Friday, December 24, 2010

Official Toon Boom contest post

Here's the official contest results post and video on It says I deserve "an interstellar shout-out," whatever that is :-)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Toon Boom contest results

The results are in! I'm not sure if I came in fifth or fourth but I won a copy of Animate Pro which was my goal! I'd like to say a big "Thank you!" to everyone who voted for me and for your support, votes and prayers! You can see the final results here. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two Ducks & a Frog

This is one of my first animations done about two years ago.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Xara Xone Holiday Group Show

Here's my contribution for the Xara Xone Group show. You can see it here. Merry Christmas! Oh yeah, looks like I'm around 4th place in the Toon Boom contest. Thanks for all the votes!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vote for me :-)

I know this is a shameless plug, but please vote for me! I made it into the finals of the Toon Boom/My animation contest. My entry is the one entitled Green Gas. There are 12 finalists and of those, the top 10 will receive Toon Boom Animate Pro, their professional level animation software worth $1999. So please vote. You can vote once a day between now and December 22nd. The winners will be posted December 23rd. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Nativity Story paper models

You've gotta check out this fantastic Christmas giveaway from my friend, Didier Martin! He just posted a nativity model that is completely free to download! Check out his blog at My Little House. If you've ever done a search for a Christmas nativity paper model you'll know that this is a terrific find!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Best of the Xara Xone Featured Artist Gallery - 2000 - 2010

I was honored to discover today that I was included with 29 other Xara artists in this recent Xara Xone gallery. There are some amazing illustrations included in this exhibit. My hat is off to these remarkable artists who have accomplished such masterpieces.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Xara Outsider October 2010

I got another mention in the Xara Outsider newsletter. Take a look, it's at the bottom of the page on the right. They highlight my cartoon slideshow on YouTube. All the images were created in their program Xara Designer Pro.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Latest animation projects

I know I haven't posted much lately, I've been pretty busy. Let's see, I just finished animating another Tiny Bible Treasures--Fish and More Fish--and it is currently getting the finishing touches by my friend Andrew who is adding the music and sound effects. So you should be seeing that on my YouTube channel soon. I also completed two animations which I can't really show you since they are copyrighted material. One is for the Cherub Wings series and the other is for a new series called Brother Francis.
For Brother Francis I did a more realistic style animation showing the story of Jesus from the Last Supper to the Ascension. It was quite a challenge trying to make it look good and learning how to lip sync realistic characters. I got the idea of how to do it by watching some anime cartoons. In general, they only use 3 poses for the mouth--closed, partly open, more open--that's it!
Next on my to do list is another Tiny Bible Treasures--the story of the sick man who is lowered through a roof--and animating a song. I will, of course, publish anything that I can so you can see what I'm up to.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Toon Boom contest

Well, I entered a contest today after working on an animation to submit. It took me four days to put together from concept, storyboard, designs and animation. Of course it's only 25 seconds long--that was part of the rules. My main motivation for entering is to possibly win a free copy of Toon Boom's higher end software Animate Pro worth about $1500. After the judges go through the entries, 10-20 will be up for public voting, starting November 18th. My entry is entitled "Green Gas." Not so catchy but if you see it you'll understand why. Anyways, please pray that I win as I think it'll be a help having this software.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tiny Bible Treasures - Back to Life

Here's a new animation just completed yesterday. The story and all of the artwork was done by my good friend Didier Martin. More episodes in this series are in the works and they will be animated as well. I also had some other friends do the voice acting and adding music and sound effects. This not only helps speed up the production but also, in my opinion, makes for a higher quality production. Hope you like it! If you do, please let me know!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Can We See God

Can We See God?                                                                

Here's a slideshow I illustrated recently for My Wonder Studio.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Construction Crew animation

Just finished it yesterday. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Zebtoonz 2010 Cartoons

Here is a slideshow showing some of the cartoons I have done over the past year. All of the images were done in Xara Designer Pro.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Herbert & Bert Show

I got an idea for a new animated series. It's tentatively called "The Herbert & Bert Show" based on a couple of fish characters I invented some time ago. The idea is that each episode would only be one minute which should help them to be face paced, fun and easy to produce. All the characters would be fish or some sort of sea creature and the settings would be, naturally, underwater. The subject matter would be lessons taken from the Bible or other morally uplifting material.

Anyways, that's the basic idea. I'm still working on the concept and even with the two fish above I'm trying to figure out which one is Herbert and which one is Bert :-)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Zebtoonz Productions 2010 reel

I just finished posting a compilation of animation work I've done over the past couple of years. It was pretty easy to do, just went around picking and choosing some of my favorite scenes, dropped them into Sony Vegas, added some goofy music and that was it! Hope you like it!

