Sunday, October 28, 2012

things are happening!

Hello! I got back recently from my trip to Asia and it's been pretty crazy since I've gotten back.  However, my trip did exactly what it was supposed to do: allow me to reflect upon my goals I've set out, and rejuvenate my motivation to complete them!

With a little convincing from my friends I've also started to put together a Kickstarter page to help raise funding for my film.  At the moment the budget is TBD and I have a lot to put together so It will hopefully go up by the end of the month (as a birthday present to myself haha).

I don't want to give everything away in terms of what I'm putting together so I'll just give you some glimpses.  I feel quite naive for thinking the KS page would be really easy to set up.... oh how wrong I was...

I'll be back soon with the page info! Things are happening!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

work dump

In a short while I'll be in Asia for about five weeks, making stops in various parts of Korea and then Shanghai. So before I left I wanted to just get some of these backgrounds up here.  If you are friends with me personally, you have probably seen the last two but the first one is a new- A fitting one, perhaps, in accordance  with my travel plans. 

Aside from work on my film, I've been futzing around with an idea I had to come up with in College for an "Animated Series" class.  I'm not entirely sure what I would like to do with it, but so far I've worked out most of the story.  Essentially it's about a really quirky girl named Lavender who solves mysteries with a quiet boy named Milton, and her pet ant eater named Barf.  It's a very different style from how I normally draw, but I've found that it allows me to create so many interesting characters;  I have about ten pages of weird people and descriptions of them.  I also love the idea of lighthearted stories containing darker and much more complex underlying structures so I've been using that as a bit of a blue print for the plot line.

I'll be back soon! Maybe I'll post some sketches from my trip as well :)


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

300 more to go

Just finished the first scene from Arrival!

I was incredibly weary about starting it, mainly because I'm also a bit rusty, so I decided to start with a scene that I was more familiar with;  I had already done a birds eye view from this scene as a quick concept piece here so the color palette was less stressful to work with haha.

It's not EXACTLY how I hoped it would turn out, but I think over time I'll improve.  I have a pretty basic understanding of photoshop so I need to learn about some more brushes and techniques from my friend. When I'm done with all the backgrounds I'm sure I'll also go back and edit some of them a little.

More to come as always :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012


"Loss" 4/08/12

I haven't done a full digital painting in a while, or at least it seems like it's been a while...
TO ALIEVIATE THIS, I painting...digitally.  I was a bit inspired by a lot of Satoshi Kon's artwork and I've been in a weird mood lately, due to a ton of different reasons, so it resulted in this sort of moody portrait.  I think at this point, any picture of a woman that I draw ends up being the mom from my film haha.  This is not a bad thing, however.

Man... I wanna do another one now...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

back on track

So, as promised, I'm back with some layouts!  The next step for these little B's is to get scanned and colored but again, I'm scared to take that next step.  For now I'm just going to get most of the rough layouts done before I start actually coloring any of them.  

I'm almost done with the first main act of the film, and I'll soon be moving on to the really difficult shots of the city.  I wish I had paid more attention in perspective class b/c it's growing increasingly difficult to make these backgrounds.  MY BRAIN CAN SEE IT BUT MY HANDS NO CAN DRAW IT! GAH!

The biggest challenge I'll have to over come is showing scale.  I've always found I struggle with showing proper size relationships between people and their surroundings, so I'm studying a lot of different films and shows to see if there are any tricks that I can borrow.  It's allllll about finesse...

Everything looks better in blue pencil.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

end of break! or: work begins again!

I took a little bit of a break from posts due to work getting busy and I was also having a bit of a creative slump.  I think I'm nervous now that the pre-production work is all over: taking that next step into actual animation is actually quite terrifying.  It's terrifying because it's really time consuming to redo scenes in animation if they don't come out the way you want them at first, and I'm afraid of making mistakes.

However, with that said, I will be posting again shortly! Hurrah! I've started getting back into the groove of things (i.e. made a production schedule, started layouts etc) so I'm excited to share with you again once more.

I'm still here