Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Merry Thanksgiving!

I wanted to wish you all a happy merry Turkey Day, aka: Thanksgiving!

Enjoy some good conversation, good company, and good food!

Be well, be happy, smile lots & enjoy the hours - they pass all too quickly.

Real Talk,
-Jeaux Janovsky

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Meeting Joe Murray!

Back in early October, I was lucky enough to go to a great lecture/Q&A w/ Rocko's Modern Life/Camp Lazlo creator Joe Murray at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore.

The talk was promoting Joe's new book, Creating Animated Cartoons with Character, and it was very encouraging and inspiring.
For those of you who have always dreamed of creating and making your own cartoons, this is a great handy dandy guide to help you get you started and on the right, roller-coasterey, path!

Joe was also kind enough to sign an earlier E-Book version(Ok, so I printed it. I know that defeats the purpose of an E-Book. But c'mon. What are ya s'posed ta do?!?) of his book I had bought back while I was in NY working for Fred Seibert & Frederator. That dog-eared, battered, well-read book kept me company on all those subway rides to and from work.

Here are a few sketch note doodles I did at the event:

Joe said my Rocko was better than his that night! (I think he meant to say creepier?)

Joe also seemed to recognize me from somewhere before, I guess I just have one of those faces or perhaps my own legend and notoriety in the animation world precedes me! Maybe it was cause I was sitting next to my pal from school, Laura Allen. ;)

Here's a few acorns of wisdom I gathered up from Joe.
"There's a show inside you that only YOU can do, that no one else can."
"Stay true to your gut."
"Keep the Execs off the floor!"
"If you don't have story- it won't carry."
"If you don't connect w/ the character- you will check out sooner."
"Nothing is overnight."
"Pencil and brush mileage"
"Stepping stones are not always noticeable until you decide to use them."

Better yet, why don't I let Joe tell you for yourselves!

My buddy, and composer pal, Brian Barrale was in attendance w/ me and recorded Joe's lecture thru his Iphone. It's not the greatest quality, but it gives you an idea as to how fun and genuine Joe's lecture was.

Joe was very gracious to his fans who showed up and was truly genuine and welcoming.

Thanks for being so cool, thanks for the cartoons, and thanks for the encouraging and inspiring lecture Joe!

I hope our paths cross again soon!
-Jeaux Janovsky

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Even More Cool Peeps!

Remember my new Sketchbook that some Cool Peeps drew in?

Well, here are some more quality Cool Peep sketches in my (now complete) sketchbook!

Ok, so Ray Harryhausen didn't sign this in my sketchbook. It's a doodle I did of him, when he visited Calarts a couple years back. I cut it out of another sketchbook and taped it in the newer sketchbook. Still pretty friggin' awesome if you ask me.

I love John Pham's work! He's a great guy and an even greater storyteller & artist. Very laid back. He drew this for me at a Chipotle in Burbank! Go buy John's book!

I met Joe Murray at a Lecture/Q&A he recently did at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore, promoting his very awesome book: Creating Animated Cartoons w/ Character! You should really pick it up if you are interested in creating and making your own cartoons! Highly recommended!

Guillermo Del Toro! Holy cow! I met him at a sneak peek for the dreamworks film MegaMind in a theatre in Long Beach. I'm sure I made a fool of myself, but he was very welcoming and even took the time to introduce me to his family. I asked if he would doodle on the back of some ticket voucher thing and he loved the drawing utensil my girlfriend had with her! I hope I run into him again someday!

Here's a fun pic collab from myself, my girlfriend Ava, and our pals Amber and Daniel! Can you guess who drew what?

I can't believe my sketchbook is finished! It is so very valuable to me now, as these drawings can truly attest to.

I should probably begin posting more of my own stuff around here too, eh?

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Lunch Killer! Lunch Break #002!!!

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Here's today's Lunch Break!

Check out the Censored Version on the Fred-Blogs!

Brown Baggin',
Jeaux Janovsky

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

All My Heroes Contest: Name our B-Movie Title, Win a personalized Facebook Avatar from Jeaux Janovsky!

Hey gang! The results are in!

A couple weeks ago, Ava had her John Waters themed Halloween House warming party. I dressed up as a Drape from Cry-Baby, and Ava did her best Divine style. We took a picture together, and I commented on how it looked like a bad B-Movie from the early 90s! I meant it in the best of ways. :)

We even have an imaginary theme song to the opening credits in our fake movie!

A Love From Outer Space by A.R. Kane!

That prompted me to run a contest on Facebook, open to all my pals on both Facebook & Tumblr, wherein I asked them to name our bad 90s B-Movie and the winner will get a one of a kind, unique, personalized Facebook Avatar doodle from me!

Ava & I sat down and discussed the titles, which were rated by how hard we laughed and snickered at them. I even created Mock Movie posters for our pretend movies! I think they came out pretty cheezy and awesome! Perhaps I found my calling in bad graphic design! (Anyone wanna hire me? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?)

Here are the winners for Facebook proper:

1st place "Legend of the Legendary Legion of Legions"- Kyle Maki
Ava heard that title without knowing it was our friend Kyle, and she let out the mightiest guffaw over that one! Great job Kyle!

2nd Place Runner Up "Lightning in Leather" Paul Linsley

Here are the winners on Tumblr:

1st place "The Biker Mafia from Outer Space!!!"- Naomi Mac Millan

2nd place Runner Up "Green Velvet Meets The Greaser In Frogtown"- Trevor Pitt

3rd place Runner Up “The Bearded Soul Train TO HELL”- Michael Rodgers

Here are the details:
  • 1st place winners get their FB Avatar doodles fully colored.
  • Runners up will get theirs in Black & White.
  • I will need you to email me a picture so I can draw you. It would also be helpful to me if you could tell me a couple of your likes or dislikes, such as "I enjoy hamburgers and sleeping", or let me know if you want me to draw you doing something/anything! Nothing is too wacky, bizarre, or shocking. Be Creative!
  • You can reach me HERE, or via Facebook.

Here are some entries that, while great, didn't quite make the final cut.
"Rebel with a beard"- Peter Espinal

"Hair: A Tragedy"- Colton

"The Vestibule"- Mell

"The Day the Internet stood still"- Dreams-are-Wild

Thanks to all who participated! :)

Now to get all Avatarded! I'll be keeping my 4 eyes on my email inbox winners!
-Jeaux Janovsky

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Something You Want! Day #21 30 Day Drawing Challenge!

DAY 21 Something You Want!


So, I'm probably just hungry for eggs this morning.

Sunny Side up,
-Jeaux Janovsky

To see more of my 30 Day Drawing Challenge entries, CLICK HERE!
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Something ORANGE! Day #20 30 Day Drawing Challenge!

DAY 20 Something ORANGE!

This little, lonely, happy-go-lucky, rotund furball needs a home. He's a rejected design from a recent freelance project I did some sample art for. Does anyone want to adopt him for a cartoon or 2?

ciao meow,
-Jeaux Janovsky

To see more of my 30 Day Drawing Challenge entries, CLICK HERE!
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Monday, November 01, 2010

Try at Yr Own Risk! Lunch Break #001!

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Today's Lunch Break was weird!

This was inspired in part by my buddy Alex Madrigal, check out his blog! He's awesome! Thnx Alex!

Check out the Censored Version on the Frederator Blogs!

Brown Baggin' it,
Jeaux Janovsky

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Compooter Animation by Avi Tuchman based on art by JEAUX Janovsky!