Thursday, November 19, 2015

Over the Garden Wall Birthday Party "FOR ELLERY"

 Over The Garden Wall Birthday Party

Two fun facts about my littlest:

1.  He just turned 3.
2.  His favourite thing is Pat McHale's "Over the Garden Wall."

Here are some pictures from his Over the Garden Wall -Themed 3rd Birthday party.  

Thankfully he didn't follow up on his request to invite Wirt.

Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting in the shape of a giant pile of mashed potatoes
Little mini gardens with mix tape tags

rocks for rock facts!

We drizzled chocolate syrup as a molasses stand-in.  "It's the only thing left on your task list."
Stretchy frogs and turts to burgle!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Team Umizoomi" Social Media Content

I created these for the official Team Umizoomi Facebook page.  Enjoy!

This is based on the popular Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" campaign:

"Team Umizoomi" got an unexpected shout out on Law & Order: SVU.  As a return nod, I created this image of the Umiz with the hotshot SVU Team:

On 3/14 of this year, I thought our math show should show a little enthusiasm for the number 3.14, pi!  The film The Life of Pi had just come out so I created this play on words, or, um... numbers!

I can only take credit for the upper left portion of this amazing Lego guessing game below.  The original is by Jung Von Matt.  Here's my Umi-adding hack job:

This Team Umizoomi /Big Bang Theory mash-up never went up, but it made me giggle:

Target featured a number of Team Umizoomi toys this year.  Here's a little play on branding icons.  The icons themselves were designed by our Senior Art Director, Dino Alberto, so don't you dare give me credit for them.  Just stop.  Right now.

The Network didn't love the idea of combining a preschool property with a show that features a brutal execution every five minutes...  I understand 100%.  That said, I am still really proud of the Game of Thrones/Team Umizoomi mash-up I put together.  Again, there is nothing Network-Authorized about this image.  It's just "fan art".

This was for an internal Give UmiCar a Paint Job! contest we had at Nickelodeon.  I am a Star Trek nerd so nobody was surprised by my submission...

These were inspired by the bumper stickers I see in the suburbs:

This was a post I made for Valentine's day.  Tasteless, chalky candy hearts are much more tempting with Umiz on them:

St. Patrick's Day!

National Pet Week.  Didn't know it existed before working on this show.  Fun fact, though, Milli's bunny Wispers is named after my pet bunny, may she rest in peace.
 Halloween Family portrait!

Here's a concept sketch I did for a New Year's post.  I don't think we ever used it:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) 2013 Highlights

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) was a few weeks ago.  

Especially for those on the east coast, this is the most accessible of all of the animation festivals, and the audience is made up of loyal repeat attendees - who happened to double as some of my very favourite people and animators.  

It's casual, unpretentious, and artist-friendly, and you can't help but leave inspired.

Here are some 2013 competition highlights (only the underlined appear to be online):

Rollin' Safari – Constantin Paplow & Anna Habermehl (Germany)
Imaginative, well-timed, and hilarious.

Bless You - David Barlow-Krelina (Canada)
Nice extremes, and well-executed, very simple concept. 

Crow's Nest - Robert Milne (UK)  
Charming little lazzi with great timing and really sharp design.

Boogodobiegodongo - Peter Millard (UK)
The audio track makes this bizarre piece particularly funny.

Futon – Yoriko Mizushri (Japan)
This got a great audience response.  Also, the music and film work really well together.

But Milk is Important – Eirik Bjornsen and Anna Mantzaris (Norway)
 Really nice stop motion.

Virtuoso Virtual - Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann (Germany)
 Unfortunately, this is just a clip, and not of the strongest bit of the film, but it is beautiful and emotionally-charged.
Marcel - Tom Schroeder (USA)
Beautiful storytelling, design, and animation.

Other Highlights: 
  • Dave Cooper's art show where I bought one of his figure drawings that some day I'll get around to posting. 
  • Craig Bartlett's inspiring Key Note Speech at TAC
  • Dinner and drinks with charismatic members of the various Nickelodeon Development teams 
  • Watching Nickelodeon's Breadwinner's creators Steve Borst and Gary Doodles under attack by a swarm of fans.  See below:

   Until next year, Ottawa!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bear Linoleum Block

I love everything about carving linoleum blocks.

This is the first of a new series I'm doing with linoleum blocks based on the fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey.  It's unfinished, and I tried printing it last night but my Papa Bear is cut too deep, so I'm going to have shave down the diamond wallpaper surrounding it to get it to show up.
In Progress 2

Interestingly, in the original story, the trespasser of chairs, porridge, and beds is not a little girl, but an old lady...  I haven't decided yet if my linoleum Goldi will be an octogenarian or if I'll stick with the younger and more popular version.

In Progress 1

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

French Lentil Casserole

This is my very favourite recipe, found via google by Jeremy a few years back. Only recently did we successfully retrace his googling steps and locate it. I'm posting it for safe-keeping. It is extremely flavourful, hearty, and delicious, and it fills your apartment with the most delightful aroma...

Here's the original link (thanks to the original blogger, Cecily, whom I don't know personally).

Cecily's French Lentil Casserole
2 cups white wine
1 t thyme
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 T white sugar
1 t salt
1 tsp Herbes de Provence (see below)
1 cup water
1 cup red, green, or French lentils
1 bunch chopped swiss chard
8 small carrots, diced
1 leek, cut into small rounds
1 cup loosely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter
olive oil

For Croutons

5 slices country bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 T olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 t Herbes de Provence
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425.

Make casserole
Mix wine, thyme, bay leaves, sugar, salt, Herbes de Provence, and water in sauce pan. Add lentils for 40 minutes on medium high. Saute vegetables in olive oil. Mix all ingredients in casserole dish (can also do individual casserole dishes) and bake for 15 minutes at 375, covered with foil.

Make croutons
toss all crouton ingredients together until evenly coated with oil. Bake at 425 for 7-10 minutes.

After baking each - the casserole and the croutons separately - add croutons to top of lentil mixture. Add melted butter over croutons. Bake for 20 minutes at 425.

Serves 4-6. Serve with another vegetable side dish. (Greenbeans, potatoes...)

*If you don't have premixed Herbes de Provence, mix the following:
1 T thyme
1 T chervil (I didn't have this, so I skipped it)
1 T rosemary
1 T savoury
1 t lavender
1 t tarragon
1 t marjoram
1/2 t oregano
1/2 t mint
2 powdered or chopped bay leaves

Thursday, February 28, 2013


The Illustration Friday topic this week is whisper.

A whisper shared in American Sign Language (as depicted below) must be a secret of the most sacred kind.

I chose an 18th Century figure to do the whispering because that era strikes me as having plenty to whisper about.

Linda Beck
Pencil with digital enhancements

Monday, February 25, 2013

"Dandy" for Mary Mallon Social Club

Linda Beck
pencil and vintage wallpaper

As I was drawing this lion, I became more and more fixated on the absurdity of his coif.
It seemed only right to give him some form-fitting stockings and a walking stick.
He is a dandy lion indeed.

(originally posted on Mary Mallon Social Club.)