burton.


We couldn't take picture inside of course

John told us that Tim burton, after his wisdom teeth had been removed, walked like a zombie desks to desks, with blood droping from his mooth to the floor in this building. This man is crazy funny ^^ !


John Musker and Pablo Lobato, a great caricaturist. His design is so jazzy !

another view of the same place above :

The time flew so fast and we ended the first part of the visit in the archive room where stand timeless goodies and beautiful figurines - That I wish to find in Disneyland to buy but alas... ! The batteries of my camera dared to let me so I thank JJ for the last picture ^^

John Musker gave us the chance to stand with his reward !!

... No comment I look stupid but very happy ^^ haha ! - the award is quite heavy by the way

The second part has been held by the sweet Dawn Ernster and she made us discover the Animation studio (under the Mickey's hat) and we crossed the way of Claire Keane, the talented daughter of Glen, we saw the concepts of Wreck it Ralph, walked through alleys and places all customized and in front of the room of John Lasseter (beautiful with a lot of figurines, I wish it could be my room !) and to finish we had the chance to discover concept panels of the next project of Disney : Frozen. It looks wonderful and I'd like to know more about the story which is for the moment still secret.

That's all Folks ^^ My Californian Tour is over now, I won't bother you with my experience in Disneyland and the rollercoasters just that that was fun !

To read the beginning of my Californian Journey it's here for the 1st part and here for the 2nd and there for the 3rd and just here the 4th !
Let's keep in touch on my FB page to see more photos !

Cheers !

After the Show 4

The 18th of November in the CTN animation eXpo !

And already the last day of the show ! The time pass too fast !

I was planned in the "Breakfast with Pro" at 9AM and that was the most beautiful moment ! Even if I was one of the pro, among Terryl Whitlatch, Syd Mead (yes he was there !), Greg Couch and Sang Jun Lee from Blue Sky Studio, I felt like a student !
I met one of my heros Glen Keane. We knew each other by email but to meet him personally meant a lot to me. He is a very generous and humble man and I hope being able to work with him one day. I can say, now I talked to him, that the animations he did reflect line by line his own sensitivity and amazing personality.

Thank you Jean-Jacques for having taken this amazing picture for me !!
As I see again the picture... I can see in my eyes how proud I was to stand next to him !

For those who were in Paris from November 2010 to January 2011, you have probably had the chance to see his amazing art in exhibition at the Arludik Gallery. This gallery is a place where you can find Artist from the entertainment (games, animation industry...) and they propose each year an amount of talents for the pleasure of everyone.

After this very touching moment, I took advantage of my free time to meet friends and bought some books for my workshop's library.

I went at the Cory Godbey's booth - a sweet and talented man !!
And then met Brian Ajhar - if you don't know yet is work, go now, this is just amazing
Then I bought the Doodles #3 of David Colman - I love the way he draws his animals. His line is very dynamic and there is a big humour inside.



Then I shared signatures with the amazing Chris Ayers and his lovely wife. I'm a big fan of his work and I bought his last Daily Zoo, the one in Paris ^^.

I think I had to stop my turn one moment to make my classical demo on the main stage. I really enjoyed this moment. The time to warm up my fingers, I filled my white papers with heads and little folks. Margo told me that a lot of people were astonished to see how fast I drew and that my head was probably full of these little buddies !  I'm not crazy I swear ! They are not in my head, just on my shoulder but you don't see them haha :)
Seriously, I have just fun to draw them.
I don't remember how many pages I drew, maybe 4, but one went Tina Price the organizator of the CTN show, the other went to my new friend David Colman, the 3rd went to Jeff the cameraman (we always forget these men behind the stage - Cheers !) and the last I remember went to a friend Rick Schneider-Calabash for whom I worked in 2010 on a project with the Zanuck Company.

Then I continue my turn and met Wouter Tulp, from Nederland ! Wouter is also an amazing artist and his graphic designs would really deserve to make the cover of the New Yorker !
I met Mark MacDonnell a Disney guy very sweet, also Michael Defeo an amazing sculptor who worked for Blue sky studio for a while, and Christophe Lautrette from Dreamworks - that was nice to speak French and to discover his Art, I bought 3 of his silly Cowboys and I can't wait to make them a frame and put them on the wall of my studio!

