Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bookbinding Supply Heaven

I went to San Francisco over the weekend, and ended up getting some really great bookbinding supplies at Arch (located at 99 Missouri, between 16th and 17th Street - for the curious). It was really the best art supply store I've ever been to, with a thorough selection of paints, papers, waxed linen threads, and crazy stuff (I ended up coming home with a box of bandages that look like strips of bacon) - I highly recommend the place. Plus, they carried Japanese bookbinding drills that undercut the cheapest prices I've seen on the internet by 50 percent! Great stuff.

I've already made one paperback perfect bound journal that I'll post pictures of soon - I can't wait to try making a hardback book - my next project awaits!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Spasticsnap's Sketch of the Week

I'm feeling sleepy today! Enjoy this illustration illicitly crafted at my internship. Happy Thursday!

Again, all artwork and writing on this website belongs to Michelle Lopes, who retains copyright.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

SketchCrawl 2006

Pencils out, kids. No, it's not a test, it's just three days away from the 11th WorldWide SketchCrawl. On September 23rd, feel free to take some time out from your day - be it a few minutes or a few hours - take a look around, and draw what you see. When you're done, you can post your doodles among good company at

It isn't restricted by media or time spent doodling, only the thought
that you're taking a break from your day and drawing the mess that's
around you. So sketch with your Wacom, jot with your watercolors, or
dash with your ball point - but remember to have fun.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Amazing Screw-On Head

Based on a Mike Mignola (a la Hellboy) comic, The Amazing Screw-On Head promises to be an animated series filled with action, humor, and the strange (part one of the first episode features a lycanthrope, an evil wisecracking zombie, and Abraham Lincoln). Brought to us by the SciFi Channel, this would be a T.V. series I'd actually watch...provided I had cable T.V. Check out part one. (Unfortunately, the sound is tinny, and it cuts off at the very, very end, but it's worth the view - trust me.)

Oh yeah, and Paul Giamatti is one of the voices. Sweet, no?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Why I Am Filled With Dread

Well, it finally happened. I hit "publish" instead of "delete" when I was getting rid of nasty spam comments, and now 38 spam comments are published somewhere on my blog.

I have no clue where they are, or how to delete them. Namely, because the template I'm using for some reason doesn't show any comments. Maybe that's good. After all, if I can't see the spam, certainly my faithful readers (all two of them - thanks guys!) can't see it. Hypothetically. I have no idea.

So I am frustrated, and just searched every entry in my blog, only to come up with a whopping total of zero comments on anything - which is nonsense, 'cause I've published at least three legitimate comments in the past.

I will go and try to find my happy place. Excuse me while I weep into a carton of ice cream.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Look It Up!

To celebrate the researching fool that I have turned into, via my fabulous internship, I decided to post a bunch of weird photos that I have run across on the internet in my search for references. (If you haven't been following along, these references are used for the artists to base their artwork on in this pre-production stage of the animated film). Enjoy!

Disgusting? Quite possibly, but this fabulous flickr find is the best decayed canine I've seen in a while! Skull references, you bet!

Be one of the most stylish Submissives on your block in this antique dog collar...

Or perhaps one of THESE babies!

And I'll throw in this antique radio just to muddle it up a bit.

So what exactly is this animated feature I'm working on about? Won't say. However, I just possibly may end up on a "Behind the Scenes" DVD extra because I opened up my big mouth and made a lot of suggestions (monomaniacally fixed on giving the villain of the flick more, well, complexity) during a huge story meeting where the lowly unpaid interns were allowed to make big noises. Will they take my suggestions? No idea. I do know, however, that I signed my soul away to a big film company - and that I didn't know that the big film company was going to be at work that day so I was totally grungy and unprepared.

But I get to eat all the junk food I can get to first - score!

Friday, September 01, 2006

What ELSE Does She Do All Day At Her Internship?

A little thing, but it makes me happy:

So, I've recently been asked to do something else at the office - paint a prop! I will be using Photoshop to apply selected textures to a line drawing of a prop that will be used in the animated film, '9' - this is absolutely thrilling for me! Anything that could potentially be published in a future coffee table book is definitely a plus to work on.

Of course, they might not like my painting, or not end up using it for one reason or another, but I'm going to work very, very hard on it to make sure everything looks O.K. I wish I could publish it online but, of course, it's not entirely my own work so I can't.

Very excited, though!