at Savannah College of Art and Design
series of lectures (4 in a day!) in Savannah was a real success.
Way beyond my expectations. A big thanks to Courtney, Missy
and Larry. It was fun meeting a fellow animation industry
pro, Phil Young (Disney Vet). I feel like I've made some
to the students who made me feel so welcome. You were so
receptive and talented, I felt inspired (and a little intimidated
at times). It was a memorable visit.
a pictoral report of the events as well as a couple of amazing
emails I received following my visit:
GAGNE at Savannah College of Art and Design
by Courtney Kays
Recorded Visit by the only Graphic Designer in CAS (Classical
9pm Missy and I left Downtown Savannah to the airport to
pick up Michel Gagne. For those who don't know who this talented
fellow is I suggest you go to his website (www.gagneint.com)
or else you'll be reading ten pages from me =) We arrived
an hour before his plane landed so we sat in some pretty
comfy rocking chairs and held up a sign with an illustration
of one of Michel Gagne's infamous Insanely Twisted Rabbits.
We loved seeing their reactions to the signas we rocked in
the rocking chairs. Needless to say we got a few double takes
from some passengers leaving the gate. Michel reconized it
right away, completely dumbfounding the other people in the
Picture (I'll try to fix this as soon as I get
the picture from Courtney)
Hall, the Sequenical Art Building is Michel's first stop.
He dazzled the class by sending around some binders filled
with comic and design work for DC and Flight Volume II (starring
shows off some of his current and past designs from his books
and animated features. I had to crawl up around the crowd
of people itching to see his work. The book in the pic is
from "Odd Numbers", a counting book of delightfully weird
creatures. I need to order this one soon!
a great speech about where he stands in the industry. We
were in awe after he finished. I can only wish that I will
that happy and content in my career.
Showing off the goods! Wow, so awesome...
Look at that character design!er.er.
main lecture at Byte Cafe was wonderful! At least over a
hundred people showed up at 9 pm in the cafe. Some of my
pictures didn't turn out because the room was dark, but I
did manage to take a small movie on my digital camera of
Michel Gagne reading a section from " The Bird, The Octopus
and the Spider". Aw, the amusement of amputation in invertebrates...
not very high quality, but at least you can hear him clearly.
trip to Savannah is complete without a walk on the famous
River Street! After a quick brunch, Michel and a few members
of CAS strolled the cobblestone walkways. Michel was on a
quest to find the perfect gift for his lovely wife while
we cruised the sidewalks. We found a bunch of weird things
such as a bean plant that had words mysteriously typed on
the sprouts when grown!
children! Copyright infringement!"
Gagne is so into his work he can become one
of his illustrations! Actually this is a wacky, but cool
packaging cover he found to put over a red metal slinky he
found for his wife! What? Red Slinkies are awesome!
pic of Michel and the gang from CAS in front of the Savannah
bridge. Who's giving Michel bunny ears? How very appropriate
that's it for my photo collection. We really enjoyed Michel's
visit and the school will be talking about it for a very
long time. I'm sure he'll be having more book orders from
Savannah than he'll know what to do with.
You for the Presentation
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 17:41:46
am a student from the Savannah College of Art and Design
of which you just made a presentation to my Animation Portfolio
class at 3pm today. I am emailing you to thank you for the
oppurtunity you gave myself and the rest of the class, to
talk to you on an informal basis. Your presentation of your
work and the passion you exhibited for it through not only
your stories, but your philosophy and how you view your art
thoroughly enjoyed how you presented a part of an animator's
life that is much overlooked, I think, to students when they
go about launching themselves into this industry. I love
how you have an incredible amount of work in not just animation,
but in all areas of art from illustration to installation.
Your work has been an influence on my own work for awhile
now, even more so now that I have been given the oppurtunity
to see you speak in person. Your illustrations are great
and you mentioned during the class presentation today that
you create art that amuses you. I too have pointed myself
in this direction, basing much of my art to appeal to myself
but in the process, as you too found out, I found my art
appealing to others as well.
thank you again for the oppurtunity you gave the school and
especially my class. We are all getting ready to graduate
and I am sure nobody has any idea what to expect. You gave
a different perspective on the industry that I may have overlooked,
so I am thankful for this perspective. I wish you much luck
in all that you do, as you have had a lot of luck it seems
judging this from your personal stories, and I hope to one
day work alongside you or possibly meet you once again. I
remember you mentioning your vision to direct a film using
a contrast of thrash metal (Manowar) and classical (opera)
music, so I hope to one day see that as a reality.
animator and artist'
Re: I met you today.
Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 17:13:20
you. I'm glad you came to lecture here. I would have never
discovered your work otherwise...sometimes its difficult
to see art outside of ones own bubble of influences. One
thing I really love about your work is the diversity and
ability to just go exploring. I feel that as a student we
have to focus on one aspect, whichever is closest for us
to get a job..and thats all we should be focussing on. Which
is probably true, but it's definitely not as fun to just
go in whatever direction you feel like. I read that you were
influenced by Moebius. I discovered his work this past summer
and it has had a profound effect on me for that very reason
Good luck to you on your future endeavors, you're in a place
(career-wise) I hope to be some day.
you for your kind words.
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