Friday, December 31, 2010

good bye 2010

So this is the last post of the year!

I've been working like crazy on this one scene and it's near completion! Just thought I'd share some of it with you :) It's basically just a breakdown of a spinning scene. I added a background mainly so it's not so boring to look at, though I'm kind of liking it so I might use that as a building block for the actual background animation

Have a Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for following my work, I only hope to share even more with you in 2011!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

the world through glass

Just a small update, since it's been a while!

Finishing up one of the last scenes! It's the home stretch! I still have A LOT to do but I'm determined to finish it by the new year (or at least a little right after). Can I do it?

In this scene the character is thrust upwards towards the sun so you can see the clouds shooting past her. I had recently seen this great photograph (desktop wallpaper) of a shot looking through a blue glass bottle. It's so beautiful and dreamlike that I decided to model this scene a bit after the photo. Hope you all like how it's coming out! Root for me!

Monday, October 18, 2010

the thick of falling

Another animation breakdown of a scene for Do You Dream in Color? with hands grasping at the air. There's about 60 drawings of hands altogether for this scene, but this is my favorite part. Below is a first person view, if you were submerged in water and looking up at the sun. Playing around with the colors is probably the most exciting part of animating for this film. I'm usually so literal so it's really great just kind of organically choosing color stories.

The rush of air

Friday, October 8, 2010

these were moments we once knew

I FINALLY got around to doing some Arrival sketches in my sketchbook! It's been quite a while though! I'm starting to think that because of the "real-life" content of the film that the preproduction work is going to be shorter than normal; you can only do so much planning until you hit a point where you start over designing. At least this is true for me... I think a little bit of spontaneity is good to have haha.

Most likely I'm closer to the story boarding process than I want to admit, and it might even be the next thing I end up doing. Look for some caps (all without giving too much away of course)! I guess the development stage that I'm in is simply a lot safer than actually boarding/animating so I'm scared to be leaving it so soon. I really would like to do some more urban concepts but because that section of the story is so murky, it'll probably be better to simply cross that bridge when it comes.

Now I just have to muster up the courage to start those boards... AHHH! 하이팅!!!!

*ps- I figured out how to keep the image enlargement intact. SOOOoooOOOoooooo... problem solved... cajun style.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

anatomy of a water splash

I'm still here.

It's been quite a while. Almost an entire month- wow. BUT I am not coming empty handed.
Firstly- just to get it out of the way haha, I have a couple more sketches for Vai Moana. Probably the last for a while. I shouldn't even be close to focusing on these ideas seeing as I have Do You Dream In Color? and Arrival way in front of the line haha.

So I've been itching to post up some work from DYDIC? However I've been pretty weary since I don't wanna give too much away of the finished product. I have a couple of scenes colored and composited! This is my favorite part of animation; once you see how a scene looks when it's been finished it definitely helps motivate you to finish the leftover work you have.

In the scene I'm working on there's a big water splash I thought it would be fun to show you what that looks like when you can see every frame right there in front of you. Now I'm definitely not the first person to ever do this, but I have to say, the image itself could stand as a piece all on it's own... interesting concept. All the animation I'm doing for DYDIC? is based on emotions and movement- so the colors are more dependent on the energy behind the object (hence why the water is a bright pink as it's rushing upwards).


*Sorry for the wonky layout of this blog post. For some reason when I move images around in the editing portion, they lose the ability to be clicked and enlarged. I wanted to have a different order for this entry but then you wouldn't have been able to click on any of the images, if anyone knows how to fix this please tell me! (It's probably something really dumb too....) BAH!

Until next time, y'all

Friday, August 27, 2010

well, I must be leaving now. Satoshi Kon.

Satoshi Kon 1963-2010

I have been meaning to make a post of this ever since it happened but I wanted to be sure on specifics and obtain more info before I did. However, after reading what I'm about to share with you, I feel that now is as good of a time as ever. I would like to apologize for how jumbled this may seem, but it is hard to think straight at the moment.

On Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, in my eyes, one of the greatest animation directors of our time passed on into the next world. Satoshi Kon was at the young age of 46 when he died, to the surprise of many, due to pancreatic cancer.

I could go on an on about why I love his films, and which one is my favorite (Millennium Actress), and how Perfect Blue was one of the films that inspired me to do what I do today- but instead I would like to point your attention to his farewell letter. Before he left us, Satoshi Kon wrote a rambling letter (which has been so generously, and nicely, translated by to his friends and family.