I did another signature session of my book "A World of Imagination" to finish the day and the show.

But my Californian trip isn't finsihed yet ! ...

See you tomorrow for the review of the After CTNx show !

To read the beginning of my Californian Journey it's here for the 1st part and here for the 2nd and there for the 3rd ! and I'll will post more pictures on my FB page




After the Show 3

The 17th of November in the CTN animation eXpo !

I began the day with a Live demo on the main stage of the room but as it was just 10 o'clock, there wasn't a lot of people. I did a 3D sculpt on Zbrush in 45min and the final wasn't bad. Usually I like taking my time but that was a good challenge to do it faster. I prepared before some accessories like a top hat and a pipe. This way I could more focus on the head I was creating.

I didn't prepare the subject I wanted to sculpt but while I was sculpting, I thought that a kind of Don Quichotte was funny to do. 

I have to find the final pictures and will post it on FB ^^

I had also a Digital demo to do but it has been cancelled because of bug in the schedule. Sorry for those who waited for me in the Atrium. I have been noticed about that too late unfortunately and no announce has been made.
I would have worked on photoshop and created a little character from feet to head, with color. Maybe next year ! I hope so !

Instead I organized a new signature of my book at the booth of the publisher Trinquètte held by the amazing Alberto Ruiz ! He is an artist himself and draw his own books. I forgot to say that I was very pleased to see that my new book was looking good ! I have 2 introduction at the beginning of it written by 2 people I cherish : Peter de Sève and James Gurney. And I take advantage of this to thank again Jennifer Gwynn Oliver and her dear Mother for all the corrections. When I finsihed it, I was really happy to had been able to write it all in English and when I send the mock up to Peter, he said : "you must, must, must, hire a translator to do justice to your efforts" ... my "pride" level decreased but he was soo right... Jen saved this book and my honor !

I did posters for the occasion but as it wasn't clearly said where they were and nobody saw them - maybe I think only 5 people bought it. To give you the rage to have missed it here is the picture !

After This signature session, I was waited for a recorded interview. The questions were great and the speaker too. As soon as the CTNx website post the videos, I'll share them. Promise !

See you soon for the review of the 3rd Day of the CTNx show !

To read the beginning of my Californian Journey it's here for the 1st part and there for the 2nd ! and I'll will post more pictures on my FB page

After the Show 2

The 16th of November the CTN animation eXpo opens its doors : Let begin the show !

That was clearly my busy day and I woke up early to join Peter de Sève so that we could finish the preparation of my presentation. 

It was really an honor to be interviewed by him. His talent is not to prove anymore and it was a huge pleasure to share with him this moment. He is talented and such a nice guy too with a big sense of humour.

45min are long but also too short, we are two talkative and curious men and finally the crew had to stop us. We could talk about art for hours ! We focused the discussion on my inspirations like N.Rockwell, obviously, and my works in publishing and concepts.

When I came in his workshop this summer, we took the time to talk already about our inspirations but, you know, it is an endless subject. You talk about this artist who makes you think about this one... etc. I thank Peter a lot to have made me discover Hermann Vogel and his work in "C'era una volta". The book is all in Italian but the illustrations are pure beauty.

By the way, if you haven't seen yet the 4th of Ice Age : Continental Drift, do it right now ! And if you want to see some amazing concepts, I can highly recommand you to go on the BLOG of Peter and check his last post.

After the talk, I led myself to a booth for the signature of my new book "A World of Imagination" published by Trinquètte Publishing.


Hello Tori "Cat", Tim and Kirk !!

I was well surrounded ! On one side Glen Keane who was doing a classical demo and nearly in front of me Terryl Whitlatch. Unfortunately I couldn't move to do check upon Glen's shoulder what he was doing ! So frustrating ! Terryl and I were quite busy and we haven't been able to chat a bit. I will see her again in May during the Spectrum Live #2 in Kansas City and I'll doo my best to catch her. She is a huge artist : she worked on Star Wars ep.1 and 2... Hey Jar-Jar Binks, it's hers !! Brother bears, Jumanji... I won't miss her next time !

See you soon for the review of the 2nd Day of the CTNx show !

To read the beginning of my Californian Journey it's here ! and I'll will post more pictures on my FB page

After the Show 1

Here and back again at home in Montréal !

