Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stunner in the Summer



Here's a piece that I worked on with the good folks at Remedy Pictures, it's a short documentary about a poster contest Veer held last year. I animated all the graphics in two days, mainly using After Effects. It was great fun getting to make the quirky animations and getting to see all the poster entries, which were both a hoot and holler.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Artist Project


A few months back, I was introduced to Jen and Chris Creed through mutual friends. Jen and Chris are photographers who work out of Nashville and in addition to their commercial clients they're working on a side project featuring artist. Much to my delight, they asked me if I wanted to be part of it. So when they're visiting in November I got to hang out with them, talk art, and feel like a movie star as they photographed me going about my daily routine.

Check out all the photos on The Artist Project website.

Jen and Chris are swell folks, I had a grande old time visiting with them. They also took some fine looking photographs! Thanks, amigos!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Group Show at Monster Art & Clothing


I'm happy to tell you that I have work in a group show at Monster Art & Clothing, in Ballard, WA! There's an opening/tacky sweater party tonight during the Ballard art walk, come check it out! 

For this show I created a series of whimsical musician paintings, all acrylics on canvas. I haven't often sold my work in the past, so now's your chance to buy an original Musser! 

Info and directions here:







Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Eccentric Jazz Musicians

Here are some silly sketches of eccentric jazz musicians I drew for fun. They're all playing avant-garde jazz, I'm pretty sure they have no idea what they're doing. They perform on street corners because no club will tolerate their noise. Just a bunch of rag tag kooky cats.

Thanks for visiting!







Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Odyssey of Blue Boy





Howdy Folks!

I'm super stoked to tell you about my friend Joe Garber's new graphic novel project, the Odyssey of Blue Boy! The story follows the adventures of Blue Boy as he undertakes a mysterious epic journey. But the really great part, aside from Joe's fantastic illustrations, is that it's a big experimental collaboration. Each week, he illustrates a chapter of the story based on ideas submitted by readers. This week, Joe illustrated a chapter I wrote! Needless to say, I highly recommend you check it out. And, if you feel so inspired, join in the fun and submit a chapter of your own.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Art Show Extended!



Hello Everyone!

Did you miss my art show at the Kirkland Performance Center last month? Well, never fear! It has been extended until the end of October. For more info, please visit my website:


Thank you to the wonderful people at the Kirkland Performance Center, you are champions!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Commission: Vegetables, Owls, and a Monkey


Howdy Howdy!

Last month, I was commissioned to do a piece for a young tot named Zhora. The client told me Zhora's room is decorated mainly with vegetables, owls, and Binky J, her favorite monkey. I had a bushel of fun incorporating those elements and drawing this piece. I hope Zhora, who is two years old, will enjoy it.


Here are some of the preliminary sketches, I drew a few different layouts and designed some vegetables characters.





Thanks for visiting!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Art Show Reception!



Howdy Folks!

Please join me for the closing reception for my art show! The reception starts at 7pm on Saturday, September 29th at the Kirkland Performance Center. You will also be able to order fine art prints of any of the artwork that's on display! That's right, you'll be able to get your very own prints of your favorite pieces! Hope to see you there! 

If you have a hankering to visit the art show before the 29th, please do! The exhibition is open during the Kirkland Performance Center's business hours. For more info, please visit the links below. Thanks for visiting!

Reception: 7pm on September 29th

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 

Directions & Parking Information


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mac the Swinging Jazz Cat


Last week was my friend Francine's birthday, so I made her this little painting. Francine and her husband Scott are proud parents of Mac, a large cat with a mustache. Mac is very lethargic and spends most of his time sleeping on the porch or pretending to be friendly so that he can bite people. In my imagination, when Mac is alone he spends the day listening to records and dancing, and that's why he's so tired in the evening. Additionally, he's pissed off because when other people are around he can't play his favorite albums.

The style was inspired by the backgrounds that Walt Peregoy painted for "101 Dalmatians," which I watched a few days earlier. On the DVD, there was a making-of documentary in which Mr. Peregoy talked about how he was given free reign to paint the backgrounds and that he wouldn't allow anyone to mess with them, he sounded like one tough dude. I think Mac would have loved Walt's attitude and style, and I like to think that Walt Peregoy would enjoyed Mac's fanciful mustache.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Art Show!



Hey folks!

Come see my art show! Over twenty of my drawings and paintings will be on display for all of September at the Kirkland Performance Center for your viewing pleasure. You're invited to drop in on the evening of September 29th and hang out with me at the reception. Hope to see you there!

September 1st to 30th, 2012

Reception: Now at 7pm on September 29th

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA

Directions & Parking Information


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Trucker Sketch

Yesterday I went out on the curb and sketched some cars. When I got home, I painted this for fun. Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Interview for Rainbow Rumpus


Howdy Hey,

A little while back, I did an illustration for the magazine Rainbow Rumpus. A short while later, they contacted me to do an interview. Check it out!

http://www.rainbowrumpus.org/kids/behind-scenes-andy-musser

Thanks for visiting!

Andy


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Short Film - What's the Deals?

Howdy hey!

A little over a year ago, I wrote and animated a short film in about a week...and now it's online for you to view! Yay!




