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Drawings by Kevin Micallef. All artwork copyright flipbook Animation Inc.

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Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Monday, June 09, 2008

Rogan senses he isn't alone....

Saturday, March 01, 2008

The adventure begins...

Boy with sword.

A boy left alone with his fears.

Boy and creature once again.....the story is trapped somewhere in my head and must get out!

The cowboy.....

A few more rough doodles......

Yes, again it's been awhile since my last blog. Lots has changed - I am now Directing the second season of Grossology - the TV series. This is a great show about 2 teenage kids up against the grossest of crimes. This is my first time directing and I am thrilled with the opportunity.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Story idea...

Doodle ....
....The count.....

Character study

Still having fun playing with our favorite superheroes

Character study
Just a few designs - playing with proportions.

Just having a little fun!

It's been a while so I thought I'd better drop a few sketches on the old blog.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ruby Gloom wins...

..... the Pulcinella Award for best cartoon series!

I was honoured to receive the Creative Spark Award in the Fall of 2006, and as part of the award, was privileged to travel to Salerno, Italy for the annual 'Cartoons on the Bay' Animation Festival.
I was representing Nelvana and Ruby Gloom, which was nominated for Best Children's series. How fantastic to be at such an event! There were representatives of the Animation Industry from all over the globe, and to be able to learn and share knowledge with them regarding our amazing field was incredible.
I took part in conferences and discussions with other animators, artists, Directors and Producers, as we compared similarities and differences in our studio and television series. I was thrilled to be able to do a presentation on Ruby Gloom and accept the award on Nelvana's behalf when Ruby Gloom won the award for Best Children's series.
Following the Cartoons on the Bay Festival, I was thrilled to be able to tour more of the Amalfi coast and visit Cathedrals, Art Galleries and beautiful Historical Ruins and Landmarks, learning so much about the art and architecture of the Region.
What an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so grateful to the Creative Spark Award for allowing me to experience this amazing Festival and Italy's Artistic Treasures.

I want to congratulate the entire Ruby Gloom crew for their incredible talent and hard work!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Happy to be back!

Hello everyone. I apologize for being away so long...over a year! I have been on an incredible journey this last year. I was given the great fortune of being Animation Director on a series called RUBY GLOOM. This show has kept me incredibly busy but it has been very rewarding. I am working with an incredible team who have put so much passion into their work!. Our Director is Robin Budd whom I've had the pleasure of working with back at Disney on Return to Neverland. My good friend Darin Bristow is the Supervising Technical Director, and our Art Director is the talented Adrian Thatcher. The beautiful character and prop designs are under the supervision of Brad Coombs. The incredibly versatile Mike Smukavic is one of our Story board artists! The list goes on.......a dream team! I hope to continue to post some more great news about our little show as well as some personal stuff I've been up to this last year. See you all soon.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Just having a little fun!
I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I have been extremely busy. I hope things will settle down in a bit and I'll be able to post some more work. Thanks for all your great comments!

Monday, April 03, 2006

A Lackey.....
I used Photoshop to create the smoke and dirt surrounding this wartime Lackey.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Character design....
Another design I did for a friend of mine. copyright Nelvana ltd.

Friday, March 10, 2006

A painting done by Mark Norman..
To my surprise, a very talented painter took a drawing I posted and decided to paint it up. I think he did a fantstic job..so I thought I'd share it with all of you. Please check out his blog http://blueskyresearch.blogspot.com/ to see more of his brilliant work. Thanks again Mark..it was a great compliment!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Design sketch...
This is a rough sketch done for a friend of mine....copyright Nelvana Limited.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Mondays quick sketch....

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Train Station - Layout...
When I first started in the business ('94) it was all Layout for me. I apologize for the quality, but it's a copy of a copy. This was done for a show called 'Arsene Lupin'. It was an A to D pan, and at $30 a layout...well, lets just say that I made very little money that week. Cheers.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Lucas Arts: development sketch....
I just came across this drawing while clearing out yet another bin of old work. I can't believe it's been about 9 years since I did this....I was working at Lucas Arts and we were asked to develop a game called Justice Unlimited..which never went anywhere. However, I have some really fond memories...It was just a few of us, creating different types of superheroes and supervillians. It doesn't get much better than that!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

This is a cleaned up drawing from one of my keys of Smee from Peter Pan II-Return to Neverland. I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Girl standing in the flowers....
My attempt was to try and mimic the style of Toulouse Lautrec with this image that I had in mind. I've begun to paint it but I'm not really happy with the direction it's going in. I think I'll have to do a bit more research to really get that early 1900's style across....but I thought I'd share the rough sketch.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A quick sketch...
This was done on the back of a storyboard page...which you can still see behind the dragon. I'm a little busy these days to clean it up, so I just threw it into photoshop to get a little colour... but it's pretty raw.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Character sketches...
Two buddies...I like the design of the guy on the left more then the guy on the right...but I thought I'd show the full page.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

