Thursday, November 03, 2011


Watch Antiques Roadshow featuring "The Committee", on PBS from Eugene. WATCH - approx 28:00 in...

I had the opportunity to take "The Committee" by Ward Kimball to the Roadshow this summer in Eugene, Oregon where appraiser, Leila Dunbar (best known for sports memorabilia) immediately recognized the piece as a Kimball. Apparently Leila's father was an expert on Disney and animation history, so she took to the piece like a moth to flame and put us on the air. I'm very excited to share this amazing painting and expose Ward Kimball for his brilliant creative contributions!

The Committee, 1949
Ward Kimball 1914-2002
Oil on Masonite
24in. x 42in

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I had the great fortune to spend an entire day with Ward at his estate in the summer of 1996. He gave me a private tour or his trains, antique toys and art. Sadly, Ward died in 2002 and we lost a great creative innovator, but rest assured, Ward lived a big, amazing life full of accomplishment. It's a day I'll never forget.

I have to have this painting! I came across The Committee at auction in Texas in 2006, when doing research for an animated series I created "MOUNTIES" Fortunate for me, the other bidders didn't know who Ward Kimball was and I won the painting for a modest price. I admit, my eyes watered when I received it weeks later - the color and lines are stunning in person and it's unavoidable at 42"x28". The piece now hangs on a prominent wall and I'm inspired by it daily :)

A few years back I was given the book "The Nine Old Men" by John Canemaker and I was surprised to discover The Committee featured in Ward's chapter. The painting was misidentified as being painted sometime in the 60's, and it was flipped horizontal. I contacted John and let him know the painting was in-fact painted in 1949 by Ward - it's written in pencil in his hand on the backside of the handmade frame. (John promised to correct the error in the next edition :)

Ward won the Academy Award in 1953 for Toot Whistle Plunk & Boom WATCH and the film is clearly inspired by the stylization shown in The Committee. Animation companies like UPA and the entire graphic animation movement all emerged right around this time. Could The Committees be the Rosetta Stone of the modern animation movement, and did the discoveries Ward made in his paintings bring about a major turning point in animation? Clearly, The Committee is an important pieces of animation history!


Watch and learn more about the Ward Kimball and The Committee on Antiques Roadshow from Eugene, OR WATCH - approx 28:00 in...

Long live Ward's legacy and his inspiring art!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Eyvind Earle Sleeping Beauty Background

New art!
Sleeping Beauty, 1959
Eyvind Earle 1916-2000
9.5in x 22.5in

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Music video concept art...

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Our initial feature film "CHIHUANHAS" is scheduled to shoot this summer on Mt Hood, Oregon. Take a peek at locations, character designs and the cast at

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Harrowdown Hill and SmallGantics

Recently I developed a style which I have dubbed SmallGantics and was asked to incorporate the technique into director Chel White's new video for Thom Yorke titled "Harrowdown Hill". I was originally inspired to pursue the technique by tilt lens photography stills, but I wanted to take it one step further and treat moving footage to make full size imagery appear small with short DOF. Here are a few stills from the final video.

Go HERE to see the video and HERE or HERE to read the story of how we managed to pull off this technique.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lux Provocateur Spot

We recently completed the new LUX Provocateur spot directed by Chel White and co-directed by Ray DiCarlo of Bent Image Lab. I was responsible for production design, supervising character design and set construction, as well as solving the technical challenges of combining live-action performance with stop-motion puppets. The project challenged us technically and creatively and turned out to be a beautiful commercial.

Go HERE to see to the finished commercial on the Bent web site.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Regarding Firehouse Tales...11.08.06

To the best of our knowledge, it appears that our animated program, Firehouse Tales, which was picked up and developed by Warner Brothers and aired on Cartoon Network, is no longer being shown in the US and the Bandai line of toys is leaving the shelves of Toys-R-US stores.

We have also received word that the show is playing in Europe and as many as 20 countries worldwide, but the toy line has been discontinued until further notice. So for our FHT fans, we have launched the official FHT fan site at to provide all FHT fans with the latest news, air times, toy and book availability and DVD distribution(Coming Soon!)

If you cannot find Firehouse Tales or licensed products in your neck of the woods, please visit the site, send us an email and we'll help you get the FHT stuff you want!

Jim Clark