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Ken Davis
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Artist // Professional // Film & Animation
  • Canada
  • Deviant for 12 years
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My Bio
Professional cartoonist since 1985, have worked mostly in TV animation.
Started as a inbetweener/assistant animator and segued into doing storyboards.
Worked on Ren & Stimpy, Baby Huey, Johnny Bravo, 101 Dalmatians-series, Wing Commander Academy, Freakazoid, Action Man, Batman Animated series--all kinds of stuff.
Taught storyboarding and comics at various art colleges in western Canada thru the late 90's until 2006.

Still have a flame for doing comics, and still expect to someday get my own comic book creations out to the waiting world.
I still prefer traditional tools but I've recently embraced digital tools, such as the Cintiq and can work comfortably with both.

I've recently completed several low-key storyboarding and comic-book projects and have turned to working on my own projects until some studio gigs arrive in the fall. One of my projects is to produce some art samples for my Deviantart page here.

Current Residence: Saskatoon, SK
Favourite genre of music: Easy listening
Favourite style of art: Cartoon art
Operating System: Win 7
Favourite cartoon character: Space Ghost--the original. Not that "Coast to Coast" bastard.
Personal Quote: "We all grow older, we do not have to grow up"-Archie Goodwin

Favourite Visual Artist
Alan Davis, Michael Golden, Syd Mead, Alex Toth
Favourite Movies
Too many to list
Favourite Games
Crysis Warhead
Tools of the Trade
Pencil & paper, ink, bristol, and Cintiq 21UX.
Other Interests
Toy collecting, model-making, cooking, movies, comics
....but........ya. Not that I'm drawing much--I am. I work steady enough to keep my hands active and when I'm not working, I still try to do other things like model-making or...personal projects. Like the latest pin-up. PUNCH is a magazine local to me. Published by the folks at Amazing Stories, a Saskatoon comic book/collectible store that I frequent. They came up with the idea to self-publish a fan magazine in recognition of all the local talent. And I was all for it. Almost 30 years ago now, I was privileged to participate in another venture with another store: The Comicshop on west 4th ave. in Vancouver, and their fan magazine/newslette
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Posted completed, coloured pages for the Ultimate Power Duo song/story. What a learning experience. My first attempts at colour ( unseen here) can I put it? Horrific. I had this bizarre notion of attempting some kind of "subdued, mottled water-colour" kind of look.  Well, my first stab at THAT was pretty abysmal. But a couple of colleagues offered me some guidance and put me on a better track and the results are what you see here. They are serviceable, and I can live with them..........and that's good. Now to tackle some other stuff for show.
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Three pages posted last night--for the Ultimate Power Duo/Space Joe project. This is for a Saskatchewan band's album--a sci-fi premise comic book to go along with the album. Individuals songs visualized by different artists, in their own styles and sensibilities for a kind of anthology format. My pages were drawn on Canson Comic Book Art Board  2-ply Bristol, using Pigma Micron pens ( mostly 005), Pentel brush pen and various markers. Black pencil crayon and white-out used for various on-page effects. I took this on as a exercise to get back into doing more comic book work. My original plan/hope was to complete my pages in about 2-3 weeks..
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Hi! Dawgweazle sent me here because I would like to know more about the Canadian animation industry.
What would you like to know?
About the pros and cons of the industry, please. I'd love to know.
That's a pretty broad range question---you could help me answer by being more specific, and my answers in turn may help you better as well. 

Pros--things seem to be busy in the industry of late.
Cons-- you and your talent are disposable.
If you are not top-tier talent, you will struggle, unless you are very lucky.
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Hello, Mr Davis. Perhaps you remember me from years back, I was 'Jabberwocky' at the AWN Animation forum. Good to see you're still at it.
 I remember you from AWN.
I've not been on that site for quite some time now, I think it might be over 5 years since I left it--too much spam postings, and a lot of..other stuff.

I don't post on DeviantArt all that much.  More like fits and starts.  Let me know what you are up to as well.

Oh, I think I stopped posting there even before Larry Lauria died so unexpectedly. Still can't believe that, it took me years to find out what had actually happened.

Currently looking for a new gig. I spent most of the last six years working on The Amazing World of Gumball for CN, two as clean-up supervisor. I'm currently applying to studios outside of Germany. I'd like to try Canada. The only ones who got back to me so far were Bardel but they said since I'm not currently over there they can't help me.