Saturday, October 8, 2011

fashion in animation

I really love fashion.  Let me just put that out there.  I don't think I have the best sense of style, and I don't follow all the designers very closely but I really love someone with spot on style.  Trendy, Classic, Urban, Casual, Preppy, I love it all!  Like I said, I'm not the most fashionable person, but I'm so happy to be welcomed into the chaotic fashion industry that I sort of fumbled into for my day job.

Due to my infatuation with this form of design, I really want to incorporate interesting fashion into Arrival.  In no way am I setting out to create this ground breaking collection of pieces, however.  I really want to use the characters' clothing as an expression of seasons changing, and I think it would add a new layer to the protagonist's personalities.  What I AM setting out to do however, is create a collection of outfits that seamlessly flow into each other- specifically with color.  My theory is that it'll help pull the numerous time jumps together a little bit more, and the viewer wont feel as disoriented when the scene changes.

You other animators out there are probably laughing at me b/c of the detail in these outfits.  You're probably thinking "YOU FOOL.  TOO MUCH DETAIL.  THE ANIMATION WILL KILL YOU." However, I HAVE A TRUMP CARD MY FRIEND.  That trump card is the simple and weird fact that I absolutely LOVE to animate clothing (see almost every other post where I go on and on about it).

Even if you don't like the outfits, I hope you can get wrapped up in the story that will be presented as well :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

the boards

I'VE FINALLY COMPLETED MY STORYBOARDS!! The story is finally complete and in a place that I'm happy with!  Of course there's a COUPLE of small edits I have to go back and do, and I'm sure I'll find some more revisions to make once I've made the animatic.  However, I think it's safe to say the story is LOCKED!  I've scanned some of the boards here for you to see without giving away anything.

(Obviously I've only picked out the ones I like since I don't want you to see the ones that look like dirt.)

From here on, the next step will be a final animatic, the layouts then animation! not many steps, BUT SUCH A LONG WAY TO GO!  

I WILL finish this film. It means everything to me...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

memories in shadow

I recently had to have my computer fixed (for a billion and one reasons), but now that he's back to me I can share with you some of the work that I did during that time!

I started actually doing detailed drawings of some of the more complicated interiors- these three specifically are of the same room shot at different angles for one scene in the film.  I absolutely love the contrast that natural lighting gives to films (ex. Maboroshi) and for this environment it's really important to the development of the mood.

A little bit of tweaking will probably be done before I actually do the final colored versions of these, especially since I might decide to draw them bigger-not sure.  However, I hope that the somberness I'm trying to express reaches you!

Friday, September 16, 2011

hair toss

I really wanted to start off this post by saying "SO....blah blah blah..."

But then I realized how many posts of mine start off in such a way; this made me depressed.

THEREFORE I will start this way :)  Here's another REALLY SHORT animation test I did for Arrival.  I had actually finished it a while back but had some issues with After Effects.  I wanted to have a background with it but I got lazy and just kept it as is (also all the backgrounds I made for it previously sucked).

I have a pretty long amount of time off of work ahead of me so I'll be working on Arrival and doing my best to finish up DYDIC? (FINALLY!!)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

testing testing 1,2,3

So, as promised here's a little treat for you! For the past couple of weeks I've been putting together some test animation for Arrival and I'm pretty pleased how it came out. It's not perfect, but I learned some good techniques about how to make it look like there's a lot more going on than there really is haha.

I was also going to have the clouds move left to right (or visa versa) but it actually ended up looking rather cheap and very boring. So instead I have the clouds pulling back slightly as the camera zooms in- also known as a "Dolly Zoom." It blurs reality every so slightly and it makes the background seem much more vast.

Basically the point of this was to see how detailed with the actual animation I could get, while finishing it within a reasonable amount of time. I have another, quicker set of animation to clean up as a test, but I'm going to take a bit of a break for the time being. Enjoy!

Monday, August 8, 2011

oh HI, I didn't see you there!


SO! I'm still here hahaha. I haven't really posted in a month but there's a very good explanation for that, and you'll see why soon. Just hang in there for a bit longer while I finish everything up. Expect a new post by the end of the month :)


Thursday, July 7, 2011

two worlds

Two mood studies I did pretty quickly (obviously I still need a lot of work on my cityscapes...) Inspired by the awesome new BRAVE poster from Pixar. The top one is definitely stronger, but I'm not completely disappointed in how the other one came out. hope you like them!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

vanilla and sand

So I've been away upstate for the past week, not thinking about anything but the kids I was working with, but I'm finally back in NYC! I recently saw this photo that had this really GORGEOUS sandy, vanilla color to it and I decided to just do a quick sketch using the same palette (perfect for summer!)

I really love the maturity that these colors lend to my style, since I'm normally all about BRIGHT, FUN, EYE POPPING, colors haha. I think I'll be utilizing these more in the future; the color experimentation continues onward! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I just really wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for following my blog and finally allowing me to hit 5000 hits!

It may have taken me 3 long crazy years to even get here, but I made it. WE made it! Furthermore, while my blog might not be the coolest, most interesting, or by any means "the best" out there (as exemplified by the previous statement), I'm just so happy that you're all coming back and looking at my work from time to time, watching my shy little film evolve.

Thank you for sticking with me
Thank you for growing with me
Thank you for supporting me.

