Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wet Proofs!

So being new to this whole "Publishing" thing, there were a lot of things we had to learn about.

One of them was the proofing process! We ordered a full set of digital proofs and wet proofs. Wet proofs are exactly what the book would come out looking like.

We got a package last week, and in that package were three items, Ozalids (which are cut pages bound with staples in a similar way for the book, Digital proofs, (which were actually printed on sheets of paper, uncut) and three copies of our ordered wet proofs.

The color difference between the digital and wet proofs was there, but not too terrible. Overall we were pretty happy with how they turned out.

We had to get a small overall color shift towards blues because many of the wet proofs were shifting a tad too warm, and a few specific artists decided to go back and edit their files for printing (Printing processes don't seem to like things that are close in value and very dark)

We're still learning about somethings, but it seems that in this instance you have to live and learn :)

We're getting closer folks!

Monday, April 26, 2010


Quick announcement!

We're now on Twitter! Follow our tweets! We're going to be doing some exciting promotional giveaways so keep updated on us!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pre Production

Here's a little sneak peek at the book! These are thumbnails done by the amazing James Finch, who was production designer on Princess and the Frog. We'll be posting work in progress sketches and thumbnails on this blog, so keep an eye out!

So, We’ve been in production for this book for actually about 6 months now. These first few posts are going to be a bit retroactive, so you can get a peek at what went into this project.

Scott Watanabe came up with idea of a book to display the artwork of the artists here at the studio. We knew that there were many names that did not get exposure to most of the animation world, but were amazing nonetheless.

We actually went through a lot of ideas for themes for the book, some vague and wide, but then ultimately, took a cue from our story friends and went with a specific name so each person could show their creativity with a personal take.

This book we created is full of all original artwork! It was really amazing seeing everyone get inspired and turn their work in.

At the same time that we were making the content we also had to think about how we were going to produce the book. A lot of thought and consideration went into where it was being printed and where we could get the most quality for our money. Which was all split evenly among the artists doing the book.

The biggest problem was that it was nearly impossible to get a clear idea of who was the best. We ended up going with someone who we knew were experienced in doing art books, and had a location in our time zone, Global PSD.

They’ve been really wonderful and helpful. Dealing with stupid questions like “Is a page, like, one side of a page or is it two sides of a page like a physical page?” Man was I nervous when I had dumb questions like that, but they were always gracious and patient.

Pretty soon we are going to be receiving our “Wet Proofs” (real physical printed pages) of a few pages of the book for approval! We’re all very excited to start to see our project look like a real book!

Check back soon for more updates! We'll be trying to be consistent with a post every Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010



We are proud to announce, that this year at comic con 2010, the Visual Development team at Disney Feature Animation has begun to put together their own anthology of completely original artwork, titled "Pecknpaw and the Black Mirror."

We hope to see you at comic con! Come over and meet the artists and pick up a copy!

List of participating artists

Bill Schwabb
Danniel Arriega
David Wormersley
Doug Rogers
Justin Cram
Jeff Turley
James Finch
Kevin Nelson
Lorelay Bove
Mac George
Mike Gabriel
Paul Felix
Raffaello Vecchione
Scott Watanabe
Shiyoon Kim
Victoria Ying

With additional Pinups by
Bill Perkins
Britney Lee
Claire Keane
Jim Finn
Jin Kim