Saturday, November 28, 2009


those of you who know me well know this guy. I'll give you a cookie if you can figure out what he's saying.

Keys only. Maybe I'll actually flesh it out. It was just a pose-test for fun.

Logan Keys from Vanessa Buldowski on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


...was awesome! There is not enough time to go into how great this expo was! Amazing panels by top people in the industry, an exhibit floor filled with awesome artists and book shops and information, and DID I MENTION PEOPLE FROM THE INDUSTRY!? Here's a quick overview of what I did!

Friday night I got a small tour of Cartoon Network Studios, and took this picture of the stairwell up. LIGHTSABERSSSSSSS. This made me giggle with glee.Friday the expo was already hopping. Here's a a shot I took of Tony Bancroft, Disney animator and Director of Mulan, working and talking about animating. That's a drawing of pumba he's working on, in china marker. He gave me a really great critique on my portfolio on Saturday, and some great tips about how to approach drawing animals.I did my rounds of the exhibit floor a billion times on friday, and was finally brave enough to take a snapshot of Gary Goldman, producer and animator on all Don Bluth Studio films. I wasn't brave enough to meet the man, or Don himself, yet.Friday was a pretty good day. Then Saturday happened. AND IT WAS CRAZY AWESOME. I thought it was busy on Friday, but the weekend was hoppin!

I got to meet and talk to Andreas Deja!!!!! And he looked at my portfolio and gave me his wisdom. Gotta push myself to get better! Push my drawings skills to the max!
Joe and I met up with Valerio Ventura, an amazingly talented artist who worked on many, many things including Class of 3000, Hercules, Mulan, and many others! He's super sweet and down to earth, with a wicked design sense to boot! BUY HIS BOOK!!!
I went to a panel about Ronald Searle, an amazing artist, to support Manny Hernandez, a BFA 1 here at CalArts who got onto the panel. He got to sit with world renowned animators/artists John Musker, James Baxter, and Matt Jones. Manny is the young one with the hat. Haha. Sitting next to John Musker, the lucky dog!
Seeing this great panel gave me the courage to finally go to talk to Gary and Don! And they both were happy to look at my portfolio, and feed me golden knowledge. Don was so eager to teach me something, it was refreshing and exciting. He told everyone this piece of information-" You know when you make a drawing you like, then three hours later you hate it? Ever wonder why that is? It's because when you made that good drawing, your brain expanded, your knowledge expanded, and you conquered something." Oh man.

Then I asked them for their picture, and I was content to have the two of them in it, but they pulled me into the shot! Once Gary was satisfied with teasing me with bunny ears, Don said "Now this is a serious photo, everyone act like we've known each other for years!" Some of the most sweet and down to earth people I met at the show! I really appreciated their advice and guidance, as well as warnings for what to do. AHHH!
After this, I stumbled out of the room to find Andreas Deja giving an animation demonstration! SO OF COURSE I listened in, and asked questions to my hearts content. It was great hearing his approach to animating, and when I asked him where he thinks new animators are lacking, he said "Performance!" I found this answer to be a running theme with all the top animators I asked.So now it was time to see a screening with Joe! And guess what it was.
Heck yes. HECK.YES. It was totally Brendan and the Secret of Kells. And my mind was blown. There were certainly some issues with the film, and some things didn't work together, as well as a very anticlimactic ending with a patched up resolution....but... it was freaking such a visual smorgasbord. There were scenes where I got the chills, from the designs elements and the unique character animation. Check out this clip, when scene in context with the whole film, made me freak out and break out in goosebumps.

Banjo the Woodpile Cat was screened right before it as well, and AHH such good animation! Old school done on cells awesomeness.

And on Sunday, I met Eric Goldberg! Here's a picture of him going over someone's portfolio. I didnt get the chance to ask him to look at mine, unfortunately, but I did ask him waaaay to many questions about his approach to animation, and what he felt about the industry now. He didnt seem to mind, and shared his story about Ken Harris when he was working for Richard Williams on Roger Rabbit, and even did his impression of him, too! You can hear the story also on The Animation Podcast, where you'll also get lots of wisdom from other artists too!

So much happened. More than ALLLL of this. I don't know if Glen Keane was there, but if so I wish I could have met him and picked his brain some.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ever have one of those days?

Can you tell I like teal?

This is a reformatted image I made for this post-card things that I wanted to print out for this weekend... but I dont think I'll get a chance to. I need to find a CVS, then maybe I can. Maybe tomorrow morning.

So yeah. CTN ANIMATION EXPO! I will be attending from tomorrow till sunday, learning alot, hopefully talking some to some awesome artists. I got together a portfolio of my work...and it will improve with time. I have issues with it, but hey, we've all got issues.

I got some great advice today about portfolio making from the fiancee of a classmate of mine- Eric Favela , who is an awesome, super modest artist. Check out his blog!!