I made the film so quickly because the deadline of a film festival was fast approaching. I originally wrote a completely different script over the course of two weeks, but when I  began animating on a Saturday a blustery windstorm caused power outages. That night, I went home and rewrote the entire script and re-storyboarded the piece. Luckily, the studio I work for is incredible generous and allowed me to use their studio and facilities, otherwise, this film wouldn't have gotten done.

From Sunday-Tuesday I animated nearly non-stop...almost completely giving up at one point on the final day. But I got a second wind and submitted the film 5 minutes before the midnight deadline. And it got into the film festival! Triumph!

Screenings
Atlanta Underground Film Festival, September 22 - 25, 2011. Atlanta, Georgia. USA.

Atlanta Shorts Fest, September 8 - 10, 2011. Atlanta, Georgia. USA.

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth, April 28 - May 1, 2011. Seattle, Washington. USA.

I can't say I recommend making a film that quickly, but I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish in that time and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Tiger and the Toaster

Hi Dudes and Dudettes!

Here's an update for the Tiger and the Toaster poem I drew a while back. I spiffed it up and gave it some color and sent it out as a promo mailer. I have this baby printed on 5"x7" postcards in stunning technicolor. If you want a copy, email me your address and I'll send you one: andymusser@live.com



Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Animation



Howdy Folks!

Here are three new videos I just uploaded!

The first is a demo reel showing clips from different projects I've worked on over the past few years. I recommend turning on the high definition version by clicking the little 'HD' button, it looks bold and beautiful.



This next one is a little promo for Microsoft Production Studios, I worked on the 3D section. The beginning starts with color bars and a tone, which are often put at the beginning of videos for calibration purposes, but aren't meant to be broadcast. They're used in this video to catch people's attention by tricking them into thinking the video isn't working properly and then the action launches into a ruckus animation that ultimately advertises video production services.



And this last one is an intro for a show on Xbox Live. I came up with the concept and animated it. To check out the style frames I created for it, go here:



Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Poem #4 - Radish Boy

Poem #4! I did this one a while back haven't had time to post it until now. Hope you enjoy!


Monday, April 30, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Poem #2 - The Tiger and the Toaster


Howdy Hey!

I'm on a roll! While making breakfast this morning, I came up with this poem and illustration. I drew it in pen and threw some quick color on it in Photoshop. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I'm proud to be one of the few people who have drawn a toaster holding tiger. You gotta cherish the small things in life.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Poem #1 - Longhorn Steer

Howdy hey!

Here's a little poem and sketch I worked up tonight. I've been challenged to write and illustrate poems on a regular basis. I'll attempt to post one on my blog each week. The topic and style will vary, but I'm feeling the that the first couple will be inspired by animals. Hopefully it will churn up some useful and interesting (and most definitely weird) ideas. Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jazmyn Update



Howdy Folks!

Here's an update on the Jazmyn illustration I posted a little while back.

These are the first thumbnails I sent to the client.

 I created this final sketch before creating the finished illustration.
 
In addition to the colored final, they commissioned a line drawing version to use as a coloring book page, which I think is a pretty nifty idea.


On a side note, I just found out today that having this illustration published by Rainbow Rumpus Magazine qualifies me for full membership with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators! Hooray! Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Art Show Reminder - Two Weeks Left!

Howdy howdy!

Just a reminder...there's two weeks left to see my art show! Don't miss out, the show will be up until May 1st! There are twenty of my favorite pieces hanging up at the Evergreen Hospital and the space is open 24/7! And if you've seen the show already, you've got two weeks left to visit it again. Here' s a link to a map and more info:

http://andymusser.com/artexhibition_map.html

On a completely different note, I just finished up a sketchbook and scanned a few of the drawings. Thanks for visiting!







Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sketchbook Project 2012


Howdy Y'all!

I'm excited to share my 2012 Sketchbook Project sketchbook with you! The project was created by the Art House Coop and showcases thousands of sketchbooks contributed by artists from 102 countries. To see my sketchbook and to learn more about the project visit their website:

My Sketchbook on the Art House Coop site

Unfortunately, they didn't scan all the fold-out pages, but you can see the full sketchbook on my website:

The 2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour kicks off April 14th at the Brooklyn Art Library and over the course of 2012, it will visit 14 cities in four countries. I saw the 2011 tour when it came through Seattle and it was truly inspiring and fun. You get your very own Brooklyn Art Library card and you can spend the day checking out sketchbooks created by all types of artist from around the world. I highly recommend visiting a tour location if there is one near you. Here's the tour schedule:

http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Illustration Online!


Howdy Folks!

A few months back, Rainbow Rumpus Magazine commissioned me to create an illustration for one of their short stories. You can now see it online!

http://www.rainbowrumpus.org/kids/jazmyn-and-gingerbread-house

I also created a coloring book page for the story, which can be downloaded here:

http://www.rainbowrumpus.org/sites/rainbowrumpus.advantagelabs.com/files/k_1112_jazmyn_coloringpage_0.pdf

Rainbow Rumpus is an online magazine that publishes articles and stories for kids who have have LGBT parents. I think the magazine is way neat and I'm very honored that they hired me to create an image for them.

A little while back, I sent a promo postcard out with an image of the Greek Goddess of rainbows. They told that's how they heard about me. It's nice to know that mailers work. Yay!

Thanks for visiting!