Saturday, February 5, 2011


I have been remiss in leaving it to now, but I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

I am going to have, my first, my very own,


I have joined forces with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. The show will be in their space, in downtown Toronto, 486 College St., that's between Bathurst and Ossington, kicking off with an opening on February 25, from 7 to 11.
I invite everyone who sees this to please come on out and have a look.

The stuff on display will be mostly layouts and designs - some original, some not - from things I have worked on over the years: features, television, book illustration. There will art on dispaly from The Incredibles, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bluth Features such as All Dogs Go To Heaven, Rock A Doodle, Thumbelina,

Here's the blurb , as per the TCW:

The Toronto Cartoonists Workshop is delighted to present Animation & Film: The Scott Caple Retrospective. Caple, an environmental designer and art director whose numerous projects over the last 3 decades includes the Disney/Pixar megahit The Incredibles, will walk guests through his dazzling array of animation artwork from some of the most popular and seminal films over the last 30 years.

Caple has carefully chosen works from his entire career in film and animation – from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan toInspector Gadget, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Incredibles. Please join us for a fascinating journey into the world of film animation.

I will have a limited number of signed prints for sale.

There will be refreshments provided.

I'm not sure how I will be showing art from Raiders or Star Trek as I don't really have any art from those jobs; maybe I 'll just tell war stories...

So please pass the word and come on out for a taste of animation art that doesn't usually get a nod!

Friday, February 4, 2011


I 'm reposting this post from back when the blog started: I want to explain where the name for this blog comes from. I have a great interest history, and especially the medieval tme period and consequently, medieval art. The great and manuscripts, books and their decoration are fascinating to me. partly because of the art, but also because of the people who created them. There is much to be learned about the medieval mind. We have the mental image of the poor, lonely scribe, warming his hands by a low guttering candle, in a cold stone tower, hunched over his work, ink stained, muttering prayers and praying that the Vikings don't show up. (Not necessarily an accurate picture, but more on that later.) We think of him as anonymous. But a surprising number of manuscripts are signed by those that wrote them. More than just signed; often with some comments regarding the work, or a short prayer, or his relief in finally finishing the task at hand. The title of this blog is one of these afterwords or "explicits"; this one shows up again and again in numerous manuscripts from the Middle Ages. The original Latin goes: "Calamus tribus digitus continetur, Totem corpus laborat."Truer words were never spoke! How often have any of us groaned and stretched after hunching over the work for hours at a time. Any craftsman knows this, be they painter, poet, sculptor, modelmaker, 2- or 3-D animator....
I first ran across it myself in the book Medieval Calligraphy by Marc Drogin, one of several books by this author. I dedicate this entry to you, sir, wherever you are, for this phrase has returned to me over and over with great weight.It is so profound. And written down by some poor slob four hundred years ago! The whole body labours, regardless of the ergonomicists' best efforts.
And way back somewhere in those aching vertebrae, we kind of enjoy it....
And nothing to do with the three fingers on the hand of an animated character!

One of theirs

One of mine

the words themselves