Friday, April 15, 2016

Vote For Your Favorite Popeye T-shirts @

CLICK HERE to score All Contest Designs
 ~ AHOY EVERYONE ~ recently held a Popeye & Betty Boop contest, and I have a few designs in the running. Before they become t-shirts, I need your support. If you like any of my three t-shirt designs, score them a 5!

You can view and score all of the contest's designs here:
Spread the word - Score - Hurry, voting ends April 24, 2016!

Here's a closer look at my three designs:

CLICK HERE to score "Kraken Open The Spinach"
CLICK HERE to score "Gaggle of Goons"
CLICK HERE to score "Duck Dinner"
Thank you for your support!
 ~ Stay Animated ~

Friday, April 18, 2014

* * * * * * Cannes Showcases Leatherface Larry * * * * * *

May 14 - 25, 2014

I am very proud to announce that The Legend of Leatherface Larry has been selected to be showcased at the 67th Festival de Cannes.
Congratulations to everyone who helped me bring this animation to life! I couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Welcome to Tommy and Jamie's Claymation Classroom

Hello all of you GENIUS Artists and Animators out there!

Have you watched movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, Wallace and Gromit and wondered,
"How do they do that?"

Well then, Tommy and Jamie's Virtual Claymation Classroom
is the class for you!
To begin, all you'll need is some clay, a camera, and your imagination!

Join us as we begin our weekly Claymation lessons, teaching you everything you'll need to know to create your very own stop-motion animated films. We'll begin with the basic topics of animation - ranging from timing to squash and stretch, disappearing, morphing, and more!
Once all of the basics are covered, we'll move on to creating the claymation films! The first few films will start off a bit simple, becoming more and more complex as we progress.

Film Topics Include:
Silly Snowmen, Household Pets, Desert Dramas, Epic Arctic Snowboarding Penguins, Prehistoric Dinosaurs, Futuristic Space Adventures, Life-Saving Superheroes, and more...

With each film, we will explore story development, set design and construction, character design and development, as well as different filming techniques.

All of our Claymation lessons are recorded for your viewing pleasure to watch at your convenience 24/7/365! We will also host occasional LIVE Question and Answer sessions to demonstrate class topics further.

We welcome students of all ages!

and be sure to follow us on Facebook

Hope to see you there!
Until then . . . STAY ANIMATED!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In the Immortal Words of Bugs Bunny...


July 21-25, 2014
Join Mark Kistler, Jamie Hazelwood, and myself
as we bring you Three Astounding Art Courses

During this week-long Art Camp,
Learn how to draw in 3-D with Mark,
Puppeteer your hand-made Puppets with Jamie,
and Animate your very own Claymation Movie with me!

We're going to have a blast!
And you'll be glad that you didn't second guess
taking that left turn at Albuquerque.

For more information on this Summer Art Camp
and to SIGN-UP, Please Visit

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mark Kistler's Texas Art Camp - Third Time's the Charm!

Back again for the third year in a row!

Prepare yourselves for yet another exciting week of Claymation
with myself and Jamie Hazelwood at
Deep in the ART of Texas!

Mark Kistler, the host of the public television series
Mark Kistler's Imagination Station,
will be hosting a Fine Arts Camp July 14-18, 2014.

Students will be inspired to make their very own movies at home
after we teach the techniques behind the art of Stop-Motion Animation.
All that's needed is some clay, a camera, 
and the ability to let their imaginations run wild!

The past two years have been amazing
and we can't wait to see what stories and characters
our creative, GENIUS students animate this year!

For more information on this Summer Art Camp
and to see our previous students' animations

Saturday, April 6, 2013


A one-week introduction to the art of Cartooning,
Puppet Making and Claymation!

Led by Former Simpsons & Disney Animator Tim Decker
and his talented group of guest artists. 
Draw lots of different characters in a step-by-step approach. 
Design and create a hand-and-rod sock creature.
Build a clay character and bring it to life!

I'll be teaming up with my good friend Jamie Hazelwood to teach your kids the art of Claymation at Tim Decker's Cartoon Adventure Camp!

Session One: June 17-21, 2013
Session Two: August 12-16, 2013

For more info & to SIGN YOUR KIDS UP
Please Visit:

Watch our Students' Claymations!!!

Friday, March 29, 2013

We're Back! - Mark Kistler's Summer Art Camp 2013

Sharpen your pencils, grab some paper.
Get ready! It's almost time!
Mark will show you how to get
on the paper, what's in your mind!
And Tommy Simms
will help you too
by animating your clay toons!
At the Imagination Station's
Summer Fine Arts Camp 2013

This Summer, I'll be back down 
Deep in the ART of Texas 
teaching kids the art of Stop-Motion Animation!

Mark Kistler, the host of the public television series
Mark Kistler's Imagination Station,
will be hosting a Fine Arts Camp July 15-19, 2013

Last year was a blast! And we're coming back with even more
Claymation! Drama! Painting! 3-D Drawing! and the popular SCRIBBLE-OFFS!

In my Stop-Motion Animation class, 
kids will learn the techniques behind making their very own films
and will be inspired to continue making movies at home!
All that's needed is a little bit of clay, a camera, 
any materials they'd like to use,
and the ability to let their imaginations run wild!

Watch the Claymations that my students made last year:

For more info and to sign up for classes, please visit:
 Dream it! Draw it! Do it!