One Family. Six Creatives

Celebrating the creative life — one canvas, one film, one photo at a time.

We are the Shaffers

Hi! Our house is full of easels, oil paint, film equipment, and animation tables, because we all create. Yep, every single one of us. Come on in…


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Animating From Saskatoon to Kelowna with Chris Wieme

Animating From Saskatoon to Kelowna with Chris Wieme

Canadian animator Chris Wieme trained in animation and fashioned an early career in the most unlikely of places: the prairie provinces of Canada. Yet his work is as strong as any who have trained at the more prestigious animation schools or worked at the bigger...

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A podcast about our family and conversations with our creative friends, colleagues, and heroes. Go to our podcast page to find us on your favorite podcast platform.

John Stobart’s Worldscape

John Stobart’s Worldscape

Maritime painter John Stobart is not just a legendary painter, he's a capable and inspiring teacher. In fact, it was John's Worldscape series that encouraged me to "get out and paint," as he was fond of saying. Painting outdoors is both terrifying and overwhelming if...

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The Stobart Foundation

The Stobart Foundation

Maritime painter John Stobart created The Stobart Foundation with Kensington Stobart Gallery to help young artists make the strongest transition from art education to a professional career. Stobart recognizes the unique needs of that period in an artist's development,...

Educ’ Alcool Gorilla

Guillaume Blackburn and Sam Cabanac both animated on this Educ' Alcool commercial I directed at Tonic DNA. It's rare that an agency gives us as much freedom to have so much fun creating characters and animating them in old school 2D animated worlds.  This one is...

An Animated Skateboarder This is Sawyer's latest animation effort. Created on TV Paint

The Making of a Logo: DGC Consulting

It's rare that I do a logo anymore, but I was recently asked to do one and catalogued the progress. The company is DGC Consulting, which is an accounting firm that specializes in custom programming to provide solutions for it's clients. The request was that the design...

Purchase Todd’s animated musical The Promise Birth of the Messiah. Streaming will be available soon.