Nearly Underway


Sunday night I was invited to take an evening cruise on my friend Stacey's boat.

This was taken just before we boarded the 'Yacht'. What a great night for boating!

This picture was taken at the marina in Port Dalhousie on the south shores of Lake Ontario

Major-General Sir Issac Brock

Major-General Sir Issac Brock Monument

This monument sits high on the Niagara Escarpment looking over the village of

Queenston Heights. The monument is dedicated to Major-General Sir Issac Brock.

Hint: (He is the little guy pointing at the top)

Some Wildlife for a change


Thought I would change things up after all the buildings I recently posted.

The Branta canadensis or Canada Goose.

CN Tower II

CN Tower

Ok. Last Toronto pic for now. Maybe.

This photo was taken from the waterfront of Lake Ontario. You

can just see the white domed roof of the old "Skydome" Arena. Now called

the Air Canada Center. First CN Tower photo

Toronto From Afar

Toronto as viewed from Queenston

Continuing on the Toronto theme...this is a view of the Toronto skyline

as seen from Queenston Heights some 40 - 50km away. I waited for

over an hour just to get the right lighting.

The CN Tower

The CN Tower Toronto

This is the view that greets me every morning at the end of my morning commute to the studio.

It is easy to take this tower for granted...but the skyline would certainly be a great deal less impressive with out it.

Photo of the Day?

Oakes Park

I feel like I am starting a photo of the day website! Maybe not a bad idea.

This one is Oakes Park in Niagara Falls.

Another Falls Shot

Niagara Falls July 2009

Another shot of the Falls taken with my Canon this weekend. I
think I may try to make a habit of taking small photo excursions
around my local area.

Fireworks Over Niagara Falls

Fireworks over Niagara Falls

I took a little break from working to watch the fireworks over Niagara Falls.

Using the opportunity to play with some of the settings on my Canon

(Powershot SX100 IS 8MP) camera and take some pictures of the fireworks.

This ended up being the best one.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Bobcaygeon - Pigeon Lake

Happy Birthday Canada! You are still one good lookin' Country.

This is a photo I took at Pigeon Lake, Bobcaygeon just before heading
out to do some fishing with some friends. Thought I would share it with you.

Stoked - For My American Friends

Just a quick note!

For those of you South of the Border! The Premiere Episodes of Stoked will air on The Cartoon Network on July 17th.

Stoked Premiere Party

undefinedLast evening we gathered upon the shores of Lake Ontario (fitting for a Surfing Themed Show) to celebrate the Premiere and completion of the first two episodes of Stoked. The show is set to premiere in Canada on the Teletoon network June 25th at 7pm ET. As I have mentioned before, I have had the great luck to be a small part of this production, mainly in the Background Department and the Design Department building the occasional prop.

The best way to learn is to learn from the masters....and so I am. The series was created by Jennifer Pertschch and Tom McGillis (Total Drama Island). There is definitley a great deal of talent here at the studio and I believe that shines through in the finished shows. The kids are definitely going to get this and the Pros are already wondering how we did it using Flash.

The weather, which had been sunny and darn near to perfect as you could ever hope for turned rainy and damp on the day of the party. None-the-less we soldiered on and prepared to let the good times roll. The evening was a blast for the young and the old. This following is a picture of me with an actual surf board made from a design right out of the show. (Picture: Some artist with a surfboard)

First Walk along the Niagara Gorge 2009

Niagara gorgeNiagara River

Today I took the first hike of the year along the Niagara Gorge. The weather was a fantastic 20 C / 68 F and the sun was shining most of the time. Its easy to forget what kind of beauty surrounds us here at home and today was a great reminder. Along the way, about an hour into the hike, I came upon this Canadian Goose, nesting high up on a rocky out cropping. I didn't know they could fly gracefully enough to land in a spot that hard to get to, but I guess they obviously do. Tomorrow a post about A5-35 for sore muscles and why you should wear sunscreen before going on a hike.


Animation Revealed

This is the show that I have had the honour of being a part of for the last six weeks and counting. Although there is not a drop of my work in this footage it will give a glimpse into the quality of the production. I was brought into this production by my good Friend Mike Hogue

and can now offically express my heart felt thanks for getting me into the Studio. Watch the video and send me your thoughts!


Animated Brian

There has been very little time these days to update the blog as I have recently started a 2 hour commute to an animation studio in Toronto that does various shows. While there I am doing some background paintings for the show as well as designing or rendering various props to be used thoughout the scenes. The background painting was a no brainer for me as I am quite familar with Photoshop (Even though we only use paths to create our images...can you say 1 millions layers per background!) The props, which I have been working on this week, are all done in Adobe Flash. Flash and I haven't got along with each other for a very long time. Unfortunaltely, I had to kiss and make up with it this week and learn all its deep and dark secrets so I could draw 8 million variations of a dress. A dress on a hanger, being held, being thrown, being washed, being held from the opposite view, now 3/4 get the picture. Such is the life of animation! Still, there better not be any dresses next week! and I made a new friend... her name is Flash.

It is cool to hang around so many other artists. People who think in the same terms as you do and have very highly developed senses of humour. Or maybe its very crude senses of humour?

As for the show I'm working on, well its a new show, so hush-hush for now!

All is revealed here!

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