Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bird Migration

53 Comments:

At 12:43 PM, Blogger MutantKitten said...

This makes a lovely desktop background ;D

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger ponzo said...

any chance you have prints of this available for purchase??

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Tapan Gandhi said...

breathtaking

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Muttantkitten- Thanks! Can you see any of your folders through the chaos?

Ponzo- My friend Shannon suggested I make a print of this as well. I probably won't make one yet as it will be printed as the front and end pages of my graphic novel "Seaweed and the Cure for Mildew." I'm finishing the last touches on the book and will ship the files this December to the printer. The books going to be a whoping 12"x15" large!!!

Tapan- Thanks so much as always for your kind remarks!

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger max said...

This is awesome! I've been looking at it completely transfixed. Great, great job.

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger Elaine R said...

Every one of those birds is amazing and there's so much to see! That's going to be the best front/end page ever.

 
At 6:31 PM, Blogger Elaine R said...

oh, and i need to go steal that elephant below from that baby!

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

Dude !! once AGAIN!!! THE WORLD HAS NO FREKING IDEA HOW POWERFUL THIS BOOK IS!!!! You are stepping uo the game my friend!

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Josh Lieberman said...

I can't wait for the book!

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Todd Oman said...

Ok now that you have the basic shapes Ben you can start to put details into your drawings, just kidding. Seriously I still think you made a pact with the devil for these skills, can you send me his number.

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger tiny dean said...

This piece is just fantastic!

Great idea, mutantkitten! This shall become my new desktop.

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger Per H said...

Terrific! downloaded it to the Ben Balistreri folder. Thanks!

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger Skim said...

This is brilliant!

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Beautiful! I can't wait for this book. Any chance it will be ready for Christmas?

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Randall Sly said...

Ben.... Do you know how bad I want this? I was wondering, do you still have plans to have the "making of" book?

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger Seth Hippen said...

Fantastic work! Your birds are some of my favorite designs that I like to go back to for inspiration.

 
At 7:40 AM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

My friend, WOW!!! I cannot wait until you release this badboy. You will never be the same again. You work transends animation and has such appeal in any country or region. I will gladly thumb thru the pages of this story, of my own copy. Best of luck,

MAC

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Wow, thanks everyone!!

Elaine- I would only expect someone as cruel and malicious as you to steal art from a baby. How many children must suffer due to your sick obsession with art thievery? Your a twisted evil hag! But thanks alot for the compliment! We miss all of you animators here at CN. :)

Shane- You need to get control of your girlfriend before she steals again!

Josh- Thanks man, hope your doing well!

Todd- 1(666) 666-1313 Be prepared to be put on hold for a long time.

Tiny Dean- Awesome it made it to another computer! I wish I could make a screen saver were they all flew in a cycle while pooping! THAT would be cool!

Per-H- Hey I'm half Sweedish, (Mom's side).

Skim- I love your avatar.

Chris- Sorry I'll just be delivering the files to the printer by then. It'll probably take about 3 months to print so expect the book to go on sale in March.

Randall- Thanks!! I've actually altered my strategy a bit. I'm going to split the story into 2 parts and then include 24 paes of sketches, development, and thrown away ideas, along with notes on what I was thinking about while making the book into each volume. I'm compiling all that info and scanning the art right now. The sketch book part of the book will be on a rougher "woodfree" paper that will be different than the paper of the comic.

Seth- Thank you. I love drawing birds! Pelicans are my favorite but I couldn't include any in this piece for story reasons.

Mark- Thanks alot, dude, that's incredibly kind!

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger OV! said...

BB!!

dude, those are beautiful man. are you hinting at coming back up here with this piece?

hahah

>oVi

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Dougmian said...

Where they go?
Nice!

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Holy crap dude, this is amazing!! I can't wait for the book!!!

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger milkyteets said...

awesome!! I'm a huge fan of your stuff, been checking it out occasionally, i love the shapes you used to capture each kind of bird so well and the fact that there is so much shape variation in there is really nice.

you inspire me, and make me feel like i suck, all at the same time.

uhh.. but it's good! ...I think...

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger Shawn Escott said...

B-B-B-B-B Birds!!!! Man, you are too good. Amazing drawings!!

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Jamal O said...

poops and giggles

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Kei Acedera said...

WOW this is too cool for school.

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Oliver Akuin said...

hey ben, i met you a couple times. i'm on class of 3000 on the first floor.anyways, i'm a huge fan of your blog! especially this piece. love it!

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Andy J Smith illustration said...

So I hear you like birds. HA, that rocks!

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger stephen Silver said...

Since, I drove you to the art store to buy the paper for this piece, I can only assume that you are going to give me the original. RIGHT!!!!!!!!!
nicely done little buddy.

 
At 12:04 AM, Blogger Ducks_own said...

Those are all freaking amazing. Each bundle o' love is a dreamboat in it's own way.

 
At 4:59 AM, Blogger robi pena said...

realy, realy , realy great work!!
i love the pelican!

me gusta muchisimo!

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Martin Hsu said...

I'm just glad I'm not standing below them! Incredible flock!

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger lennard schuurmans said...

yikes thats so hot! i like the stupid sillym turkey, hehe!

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Ken said...

wow! mind blowing. An image full of superb birdy character designs... they are all perfect!

Howd u do it?

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Mr poulpe said...

woaw!!!this piece is just awesome!!!i can't believe that you made all these bird's designs so perfect!can't stop to look evry details
congrats...

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Patrick said...

Gorgeous!

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Adam said...

there is just too much to say about how amazing this image is. I can't wait to buy the book!

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Stephen Studios said...

I hope I become at least half the artist you are!

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger katzenjammer studios said...

man! I haven't been to your blog in a while. and it always blows my mind. great bird designs.

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Howard Shum said...

Impressive! :)

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Richard Gaines said...

This is the greatest thing I've ever seen! Those birds are amazing. Each one has a distinct personality based upon it's species.

Another godly piece, Ben!

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

Amazing design, so much variety and each one of them rocks

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Leonardo Alannis said...

Wow, somebody knows their avians! Excellent stuff

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Dave Thomas said...

Hey Ben,

Congratulations on the Annie nomination! Way to go!

-Your Pal Dave

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger David Colman said...

Your work never ceases to amaze me.This is absolutely breath taking man- your shape exploitation of each bird species is top knotch. I continue to stare and admire-and as always your line work is impressive.

I cannot wait to see this book, your visibility will increase ten fold and be a treat for those who have no idea what a talent you are in this current time.

 
At 9:52 PM, Blogger Nathan Lindsay said...

Be it known, Ben draws the best birds in the universe. Golly, I love these.

 
At 4:21 AM, Blogger Fabio Lai said...

So many awesome drawings in your blog. I think I'll come often looking for updates.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thank you all SO much!

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger SteveLambe said...

Hey Ben!Great meeting you today at Gordon Biersch. Also congrats on your annie nomination. Well deserved, sir.

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger Philip Thomas said...

These are really great. Very inspiring work! Thank you for sharing.

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger pumml said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and it's top notch. This bird piece, as people have so eloquently put, is amazing! I'm in the "looking forward to your book" camp. Will be back regulary!

 
At 5:56 AM, Blogger Lena said...

O.......!!!!Ben!Philosophical composition..Beatiful style!

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger Craig Mackay said...

Wow, wow, wow!

 
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