Tuesday, January 24, 2012

GHASTLY TRANSMISSION SHOT ONE

Finished a shot! Had to redo it a few times, but I'm super happy with the results. Hope my director feels the same way!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

MIST AND RAIN ANIMATED

DUDE! So my buddy Duong just worked some badass AE magic all over my background. CHECK IT OUT!

MIST AND RAIN

Been a while since I painted a background. Almost got a mentorship with Mike Yamada (concept artist for Kung Fu Panda 2 and How to Train your Dragon). I was in the top ten, but didn't get it. Oh well, gotta push on! If any talented background artist would like to grace me with some tips, I'm all ears!

In the meantime, here is a view from my window slightly romanticized

Monday, January 16, 2012

GHASTLY TRANSMISSION CHARACTER DESIGNS

I got picked up by the ever so wonderful Robot Hand production company to do a bit of creature animation for them. I won't disclose much more, but the final designs are done, rough animation is well underway, and I finished sculpting the maquette of his head!

I apologize for the poor picture quality, I only have web cam and poor lighting at the moment. 



Monday, January 9, 2012

OGRE AND THE MERMAID

My former animation teacher, Chris Magee, is finally making his long awaited short: the Ogre and the Mermaid (or is it the Mermaid and the Ogre?) In any case, I'm excited to be part of it! I had a freak bout of inspiration today, and rather than work on what I'm supposed to be working on, I decided to jump the gun and attempt to do a background in his style. For some reason I decided I wanted it to move too :p


Monday, January 2, 2012

SEAGULL PENCIL TEST II

Finished another shot of the seagull! I have a kickass assistant working with us this time, so I am able to pass shots along to him to finish inbetweening and to color. In the blank space on the seagull here, please imagine a musical score (it was shot in live action and we'll combine them in post)
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

FLIPNOTE GESTURE DRAWINGS


Lets see how this "resolution" thing works out for me....Starting the year off with some gesture drawings! The first is a main painting a mural, the second is a friend playing with legos

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SEAGULL PENCIL TEST

Hi Ho all! My animation related work for today is:



Does anyone else have the urge to work only in ones when they're in flash? For some reason it looks dreadful on twos to me....

Sunday, July 17, 2011

1,000 paper cranes.

I'd have to say that the past three weeks were rather hellish.

To sum up...Helen Wallace, one of my closest friends, a recent roomate, and my greatest collaborator passed away, Wednesday the 6th of July, at 7 am. Its taken me until her memorial service this past Saturday to really accept it. I'm at peace with her death. I do not grieve. I was at peace with it since before she died, for I spent every scrap of time I could spare watching her slowly disintegrate.

The shock of it happened for me the Saturday before her passing, when I found out that her supposed beaten breast cancer had spread to her lungs, around her lungs, her liver, and her bones. Her kidney's were failing, and her lungs were literally being torn apart, slowly and painfully. She had been at the hospital for 8 days already, for what I thought was pneumonia and water in her lungs. But the things the doctors were telling me weren't adding up. They were giving her biopsies in all the wrong places, and taking their bloody time with the whole thing. My sister and mother had had pneumonia, and nobody needed to be hospitalized. Helen was running a fever the entire time, and not responding to the broad spectrum antibiotics. My mother came in (after working a week in NY) to bully the doctors into telling her what is really going on. So...going from an innocent pneumonia, a mere side effect of cancer treatment, to an army of cancer cells ravaging her body....well...you can imagine for yourselves.

She rapidly deterioated since saturday. She was intubated Sunday morning, and sent out a message to all her friends desperately wanting to see them before she went under. However the doctors couldn't wait, and she was sedated in ICU with a number of uncomfortable tubes sticking out of her mouth. She would pass into conciousness now and again, and I was lucky to speak to her a few times. It was difficult to see her gasping and mouthing around the tubes trying to say something like "hug me" and "where?" and she persisted with a vengence until everyone in the room knew what she was saying, which as even harder to watch. We lavished her with stuffed animals, hugs, foot massages, and anything futile we thought we could do for her. She nearly jumped out of her bed when Adriel gave her a plastic batman teddy bear.

I spent all day at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday. I debated wether or not to go to Augenblick, but everyone assured me I could.

I found out on the way up into the building Wednesday morning.

So for the past fortnight I was obsessing with making her 1,000 paper cranes. All of us, her friends/family pitched in and we got them to her at an alarmingly fast rate. I even managed to string up 300 of them into a mobile for the service.

Hopefully the Crane God found you, Helen, and will bring you to your father. I will never stop loving you or thinking of you. 

Photographs Pending.