No Annie Awards for Us..

Posted on Friday 24 September 2010

Some of you must have heard about the news that Disney/Pixar withdrew their participation for the future Annie Awards.
Annies is the only formal ceremony to recognize individual awards in animation community.
We had a wonderful year with animation this year with both Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon.
The Annies won’t be the same without Toy Story 3 in the mix this year.
The organizers of the award are saying they can still include Toy Story 3 in this year’s ballot even if Pixar doesn’t participate but that’s non sense since Pixar wouldn’t allow any use of images of their films.(Award voting process requires voters to see images/films)
There are lots of opinions about Pixar’s action and I don’t really have a huge opinion on that myself.

But it is extremely unfortunate that animation community is splitting like that.
The business is small enough and artists are normally good friends. The organization such as ASIFA could be where we can all bond with, help, inspire, and support each other.
One thing is that lots of people are saying that Pixar withdrew because Pixar artists don’t win as much as they should.
That is not true. I can tell you that much. Annie Award process has had a ? mark for years now among the animation community. Even since I was at Blue Sky, people were talking about it. It’s not about Pixar being a sore loser.

Regardless, it’s sad.

Oh well….
Awards and recognitions are all just icing on the cake in the end. The most important thing is to focus on the cake part.

Wait, I won the manager of the year award in my local baseball league this year.
I ‘ll settle with that… :):)

these are some quick sketches I did during TS3 production. At work, we do lots of birthday cards and get well cards. Super fast lunch time paintings. I thought I’d share some of these….

12 Comments for 'No Annie Awards for Us..'

    September 24, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    That is very unfortunate news. But you still get the “Rockstar of the Year Award” in my book, Dice.

    September 25, 2010 | 1:58 am

    That is very unfortunate, Dice 🙁 Well.. Manager of the year is awesome! 😀 All the best, man.

    Those digi paints are awesome btw!

    September 25, 2010 | 9:46 am

    ¡tu trabajo es increible, daisuke!
    realmente muy inspirador: si no tienes el annie este año no importa, ya vendrá.

    revisé todo tu sitio y es muy estimulante ver tus pinturas,
    muchas gracias por compartirlo

    desde chile, juanamerico

    September 28, 2010 | 2:20 am


    September 28, 2010 | 6:45 am

    yeah i head about the annie awards and thought, why?
    anyway its a shame, it wouldve been nice to vote for ts3

    September 30, 2010 | 10:34 am

    wow, I’m sorry for that… but be the manager of the year… that’s great!! And I love the birthday cards! so funny 🙂

    October 1, 2010 | 9:56 am

    […] Happy Birthday wishes from Lotso by Dice Tsutsumi. […]

    October 6, 2010 | 5:46 pm

    been a long time Dice! we should catch up sometime. funny and cool paintings. so much to learn from you. cheers,

    October 10, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    Hi Dice.
    My name is Leo, I’m from Brazil and I am a big fan of your work.
    I started studying digital painting a few months ago by myself.
    But I’d like some tips.
    Could you help me?

    Where do I start?
    What to study?
    How to study?
    What is more important to study, light, color …?

    I bought a DVD, “Practical Light and Color” from Gnomon, but in practice is not as easy as it looks on DVD. lol
    If you can help me I appreciate it.


    October 11, 2010 | 6:21 pm

    Hello Mr. Tsusumi 🙂
    i apologize in advance for having to send this message via comment. i couldn’t find another way to contact you (love the birthday cards by the way ♥ )

    I’m a 3rd year illustration major at the American Academy of Art. My class has been assigned to interview a professional artist and I was hoping if you could find a bit of spare time for me to interview you.

    Your work has been an inspiration for me for many years and still is. I had the privilege to see one of your works in the Society of Illustrators at the Bill L. Parks Gallery in my school and it is a memory that will stay with me forever. It would be an honor to learn about the artist behind the artwork that has greatly inspired me.

    i hope to hear a reply soon 🙂

    your fan and fellow artist,
    Christine C.

    October 22, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    Thanks Arthur! but man, you guys at Dreamworks will sweep the show for sure! LOVED the Dragon!

    thanks! Heh heh, It’s silly but I’m still a baseball fanatic.

    Muchas gracias.

    Usted tiene razón. premios no tienen sentido.
    Y muchas gracias por tomarse el tiempo para buscar mi sitio web.
    ¿Eres un artista de graffiti?

    うーん、これを訳すのはちょっと時間がないですが, google traslatorにて!!

    yep, it’s ashame. But again, it’s all silly politics. we dont’ need it

    gracias tatiana

    yeeeeessss let’s catch up soooon!

    Thank you Leo!
    my humble two cents

    *start painting from life(meaning a real thing whether it’s a human figure or outdoor landscape)
    *try also sticking to real paint. digital paint should come easy if you can paint in traditional paint
    *all about patience!

    It takes time and could be frustrating at times but if you like it, you keep doing it. Keep doing it. that’s the key!

    your drawings on your blog are great! so it should be pretty easy!

    best of luck!

    thanks christine,
    don’t hesitate to email me

    November 18, 2010 | 7:20 am

    I am so fan of your work …. 🙂

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