Saturday, November 28, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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
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
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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
Friday, November 6, 2009
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
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.
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
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
Hey folks! I submitted my clip to 11secondclub.com! 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.