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Kal Convention Animations

July 30th, 2016 | Category: Animation

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I had the good fortune to attend the 2016 Republican and Deomcratic conventions and while there create some interesting work. I was doing some lightning sketches on my iPad Pro that I was able to upload to The Economist’s social media sites then created 1 minute animations with the help of my talented colleague Peter Winfield. You can see some below.

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New Kal Animation…2nd of 5

November 18th, 2013 | Category: Animation


Here’s the next in the fun series of animations I created for The Economist to compliment their specialised dictionary ” Economics A-Z”. This one is about hyperinflation. Please share!

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New Economist Animations

November 11th, 2013 | Category: Animation

The Economist has commissioned me to create¬†a fun series of animated shorts to illustrate their specialized dictionary titled “Economics A-Z”. They are now up and available for people to view and share.

I created these with the help of the great local Baltimore animation studio Bully Entertainment. It is our hope these will be the first of other short films tackling complex issues with humor. You can see them here.

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Kal at The conventions

September 18th, 2012 | Category: Animation

I have recently returned from the two political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte. During the events, I created two “animated” sketchbooks. You can view them here or see the links below.

The Democratic Convention

The Republican Convention

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Oldie but Goodie

January 29th, 2012 | Category: Animation

I worked with Richard Williams on this animation. It was great experience. The goal of the project was to animate one of my cartoons, making it come alive out of the newspaper. I created character drawing of the major players along with the Opening sequence and a few key drawings. Richard and his animators had some fun with this one. Note in the opening art… in the audience at Parliament, there are sheep and Mickey mouse sitting in the balcony, and in the backbenchers there are portraits of me and a couple of the creatives from the Ad agency that managed the project. A part that Richard particularly enjoyed was the transition of Neil Kinnock (the then leader of the Labour Party on the right) from a devil to an angel, look carefully you will notice he disappears up his own rear end.
As I recall, It took us three months to complete the project. By the time the commercial was ready, the Today newspaper was low on cash and could not afford to give it a nationwide release in the UK. Instead it was aired on local stations (not in London). Still when I visited Richard on a later occaision, he told me it had won two animation awards ( I don’t know which… any info here would be welcome)…. ¬†Kevin KAL Kallaugher, www.kaltoons.com

I just came across on the web this delightful blast from the past.

This was a televison commercial I worked on in 1987 with Richard Williams, one of the all time great legends of animation.

It was great experience. I had been hired to be the cartoonist at a brand new UK newspaper called TODAY.The goal of the commercial was to use my cartoons to promote the newspaper.

I worked closely with Richard on the early part of the project. I created character drawings of the major players along with the opening sequence plus a few key drawings. Richard and his animators then took the project and ran with it.

There are some funny little tidbits in the film. In the opening art (it is very difficult to see in this low quality video)… in the audience at Parliament, there are sheep and Mickey mouse sitting in the balcony. Also, among the backbenchers are caricatures of me and a couple of the creatives from the Ad agency that managed the project.

A part that Richard particularly enjoyed was the transition of Neil Kinnock (the then leader of the Labour Party on the right) from a devil to an angel. Look carefully, you will notice he disappears up his own rear end.

As I recall, It took us three months to complete the project with hundreds of drawings used to create the animation. By the time the commercial was ready, the Today newspaper was low on cash and could not afford to give it a nationwide release in the UK. Instead it was aired on local stations (not in London). Still when I visited Richard on a later occasion, he told me it had won two animation awards ( I don’t know which… any info here would be welcome)….

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Meg Whitman animation Sketches

November 07th, 2010 | Category: Animation, sketches

Whitman full body sketch web

Whitman Mouth and Jaw web

Earlier this year my good friends at DigitalSteamworks asked me to help them out with a job. I have collaborated with”Steamworks” on a variety of great digital and animation projects. For this job they wanted to build a 3D Meg Whitman model for a TV commercial and came to me for some sketches. You can see a few of the sketches here… the final animation as it aired is below.

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KAL, Animation and Direct dimensions

January 29th, 2009 | Category: 3-D, Animation, News, caricature

Since 2006 I have had the good fortune to work with the Maryland based digital imaging company Direct Dimensions. This company is both conveniently located near my home and one of the premier companies of its type in the country.  They are involved in numerous interesting projects from scanning the Lincoln Memorial to football star Ray Lewis.

Direct Dimensions’ newsletter is always full of cool stuff that the company is currently engaged in. ¬†The current newsletter features KAL animation projects. ¬†There are some good explanations of the technology involved and interesting graphics.

You read all about it HERE.

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