The winter has spread some snow on the garden and I begin to regret the summer clothes I was wearing during my Californian trip. Just a non-sense of the weather, in one flight I passed from 76°F to 14°F (25°C to -10°C) and now here comes the after show blues ! **SIGH** Haha

The CTN Animation eXpo was clearly amazing. I already look forward to being there next year to enjoy a little bit more the demos, presentations, workshop and friends. As you know I was a special guest and my free time was short !

We arrived in Burbank, CA the 15th of November and the show was already beginning. The Disney Animation team invited those who were already there to have a drink and I had the chance to meet the Amazing and Talented Michel Gagné. We drank some wine and laughed a lot, this evening started on the good way the CTNx show. Michel is a great great animator and worked for one the best director ever : Don Bluth, on The land before time, An American Tail, and he also worked on The Iron Giant of Brad Bird and more recently he did the pre-visualisation on Brave. As soon as he has some free time, he creates his own projects full of shapes and colors and his last baby is called "The Saga of Rex", it is the story of the fantastic journey of a little fox and wants to make the animation film of it by doing everything all by himself. Respect Man ! so he has recently created a campaign on Kickstarter in which he had a great success. I'm very happy to have had the chance to meet him !

By the way Margo would have been so upset if we didn't meet him too ! She has been rocked by the Don Bluth's films (Brisby, Fievel, Littlefoot...) and when she saw that Michel was there, it was my duty to find him ! Finally there was a four leaves lucky shamrock upon our heads and just by hasard we crossed his way and his table !!


Yeah This Guy Rocks !!!!!

Here I go again the 2nd day of the show with Michel and his two thumbs up and 2 amazing guys ! Dean Yeagle on my right and Tony White between Michel and me. I'm a huge fan of Dean and it was the first time I met him face to face. He has a perfect line and his pin-up Mandy is so gorgeous !

See you tomorrow my CTNx review ! We will talk about another great man : Peter de Sève !!

A World of Imagination

A World Of Imagination

Trinquétte Publisher - Xupuy collection

Great news, the book has finished printing and it's on its way to California, at the occasion of the Fantastic CTN Animation eXpo.
200 copies will be ready for the show and will be waiting for us there.
I'm very impatient to see it too.





Will be released in 10 days and can be order during the CTNx !! ----> to my CTNx' schedule it's HERE.
And can be purchased online in December at: www.brandstudiopress.com.

I can't believe it's already the SHOW ! See you there !

CTN eXpo 2012

D-13!

Here is my schedule for the Great Event

This day is particulary busy :

International Talent Spotlight - Jean-Baptiste Monge
2:30PM to 3:15PM
Location: City Ballroom
Moderator: PETER DE SÈVE (and not Mr. Charles Solomon)

Directly after : Question and Ask
3:30PM to 4:25PM
Location: Shop Talk Lounge

Then Book signing of my Artbook "A World of Imagination" at 4:30 to 5:30PM at the same place Shop Talk Lounge



1- Live Demonstration - Jean-Baptiste Monge
10:00AM to 10:45AM
Location: Main Stage Digital Demo

2- Live Demonstration - Jean-Baptiste Monge
5:00PM to 5:45PM
Location: Atrium Digital Demo


Live Demonstration - Jean-Baptiste Monge
2:00PM to 2:45PM
Location: Main Stage Classical Demo


Let's keep in touch on my Facebook fan page and with the CTN crew on their Facebook page too and of course for more informations check the official page here.

If you haven't bought yet your places don't hesitate - say you come from me :)

See ya !

Redbubble Halloween

Hi Everyone !

You can find my work now on REDBUBBLE.

I'm filling little by little my pictures at the good size to offer you the chance to get them in greeting cards and postal cards.
The great advantage of this website is that the shipping is worldwide of course and will be sent from the nearest of where you live. 

From USA/Canada if you are in the American continent.
From UK, if you live in Europe.
From Australia, for the rest of the world.

the 2nd advantage is the discount : Orders of 8 - 15 cards receive a 20% discount and orders of 16+ receive a 30% discount. Orders of 6 or more stickers receive a 50% discount. For the moment there are no stickers but why not later !