The end. I must work now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Maggie the Monster

I like her. Possibly next year's film. First success with pastels.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bird Cycle Ruff Animation

This here is just a pencil test of a 12 frame cycle I had to do for one of my classes. Done quickly. The non-loop on his chest and head feathers blowing in the wind bugs me. Thinking of going into it and doing some clean-up practice to fix it. I might even make it a cell-painting excercise for fun, and slap it on my demo real with a flash background or something.... Hmmmmm....

Bird Cycle from Vanessa Buldowski on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009



please. please please. Let America get a slap to the face and start making animated televison show's like this one. Teaser trailer for Baidir.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Adventures in Calartia 02

So here's a little update on fun times recently. On mischief night I attended the Calarts Halloween party as this flapper. I had fun confusing people who already knew me, since none of them recognized me at first. Sweet.

This is my desk again. I know you've seen it. I dont care. You're getting another picture of it because it's beautiful.

Just this past Sunday I WENT TO THE ZOO. FUN TIMES WERE HAD. DRAWINGS WERE MADE! Lots of drawings were made. a fourth of my sketchbook, to be exact. It was AWESOME. We also met a Disney employee there, who work in the Imagineering section of Disney now. The Calarts Mafia is everywhere. Zoe and I were sketching, and I hear "You guys are animators, right?" Other animators recognize us, it's like a scent or something. Or you know. furiously scibbling pencils.

This is Zoe. Lookit how happy she is at the zoo.

And this is a perty sunrise. Please enjoy it. Yet another sunrise from the balcony of B3.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ideas floating in my head

So I drew this guy at work on Thursday, off of a very Al-Herschfelt-like drawing that was lying around of a crow. And then yesterday, I got a little involved in his existence, so I drew him again... and spent way too much time on one drawing. Which is nice, every once and a while. His legs look a little wonky. More than a little.

Finally here's a close-up of his face, because he's pertyful. I might take this into photoshop and play around with it some, adjust the colors. Who knows?
So how's your day been?

Friday, November 6, 2009

11 second club "finished"

Ruff v.02 11SecClub Oct. from Vanessa Buldowski on Vimeo.

So the results are in for this month's competition! And of course I lost, I was expecting to lose! The one I voted as my ultimate favorite won, though! ITS SO GREAT!! Watch it here!

I did, much to my surprise, place 33rd out of 213 entrants. Which is like woah! to me. I'm going to keep working, take the feedback I got from commenters on the site, and work hard on the November entry!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

You can call me Vee.

Remember remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot...

...Happy Guy Fawkes day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Bears. I've grown very very fond of them recently, and its not because people told me my animal was a bear. Several people.

I just like them. I animated a bear earlier, you can see the post here.

The sunbears and the grizzlies where most fun to draw. You can tell.

Panning Animals

So recently I've been pining over the fact that I never get any chances to draw any animals. In the morning and when I eat I specifically make myself do figure drawing, but there is NO TIME devoted to animals. I also believed that Calarts was devoid of them. I, however, was being foolish as everyone and their mother has a dog here. So, I am taking it upon myself to draw any dog I see if I have the spare moment.

Dog's aren't the only animal out there though. I've been trying to plan out a trip to the zoo for a while now, and I decided come hell or high water I'm going this weekend. Alone or not, I'm going dog gawnit. I'm sure someone will tag along, which will be massive fun.

A short explanation- The fish is Tomy, a beautiful little Koi owned by Zoe's housemate. Russell is the entirely cute little dog you see there, who these are 10 second drawings of because I've never seen a dog who fidgets so much while lying down. Lastly is a thumbnail sketch-layout of a pan I will be shooting sometime Thursday, after I create the rough sketch on actual panning paper, which will eventually be transferred to nice Ingram panning paper to be watercolored for my film.

yes and thank you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Glass Woman update

Glass Woman Raindrop Test from Vanessa Buldowski on Vimeo.

playing around with camera moves and getting to know my glass woman some more. A rough shot from my film, first take on it. Match cut on the action of the raindrop, which needs to be resolved because it feels like a jump cut.

I need to think of a name for my film, and a name for her. I feel like "Glass woman" is too...i dunno. but I feel she's so unique I almost despise naming her anything. A Charolette or any other name wont do. She's a goddess, beautiful and carefree. Naming her feels like claiming her, or a lie. At least Glass Woman is honest, because that is exactly what she is. Its not labelling, its just stating.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

October 2009 Entry 11 Second Club

Hey folks! I submitted my clip to! If you want to see it and vote, click here!

You do need to register to vote, and also, you cant decide which video you get to see, so if you only want to vote for mine, just press the "Next Animation, Please" button. THERE ARE SOME AMAZING ENTRIES this time around. Alot of 2D work, surprisingly. One in particular blew my mind and I hope it wins.

All in all, this was a great learning experience, and I want to keep working on them!

I'll post the actual animation up here after the contest is over on the 5th.