This film means so much to me, and while it may be a couple of years yet to its completion...

when Arrival is done it will be for you.

(you will be seeing these images again in the near future, unmasked and a little more confident)

Monday, June 20, 2011

city sunrise

I have often said that I would start doing more concept art for the city scenes in Arrival

Now, while this is true... DAMN SCENES IS HARD! :(
I've been looking at a lot of art work of cityscapes and I've decided that this will be my new main focus. SO, without further ado, here is the first one!

Oh dear lord it's so awful, but I was trying to focus on the lighting and color schemes, since I'm not entirely sure what kind of palette I wanted this particular section of the film to have (excuse). In the shot's defense... it looks pretty good as a thumbnail!

..... Small steps. Small steps.

perfect future

" a perfect future, I would lucky to be with you again, forever."

just a quick sketch before I hit the gym

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

color split

Again I'm just playing around with the colors here. Trying to better understand how colors might change depending on what kind of objects the light has to pass through (in this case a pink veil). I'm also, once again, just trying to figure out the logistics of field depth. It's hard! I found if you blur the wrong areas it can look like you're looking at something really really tiny, like a miniature set. I still have a lot to learn but these exercises are definitely helping. What do you think? :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

sketchbook tear

Just a little checklist I made for myself; It's been sitting above my computer for some time now. I have so much to learn about animation (and everything else), and I hope sharing this little reminder inspires you to learn more everyday! :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

beyond the veil

Wow, realized I hadn't done a new post in WAY too long. Thought I'd whip something up quickly for you all. I've been thinking about the cinematography of my film a bit more, recently. I finished the rough storyboards, but it's looking pretty plain so I've been looking at a number of music videos for some inspiration. A lot of really simple music videos have some great cinematography and lighting so I've been trying to study the depths of field: Where is the focus? Where are the shadows? What kind of forms and compositions do they make? Where do the shadows look LEAST appealing?

Now, whether or not these questions have been answered through this one sketch is subjective haha, but it was definitely a good learning experience. I learned what kind of colors make the picture look hokey and what colors make it look muddy. I really want my film to look as though it's been shot in real life, and hopefully this was a good step forward!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

romantic McQueen

My favorite piece from the collection

I finally got an opportunity to check out the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art today. First off let me just say, this exhibit is huge! I wasn't really expecting there to be so many pieces on display. Secondly, everyone who has the ability to should go and view this amazing collection of work. I had to get there when the museum opened just to beat the rush (even though by the time I left it was packed) but it was totally worth it. Each room is carefully curated into a very in depth (and yet somehow "tip of the iceberg") view of what it might be like to attend one of the late Alexander McQueen's shows.

Now, yeah, this is an animation blog- but I am OBSESSED with drapery and drawing clothing so I jumped on the chance to go see this. I've never felt so moved by fashion before; maybe it's because he's dead, or maybe it's because he's really just that much of a genius, but I found myself getting somewhat emotional looking at these pieces.

These are just a couple of sketches I did while I was there. It was a bit difficult since there were no benches and the lighting was dark. Also there was a good amount of ppl later on and my sketchbook didn't have a good backing to it (These are either really good explanations for any weird proportions, or really poor excuses for them just being awful). I might go back again soon to sketch once more and better prepare myself.

Again I suggest every animator, and illustrator for that matter, go and see this installation- you might walk away with more than you bargained for.

If any of you like the visuals from Tarsem's films,
you'll get a little teary eyed looking at some of these pieces.

Also as a small update- work on DYDIC? is moving along (slowly but surely) and Arrival is also finally in the animatic stages! The story boards were finished last week and now I'm doing my first rough cut. Stay tuned....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

kitty kitty

This is a commercial spot I did a while ago for the Discovery Channel. It's been about a year since the ad aired and I'm PREEEEEETTY SURE the contest is over so....TAH DAH haha
Enjoy :)

Special Thanks to my cat Pepe for ever so graciously modeling for me

Friday, February 4, 2011


Just wanted to let you all know, you can now watch my film Juxtaposed on youtube (again)

After a small but modest film festival run, I've decided to put it back on the interwebs.
I think it's safe to say that my film has run its course and I couldn't be happier with it. 'Juxtaposed' is taking it's final bow and taking it's resting place on youtube. Enjoy, friends :)


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

light & dark

I wanted to work a bit more on the contrast of the different settings in Arrival. Both locations (city and the country side) mean completely different things to the protagonist so the colors and the textures need to reflect that. I'm obsessed with concept art that has good lighting in it, so I'm trying my best to learn the ins and out of light and shadows.

I realized how easy it is to paint wood. I thought it was going to be really difficult to depict the wood grains, especially in the old boat, but it turned out to be much simpler than it looks. These are still very rough (since they're done at a quarter of the size of what I'll actually paint them in for production) but I'm nonetheless pretty happy with how they turned out otherwise.

However, I still need help learning to paint fabric. I LOVE drawing fabric and rendering it in pencil, but when it comes to digital painting I'm completely clueless. I think I might do some fabric studies for the next post. Look for it!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

back alley

I needed to take a break from other work, so I decided to fool around a bit more with some concept art for Arrival. It's nothing special. It's just a really rough sketch of a back alley the characters might walk through. Hope y'all like it!