Already old news, but great news nonetheless.
Saw Jim MacAuley, mentor and teacher of mine and of all the great animators that came out of Sheridan - Mike Surrey, Nik Ranieri, Brian Ferguson, Duncan Marjoribanks, Chuck Gammage, Charlie Bonafacio, Andy Knight, Alvero Gaivoto, Bill Speers, Dean duBlois, Michel Gagne, Glen McQueen and so, so many others.
Any of the tradition of great draughtsmanship that Sheridan is known for ( that's another blog post), the force majeur that Canadian animators became in the commercial industry in the 80s and 90s is directly traceable to this man, with his snow white beard, and his dulcet Glaswegian tones. ( Everyone who studied under him does an imitation.)
Truly a wonderful man who gave freely of his time and talent to those around him.
Jim is near Montreal now, having moved from Perth to be closer to his family, and therefore close enough for an easy visit!
Of course, models and sketches of ships abound:
here's a few pics:
as he is looking now, not too shabby!