Wednesday, November 30, 2005

New Dinosaur Species Announced

Illustration of Centrosaurus brinkmani dinosaur species by Mark Schultz.
Art © 2005 Mark Schultz and Dr. Michael J. Ryan.

A new dinosaur species discovered by my good friend, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, was officially announced recently.

From the press release:
"The new species of dinosaur, named Centrosaurus brinkmani, belongs to the group of dinosaurs related to the well-known Triceratops, but lived about 10 million years earlier. Remains of the dinosaur were discovered in bone beds in southern Alberta, the largest of which is in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ceratopsian (horned) dinosaurs can be distinguished from one another by the ornamentation on their frills that extend shield-like from the back of their skulls.

Distinctive hooks and "spikelets" on the frill of Centrosaurus brinkmani allowed scientists to identify this dinosaur as a new species."

Read more about the new dinosaur, who it's named after, and feast your eyes on other beautiful illustrations of the species at Palaeoblog.

When you're done, head over to CBC's 'Quirks & Quarks' website and listen to Dr. Ryan describe the new species.

Thanks to Dean for the CBC link!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Vote Topples Canadian Government

As if plucked from George Lucas's latest 'Star Wars' films, a 'no-confidence' vote has toppled our Canadian government.

Unfortunately, we don't really seem to have any solid options in our other political parties. Politics...bah, humbug!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Photography: Computer Bugs

This 'little lady' decided to check out our new 17" PowerBook...

Photo of a Ladybug on a 17 inch Apple PowerBook.
Photo © 2005 Chad Kerychuk.

There seems to be an invasion of Ladybugs and Box Elder Bugs here in the Midwest. They're not harmful, but they become annoying, sometimes flying right into one's face, laptop screen, or nearby light source.

According to the ever-resourceful wikipedia though, Ladybirds or Ladybugs can be beneficial:
"In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says you get a wish granted if a ladybug lands on you. In Italy it is said by some, that if a Ladybird or Ladybug flies into your bedroom, that it is considered good luck."
Perhaps they're not so much of a pest after all.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Photography: Raking Leaves

Raking leaves on November 23, here in Creston, Iowa. I had already raked many leaves in the front yard a week before this blustery, but warm day, however a nasty snowstorm blanketed the area, covering all traces of my past efforts. After the snow melted, we finished the job. Well, the front yard at least. 13 bags of leaves in total.

Photo of April Kerychuk raking leaves.
April strikes an adventurous pose.

Photo of Chad Kerychuk raking leaves.
I break for a photo during the hours of raking.

Another photo of Chad Kerychuk raking leaves.
April frames me...with leaves.

Photos © 2005 Chad and April Kerychuk.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Photography: The Difficult Life of Cats

While working away on some video projects here in Iowa one afternoon, I observed the seemingly difficult life cats lead. Shown in chronological order of course...

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 01
Xavier takes a nap.

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 02
The camera's noise rouses the slumbering beast.

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 03
Monique enjoys her lazy solitude.

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 04
"The paparazzi won't leave me alone..."

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 05
" I might as well start some trouble." Boxing match followed.

Photo by Chad Kerychuk - The Difficult Life of Cats 06
"That was a tough bout. Time for a nap again."

Throw in some meal times, bathroom breaks, and play periods, and you've summed up a cat's incredibly stressful day. And when it's all over, they decide to crawl in bed with you at night, stretching out fully and taking all available extra space, relegating you to a little corner of the mattress. It would seem felines are the superior species!

All photos © 2005 Chad Kerychuk.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Own the Original 'Hollywood' Sign

Hollywood sign image

Supposedly, the original Hollywood sign is up for sale. Not to be confused with the current one most people see in California, but the original itself, built in 1923 for a real estate development company.

Due to termites, arson, and other damage, the sign needed to be either repaired or replaced. In 1978, 'Playboy' publisher Hugh Hefner sponsored a party to do just that. Celebrities including Gene Autry and Alice Cooper, along with other individuals, kicked in funds to restore the iconic sight.

If the whole sign is too much for your rec room, or that starting bid price is a bit shocking, how about owning a small piece instead?

NPR has a feature on the history of the famous American landmark. Check it out at this link.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ray Harryhausen: Portrait of the Animator as Zeus

Ray Harryhausen photo with stop-motion skeleton model

There's a good interview by Mark Zimmer with stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen at

"Harryhausen: I always worked by myself, because I like to concentrate. I prefer not to have people around. So every inch of film is usually the first take. We never had time to do retakes.

dOc: How did you remember from one day to the next, 'Now, was I moving this limb this way or that way?'

Harryhausen: Sometimes if I had to stop a scene I would make notes, but you have it in your mind. When you make storyboards, you sort of think of it as though it's in action. I guess I have a Zeus complex. I like to manipulate these people as Zeus did in the early Greek concepts."

Ray also talks about his past work with Willis O'Brien, the upcoming 'King Kong' 'Mighty Joe Young' and 'Song of Kong' DVDs, and even Peter Jackson's 'King Kong.'

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Hellboy Animated

Hellboy Animated Concept Art by Sean Galloway
Hellboy Animated concept art by Sean "Cheeks" Galloway.

Like the recent motion picture, 'Hellboy', created by author/illustrator Mike Mignola, will be coming to life in animated form. IDT Entertainment and Revolution Studios will bring 'Big Red' to life in direct-to-DVD productions, and possibly an animated series, online content and video games. Ron Perlman, who acted as Hellboy in the feature film will also be providing voicework for the animated versions. Guillermo del Toro, director of the film, will serve as a creative producer along with Mignola.

Read the Variety article at this link.

I was pleased to hear that a fellow member of The Drawing Board, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, was chosen as the lead designer and fellow forum member and animation veteran, Tad Stones, is the supervising director. With all of this talent, Hellboy is certainly in good hands.

Follow the production of Hellboy Animated at the new Production Diary.

Check out more of Sean's outstanding artwork at his online gallery, where I'm sure you'll see how his dynamic style is a natural fit for animation.

There's also a great interview with Tad regarding animated television series development at Digital Media FX.

While we're talking about Hellboy, here's two great lithographs I recently received. The first comes courtesy of '...' at the Hellboy fourm, and the second arrived thanks to Jun at The Comic Bug.

Hellboy Palenque Lithograph by Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics
Hellboy mini-lithograph produced by Dark Horse Comics.

Hellboy Hurricane Katrina Red Cross Relief Lithography by Mike Mignola
Hellboy Hurricane Katrina Red Cross Relief lithograph by Mike Mignola.

Hellboy and all related characters © Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

Photography: From Above

November 8 Aerial Photo by Chad Kerychuk
Photo © 2005 Chad Kerychuk.

I traveled from Edmonton, Alberta to Creston, Iowa on the 8th, and took this photo on the Calgary to Denver portion of the trip. Earlier during the flight, there was some great scenery that I didn't capture though. If my camera wasn't stowed, I would have had some photos of the badlands and mountain ranges covered by snow.

Oh well. Next time.

Friday, November 04, 2005

It's Experiment 626!

Check out this great Flickr photo from Princess Shari of Stitch from Walt Disney World...

Photo of Stitch at Walt Disney World
"It's Experiment 626!" - Originally uploaded by Princess Shari.