web analytics
Dec 062013
 

Welcome to the Man vs. Art Podcast! Below is the menu. Enjoy your stay!

Living the dream!

Andy Charles Griffiths Artist

Andy Griffith Actor

Andy Griffith Actor

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

CLICK BELOW

TO CHECK OUT MY GUEST’S WEBSITE.

1376760_10151697499022073_1810868143_n

jorz-and-krell

nice!

nice!

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.

IMDB profile is here.

phone-card-graphic

witch

cover-back

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.

bearsplosion

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.
http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

http://www.zengrenade.com/blog-posts/eddie-bad-tempered-teddychildrens-book-project/

Links
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.

https://twitter.com/zen_grenade
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zen-Grenade-Graphics/155197327917480
http://zengren

 

2013 CHEROTICA JABCOMIX.COM ART CONTEST WINNERS!

 

click the pick to go to the gallery.

THE CONTEST REQUIRED  A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

THE CONTEST REQUIRED A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

 

 

 

 

THE CONTEST REQUIRED A RENDITION OF THE MAN VS. ART SIDEKICK CHE

 

Related Images:

Be Sociable, Share!

[suffusion-the-author]

[suffusion-the-author display='description']
 Posted by at 9:15 am

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.