May 23, 2015


I was contacted to update the design of Transcona's Hi Neighbour Festival's mascot "Hi Neighbour Sam".
I referenced the statue that greets visitors to Winnipeg's suburb neighbourhood and this is the final update…

Jan 14, 2015

New Year, New Artwork

Here are some examples of artwork I've been working on recently. I've taken doodles I've done in the past and have been recreating them digitally. The rough sketch background gives the final art a nice, classic, animation cel look...

Jan 23, 2014

Nov 25, 2013

Memorial Layout

Back in 2012 - I was asked to create an illustration that displayed what a proposed memorial would look like in a park setting. I was provided photos of what memorial pieces were being considered and illustrated everything in Photoshop. This was my first complete digital artwork.

The SD Industry Mascot Design

Back in 2010, I was fortunate to have the chance to help design a mascot character for the SD Industry. Here are some rough character sketches that led up to the final design and the use of the mascot on the business card. A fun little project to say the least.

Oct 11, 2013

Jiu Jitsui Club Logo Design

Here is a look at a recent logo I designed for a friend that trains and teaches at the Roseau River Jiu Jitsui Club...

May 26, 2013

Revisiting "A Quick Lesson in Skiing"

I've recently uploaded both my animatic and final short to my new Vimeo account where I hope to share more videos in the future. This After Effects animated short was a final video project in the DMT program offered at Red River College in Winnipeg MB...
Here is the animatic created with the storyboard I made to get the timing down for final animation...
Animatic - A Quick Lesson in Skiing from James Daniels on Vimeo.
Here is the final short...
A Quick Lesson in Skiiing from James Daniels on Vimeo.
To learn more of what went into making this short cartoon, visit this post from the past to learn about my influences and the hard work it took to reach the final product.
The Making of "A Quick Lesson in Skiing"

Jarred - Storyboard Practice

Here are some more sketches brought together in a storyboard format with Photoshop. Here "Guy" tries his best to open up a jar of peanut butter...

Rooftop Rescue - Storyboard Practice

I've put some old sketches together in a storyboard format to practice some visual storytelling. Wendy and Manny try to retrieve an important document from atop their workplace...

Five Buck Fix - Storyboard Practice

I decided to bring some sketches together in a storyboard format to practice some visual story telling. Here the character "Guy" walks down the street and comes across a five dollar bill...

Demo Reel 2008

Here is a demo reel that was put together soon after my graduation of the Digital Multimedia Technology course offered by Red River College. Various clips showcasing different assignments that feature video production, motion graphics and animation...
Demo Reel 2008 from James Daniels on Vimeo.

The Sacred Seven

Here is the short film by Jordan Molaro to which I was fortunate enough to complete some animation using Photoshop and After Effects. Hand Drawn animation would bring the seven characters to life as they hopped off their stationary drawing pages.
First Nations people have a belief if you live your life through the Seven Teachings, you will live a good and happy life. Seven animals were chosen to bring the people the Seven Sacred Teachings: Eagle - Love, Buffalo - Respect, Bear - Courage, Sabe - Honesty, Beaver - Wisdom, Wolf - Humility, Turtle - Truth.

May 28, 2011

Steep the Lizard Reborn...Again

Updated my Steep the Lizard character yet again! Been fleshing out a few stories for the critter and hopefully I'll have some tales to post in the not-so-distant future...

Sep 30, 2010

Rough Pencil Animation

Here's a short piece of rough animation I did a little while ago.I was inspired by a video I saw online which had Eric Goldberg talking about animating by hand, bringing life to a drawing on a piece of paper.I used a light table for my animation, scanned the drawings (14 in total) and brought everything together in After effects.It was fun to do. I hope to try a longer, more elaborate piece in the future.

Mar 22, 2010

Louis the Trumpet Playing Alligator

Here's my rendition of the jazz-playing Louis from Disney's "The Princess & The Frog"...
First sketch:Final color:

Feb 19, 2010

The Sacred Seven

I was fortunate to be able to complete some animation for a locally shot short film.

"The Sacred Seven is an inspiring story driven from one foster child's morals that far surpasses that of which has been afforded by her neglectful Foster Mother. Melissa grounds herself with the Seven Sacred Teachings taught by the late Elder Doris Campbell. Melissa realizes that her only safe haven from her home is by living her life in spiritual harmony."

After much planning and discussion, hand drawn animation seemed like the perfect fit for the film. Adobe After Effects was the best choice of a program to combine the live action footage with animation.
I was required to animate the seven characters individually as they came to "life" and proceeded to hop across the screen from their stationary state. A long time in the making, but it was all worth it to see the final product up on the big screen at the official premier earlier tonight.

Dec 28, 2009

Nov 7, 2009

Feeding Pig Shadow

Poor Pig Shadow hates being confined, but at least Lizard keeps him fed. Here's a step-by-step piece featuring the duo.

Nov 1, 2009

Central Canada Comic Con 2009

This was my first time as an artist sitting in "Artist Alley" at this year's C4.
Thankfully, the annual event is getting larger and this is its second year in the Winnipeg Convention Center.A big thanks to everyone who stopped by my table and enjoyed my artwork. I hope I can give you more to enjoy next year! (buttons, magnets, stickers, you stuff)
One of the big events that made my weekend great was actually meeting Mr. Adam West. A down-to-earth, funny guy.Since I was too busy checking out all the people in costumes and other people's tables,I never started making original sketches until the last day of the event. A mistake that I hopefully won't repeat next year. Here are a few examples of what I doodled today.Hope you blog readers out there enjoy my spot here on the web and remember to stay tuned for a new site in the future. All the necessary info will be posted here when it becomes available.

Oct 30, 2009

The Making of "A Quick Lesson in Skiing"

Back in school during 2008, we were given the task of making a cut-out animated short using After Effects.
I started by scribbling down several ideas that had very simple premises. Different locales, different plots, but all generally based on the idea of timing the story to classical music.
I was inspired by Disney's Fantasia 2000, especially Eric Goldberg's sequences "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Carnival of Animals". I also was inspired by Friz Freleng's classic Warner Bros cartoons, "Pigs in a Polka", "Mouse Mazurka", "Rhapsody Rabbit", "Rhapsody in Rivets" and "The Three Little Bops". When you animate a cartoon to music, the timing is there for you, all you got to do is build an endearing story set to the tune. Easier said than done I'm afraid.
I settled on the music of Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals: Finale" after seeing the Looney Tunes TV special, "Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals". I found the music pretty catchy while being highly addicting.
When listening to the music, I always pictured a chase of some kind with it's "up and down" melody, but settled on an actual funny moment from my life. I went on a ski trip quite a few years ago and will always remember trying to conquer that mountain without falling down. I slid down that slope on my final day with such grace until I reached the bottom, coming to a dead halt on my face. Hey, at least I made it all the way down the hill.
I started sketching out rough character designs and story ideas for my story.
I quickly started researching my favorite animated pieces that dealt with mountains, both snowy and not. I also searched the web for photos that reminded me of that faithful ski trip.After settling on a character design, I quickly started sketching out a rough storyboard timed to the music by Camille Saint Saens.We were instructed to create an animatic of our storyboard before moving to final animation. Enjoy my rough-as-heck sketches animated to the music here:

After timing everything out, I finalized my character poses and finalized each piece of animation in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.Now after 3 months of work, please enjoy the final short complete with color in all it's musical glory.

I was flattered to find out that my cartoon was the opening headliner of the school's Extreme Design Film Festival. Now if only I had the time to bring my other ideas to animated form.