8 Crazy Nights...
Today I thought I'd share with you an image from the animated feature "8 crazy nights". It's a film starring Adam Sandler as himself as well as these two interesting characters which he also provided the voices for. I did this image to set-up my scene before I started animating it. It was included in my thumbnail drawings to show layout, composition, fielding, size relationship, if the characters are on model and eye direction. I don't always include a page like this but for this particular scene we had to adjust the layout slightly. Once I got the approval from the director on both the thumbnails and this set-up, I was then able to move forward and start animating the scene.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Story sketch...
Here is another rough story sketch from the idea I've been playing with. Those of you who have been following along have seen several different versions of the boy. I was going to paint it up in Photoshop but then decided to leave it as is. I just don't think I'm ready to put a final line or add colour to this one. Love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Storybook sketches...
A few more quick sketches from my story idea. I have posted a few of these just to share with you the direction it's going in. Designing the characters and locations have been so much fun that I've neglected to get back to the written part of....well, writing a story. Really must get back to it. Cheers.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tinkerbell thumbnails....
I thought I would try something a little different and post some thumbnails I did for a scene with Tinkerbell. For those of you who have never heard the term "thumbnails", I'll do my best to explain. I could ramble on about everything it involves and how important it is, but basically they are quick little sketches done to help you plan out your scene. It's incredibly intimidating to start a scene...staring at that blank piece of paper, so having your "thumbnails" really helps you get your thoughts down and over that first hurdle. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A sketch, nothing more, nothing less...
This was done a couple of months ago while sitting in the waiting room at the hospital.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks again for stopping by. Cheers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Daddy's little angels!!...
This is a rough drawing that I painted up in photoshop...The characters need some tweaking but I'm happy with the direction it's going in. I may do some more drawings with these characters.....perhaps a story is developing.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Peter Pan Sketches...
These were life drawings done while working on Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland. We would take the models poses and draw them as Peter. We did the same for some of the other main characters as well. It was a fantastic way of getting us prepared for the film.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Again...boy and creature..
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by my little blog. Your kind words are incredibly encouraging. I thank you all.

This idea has been bouncing around in my head for almost 2 years now. I've posted a few different sketches which surrounds my story. I guess since I'm an animator and not a writer, I feel more comfortable "boarding" it instead of writing. I have pages and pages of thumbnails, story sketches and quick notes which helps me with character development, design as well as story. I really hopes it comes together....only time will tell.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Spanish Guitar...
A quick sketch. I was taking guitar lessons when I drew this. I have this dream of being able to play but unfortunately it's going a lot slower than I had hoped.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Two aliens..the best of friends.
I'm sure we've all seen this before....
Blue, is very intelligent, incredibly short tempered and has an impressive collection of baseball caps from around the Globe.
Tangerine, enjoys swimming, salsa dancing and rocking out to Olivia Newton John's "physical" while cruising in his 74' Pinto!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Pirates...what else!
Two characters I came up with while riding on the the train...no particular reason. Do they get along? Are they about to scrap? I have no idea, but it's just always fun to draw pirates!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A boy and his creature....
A couple of ideas I'm playing with in regards to my children's book. Like I mentioned below..I have more visuals done than actual story. I've been having a great time just playing around with character design and art direction.

Monday, January 09, 2006

micallef 2006
A mixed bag.....
I thought I would put a collection of some animation drawings done over the last several years.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

These roughs were done while watching "The Lord of the Rings-Two Towers". It's my own attempt at the Ents designs. I thought I would try adding some colour...not sure if it works, but it's fun to play!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Dust this one off....
An old animation drawing of Thrax from the film "Osmosis Jones". I came across this last night while searching through me desk....I thought it would be a good way to end my first week of blogging. It's been a blast and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

A few character designs....

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Story Idea......
These are a few character sketches for a story idea I am working on. I have more visuals than story but it's a fun process none the less. Right now the story can go in two directions so I am hoping the character development will guide me on the right path.

Having some fun!!.....
This was a Birthday card I drew up for my little brothers 30th birthday!!....most appropriate! I hope to throw it into Photoshop in the near future and add some color...perhaps I'll post it again if I'm happy with the results. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Just another quick sketch...
A friend of mine asked me to do some character designs.....this one seemed to capture the personality I was looking for.