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4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs!!!!

4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Screening is happening this Friday.
This animation screening is curated by Max and our great friend, Phil, a professor from Towson University.
More info below…

Friday November 20th, 2014
7:30 PM
Falvey Hall Auditorium – MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD
$5 ticket price
FREE for students (with valid student ID), University faculty/staff, and
Friends of the Maryland Film Festival


The 4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to the MICA Brown Center with a radical variety of international, independent short animations. Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art); including narrative, experimental, and music video work made with a variety of techniques ranging from stop motion, hand drawn, to CGI. Come out for a night of weird and beautiful animation and cast your vote for the audience choice award!

SPX 2014 in Bethesda, MD

I attended Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD over the weekend. It’s the best indie comic expo!
Max and I went there on the 1st day and the lectures were SO GOOD we ended up going back on the 2nd day, too.
Here are some drawings from some lectures.

Forever awesome Lynda Barry gave the BEST lecture I’ve ever attended.

A lecture on “girlhood”.
Aisha Franz on top and Jillian Tamaki on the bottom.

I want to write about a lot of things from the expo because it was overwhelmingly inspiring. But… right now, I feel like making more comics and animating our new short than reflecting my weekend. That’s always the struggle, isn’t it? Too much to do, too little time….

Nonoka’s Drawing

My friend, Nonoka (6 years old), made a drawing of me. She observed my hair and clothing really well!
We had a discussion about how we shouldn’t judge our art work or compare work with others because everybody is different. It’s funny when you can have a deep conversation with somebody so small. But her mind is already as sophisticated as a full-grown person.

Igor Kovalyov workshop

We attended a workshop by Igor Kovalyov through our residency program, NIAF.
Total of 4 days of storyboard exercise and Igor’s lecture about art, filmmaking, and his unique career.

We were given 7 sentences and had to create a story.
I came up with a psychopath story. Creepy images like a boy murdering animals and dried blood under finger nails. Max came up with a charming yet disturbing story about a femme fatale.
It was refreshing to force ourselves to come up with a story in such a short time.
By listening to how Igor critiques everybody’s work, I feel like I was able to see a glimpse of how Igor’s brain works.

My favorite part of the workshop was how Igor described starting a film as a cancer growing inside of him. I kept nodding as he talked about how he gets an image or an idea in his mind. Then it grows until it keeps digging into him and he has to start on a film. When he is not working on a film, he is perfectly happy.
I feel quite the same way. I love making films and I can’t imagine doing anything else. But it’s not so joyful and fun most of the time. It’s a constant struggle and especially at the very beginning and towards end of the production (either commercial or independent) I become quite impossible to be around. Angry, selfish, moody, stressed… a real bad friend.
Not to compare myself with Igor or anything but it’s quite a relief to hear that somebody as established as he is also goes through the same emotional roller coaster.
Thank you Igor & NIAF for an inspiring workshop.

Another fun part-we made more animation friends!

Side note- I am into making acorn messages at NIAF entrance.
This one is rather stupid. It says “vrijdag” which means “friday”.
But maybe one day I can write something clever and short.

Kermis– the funfair in Tilburg

During the 10days funfair, Kermis, in Tilburg, we tried to document fun depictions of American pop culture.
First up is James Dean.

The photo was not warped but the painting itself was strangely stretched to fit the frame.

This is also James Dean but he is somewhat mixed with John Travolta.

Second up is Michael Jordan.

Standard M.Jordan.

M. Jordan after he came back from retirement.

Third up is the battle between USA girl vs. Mac OSX girl

Last, I think these images speak for themselves.

Our Favorites from Annecy

Our first Annecy trip was overwhelming, inspiring, frustrating and wonderful. As a follow up to our blog post “Why We Released Our Film Online”, it is worth noting that the short films that won the Annecy Cristal and the Special Jury Award, “Pixels”, and “Big Bang Big Boom”, have been online for quite some time and enjoyed considerable internet ubiquity.

We didn’t go to all of the student screenings and missed the TV screening, but here are some of our favorites from the festival:

Studio AKA’s Grant Orchard plays an absurd New York moment over the course of 100 years. Three distinct graphic stylings and a peppy score.

I was charmed by Patrick Doyan’s funny and poignant day-in-the-life of a bored little boy. The beautiful, illustrative animation sets a warm tone for the piece. Very nice use of scale and graphic representation to conceal and reveal story elements.

Juan Pablo Zaramella’s pixilation masterpiece was clearly the crowd favorite. The photography is controlled and the animation feels lively and expressive. Not easy to pull off with pixilation. What I enjoyed most was the fact that Zaramella used a natural byproduct of the pixilation process, light moving across the frame, as a storytelling device. He really breathed new life into an old technique.

In Tor Fruegaard’s “Venus”, a couple with sex problems visit a swingers club in an attempt to salvage their relationship. While the premise begs for loads of juvenile jokes, “Venus” never veers too far in that direction. Instead, Fruegaard uses the experiences to show a very real relationship. Terrific dialog performances and understated animation.
Warning: The trailer below is NSFW and may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

Directed by Polynoid from Filmakademie Baden-Wurttenberg, “Loom” depicts a dramatic moment when a moth is trapped in a spider’s web. While the photorealistic realistic rendering is a remarkable achievement, what I responded to most was the abstraction of insect inner-space and the brilliant sound design.

Dear Japan ~170 Artists 170 Messages

Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Crisis Relief Benefit Art Exhibition!

Information about the event:
June 4th, 2011, Saturday 4-8 PM

Art Connect New York Gallery Space,
491 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10012


170 artists donated their work for this benefit art exhibition. Prices are from $40-$200.
Tiny Inventions donated a bento box made out of chirimen (traditional Japanese fabric) and felt.

Also check out the dear japan website to check out some of the art work that will be exhibited.


On March 11, 2011, a 9.0M earthquake struck off the coast of North Eastern Japan, followed by the devastating tsunami and nuclear emergency. Beautiful landscapes including many national heritage sites, farmlands, and fishermen?s villages were swept away taking the lives of so many innocent people. It was one of the most powerful earthquakes in Japan?s history.
The official death toll had been raised to 12,600 while 14,700 people are still missing and these numbers are still increasing. More than 160,000 have been evacuated to shelters and more than 10,000 have left their homes due to the nuclear emergency. The whole nation is now living under the fear of continuous aftershocks and the ramifications of the nuclear crisis.
While witnessing this event and seeing a large part of our homeland destroyed while experiencing the suffering of our friends and families, we couldn?t sit idle watching the news. We wanted to do something. As artists we realized we can send messages by art to those people who are facing the toughest moment in their lives. We want to tell the Japanese people they are in our thoughts and we are one being. May we rebuild a more beautiful and stronger Japan together.
170 both renowned and emerging artists from New York and International countries have agreed to participate in the “dear Japan” project.
The Artists are directed to write a message to Japan on the back of their donated 2D or 3D art works.
The art works will be sold at the one night benefit party held at Art Connects New York (ACNY) in the SOHO gallery on June 4th, 2011. A website will be created after the exhibit which will post the messages from those artists directly to Japanese people.
All the proceeds from this benefit event will go to the Japan society “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” and from the Japan society the money will be donated to four nonprofit organizations in Japan—the Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster Relief, JEN, Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC), and the Japan NPO Center—all on the front lines of relief and recovery in Tohoku.