Perfect Blue

Millenium Actress

I urge- even beg all of you to read this letter as it is a beautiful look into the mind of someone who has come into the realization that they have so little time left on earth. About half way through I began to cry, it felt like I was watching him slowly die (as it is a long letter) but cruelly sitting back and doing nothing to stop his inevitable fate. The letter was posthumously posted on his blog for those of you who can read Japanese. But if you need an english translation, you can go here; Makiko Ito has also provided some translation notes for things that may seem confusing.

My classmates and I were incredibly fortunate to have met Satoshi Kon when his film Paprika appeared a couple of years ago, and listening to him speak was like admiring a vast amazing landscape; all you can do is stare, and hope that you remember every last detail when it's time to leave.


For those of you who are wondering what will happen to his film due out soon Dream Machine, we can only sense a bittersweet emotion in that if it is completed will it truly be his work? But if not, we can only speculate as to what wonders it would have shown us.

Dream Machine

In the end he chose to gracefully leave us and this world behind him. And while his final sentence may read to be a casual goodbye, it hits you as profoundly and sturdily as the gravity that draws our feet to the ground:

Well, I must be leaving now.

Mr Kon,

(You can read a nice brief obituary at the NYTimes website)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

seasonal wardrobe

Taking a bit of a break from the Do You Dream In Color? work; thought I'd do some more clothing concepts for the two main characters in my next short, Arrival.

There's one sequence in the film where they go through a whole slew of different events so I've been thinking of having their clothes change with the seasons. With that being said, I haven't decided if I want their clothes to constantly be changing even outside of this sequence or if I want them to have that standard one outfit. It's a tough one! I love drawing clothes but I also understand the practicality of having a main style. This also justifies why I didn't go to crazy with some of the ones shown here.

Almost done with rough animation on DYDIC?!!! :D

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

sleeping with the sea

New sketches based on that other film idea I have, which by the way now has a name!

Vai Moana: Sleeping with the Sea

I probably won't be able to do anymore actual work on Arrival until the end of the year, unfortunately. Things are happening!! But expect for the new year an ABUNDANCE of story board shots and maybe even some...dare I say...ACTUAL BACKGROUNDS??

The Do You Dream In Color spots have to be done by Nov-December ish so I'll be consumed in that (Rough animation 70 percent done! wahoo!!! Can I finish by my deadline for next weekend?? Fingers crossed...). So since I won't be able to really work on Arrival for the time being, I figure I can just play around with whatever ideas I feel like; I'm really running with the direction the story is taking with this one and can't wait to really get it moving (in about...oh say... 6 years?)

So just as an idea- here are my projected completion dates dates (worst case scenario haha) -_-;

1) Do You Dream In Color?: Fall 2010 (released in 2011)
2) Arrival: Fall 2012 or Summer 2013
3) Vai Moana: 2016

So... ya'll are just gonna have to wait patiently. Animation is werk!! ::hands on hips::

I've been advised by some people to make shorter funnier content with faster turnaround periods- But I have to say I love this whole process, and while of course I would love these things to be done tomorrow, I wouldn't trade any of the time I spend on it for the world....

What do you think? Short and funny- Fast! Or- slow and heartfelt with a little patience?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

business man

After about a year of using the excuse "Oh my business cards are still being made, please take this postcard instead," I've FINALLY actually ordered a bunch. I personally like to use, not because they are speedy or anything as their name might suggest, but they have the PERFECT matte card stock.

Glossy in general is very tricky and if not used properly it will look really cheap (in my opinion). But the same thing goes for matte- if the matte is too...well... matte like, it'll just look like you printed out your cards from a xerox machine. OvernightPrints has this really awesome matte card stock that has a little bit of a sheen to it. It's the perfect middle ground for postcards and the like.

This is going to sound like a total plug for the website but, whatever; You can actually receive $15 off of your purchase from now until the 18th (tomorrow) if you use the code 15ALLWEEKED and if you know me at all, this is the ONLY reason I got them at all recently haha. I promise you I only seem so cheap in retrospect...

