About The Author

Michael Blackbourn:

I'm Michael Blackbourn.  I can drive a pencil on paper pretty well and I help make movies.  I'm very fortunate to have a great job as a cg supervisor at The Embassy VFX.  Some of the more notable work we've done is the Mark1 suit in Iron Man, the black mech suit in District 9, the flyers in Cowboys and Aliens, and the shredder balls in Battleship.  The suit in the image to the right was completely created by using computer based tools.

I work with a very talented team of artists at The Embassy modelling, texturing, animating, and rendering these amazing film sequences.  We plug away at this work on computers, working anywhere from six weeks on a commercial to between six to ten months on films.

At home I've been working on my drawing.  I don't really feel like putting even more hours into my own work using the same tools we have at the office.  I just want to pick up a pencil and have immediate feedback.

I live on Bowen Island, a short twenty minute ferry from Vancouver.  So every day I have 40 minutes sitting on a boat as part of my commute.  Just long enough to sketch an idea or write a scene.  Having this time has let me develop some of the ideas that have gone into the story I'm working on.

I'm now trying to draw specific scenes from the story instead of general ideas about the world and characters.  I haven't nailed down the style I want to go with quite yet but I seem to gravitate to something like what you see with the girl, the crab, and the barnacle.  Being only six millimetres tall (1/4 of an inch) the world is a pretty big place.