Saturday, September 16, 2006

I had a nice surprise a couple of days ago when I found out artist Franc Reyes had a book out.
I haven't seen Franc in years. He worked at the same studio I did when i was a animation greenhorne and we were designers
on the same show. I loved Franc's bankground designs and he introduced me to lots of work of a couple of artists I still love, Frank Brangwyn and Sorolla. I remember one time he generously brought in some old Phillipine comic books with early work of Alfred Alcala that I still have photocopies of that were just beautiful. These really cool sciencefiction and fantasy stories which were for me ,some of the best work of his. We used to talk about old illustrators something i always enjoy. Frank is a fabulous painter and I remember going to a group show he was in and seeing his paintings for the first time, wonderful.
Watching Franc work at that time is a great memory for me and seeing glimpses of some of his work over the years since he moved away from Toronto is a real treat.
you can see some of it here too.


pbcbstudios said...

i worked with franc down at the florida disney studio. he's an amazing artist and a really nice guy as well. it's a great book!

MikeS said...

I found out about this book about a month or so ago. I sat across from him for almost a year and a half before he left for Florida and always enjoyed talking with him. Fantastic human being.

leifpeng said...

No way! I visited Franc when he was an in-house storyboard artist at JWT in downtown TO and I was a green board artist at O&M. The studio manager was disapointed with Franc's work because he always said he couldn't colour his frames, just draw 'em in B/W... meanwhile the rest of us young guys were in awe of his astounding drawing skills. he left shortly after that, he was not meant for agency boards. I'm thrilled to see he landed on his feet in a more rewarding field.

Thanks for the post, D!

DELA said...

Cool ,Thanks for info Draz