Actually on my Redbubble page :

The Special Halloween's Cards

The Celtic Faeries Cards

Sculpteur sur bois #2

Hello !
Here we go again with Yvan, Wood sculptor !
Remember the first post HERE and the beginning of a new sculpt based on one of my picture.
Yvan kept sculpting,  and as you can see he worked on the feather and a little more on the books.
I can't wait to see the new steps :)

Salut !
Nous voilà de retour avec Yvan, notre Sculpteur sur bois !
Souvenez-vous de mon premier billet ici et du début de sa nouvelle sculpture basée sur une de mes images.
Yvan a continué de sculpté depuis et comme vous pouvez le voir, il a travaillé sur la plume et un peu plus sur les livres.
J'ai hâte de voir les nouvelles étapes :)

Cheers et à bientôt !


Whisky in the Jar #2

My little buddy in Zbrush has changed so much :) 
Mon petit personnage sur Zbrush a tellement changé :)

   I'm sorry this time no videos (the first two videos are still available on Youtube HERE and THERE), I just forgot to push on the record button - but as I know sometimes videos can be boring I don't think it will be a real concern. Remember him at the very beginning in an old post HERE and discover him today in pictures !

   Je suis désolé, cette fois je n'ai aucune vidéos à vous présenter (les 2 premières sont toujours disponible sur Youtube ici et ), j'ai juste oublié d'appuyer sur le bouton d'enregistrement, mais comme je sais que parfois les vidéos peuvent être ennuyeuses, je ne pense pas que ce sera un réel problème. Souvenez-vous de lui au tout début dans cet ancien billet ici et le voici aujourd'hui en images !


Shoes and Bell


Coat added


Pipe, Handkerchief, Lace shirt, Hat and Shamrock !

I look forward to hearing your feedbacks Guys !

Don't forget to buy your Christmas presents on the MR. DUMBLEBEE WEBSITE !!
AWESOME TINY PRICES !!

Sculpteur sur bois

Le premier billet d'une belle série je l'espère :
The first post of a great serie I hope :

c'est mon petit coup coeur "Artisan du bois" / "Woodcrafter" :)

Yvan Nellenbach est sculpteur sur bois : https://www.facebook.com/ToucheDeBois
Yvan Nellenbach is a wood sculptor and you can follow him on these websites.

" De la petite menuiserie intérieure ou extérieure, mais aussi de la rénovation de meubles ou tout autres objets en bois. Je vous propose également des objets déco sculptés ( manches d'opinel par exemple ) ou chantournés, des jouets pour vos enfants ....
Tous ces objets en bois qui mettent de la chaleur et de la poésie dans votre habitation."

Je vous invite à entrer dans sa petite boutique et parcourir le fil de ses créations en photos.
I invite you to enter his little shop and to discover the grain of his creations in pictures.

Ci-dessous mes "Amants de Kensington" ouvragés sous ses soin dans du Noyer.
Just below my "Kensington's Lovers" crafted and carved under his care in a walnut log.

 

Yvan Nellenbach Sculptor - © JB Monge Illustrator

Et voici un petit aperçu de sa prochaine sculpture en avant première, basée sur une affiche que j'avais créée pour un festival à Pludual en Bretagne !
And this is a sneak peek of his next creation, based on a poster I drew for a little convention in Pludual, Brittany, France ! 

  © JB Monge Illustrator

Step 1 and 2 - Yvan Nellenbach Sculptor

Step 3 - Yvan Nellenbach Sculptor

Surprenant ! Vivement la suite !!
Amazing ! Can't wait to see the next step !!

Mr Dumblebee needs you

Message in French and in English after :)

Aidez Mr Dumblebee à continuez son chemin !

En juillet 2010, Mr Dumblebee est né sous le crayon de Jean-Baptiste Monge pour incarner et mettre en scène le Petit Peuple dont il a le secret.

Mr. Dumblebee est né de l'idée que nous nous faisions Eric Latteux et moi, de ce que l'édition artistique devrait être pour qu'en tant qu'artiste, je puisse voir le résultat de mon travail, mieux diffusé en n'étant plus sous l'emprise de contrats de licence souvent abusifs mais en étant impliqué à part entière dans le projet. Soit, en étant actionnaire à 50% de l'entreprise créée spécialement pour promouvoir mes images au travers de différents supports tels que des puzzles.

