An app exploring Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit.
The 2nd legacy project - embracing Tony's all-important "inner" life journey.
Imagine a film & graphic novel scenario where an award-winning animator - still as much in love with drawing animation as they were at the start of their 5-decade career - is seen at their drawing board for a typical day in their ever-animating life. They're working on a film they hope will become an inspiration for traditional hand-drawn animators everywhere. Imagine also that as they draw their mind wanders – retelling incredible animated stories of things from their past, present and future. Next imagine that they're also haunted by a crazy animated muse of their own imagination - let's call him “Arnie” for the sake of this scenario - who is the catalyst for prizing out of the animator every amazing encounter, every profound thought, every meeting with inspirational people ~ in addition to much of the animation knowledge the animator has acquired over the years. "The Old Man Mad About Animation" is THAT film and is THAT graphic novel, and I am THAT old man. All the stories are true of course ~ just the animated character names have been changed, to protect the IP!
When the muse arrives you have no choice but to befriend it!
P.S. Did I mention that muse Arnie thinks a great deal about himself - and often pushes-in to distract the animator has he works? Unfortunately, he's also a great source for ideas however, and therefore a necessary evil!
Maybe also some of my early concept art for the project will give you a sense of just the depth and breadth of where this whole thing is going. Art-people and places I plan to visit in this creative pilgrimage include Ralph Steadman, Richard Williams, Frank Thomas, Ken Harris, Art Babbit and the Great Pyramid in Egypt with it's distant connection for me to Cecile B. DeMile. There'll also be some very other-worldly, mystical and magical moments re-created along the way too - with some quite scary childhood nightmares thrown into the mix too!
ARNIE is no respecter of age or reputation!
Meeting Samuel H. Weir in a dark and dusty herbalist shop in East London, during my teenage years, was like meeting "Merlin"! It was a relationship that significantly affected my inner growth, my self-understanding and my personal metaphysical illustrations!
Thanks for donating whatever you can folks. It will be greatly appreciated ~ and very well used!
Director/Artist/Animator for “The Old Man Mad About Animating”.