Sunday, December 30, 2012

Freddie's Friendly Farm


Here's an animation I did for a song written by a friend of mine. It's available for purchase at WorshipHouseKids.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Xara Outsider

I once again made it in Xara's monthly newsletter. You can find one of my Christmas images that I created two years ago using Xara Designer Pro. It's the fourth image on this page. Here's what it says above the image. "Zeb is the master of cartoons and we have shown his work many times before, this one comes from a 2010 Christmas Holiday Group show in the Xara Xone."

Thanks, Xara, for your support and for making such a wonderful drawing program! May you, and all my friends and loved ones, have a wonderful Christmas and an exciting new year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 Christmas Card

A short Christmas greeting from me to all my friends and subscribers. The art was done by my good friend Didier Martin who made this beautiful popup card which you can download for free on his site.

May you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas and a marvelous new year filled with love and happiness!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Story of Thanksgiving goes on!

Since posting my latest animation on the story of Thanksgiving it has gotten over 7,000 views on my YouTube channel. In addition it is featured in the latest Xara Outsider as well as on Toon Boom's new Showcase! So it's getting quite a bit of attention! I've never had an animation receive so many views in such a short period of time! Cool! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Story of Thanksgiving

Here is the completed version of The Story of Thanksgiving. It is available in HD at Sermonspice. I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Story of Thanksgiving preview


I started work on this project a couple of months ago with the hope that I could have it finished well before Thanksgiving. Then life, and other work, came along and it had to go on the back burner. If all goes well I hope to have this completed and up for sale at least a week or two before Thanksgiving.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Rich Fool


Here's the final version of my latest animation. If you want to get a high resolution copy, it will soon be available for download on WorshipHouseKids.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rich Fool teaser

Here's a clip of the first bit of my new Parable animation. Hope you like it!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Rich Fool art


So I'm continuing to work on the final art for the Rich Fool. Here is the scene of him in one of his new barns eating, drinking and being merry. Little does he know...

I still have more art to do before I'm ready to rig and animate.Update 9/4: I'm about halfway through with the animation and should have it all finished soon. Can't wait to post on WorshipHouseKids!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Parable 5 - The Rich Fool

A couple of days ago I began a new parable animation. This time it is the story of the Rich Fool--you know, the greedy rich guy that doesn't want to share but builds bigger barns to hold all his stuff? It has a sad ending but teaches a good lesson.

The above pic is from the storyboard which is pretty much done. Next, I need to record the voice parts and do all the artwork. Once that's done it will be time to rig all the parts I want to animate and then finally get rolling on the animation--that's the fun part!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Last Month or So

So what have I been doing for the past month or so? A lot, that's what! Aside from illustrating a few articles that have come my way, a logo, and a company slideshow, I've been animating. I finished my very first 30 second commercial as well as three short animations for one of my regular clients. Unfortunately, I can't share any of the details or show samples of that work at this time since it is under copyright and is yet to be released. But all that to say, I have been happily quite busy. For about 2-3 months before that I was going through the doldrums of freelancing with little work trickling in. For awhile I was contemplating a career change--street sweeping anyone? But I figured the wind/work would pick up sometime, and it did! So now I am on the home stretch of my recent flurry of assignments and hopefully it will keep up in the coming months.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zebtoonz font available on DaFont

Years ago a friend of mine scanned the handlettering that I did for a comic I illustrated and turned it into a font named Zebedebadoo. I was honored and since that time have used it on various projects. I decided to share it on one of my favorite free font sites, DaFont. Oh yes, I also renamed it to Zebtoonz. Zebedebadoo was their nickname for me at the time--ha! You can find it and download it here. Update 7/12/12: Now you can download a copy of my font on Fontm.com as well.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Zebtoonz is now on Zazzle!



I opened up shop on Zazzle in a never ending attempt to make money from my art. So take a look and buy a T-shirt to support your friendly neighborhood artist. Thanks!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Berlin slideshow

Here's a slideshow I recently created for a client. They provided the photos and audio and I did the rest.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June Xara Outsider

My art and animation made it once again in the Outsider, Xara's monthly newsletter. There's a link to my Good Neighbor animation and one of my illustrations appears in a special gallery of cars created with Xara Designer Pro. Take a look!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Buy my clipart!


Recently I was invited to participate in a new website created by an artist friend of mine, Chud Tsankov. The site is called ImageToons and I have begun posting some of my art in the hopes of being a new source of income. So you're all invited to drop by and take a look around and buy some clipart to adorn your newsletters, websites, or bathroom walls.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Zebtoonz DVDs for sale!

