Cartoon Brew- Beautiful Grim

2:00 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

Here's another great post by! There is some beautiful art up for auction! Check it out and help the cause!

Cartoon Brew - Beautiful Grim

Leif Jeffers, an animator at DreamWorks, wrote in to tell us of an auction that went live on ebay today. It’s called Beautiful Grim. Here is the the description of the auction from the website:

“My name is Daarken and I am a concept artist and illustrator working for Mythic Entertainment. My friend Leif Jeffers, an animator at DreamWorks, and I are organizing an art auction fundraiser.

Earlier this year my girlfriend, Cat, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25. On November 3rd, 2009, she had a bilateral mastectomy after going through 16 weeks of chemotherapy. As you can imagine it has been hard for her, not only mentally and physically, but financially. In order to help alleviate some of her medical bills Leif and I wanted to throw an art auction. The proceeds that are left over after her medical bills have been paid will go to a breast cancer related charity.

We currently have artists contributing that hail from all regions of the industry: concept artists, animators, photographers, sculptors, fine artists, illustrators, you name it. The theme for the auction is “Beautiful Grim.” The interpretation of “Beautiful Grim” has been left up to the artists.”

Here is the most recent info on the first group of artwork that went on sale today. Over 200 professional artists and animators, including Nico Marlet (above) and Emmanuel Shiu (below), have contributed to this cause with some amazing work - and you can check it all out here. And here’s a direct link to the ebay page. Help spread the word.

10:13 PM Posted by Rebecca Forth

I'll be finishing up my demo reel today, so keep an eye out! It will most likely need a bit more polishing, but the general idea will be there!


I know not that many people read this, but I feel it is very important that everyone is aware of the National Bone Marrow Registry Program.

Cartoon Brew recently posted a story (view it here: about animator Pres Romanillos. Pres is an animation great, his work has included being Supervising Animator on Shan-Yu from Mulan (along with several other characters), an animator on Madagascar, Shrek 2, Pochahontas, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and most recently an Animator of Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. He has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant to battle his recent relapse of leukemia, and has inspired a live art auction in L.A. and online at by fellow industry friends.

After reading this article I discovered the National Marrow Donor Program, where you can join their registry and save the life of someone like Pres. I had always heard of a marrow donor list, but had never really pursued checking it out. I've registered online and am waiting for their response. I just wanted to share this information with anyone out there who never really taken this kind of thing into consideration! Just think, you can save a life! For real! Not just some $20 donation to charity (not that those aren't important!) You can check out the National Marrow Donor Program at: Shaquille O'Neal is even in on it!

And finally,

How to Train Your Dragon


Loved it

A Complex Villainelle FINAL

11:39 AM Posted by Rebecca Forth

About two weeks ago we finally finished A Complex Villainelle, and submitted it to the Student Academy Awards. We plan on sending it to SIGGRAPH 2010 as well!

A Complex Villainelle from CU Denver CAM on Vimeo.