I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Dan Lee Tribute: "In Your Face" book launch

At the ceremony honoring Dan Lee at Pixar we all got to see a hardbound book that was put together for Dan's family. It was a great collection of non-production work that Dan had been doing, leisure time drawings, cafe drawings. Those images seemed like it would make good book to print in larger print run so that others may have something of Dan to keep. Mark Holmes, Noelle Page, and Carmen Ngai didn't just stop at wondering but did just that.

Zippity Publishing was formed by a small group of friends and family members after Dan's passing. "In Your Face" is a collection of personal artwork by Dan. He used to visit Canvas Gallery Cafe to people watch and created these wonderful stylized sketches of the coffee drinkers around him.

For weeks now a bunch of us at Pixar have been preparing work to show alongside Dan's work to celebrate his work (he hated being the center of attention). I like to think that if Dan had not left us so soon he would have been with us this year with this very book, exhibiting at San Diego. This is our special convention around him.

Featured Artists: Dan Lee, Albert Lozano, Robert Kondo, Ronnie Del Carmen, Ernesto Nemesio, Enrico Casarosa, Paul Topolos, Louis Gonzalez, Liz Holmes, Daniel Arriaga, and Jay Shuster.

Pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper. Actual media, man!

The book is for sale and will be available at Amazon soon (all proceeds will go to charity). If you are in the neighborhood please come by. All us Pixar blokes exhibiting will be selling all artwork exhibited. Can you believe it? This time everything I'm bringing is for sale (I've been ribbed for not selling enough in the last two galleries, so...). World Class DJ Albert Lozano (seriously, this guy hung out with Babu, man! And mentor to my son, Geo, who also spins) will be there to provide music. Come by, odds are these Pixar dudes are in a sketching mood and will doodle on your book.

"In Your Face" Book Launch Party
Canvas Gallery Cafe.
August 25, 2005 (Thurs)
7:00pm to 12:00am

Dan Lee Book Launch blog
The Canvas Gallery Events page
Cartoon Brew


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if you can't make it to SanFrancisco for the show, be sure to join the 4th World Wide SketchCrawl on Saturday 27th from wherever you are around the world!
Join us in remembering Dan ... drawing and sketching about in his memory ...



3:14 PM

Blogger Ronnie said...

I'm gonna post the sketchcrawl event for that weekend next. Thanks for the assist, pal.


3:47 PM

Anonymous Kevin said...

Ronnie -- any chance those of us stuck here in stinky ol' LA can see the artwork in the show? And maybe buy something?!? Please, please, please, pretty please?

5:00 PM

Blogger Ronnie said...

Kevin--Don't know what the rules of engagement are with the gallery. I can take a picture of the show but you won't be able to appreciate what you're looking at. Maybe if there are pieces that don't sell I can ask the guys to post them.



6:28 PM

Anonymous Kevin said...

Thanks, Ronnie. Some photos of the show, inadequate as they may be, would be fantastic.

10:14 AM


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