Smiley Guy Team Covers McCall Painting

Bruce McCall, the Canadian author and illustrator known for his New Yorker cover paintings, recent saw his fellow Canadians bring one of his covers to life. His whimsical 2007 New Yorker cover titled The Ascent of Man was handed to the Toronoto-based team at Smiley Guy Studios over three weeks his concept had become a 2-minute short. The spot was directed by Luke Gustafson, whose work was seen here back in 2006, and the entire piece was animated in Flash, with the exception of the smoke effects. According to the SGS team, McCall’s reaction to the piece was “fantastic.”

The animation was created for ithentic and the NFB.

This story was also highlighted over at Drawn! back in February.

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