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....).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Well it's been a couple of months since I've had any updates in regards to my next film. However, now that I have all this (unfortunately) free time, I thought I'd get some work done.

My last film had only a few backgrounds in it and they were mainly water and cloud elements. "Arrival" will be set in a much less whimsical environment so I definitely need to brush up on my painting skills (pun not intended...or was it?).

The two top elements were done in PS really quickly to get used to the idea of drawing earth and other objects. I love paintings that have really amazing lighting so I tried to convey strong light sources in both- the idea of "building up" in these pieces helped immensely, specifically in the second.

The road concept was just something I was playing with, but the hilltop piece is an actual shot in the film- the pencil drawing is just a quick sketch of a scene I've been thinking of adding near the middle- however the storyboards aren't done yet so everything is subject to change. Hopefully by the end of this month I can have an actual finished rough cut of the storyboard! Let's not hold our breath though....

I'm still working on a bunch of images- my next post will probably be just a compilation of concept art. Look for the update :D