Archive for the ‘movies’ Category



Sunday, June 19th, 2011

More than a year ago, I recorded the inking of the first page from Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip, the fourth book in that series. I set the camera up to take a picture every few seconds while I worked on the drawing. It’s been sitting on my hard drive ever since, waiting for me to add a soundtrack and make a real movie of it.
Whoopee John
Friday evening I was at a local Salvation Army thrift store where they had quite a collection of old polka records. Someone must have given up their collection. I grabbed the best two, based on cover designs. One was a 33 LP and the other was a collection of five old 78s by “Whoopee John” Wilfahrt, a great polka name if there ever was one. The first one I put on was the “Unitas Polka” and I realized immediately that it was perfect.

The tune got recorded and twenty minutes later I had it done. There’s something about these old records that remind me of cartoon soundtracks, like Bugs Bunny and so on.

I’m working on a longer more involved version that shows how an illustration, this one specifically, is created from sketch to final. At the time I made this time-lapse I also did the same for the digital coloring part of the process. I’ll post that when I get it ready. Some day.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

a puzzle!

A year or so ago I drew an illustration of cars and trucks and stuff on a spaghetti-tangle of highways. This was commissioned by the fantastic toy-maker/card-publisher/gift-creator Mudpuppy and their art director Cynthia Matthews. I’ve done a few projects in the past for them, including the Air Land Sea puzzle and the scribbling monster journal.

Here’s the puzzle itself.

puzzle for Mudpuppy

This puzzle got delayed a bit in the production, but was finally released last week. It’s in a really nice little box and I’m very very pleased with the results. I got my small box of samples on Friday and immediately set to work putting the puzzle together. Furthermore, I recorded this process and made a movie which you can watch right here. Then, after you watch it, you can go to Mudpuppy’s website and order a dozen or two of them.

Oh yeah, music by Dance Robot, Dance.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

My little movie “Playground” got featured on a terrific blog called PlayGroundology. It’s all about, yes, playgrounds. LIke it you will.

PlayGroundology screenshot

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Last weekend we carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween and, as per the usual, I documented it thoroughly. Each of the kids made up a face and drew it onto a pumpkin, and then I carved them. The movie was made by shooting 662 still images with a timer set to take a picture every five seconds. When this was done it was edited together using Quicktime and Adobe Premiere. The music is The Vanguards’ 1963 version of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg.
Happy Halloween all y’all.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I totally forgot about this. I wrapped up work on the Roscoe Riley series last Spring and book seven was just published a couple of weeks ago. So now you can get the whole series and read it as you would Harry Potter. Kind of.
Seven Roscoe Rileys
Also, since it’s Friday and I have lots of other work I should be doing, I decided to procrastinate spend some time making this little movie to commemorate the completion of the series.

I shot it with my iPhone clamped to a tripod. This works quite well and I’m afraid I’m seeing the end of my affinity for using tape-based video cameras. Anyone want a barely-used HiDef Sony HV20?

The music was made in Ableton Live with the Synplant synthesizer, which I can’t get enough of.

Seven Roscoe Rileys from Brian Biggs on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I’m in Arkansas for a while this month. I get a little stir-crazy when I don’t have my studio and stuff around me so as to make the things I make. I’ve got some deadlines so I am working, mainly out of the public library here in Fayetteville. I borrowed my brother-in-law’s video camera and made a little ha ha movie on Sunday evening. Hopefully more to come during this trip.

The video was recorded with Boinx iStopMotion and edited in Adobe Premiere. The music was made with Ableton Live and the Microtonic drum machine. Aaah. Technology.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

This lovely Spring day makes me think of bicycles. So I thought I’d post a movie taken last September of me.

Moments later, redemption.

Monday, August 18th, 2008

This last Saturday, Wilson, Elliot and I volunteered at the kids’ old school to help build their new playground. When we arrived I was quite surprised to find hundreds of volunteers from the Wharton School of Business and Kaboom.org there to build as well.
The entire thing was completed in seven hours. We started building around 9:00am and we finished around 4:00pm.
I brought a camera, tethered it to my laptop via Firewire, and used iStopMotion to record about one frame every ten seconds. I made a little soundtrack with Ableton Live and the result was posted here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Another oldie but goodie. I posted a movie I made in 2002 that’s basically my 1993 graphic novel Frederick & Eloise set to music with me narrating. It was done for a special comix event at the Prince Music Theatre. I really enjoyed creating this thing and I think that the book actually lacks for not having music. I met Tin Hat Trio at a concert in 2003 and gave them a DVD with the movie on it, and asked them if it was ok that I used their music. Rob Burger answered in the affirmative. It’s here in the animation department.

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Went out riding with the kids this last Saturday. Then I spent some time with Wilson yesterday in my new Premiere CS3 checking out the features. We remapped the time and sped things up, added titles, and imported a new version of an older tune. See it all here. If you aren’t happy with Vimeo, see it on Youtube as well. Enjoy.