Thursday, December 10, 2009

Three New Paintings and Process Photos

Howdy Folks!

Boy, things have been busy since my last post! I have three new paintings to share with you, I redesigned my website, and I'm graduating from college! Wow wee!

Here are the three new paintings. You can view them here or view them on my spiffed up website: www.andymusser.com


This one here is an illustration for the first "Doctor Dolittle" Book.


This one is an illustration for a children's book I'm working on.

While I was painting the third, I took some random pictures of the process. So please enjoy the painting of "Sam's Repair Shop"...in reverse!


The finished piece!






Laying down the darks
At this stage, I did a tight line drawing on watercolor paper and began painting.
color study

Early sketch

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Unfold the Possibilities

Hey hey!

Here's a little video I completed this summer. It was created for a contest held by Amazon.com. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work with two talented artists; Kit Seaton did a fantastic job reading the narration and Flo Musser composed and performed a wonderful soundtrack. Enjoy!

Unfold the Possibilities from Andy Musser on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Magical Cat

Howdy Howdy!

Here is an illustration I just finished last weekend. It was made to accompany a story by Gianni Rodari called El Gato Viajero (The Traveling Cat). The Traveling Cat is a fun yarn about a dapper cat that takes a train ride. Accompanying the story are several different endings that the viewer may choose from; my illustration shows the cat as a magician in disguise.



I would like to say a big thank you to Elisa Wikey for giving me the idea of using the geometric shapes as "magic" in the image. It was really a brilliant idea to wrap the shapes around the edges as a subtle border. So thank you very much, Elisa!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Twelve Dancing Princesses



Hi!

This here is my latest illustration. It was made to accompany the classic fairy tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." In my version, the princesses wait in a swamp as the princes arrive on their floating row boats.

I tried a slightly experimental approach for this piece. After finishing a tight line drawing, I scanned it in to the computer and printed it out on a nice weight drawing paper. The print was then glued to an illustration board and pressed it under some weight. I used a wax paper to protect the surface and felt to absorb the water during the pressing. When I checked the board the next day, the combination of the felt and wax paper had created a wavy pattern in the paper. What a great happy accident!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Colony of Cats




Hello one and all!

Here is an illustration I just finished, it is titled "Colony of Cats." The story is about a secret colony of cats somewhere along the Silk Road. In the illustration, a Siamese emperor is buying a little catnip.

The media is acrylics on watercolor paper. I glued the paper to mat board to give it support so it wouldn't buckle. To read a little more about the story visit my portfolio page: Colony of Cats

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Adventures in Etsyland

Good day, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I just finished working on an animation project, Adventures in Etsyland, and I can't wait to share the results with you! It was collaborative effort with my artist friend Kit Seaton. We developed the story together and then split the work up between us. She did all of the character design and most of the drawings, I handled the coloring and animation. Flo Musser was generous enough to compose and perform a sound track.

Adventures in Etsyland was created for the "Handmade Moment" contest held by Etsy.com, and the number of views the video gets is one of main factors that determines the finalist. So please take a moment to watch this short, 30 second film: http://www.andymusser.com/animation/adventuresinetsyland.html. And if you dig it please, we would greatly appreciate it if you share it with others that you know will enjoy it.
Thank you very much and enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lesley Barne's Fantastico Bookmarks

(Image by Lesley Barnes)

Greetings folks!

My friend Lesley just posted some new bookmark designs on Etsy, and I think they're spiff! I got one myself and it's beautiful! Clever, whimsical illustrations mounted on elegant, sumptuous leather - what else could you ask for?! They also come packaged with all manner of fun stickers and neat packaging, perfect for a gift! And as of this post, they're only $5.99!


