Colin’s Bear and Oshawa’s UOIT/Durham College Animation Offerings

As you may know I live in Oshawa, Ontario and was thinking about brushing up on my animation skillset. Mainly, taking another shot at Maya.

It turns out UOIT and Durham College offer an animation program, focusing on Game Development I think. Anyway there are two videos on youtube that caught my eye.

Colin’s Bear
is just stunningly hilarious. This 15 second animation gets funnier the more times you watch it. If you are even marginally on the cusp of the animation industry you will get all the jokes he managed to pack in here. Brilliant.

The Durham College Animation Program listing on youtube is remarkable for one fact: there is NO animation at all on the reel! Nothing. Nada. Just that incredibly annoying two-camera interview technique where someone isn’t looking into the camera.

Poking around the UOIT website I found something good though. There’s a program called Summer Shorts for kids aged 13 and up featuring video game design, Maya, writing, PR, public speaking … 13 years old?!? Not only will I try to get my 10 year old son enrolled, but I will try to audit as well! OK maybe not, but it’s an “incredibly creative workshop” series that really stands out.

Latest Sketches

I’ve got to admit, the work of illustrator Irwin Madrid really got me thinking about my skillset and use of Photoshop. So while waiting for my latest version of my RBC HD project to render I got to doodling.

Erwin sent me a message indicating that he is only using Photoshop, so I played with the brushes and settings on my Wacom to get some very interesting results. And it was fast to make these sketches, I’ll be adding more quickly.

Some of my favourite Facebook is … not

I always thought the restriction imposed with the Rick is… brings out the best in me, and others. As a father I know kids come up with the most creative solutions to restrictions, and having that stupid Facebook “is…” was one of the best.

I say was, because today FB lifted this restriction, and I’ve been laughing ever since.

What are some of your favourite new status’. I’m sure people won’t mind being imortalized, but you can replace the names if you like with “x”.


Jane Luk wants candy…..is!
Ted Onyszczak is going to kep using is for a while. He doesn’t adjust quickly to paradigm shifts.
Chris Barnes has been… damn it’s hard to come up with a status that doesn’t include is.

Kerry Griffin IS damnit, he really IS.

Andrew Currie is — wait, I don’t have to work around “is” anymore? This is awesome!!!1!

Rick Dolishny can’t believe he doesn’t have to start his status with “is”. He’s so excited he’s going to poke himself again!!!