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Ep: 089 Dreamworks Director John Sanford HTTYD Riders of Berk

Ep: 089 Dreamworks Director John Sanford HTTYD Riders of Berk






Interview with Artist, Writer, Director, Story Artist and comic creator John Sanford who currently works as the Director of the Dreamworks Animated Series Riders of Berk . John is also the creator of the web comics Chippy and Loopus and K&J which his wife writes. John is originally from Denver Colorado. He attended Calarts and in 1993 started at Disney on the Hunchback of Notre Dame as a Story trainee. He also worked on Mulan, Atlantis, a little on Lilo, then co-directed Home on the Range.

Ep:84 Intervention Con 2013! Cartoonists that distribute Via the web unite!

Ep:84 Intervention Con 2013! Cartoonists that distribute Via the web unite!






On Today’s show I talk to Webcomic Diva Onezumi Hartstein and her husband/producer James Harknell. We talk about how the Con has grown as well as helped so many artists. Plus we talk about my involvement in the 2013 show. That’s right! I will be attending the show as a featured guest and speaker with 3 panel discussions scheduled for me to host!

Man vs. Art Episode 80: Interviewed by my own Intern Kristen Bell plus Minion Mailbag and I meet the FBI.

Man vs. Art Episode 80: Interviewed by my own Intern Kristen Bell plus Minion Mailbag and I meet the FBI.






My submission to the 2013 San Diego Comic Con Souvenir Book celebrates Superman’s 75th anniversary. I drew an illustration with Sketchbook Pro on my Cintiq of Superman and submitted it. My intern from the animation studio I work at interviews me about being a storyboard artist, I give advice to a listener in the UK about drawing out of your head, and I have a run in with the FBI.

Man vs. Art Episode 49! Advice for Artists on Overcoming the Fear of Failure.

Man vs. Art Episode 49! Advice for Artists on Overcoming the Fear of Failure.






Ever notice that whenever you begin an new artistic project like a new book, painting, portfolio, short film, etc that the darned Fear of Failure Demon always seems to drop in to petrify you? You spend sleepless gut wrenching nights where all you can imagine is doom. You toss and turn with dark visions of both yourself and your art as objects of scorn, ridicule, or even worse objects of pity. So you put off trying for the thousandth time, and ditch your dreams. Ask the top painters, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, comic creators, animators, poets, writers, directors, and they will all claim that they are no different! They too have had to deal with the Fear of Failure Demon and have had their shares of crushing disappointment.

I’d like to give a shout out to Krishna Sadashivam The creator of the killer web comic PC Weenies! He called in and left a voice mail question on the Man vs. Art Minion Hotline! He asks what animation studios are looking for in terms of Storyboard Artist Portfolios. Check out the podcast if you want to know what I had to say on that.

Born in 1920 Isaac Asimov was a writer of some of the greatest classic Science Fiction stories of the last hundred years. Of his works The Foundation Series… The Galactic Empire series and his Robot series were major contributions to the world of sci-fi literature. And These are just a few among the 500 books that he wrote or edited in his lifetime.

In particular Asimov’s Robot series generated 2 lasting concepts in science fiction including the invention of a robot’s ‘Positronic’ brain and the 3 laws of Robotics. Both concepts were featured in the movies ‘The Bicentennial Man’ and ‘I Robot’ which were loosely based on his characters.

Lastly I’d like to present you with some samples of the 2D Traditional and some 3D digital Animation my students did from my History and Principles of Animation and Timing for Animation Classes at the Gnomon School of Visual effects in Hollywood California.