(Images by Lesley Barnes)

Her shop on Etsy is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7409705

And she's also selling them here: http://www.somagallery.co.uk/shop/shopmain.html

If you dig her bookmarks, then you should check out her illustration and animation: lesleybarnes.co.uk

Her film Herzog and the Monsters has been a huge inspiration to me:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

From the Deepest Wilds of Africa

"From the Heart of Africa" - Pochade #1
5"x7", Acrylics on Illustration Board
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"From the Heart of Africa" - Pochade #2
5.75"x5.75", Acrylics on Illustration Board
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Yesterday, I once again ventured to the zoo with my illustrator buddy for a little painting (and the paintings were literally little...ha ha!). We brought our easels and paints this time, and set up near a group of African-looking huts for some plein air painting. Standing in the same place, I painted two small pochades in a series that I playful named "From the Heart of Africa" (which was obviously far from the truth since I was at the Denver Zoo). I only spent about an hour on each painting, my goal for the day was just to have fun painting and playing with color. As a new exercise, I tried painting with my glasses off. This reduced everything into colorful shapes, which was quite beneficial for simplifying the composition. When I was packing up, I noticed a happy accident. By placing the paintings side-by-side, they create a panorama! This was a completely unplanned, but a welcome accident.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Paul Bunyan Eats an Onion

Hello again!

Here is a small doodle I did for fun, it's the legendary Paul Bunyan calling for is giant ox Blue. I hope to color it when I get a bit of time.

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I haven't posted in a while because I've been working on a short animated commercial. Unfortunately, I can't share the finished piece with you at the moment, but I shall in the future. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Here is a small plein air sketch I painted a few months back. At the end of April, I made a visit to the Portland (Oregon) area. On a frigid morning, I rode the Light Rail train into downtown P-town for a day of bumming around. When I arrived at 7am, I found that nothing was really open that early. So I sat in park and painted until the shops opened up. It was breath fogging, finger freezing, knee knocking cold! On the positive side, I didn't have to worry about my paint drying too quickly

Below is a picture of the set up I used. Out of all the tools in this picture, I'd have to say the most important was that cup full of warm caffeine. Very important indeed.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Prehistoric Waddles

Yesterday at the zoo, I made a visit to my friend the Double Waddled Cassowary. This fellow is a huge, prehistoric-looking bird. He has massive dinosaur legs, feathers that resemble black hair, and a small bird face with a large horn and colorful waddles on his neck. On the whole, is a very unique, terrifying individual. I plan to visit him often. I drew the cassowary's portrait in pen and then did a quick pencil sketch.
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A bit earlier I was visiting the pachyderms. It was meal time and this elephant seemed to be quite happy with the day's menu.


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nffty Film Clip

A little while back, on the last weekend of April, I attended the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The fest was amazing; it was well organized and highly enjoyable. Meeting the filmmakers and other particapites was a fun and inspiring experience. I was lucky enough to have my film Fall in Line screened alongside the other great films at NFFTY. Recently, they posted a video with some highlights of the festival. If you look closely, you can see me 42 seconds into it as well at 2:45.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Zooy Louie the Explorer

Hello everybody! I went to the zoo yesterday and did a little drawing. Here are some quick sketches of the Bongos in Prismacolor marker.


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While sketching with one of my illustrator buddies, a kid came up and asked if we were explorers. I don't know what gave him this idea (perhaps it was my bright yellow sombrero), nevertheless, I was completely flattered he would make this assumption.

A little earlier, Mr.Mandrill also made a rare appearance. He seemed quite pleased with himself. Perhaps it's the fact that the food booths at the zoo sell six different flavors of Icees.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Howdy Folks!

Greetings one and all! I am an illustrator/animator operating out of Colorado in the USA. In a short while, I will be graduating with my BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Lately, I've been visiting the zoo with a few friends who are also illustrators. I thought I'd start this blog by sharing some drawings and paintings from those trips.


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This is a quick color sketch (about 5 x 3 inches) of the giraffes. I used acrylics on a scrap piece of mat board. It's always fun drawing and painting at the zoo, people love to comment and share stories.



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Here are a few quick sketches I drew in pen. This summer there are a couple of young giraffes at the zoo. I very much enjoy watching them as they strut jauntily about.