I've been running a sort of virtual home studio for the last few years and the best part of this operation is that it gives me the opportunity to work with a lot of talented friends. For this post, I'd like to throw a spotlight on two terrific and versatile animation artists. When the Boston-based Clambake Animation (run by partners Carl Adams, Andre Lyman, and Carrie Snyder) engaged me to direct season 2 of "Assy McGee," it afforded me the opportunity to once again work with my good friends Adrian Urquidez and Jason McDonald.
We first met as co-workers at Michael Sporn's studio in the mid ’90s. With all of the crew working so closely together, the family atmosphere of the studio was conducive to lasting friendships. Jason is a fine designer and storyboard artist who left his stamp on many a Sporn production. At Sporn's, Adrian was a jack of all trades who also grew into a hell of a production manager.
On "Assy McGee" season 2, Adrian created half of the demanding and challenging background art, while Jason tackled almost all the character designs along with many of the props. The two of them did a smashing job on the quirky series, and I've been privileged to work with them on subsequent projects. Since "Assy" wrapped, Jason storyboarded my most recent short, "Owl and Rabbit Play Checkers," and Adrian just finished assisting me on a project for Sesame Workshop.
I'm delighted to share some of Adrian's and Jason's fine work on "Assy McGee" below, made for the Carnival-themed episode. Enjoy...