Octobre 2010, sont donc édités 6 modèles de Puzzles (3 modèles 1000 pièces et 3 modèles 120p grandes pièces). Comme Eric et moi nous souhaitions respecter une certaine logique écologique et de proximité, ils ont été fabriqués à 100% en France et garantis Imprimvert, de même qu'un certain nombre de supports tels que des badges, magnets et autres articles de papèterie.

Dès le départ nous avons reçu de nombreuses félicitations de la part des personnes qui auraient eu la chance de prendre en main le résultat de cette réalisation et de nous accompagner dans cette belle aventure. Malheureusement nous avons rencontré toutes les difficultés du monde à nous insérer dans les méandres des réseaux d'acheteurs des enseignes grand public qui auraient permis à Mr Dumblebee d'enfin voir ses superbes puzzles et amusant goodies proposés au plus grand nombre d'entre nous.

Aujourd'hui et après bientôt 2 années de refus systématiques des centrales d'achat, nous nous employons à tenter de rembourser ce que nous, Eric et moi, avons dû faire financer pour que ce projet puisse voir le jour.

Sans le remboursement de cette dette :
- Les puzzles concernés n'auront jamais eu la chance d'être vus par le plus grand nombre.
- Mr Dumblebee n'aura pas l'opportunité d'envisager la mise en œuvre d'autres projets d'édition alors que les idées ne manquent pas.
- Nous aurons à assumer cette perte, parce qu'aucun membre de ce monde très cloisonné et protégé qu'est le monde des achats en grande distribution et distribution spécialisée, n'aura imaginé un seul instant nous donner notre chance.

C'est pourquoi, aujourd'hui, nous sollicitons votre aide en vous proposant un certain nombre de packs à prix coûtant voire même en dessous du prix de revient, espérant que vous serez sensibles à notre cause et que vous aiderez Mr Dumblebee à continuez son petit bout chemin ! Suivez le lien !

http://www.mr-dumblebee.com/boutique_en_ligne_mr_dumblebee

Jean-Baptiste et Eric

Mr. Dumblebee needs your help !


July 2010, Mr. Dumblebee was born under the pencil of Jean-Baptiste Monge to embody and to stage the Little People that he has the secret.

Mr. Dumblebee has been created from the idea that we, Eric Latteux and I, had of what art publishing should be so that, as an artist, I could see the results of my work, better distibuted and not anymore under the influence of licensings contracts often abusive, but being full involved in the project - therefore, being 50% shareholder of the company especially created to promote my pictures through various media such as puzzles.

October 2010, thus 6 models of puzzles have been published (3 models of 1000 pieces and 3 models of 120 big pieces). As Eric and I wanted to respect and follow an ecological and proximity logic, they were 100% made in France and all guaranteed "Imprimvert" (an ecological ink), so was a good number of media such as badges, magnets and other items of stationery.

From the beginning, we received many congratulations from people who would have the chance to handle this realisation and to join and support us in this great adventure. Unfortunately, we encountered all the difficulties of the world to insert ourselves into the maze of buyers' networks of people at large signs that would have allowed finally Mr. Dumblebee to see his amazing puzzles and fun goodies available for a large public.

Today, after nearly 2 years of systematic refusal of the central purchasing offices, we are working to try to repay what we, Eric and I, have had to pay for to make this project real.

Without the repayment of the debt:
- The puzzles involved will never have the chance to be seen by the greatest number.
- Mr. Dumblebee will not have the opportunity to consider the implementation of other publishing projects though ideas abound.
- We will have to take this loss, because no member of this highly compartmentalized and protected world which is the world of large retailers and specialized retailers, will have imagined one second to give us a chance.

That's why, today, we solicit your help by proposing you a great number of packs, at cost price or even undersold, wishing that you will appreciate our cause and that you will be able to help Mr. Dumblebee to move on! Follow the Link !

http://www.mr-dumblebee.com/boutique_en_ligne_mr_dumblebee

Jean-Baptiste and Eric


D'avance un Grand Merci.

By advance a Big Thanks.

Whisky in the Jar

My little sculpt goes on step by step, Margo has finished to make the 3rd mini-video that you can discover on youtube at this link.

Still many items to create like : hat, bell, coat, shoes, beard & hair and without forgetting his bottle of whisky :)

To watch the first 2 parts this is here :
1st part
2nd part

thank you for your comments on FB :) !

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