Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some photos from the launch of ARE WE THERE, YETI? at Once Upon...





















Some photos from the launch of ARE WE THERE, YETI? at Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose! Staring many many good friends, Jennifer Gray Olson (author of Ninja Bunny!), Dianne Ochiltree (author of numerous books for children) and Emily Arrow (singer extraodinaire)!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

edskudder: CHECK IT OUT!! lynnvwang & I wrote, designed and...



edskudder:

CHECK IT OUT!! lynnvwang & I wrote, designed and storyboarded a brand-new short for Spindo TV and it’s out now!!!! AAAAGHHH!!!

A huuuuuuge thanks goes out to Brock Gallagher for being such an awesome director and also to the rest of the crew for putting so much hard work and talent into producing this over at Six Point Harness. You guys kick and punch butt!!!! Kicko Puncho Go!

Lynn & Ed made an amazing short for Spindo TV!!! Amazing designs & the cutest of characters!!!


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Today is ARE WE THERE, YETI? ’s officially birthday/launch...



Today is ARE WE THERE, YETI? ’s officially birthday/launch day!
A very very very special thanks to all my friends & family who have been so supportive throughout making the book AND putting up with all my posts about it, I’m so grateful every day for each of you.

Double special thanks to Kelly (my agent/friend/inspiration), Christian (editor), and Chloe, who art directed this book and then had an adorable baby. How is that even possible!

I have a few YETI copies to giveaway today (along with sketches, stickers, and an activity book!), and you can win them in the following places:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashlynanstee
my art FB: http://ift.tt/1IifAA6
instagram: http://ift.tt/1OuUQEe

I will also be at Once Upon a Time this Saturday to sign & launch : http://ift.tt/1IifyIo

AND I’ll be at the SCBWI summer conference PAL sale- if you get a copy at either of those events, you get a bonus activity book!

Thanks again to all my friends’ cute children friends who helped with the YETI trailer! : http://ift.tt/1NEOiSX


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Friday, July 03, 2015

Are We There, Yeti? TRAILER (via Vimeo) It’s coming!!!!!...



Are We There, Yeti? TRAILER (via Vimeo)

It’s coming!!!!! July 21, 2015!


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thumbelina loved to dance, but her career was troubled. At...



Thumbelina loved to dance, but her career was troubled. At first, very few people could see her tiny figure from the stage. It wasn’t until the advancement of HD cameras that she really took off, both figuratively, and literally. 


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Monday, June 15, 2015

kids at the beach! my favorite subject.



kids at the beach! my favorite subject.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

The next time you’re feeling scared, instead of thinking on...



The next time you’re feeling scared, instead of thinking on fierce animals, on tigers and bears and cheetahs,

think of baby hummingbirds, who are the tiniest, most delicate of birds, who sometimes weigh less than a penny, whose minuscule hearts can beat a thousand times a minute. Who are small, and fragile, and most definitely scared of the ground a thousand miles below them, and who still spread their wings and fly.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

it’s out of control



it’s out of control


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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hi Ashlyn! I see that you're a storyboard artist, and I was just wondering how you got to where you are. Do you have a college degree, and if so, what is it? Any advice for an aspiring animator/storyboarder?

I’ve been asked this a few times recently so I thought it was about time that I answered it! Sorry if I left anyone’s asks for a while, I sometimes feel anxious that what I have to say isn’t valuable for everyone, because everyone’s experience is so different. But anyway, here’s mine!



I went to Sheridan College, in Toronto, and got a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts (ha!) in Classical Animation (ha!!!). I left knowing that I probably didn’t want to fully animate, but also liking a lot of everything. I’ve always liked making whole objects- little films, and GIFs. Sheridan is great for that- they teach you a bit of everything (at least when I went) and you can sort of focus yourself if you want. It was also really cheap when I went!! (comparatively).


That being said, I would also just as strongly recommend somewhere like Capilano University in BC, which is a two year program, because it’s all about how hard you work. The prestige of the school will only get you so far, it’s all about work & surrounding yourself with really cool fun people!


Then, I worked at JibJab for a few years after school, took some time off to really pump up just my boarding skills (I took Rad Sechrist’s really awesome online class), and did a BUNCH of tests. Seriously, a bunch! I was just lucky that one finally stuck.


My advice is- be patient! Don’t expect everything to happen all at once. Just enjoy what you’re doing, and keep drawing, even if you’re working somewhere!

Be nice to everyone, because you’ll be happier, and also, those are the people that recommend you for work. Make friends! They’ll inspire you to work (because they will probably be amazing & better than you, all of my friends are amazing artists), and they’ll cheer you up when you get sad.


And there’s no secret way to get a job, other than just applying and having a good portfolio! It helps if you can come out to wherever you’d like to get a job and meet people, but Tumblr’s actually made that sort of moot too! Just make cool stuff, post it, and enjoy your life when you aren’t drawing.

:)


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Monday, June 08, 2015

I’ve been working on Harvey Beaks over at Nickelodeon for about...



I’ve been working on Harvey Beaks over at Nickelodeon for about a month now, and I love it!
Even though it’s summer, here’s a snow-Harvey!

(I also painted this in cel-vinyl paint, still think I’m sticking with gouache but it’s a fun challenge!)


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Friday, June 05, 2015

black & white dreamcoat



black & white dreamcoat


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