New Book - A Fábrica de Ovos da Felicidade

Last year I did the illustrations for a book in Portuguese written by a friend of mine, Mauro Morisson. It came out in print this Easter and he sent me a copy. It came out very well, IMO, and I'm currently working on a second book for Mauro. You can read more about Mauro and his work in Brazil by clicking here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

100 YouTube subscribers!

Yay! Whoopie! I just hit the 100 mark on my YT channel. Interestingly enough, the 100th person just so happened to be one of my daughters, Gela. This was by no means a coerced action but purely voluntary and coincidental, really. Anyways, I know it's not such a big deal but I thought I'd landmark it here in my blog just for the record.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New animation project - Back to Life

Can you believe it? I'm already working on another new animation idea. I'm a little over halfway through with the Construction Crew animation when I got inspired to work on this new idea. My artist friend, Didier who did the artwork above, is working on some Bible stories. The artwork is all done and the text is written. After seeing it I got the idea of bringing it to life in a very simple animated style. I also will be having some of my other friends helping with this project doing the audio narration and music. So please keep this project in your prayers.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Little Pebble

I decided to upload my animation "Little Pebble" to my YouTube channel. Hope you like it!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July Xara Outsider

My Xara Designer Pro YouTube videos got highlighted in this month's Xara Outsider newsletter. They call them "great movies" :-)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Wonder Studio

Some of my artwork is being posted on the My Wonder Studio site. Currently "Call Me Friend" and "Great Things Fathers Do" are available for viewing.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Restaurant sign

I recently did a logo and sign for a client who is opening his own restaurant. Here is a photo of it. So, if you're ever in Romeo, Michigan, drop by! BTW, Chube's is pronounced with a long "u," as in "tubes."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Can We See God illustration

This is a pic I did for a recent project. Since this is destined to be on the web in color I decided to do it without black outlines for a change from my usual style. I also added more texture as well.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Construction Crew clip #1

I added the background and objects that my friend artist, Didier, sent me plus camera movement and more depth. It's coming along!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Opening sequence

Here's the first run on the opening sequence for Construction Crew. I had to do this scene twice as my computer crashed after the first round and I hadn't saved it. Oh well, live and learn.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New animation in the works

Here's the main character in a new animation I've been working on called Construction Crew. The soundtrack is a song done by some friends of mine and I thought it would be cool to animate it. It's all about building people up with our words instead of tearing them down. Another friend of mine is working on doing the backgrounds so this will be one of my first collaborated animation efforts. Check out his blog here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Xara Designer Pro 6 launched today!

No, the guy in the picture is not me! It's a sketch I did in Xara's latest version of their drawing program. It has a new name, Xara Designer Pro, and has lots of new features. Some of the features include pen pressure sensitivity so that you can have thick to thin to thick lines as you draw. The sketch above was done using this feature. I used to have to select various stroke styles to get the same effect but now I can do it just through my pen. Of course, there are a lot of other features, if you are interested, take a look at Xara's What's New page.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hospital followup visit

Well, I finally had my doctor appointment after having been in the hospital almost 3 weeks ago. Last Friday they did another x-ray and to make a not so long story short, I'm fine! The "gray mass" in my lung has shrunk considerably and so it was only an infection after all. Wow! God is good! I want to thank everyone who has had me in their prayers 'cause they sure worked! Thanks a bunch!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

May Xara Outsider

My Wide Mouth Toad animation just got highlighted in Xara's monthly newsletter "Outsider."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Unbeatables

I decided to post my pilot show for a proposed series called "The Unbeatables" on my YouTube channel since I don't foresee continuing the series for various reasons. In any case, I really enjoyed working on this animation--done over a year ago--and have learned a lot since.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

In the hospital 6 days

Yup, you read it right! I had been sick for almost two weeks when I finally visited my doctor who has been treating my asthma. So they did some blood tests and a chest x-ray. The x-ray revealed a large gray mass in my left lung, 4x8 cm. So off I went to the hospital to find out what it was. Top of the list was TB or cancer. At the hospital they ran all these tests and at this point, all my tests for TB have come back negative. A CT scan seemed to indicate that the mysterious mass was not cancer, yay! They still are not ruling out TB or cancer 100%  but they are leaning more towards thinking it is an infection of some sort and are treating it with antibiotics. I'll have to do some follow up tests and visits to see how I am progressing. So, needless to say, please keep me in your prayers, okay? Thanks!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Little Pebble is finished!

I just finished my latest animation and it should be appearing soon on The Family Media Channel. Until then, here is a clip.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Animated Christian

The Family Media Channel just got added to The Animated Christian site, a blog highlighting Christian animators. The post was done by Michael Foster, a friend animator of mine. Thanks, Mike! You can see some of his excellent work at his blog.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Little Pebble screenshot

Here's a screenshot from scene 4 of my upcoming animation "Little Pebble." It's moving slowly but surely along. For me, animating is not just a matter of doing it but also learning and trying out new ideas and effects as I go along.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zebtoonz Productions now available for download!

