Thursday, July 27, 2006

One Shady Character

Here's A painting I did of a "Shady Character" for the "Shady Characters" Art Show which opens tomorrow, Friday, July 28th, at the 'Live with Animals' Gallery (210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211)

If you're in the New York Area, be sure to check it out!

The show is curated by my pal Jared Deal.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Comic-Con Development Panel

I'll be on a development panel this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. This is my 4th consecutive year doing panels! I love the chance to help young and old artists who are thinking of pitching an idea for a show.

(Comic-Con 2005)

I'm showing some exclusive development art! See ya there!

Here's the details:

Saturday 1:30-2:30 Pitching an Animated Show— How do you get your cartoon on the air? Selling an animated series isn’t as easy as it seems. The process is as creative as it is frustrating—and equal parts unpredictable. The major networks get thousands of pitches every year, so is there a secret recipe to getting your idea on the top of the pile? Maybe, and these are the people to tell you: the executives responsible for shepherding new shows at the major studios, including Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Mike Moon, vice president, animated series at The Disney Channel; Halle Stanford, head of children’s programming for The Jim Henson Company; and creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (Nickelodeon’s upcoming 2007 series El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), both industry veterans currently in development on several projects. This will be an hour chock-full of wisdom, woes, and even a few “you-saw-it-here-first” surprises, moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson, also in development. Room 5AB

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Swarr Family circa 1982-3

A couple weekends ago I went home to Pennsylvania to a little town where my parents now live called Mt. Gretna. It was to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of my parents!

As a gift, I did a painting but as if I travelled back in time to 1982 or 1983 (somewhere around there) and walked up to my house where I grew up, and did portrait of us: my Dad, my Mom, my brother Zach, and me holding our cat Junior.

My parents loved it and my friends and I knew that my Mom would cry when she saw it, because she's really sappy when it comes to stuff like this!

All the reference was attained from about 20+ photos taken during that yearand all the outfts are accurate and totally in there 1980's hideousness.

Here's my parents today holding their favorite anniversary present!