I just put up a new page on my website so that you can now order your very own personal copy of my Zebtoonz Productions DVDs. Each one is about 30 minutes long containing The Parables of Jesus 1-3, Tiny Bible Treasures 1-7, songs, demos and more! So don't delay, buy'm today! And thanks!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Toon Boom Blog

Follow-up blog – Rigging a Head in Animate Pro or Harmony « News On Toon Boom Animation

My recent head turn test animation got featured on Toon Boom's blog! How cool is that?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New website design

I finally gave my Zebtoonz website an overhaul. I did the whole site using Xara Designer Pro 7 which made it quite easy to do. For one, I am very familiar with XDP however I had never tried to use any of its web design features before. But I found it to be very simple to understand and easy to get the look I wanted. There is virtually no coding that you have to do and it's all WYSIWYG. You place the text and images and so on where you want them and the program does all the work for you. You can even publish the site directly from Xara. So that was a major milestone for me. If I ever have any other websites to design I'll stick with Xara for doing them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Parables of Jesus 4 - The Good Neighbor

 
My latest animation just got posted on WorshipHouseKids! It took me awhile to complete as my personal projects kind of go on the back burner while I work on whatever freelance projects I have to do. But, in any case, it finally got done. Now I have to figure out my next project. I'm thinking of doing the first episode of the Herbert and Bert show that I announced a very long time ago. But we'll see!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Sower rough sketches

I always enjoyed watching or reading about behind the scenes where you get to see what went into a particular movie, art or project. So today while going through some of my files I came across this sketch which I did for the Parable of the sower animation. It has some of my designs for the characters, some of which I used and some not. There's kind of a beauty in the simplicity of the drawings and it's fun to see how they began and compare it to the final production. If you like these I have plenty more on hand to show.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tiny Bible Treasures 7 - Blind Bartimaeus


The next Tiny Bible Treasures is now available on WorshipHouseKids!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cartooning with Xara Designer Pro 7 and Wacom Cintiq 12WX



I just uploaded a tutorial showing the whole process of doing a cartoon with Xara Designer Pro 7. It's long so grab a snack before you begin :-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You never know where your art will go!

I just stumbled upon this picture on a friends Facebook page. They are doing wall paintings for a home for single moms with kids. The illustration is one that I did 11 years ago. You just never know where your art will wind up!

Here's the original pic.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March WorshipHouse Kids newsletter

My animations made the March WorshipHouseKids newsletter! So that's pretty cool! Things have been going quite well for my work there. I've been #1 in their top ten mini-movies section a couple of times and as many as 4 or 5 of my animations have been in the top ten as well. So I guess I really need to make some more to keep the ball rolling, so to speak.

I'm already well into another Parable of Jesus, this one being number 4. I work on it whenever I have a break in my freelance work which, thankfully, is not very often. Of course, I could work on it at nights but at the end of the day I'm just too tired to be fiddling around with keyframes and the like. Ha!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Zebtoonz DVDs

Well, I went and did it! I compiled some of my animations together on two half hour DVDs and got some copies made. These are for distribution at film festivals that a friend of mine will be hosting over the coming weeks. The first one has my three Parables and all six Tiny Bible Treasures. Volume two is stuff like Wide Mouth Toad, Little Pebble, Construction Crew. They look very nice.

I often wondered what I was gonna do with my animations. People would ask me and I'd say, "Um, I dunno! I'm just learning and having fun!" Since then it has become part of my regular freelance work and has led to some exciting possibilities. If I had it my way, I'd quit cartooning and just be animating.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Create better flash animation plug

I just got some free advertising on Toon Boom's Create Better Flash Animation blog. Cool!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2011 Cartoons



Here's a slideshow of artwork that I did last year. All of it was done in Xara Designer Pro 7.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2011 Demo Reel



Here's my latest demo reel from some of the stuff I worked on last year. I've learned a lot and there is still so much more to learn, but at least I'm having lots of fun doing it! This past year I graduated from Animate Pro to Harmony and have been very happy with all the new features. I think I have come to the realization that animation is a lot like mountain climbing. It's a lot of hard work and difficulty along the way but once you reach the top and finish your work, there is nothing like it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Kickstarter appeal


We just launched our appeal for a project I have been working on. It's a bedtime routine app to help parents get their little ones to bed. If you can, please help us towards our goal. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pass-a-Hug-and-Smile Day


Untitled from My Wonder Studio on Vimeo.


Here's something I worked on awhile ago that just got posted on MyWonderStudio. Hope you like it!