Monday, September 28, 2009

Life Drawing dump

Just figured I'd dump some of the Life drawing I did today up here. Loads more, but really the rest were too big to scan, but I want to take pictures because a few were actually acceptably decent.

I love charcoal.

And animating.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Circus Bats

Here's just a simple turn around I made for "Vivi", a new, quick character that I made up. He'll be rolling around on that ball sometime soon, but first I have to actually make him a puppet. Once I finish the designs on him I'll post it.

More to be up soon. This little tidbit was convenient, because I scanned it.
This here is Vlad. He was my first pass at a puppet-bat (for AE) but after finishing his design, I knew he would be ridiculously hard to pose and work as a puppet. He'd be way too stiff.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I want to grow. I want to learn.

Yeah, so its been a crazy couple of weeks. I'm sorry I haven't updated in a while, its been pretty crazy. Truthfully, I rarely find time to be on my computer.

Also, my mac kerput again, so the pictures I DO have cant be uploaded. And I've got some pretty cool ones.

I've been drawing, reading, classing, and homeworking nonstop. I like it. Good days and bad days. I still get the sudden rush that I'm often just a hack and wonder what the hell I'm doing at Calarts or how I got in, but I get over it.

I want to grow. I want to learn.

These will always remain true.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


OKAY! So I AM IN CALIFORNIA!! Sorry it took me a couple days- but I wanted to take as many pictures as possible and I couldn't do it all at once.

This is Bob Hope Airport. I saw palm trees and mountains as SOON as I got outside the terminal. It was awesome.
One of the R.A.’s (Mattias) picked me up from the airport and drove me to the school. He was full of knowledge and helpful. He also did not take my kidney.Then as soon as I got my room keys Mattias shipped me over to my dorms at Ahmanson.Up four mini-flights of stairs led to my apartment door-where I saw THIS.

No other rooms on the campus have this on front of their door. I checked. So you can imagine how stoked I was.

So BASICALLY I spent the next hour unpacking my lovely room-to-myself, which has a HUGE DESK in it. Not to mention an awesome view from the window.
After that I explored the campus whilst waiting for some things I had to do that night. So of course I took pictures.I often find myself in this little courtyard. I felt drawn to it for some reason, and the light streaming through the trees in the early morning is absolutely beautiful. That’s a big eucalyptus tree that’s in the courtyard- the wind blows and the air gets this wonderfully nutty aroma to it. My suitemate Olivia pointed them out, and I’m beginning to grow fond of them.
Upon further inspection over the next couple days, and getting lost in the corridors of Calarts with my other suitemate Jenny, I found the sub basement. Needless to say, jaws dropped with joy.
Seeing these halls really excited us. How awesome was it that a school gave you an entire area to ACTUALLY do whatever you wanted over the walls. The only rules were no spray-paint, and avoid the floors and signs.Jenny contributing to fray. Cutest bunny ever.

More awesome graffiti on the Level 1 bathrooms near the Experimental Animation department.You know the courtyard that I was falling in love with? Turns out it connects with the experimental animation dept.’s main animation room. Did I mention what room that is?
Yes. Yes indeed. A115. Boo-yah. A115 was the classroom many alumni like John Lasseter, Peter Doctor, etc. worked in. The room number is often hidden in many Pixar films. Thanks Vince for telling me this before I left Uarts!!

Tomorrow is my class registration. I’ve got 5 core-classes to sign up for, plus a lunchtime animation screening every Tuesday for .5 credits. Lunch and a movie, can’t beat that. Besides that, I got the chance to meet with the wonderful Character Animation department assistant director Maija Burnett who is letting me hop in on the Intermediate Traditional Classes!!!! (Joyous day) Then on Fridays I’ll be going to all the Visiting Artist lectures down in the Character Animation dept in hopes to gain more knowledge. THROW IN a workstudy job somewhere and guess what? I get to be exhausted for the rest of my days. Seriously though, this is something I want. I need to be as busy as I can be, working my ass off. It’s the only way I’ll get better.

Again, class sign up tomorrow. I’ll post pictures of the damage. =) not as many as this, though.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Leavin on Jet-plane.

So I'm spending my last day on the east coast enjoying an outing to panera, coldstone, and then an early labor-day party with my entire family- all 800 billion of them.


Tonight I will be sufficiently full of good polish foods and probably cake (oh the debauchery!!) because I will not be back until... who knows when. A long time. Not that long. Forever. No I'm kidding.

Tomorrow, however, I will be hopping on flight A to Chicago, flight B to Denver, and arrive on fight C in Burbank. Then I will proceed to hop in mysterious white van with red letters to some supposed campus, where they will mug me and take my kidney, and when I awake I'll take up animation to pay off the loan-sharks on my back.

I hope to avoid the kidney-thieves. I hear they are thick on the ground this season.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

All Packed

So I had a second dentists' trip today, all things went moderately better than my Monday appointment, but I won't be droll with details.

I spent the better part of two hours packing, unpacking, and repacking my two large suitcases full of all my clothes and extra necessities until both luggages where under 50 pounds each. This means I get to cart around 100 lbs of luggage, a 20 lb backpack (by the time I'm done cramming both my computers and etc into them) and a 5-10 pound duffel filled with nothing but rocks the day I leave for California.

Okay, so I'm lying about the rocks.

On the up side- I'm going to California.

I. Am going. To. CALIFORNIA.


Okay not forever, but hopefully for a very long time. I'm really getting excited at this prospect before me: I have realized for some time that I'm going to the west coast, to Calarts, for my MFA. However- it did not strike me to plan for anything other than getting there. So in my mind, once I step onto the plane I'm walking into a misty-shroudy- type of void where anything can happen because I have NOTHING to do but go forward. Or go backwards, but coming back home isn't an option now that I'm spending this much money to go after my goal.

I guess I'm just waking up to the fact that I have no clue where my life will go-- and it's an absolutely marvelous wake-up call.

last words for today- I fully plan on keeping my camera (and hopefully my video cam) on me at all times, especially during the trip to, so expect pictures and vlogs. woo. and of course some blogging too.