Welcome to the Man vs. Art Podcast! Below is the menu. Enjoy your stay!
0:00 Prologue: The Forging of the Great Pencils
4:45 Man vs Art Intro
7:25 Welcome Andy Griffiths
10:28 Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear Children’s Books
11:33 Birth of an Artist or Andy’s turning point
16:46 Alan “Go Fuck Yourself Hollywood” Moore
21:18 Comics and Animation are not mutually exclusive
22:16 Ego vs Inbetweening!
25:15 New Zealand and Children’s Books
28:48 Dealing with kids
30:01 Andy Griffiths name confusion
32:51 How Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear came to be
40:11 “We’re speaking into the future…”
42:22 James Cameron is James Cameron
43:47 Sci-Fi: From fringe to popularity but still a sausage fest
46:00 Jab Comic Contest winners
50:52 Talk of the Star Trek reboot and the new Khan
53:00 Cintiq love
55:35 No Sketchbook?!
58:00 Mac and PC comparison
1:00:58 Andy’s books on Amazon
1:04:23 Kids are the masters of honesty
1:07:15 A very special cameo
1:10:09 The magic of art
1:12:50 Reminiscing about Warner Bros
1:16:28 Merchandising rant and the Iron Giant
1:22:22 Sign Off
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Andy was born in South Wales to a Welsh mother and Jamaican father who was stationed in Wales with the Royal Air Force in World War 2.
He grew up in the early 70’s UK when TV was bad and comics were worse. ”The Victor” featured mainly World War 2 stories and dull characters like Alf Tupper, “The tough of the track” ; Or Roy of the Rovers, a soccer player. Unlike most kids at school, Andy had no interest in war or sport. He loved Dr Who and Star Trek which were about the only cool things around.
One day, Andy’s dad brought him home a copy of the Mighty World of Marvel featuring black and white reprints of Spider Man, The Hulk and The Fantastic Four. His mind was totally blown and it started my life long love of comics and comic art.
By 1988, He’d started and dropped out of architectural school and was working as an insurance clerk which he hated. Much to his parents dismay, he quit and went traveling round the world.
A year later, he came back, determined to either make it as a comic artist or a rock guitarist. He did neither, but did get a work experience placement in a small animation studio in Cardiff which led to his first real animation job as an inbetweener for Siriol Studios in Cardiff. This was the start of an 8 year animation career that culminated in working for Warner Bros as a clean-up artist at their short-lived London Feature animation Studio.
In 1998 the studio closed and Andy was burnt out on London and the whole animation industry but he could see the huge potential t hat digital art and the internet offered. Andy bought a “Powerful” computer with 125mb of Ram and 1.5 gig hard drive. Andy got hisself a Wacom tablet and started learning Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator. He left London and headed to Devon for the sun and surf and a depressing period where He could only find work in a meat packing plant. Andy learned HTML in his spare time and eventually got a break and started a new career as a web and graphic designer.
In 2004 Andy left the UK with then girlfriend, now wife Amy, for a 3month
tour of New Zealand. They ended up staying and now live here as permanent residents. Andy then started his Fourth career as a freelancer. Doing a mixture of cartoon illustration, web design, comics, cartooning workshops and now his latest venture, children’s books.
Over the last 10 years I’ve done illust
ration work for clients including Hasbro,
American Greetings, Wilson Spor
ts, The V& A museum, The Jodrell Bank Centre
for Astrophysics and many othe
r companies small and large.
Andy currently fuss the following software: Illustrator, Manga Studio, Painter, Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro.I’ve
Eddie the Bad Tempered Teddy Bear is his children’s book. Self published through Createspace and available on Amazon or as a digital download from his website store.
He decided to publish under his name Charles Griffiths as there’s already a famous Australian children’s book author by the name of Andy Griffiths. It began life as a doodle for his daughter to colour in. See his blog post about it here.
www.zengrenade.com Andy’s website and blog
www.tooniversity.org Andy’s cartooning workshops website
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDE81Qp5BibXeqajhOXLO8g Andy’s YouTube channel for Adobe Illustrator and cartooning tutorials.
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