Yup, that's right! You can now download your very own high resolution copy of all your favorite Zebtoonz Productions over at The Family Media Channel. So do your part and help support your favorite cartoonist by getting the whole collection today! Thanks!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Little Pebble test

This is a test clip for Little Pebble. I was trying to figure out how to get the texture on the pebble to move during the various head turns. I managed to do so using a clip mask in Toon Boom Studio. I also added a radial gradient to give it some 3D shading. Stay tuned for the entire animation--coming soon!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Little Pebble animation production begins

Over a year ago I began working on an animation for a very cute story called "Little Pebble." Shortly after that I discovered that the story had already been recorded by some friends of mine as an audio drama. I figured the story had already been produced, at least audio-wise, so I shelved the project. But now that I'm in the swing with animating and since I had already done a lot of work with the character design, scenes, storyboarding, etc.,I decided to go ahead and finish it. So please keep it in your prayers. As soon as it's done I'll let you know.

Friday, March 19, 2010

My very first animation sale!

Okay, well, this might not seem like such a big deal but today I had my very first sale of an animation! Hopefully  the first of many! Somebody saw my "Two Builders" animation and wanted a copy for their church group. So they made a payment via PayPal and I sent them a link. Soon, all the animations on the Family Media Channel will be downloadable for a small fee of $.99 each. So get your pennies ready!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Toon Boom Animate 2

Well, I wish I had $550 so I could get the soon to be released second version of Toon Boom Animate (hint! hint!). At the moment, doing animation is purely philanthropic and doesn't bring in anything to help pay the bills. Maybe some day it will. But I'll just keep on producing as it's lots of fun and I hope that people like them as well.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two Builders animation online

I finished the animation of the Parable of the Two Builders and you can view it at The Family Media Channel. Hope you like it!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ready for another Parable animation?

Just began work on a new animation. It's another parable and will be done in black & white with only music and sound effects for the audio. That's the concept so stand by and I'll let you know once it's done and online.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Parable of the Sower is online!

The Parable of the Sower is now online over at The Family Media Channel. Have some fun and take a look. It took me 13 days from start to finish to produce it. Whew! And that's just in my spare time.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Parable of the Sower

I'm halfway through making a new animation called The Parable of the Sower. I got the idea of doing the parables of Jesus and this is the first one.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cartoonist for hire

Well, I finally took the plunge and made my availability to be hired more apparent on my website. On the one hand, I could use the additional work and subsequent income, but I just don't want to be overwhelmed with lots of requests. Just watch, I'll hardly get a nibble--ha! I also have not included doing animation on the services that I offer. Animation is a lot of work and would be difficult to do on the side. So, we'll see how this goes and hopefully it will mean some added income which would be a blessing.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Wide Mouth Toad

New animation.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Be Yourself animation

Be Yourself animation was just posted on The Family Media Channel. Many thanks to Andrew Vee who redid the song and did a great job of finalizing this.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'll Shine animatic

This was the animatic I did prior to producing the final I'll Shine animation. Thought some might be interested in seeing a bit of the process of doing an animation. It really helps to do one of these so you can see how things will basically look in real time.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My sore arm

Yeah, that's right, my arm is sore. To be more specific, my right arm, the one I draw with. After our move in September I had to work on getting a desk, chair, etc., so that I would be comfortable while I work. I know that having things ergonometrically right is important. Well, I got everything I needed but, after awhile my right arm was getting sore. I was trying to figure out what was different in my new setup and the only thing I could figure out was that I didn't have a pullout tray for my keyboard and mouse/tablet.

So I found one at Ikea for $10--believe me, that is the best deal out there! Everything else was more expensive and some too complicated for my needs. So I picked one up and brought it home. To install it, all you had to do was screw it into the underside of your desk with 4 screws. My BIG mistake was using the only tool I currently own, my Leatherman (foldable pliers with foldout accessories). By the time I bored the 4 holes and cranked those screws into that tough pressboard, my right arm was what got screwed the most!

I could hardly lift my arm to drink my coffee. It was painful to shave. I thought, "Woah, if I mess up my drawing arm I am totally out of business!" I did some research on RSI and looked up treatments and exercises, etc. But the best thing was applying some cold compresses that I picked up at the pharmacy. That, and giving my arm a break from the computer for the weekend.

Now it seems to be pretty much back to normal, but I'm really gonna watch it from now on--take more breaks, exercise and take daily walks, etc. I'm just very thankful that it's doing so well so soon. I'd also like to ask for everyone's prayers at this time that I can fully recover and won't make the same mistake again. I'm a slow learner :-D