So- with that being said, because I'm a such a "frugal" person, I will now have to wait 2 weeks for the economy shipping to come through and deliver my lovely gift. tic tock tick tock

Friday, July 9, 2010

la derniere minute

About to leave for Cape Cod this weekend with the family (too much traveling- after this weekend consider me done). I thought I'd leave you all with some more stuff; I've definitely been getting ahead of myself with this new (old) idea about the fisherman. It's been in my head a lot lately so rather than ignore it due to other priorities I figured I would just crank what I have out and then leave it alone.

The shorter boy in the middle was actually supposed to be the main character when I started drawing him, but then he ended up being a bit too "cute." The problem is that I LOVE his outfit hahaha so I'm thinking of integrating him somehow. The color schemes are goibg to be very, greek summery (white and BRIGHT true blues). I want it to look blazing hot in this film, with the whites almost being over exposed so the other colors pop. Hope you all like it :D

This last picture is a gift I'm drawing for someone, in its rough stages. The pink stripe will be painted (it's PSed on right now) and this is only a close-up of the girl- there's more beyond her. They'd better like it!!!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

vaimoana (blue ocean)

So remember how I had that old idea about the man who fell in love with the Ocean? We'll it's been in my mind a lot as of lately (even though there are a BILLION other things I am/should be thinking of instead). While I had some free time the other day I drew up this sketch that's been in my mind for a while. It's the main character running along the side of the road while the Ocean follows beside him.

Obviously this project won't happen for a really long time (since I have two other films to finish before I even really begin pre prod. on this one) but I think I found a really interesting story with a twist ending that I'm satisfied with.

I'm going upstate for the week, so before I go I will grace you with the little 5 min sketch I drew when I should have been eating my lunch.

Friday, June 11, 2010

do you dream in color?

Prologue: I recently got a part time job at Tiffany & Co. with my good friend Brian, and it's been really great. The design offices for the new leather accessories line is such a different setting from the animation world, but I love them both.

I was working normal hours for 2 weeks, but I've just got an extension for the summer and I now have mondays and fridays to work on another project that I would love to tell you about!

I've been tacked on for a while now as a guest animator for the independent documentary called "Do You Dream in Color?" The film is about a small group of blind teenagers and their inspirational stories. Some of teens have been keeping dream journals and myself along with some other california based animation studios (I'm so alone over here on the east!) will be animating their dream sequences.

I'm so honored to be working on this project and today will mark the first day of real animation for me!! I'm always so nervous to start animating but I can't wait to get this ball rolling.

Check out their Kickstarter page WE HAVE A WEEK LEFT AND 98% OF FUNDS RAISED!!!! PLEASE CONTRIBUTE IF YOU CAN!! You can also check out their trailer below.

I would love to share with you some of the concept art (not featured in the trailer) but it's all being kept very secret (or at least we think it is). SO instead I'll share with you a picture of the snack that the directors (Abigail Fuller, Ivy Dickerson, and Norma Saldivar) sent me today! I was working at home when my buzzer rang and there was a food surprise waiting for me from Kitchen Cold- the food was great and I'm so honored to be working with three amazing young women on this project.

Here's to the long hard road to Sundance- we can do it ladies!! :D

Saturday, May 29, 2010

cafe boobs

My friend Itai, brought to my attention that Beware has posted an awesome animated short called Cafe Allonge. The short tells the story of what exactly happens when a guy sees a girl with nice breasts.

Can't say that I relate for various reasons (haha) but it's nice insight to this sort of occurrence. The short is animated incredibly well with some really ncie CG backgrounds, and in generally it's just really really funny. Specifically this scene....

Friday, May 21, 2010

style frames

Not much to say.
Enjoy the concept art :D (some are more finished as others as you can see haha...)

Monday, May 17, 2010

tales of earthsea

Goro Miyazaki, the son of the famous Hayao Miyazaki, will be getting an American distribution of his film Tales of Earthsea from Disney later this summer (August 13th). This is a very interesting decision on Disney's part seeing as Earthsea was notoriously bad; It won a couple of Japanese Razzie Awards when it premiered in 2006 including 'Worst Film' and 'Worst Director.'

Although Earthsea had some outstanding box office kudos, the film had such mixed reviews I'm surprised that it's receiving screen time here in the states. I personally didn't think the film was that terrible (the backgrounds were beautiful and the animation was really smooth), but I guess we'll have to see how it does in August.

Let's not judge it too much based on the fact that he's Miyazaki's son. I think we should all perceive this film clear of any previous bias to his father's work :)

For those of you viewing my blog posts via facebook, check out the japanese trailer here
For those of you viewing right from the blog, enjoy below!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

casting call

I've been moving a bit slowly on updates and film art but I have a little prepared for you.
Above are the brand new character and color designs! They might change a couple of times again before the end but only slightly. The two male characters have both their summer and winter clothes shown. I'm thinking of brightening them up a bit for the end- I have so many more character boards to make T^T

I tried to hold back on the shading- when it comes time to actually animate and color I'm going to kill myself trying to shade in all of their clothes. You have no idea how hard it was though holding out from rendering the heck out of these. The entire time I kept wanting to add shadows all over the place, but then I thought of thesis year, and how I cried from so much coloring; it became much easier to hold back after that.

The other drawing is of some more environments you might see. No one make fun of my birds- If you know me well enough, you know I CANNOT draw birds... dunno why.... it will be a problem later on I feel.

FYI: I LOVE DRAWING DRESSES. I can't express this enough! I'm sorta sad that this film only has one female character in it- because then I would just put EVERYONE in dresses.... maybe my next film will just be about skirts and gowns.....


Also this song has been on repeat for ohhh say..... the past 5 days....

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

spirited away at the NYICFF

Spirited Away will be having a rare screening this weekend at the New York International Children's Film Festival at the IFC center (323 Sixth Ave and West Third)

The showings are as follows

Saturday & Sunday (11am)
May 1-2
May 8-9

You can click here to purchase tickets (12.50 for adults)- they'll be sure to sell fast though! Make sure you go and see this film on the big screen if you missed it when it first came out, like myself!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

stay with you

As promised- here's some more character design and background art!!

The backgrounds are moving slowly into the urban area. I'm basically procrastinating because I'm incredibly nervous to start working on them. As you can see in the last sketch, I attempted to start a city block and then got really frustrated and moved onto a hillside scene... relief!

I realized just how many kinds of environments I needed while I was working; the settings have to make a smooth transition from the middle of nowhere to a bustling city. Therefore, farms and hillsides became the new focus for now.

I also took a scan of the cover of my notebook just for fun. I'm happy with how the font came out. Moleskine Notebooks are the best!

DRAW BACKGROUNDS FROM MEMORY PEOPLE. They come out the best and have the most meaning :)

More to come soon!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


water works

Playing around with different ways to depict the water. I might change how much water there actually is; It's interesting to have it up to waist level but at the same time, I like the idea of it only being about 6 inches deep- it looks more endless in a way.

The last shot is just of a kitchen. I love drawing cluttered rooms- though you want to die when it comes to coloring haha. Hence the black and white...

For next time I'll have some cityscapes- I've been focusing a lot on the look of the country side, and now I think it's time to move on to buildings and urban life. Also I'll have some more character designs up.

...I hope you'll still read these entries...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

more more more

Here's some more concept art I've been working on. I have all these great old Moleskine journals that I haven't used so I decided to dedicate one entirely to sketches for the film.

I've been playing around with the design for the mother's dress. I decided the old was a bit too boring but I still haven't exactly decided on the perfect dress- I'll have to do some color palettes to be really sold on it. The car (if you can't read my hand writing is a 1968 Morris Minor 1000 Traveler. I know next to nothing about cars but this car is so charming! The frame that you see around the body of the car is this beautifully light stained wood, and the rest of the car is potentially a light green. BY THE WAY: car tires = NOT EASY TO DRAW???? whaaaaa??? I redrew those tires about 50 times because all the previous ones looked like saggy bagels. I still don't think they look quite right...

The other designs are just of the house itself. I have pretty much ditched the whole lighthouse concept and now it's merely just a house in the hills, but when it rains it turns into this little tiny pond. The base of the house is on a concrete platform with a series of water ways so the water can pass easily through. None of this is really necessary to the actual film but I really wanted to understand everything about how the environments work. I'm focusing a lot more of mood through setting for this piece so I want the backgrounds to have purpose and look like they could all really exist somewhere.

Check back for more soon- I have a couple of PS files to upload for next time

Sorry about the scans- the paper is sorta thin and you can kinda see the page underneath, but I didn't want to blow the images out to get rid of it :/ Also they're pretty large so you can read my notes (not that they're that important really....).