Hopefully, I'll be able to make a fuller post sometime soon. This past fall quarter I managed to finish my 2D Production final and make some major headway with my senior film. Unfortunately, my internet connection stinks, and won't let me upload any videos to both Vimeo and Youtube.
I'm still not entirely sure WHY this is...but I'll keep trying!!
In the meantime, check out these Behind the Scenes features:
These were some early key poses for the film. Every now and again my friend, Andy, would walk by and draw scribble something on my screen. Of course, everything is more hilarious at 3am. Ha ha!
Over the summer, I had an idea to make a kind of a water mark for my work. I totally forgot about it until now. Oh well. At least it was fun to color.
Love me some patterns...XD
Hope everyone is having a wonderful winter thus far!
...For my best friend and familia. I was feeling pretty down and stressed out and they both (simultaneously) broke me out of it. The cure? Just a spoonful of motherliness and some wise words from my child hood hero.
Yeah, I'm a nerd. XD
After the heart to heart, I managed to get a little work done for my film...then my mind began to wander back into the realm of Halloween goodness, and I somehow managed to come up with this:
It's strange what just happens to pop up while you're sketching. I love my little pumpkin princess. I even made up a little Halloweeny story about her wanting to be turned into a real human girl. So...it's Pinocchio in a pumpkin patch?
I think we've got something here.
SO...I made a friend for my pumpkin girl. I haven't decided if I wanted to make him a cat with a hundred arms...or a cursed boy who just wants to be turned back into a cat. We will see. Still keeping with the creepy hand tree theme...because I like hands.
This is no good. My mind wanders too much for me to stay concentrated on one story. I just wish there were a way to document and develop all of my ideas to their fullest while throwing all of my heart and soul into my senior film. If only I could jot them all down in something like a sketchbook...
It's about 3am now and I'm sitting on my bed watching behind the scenes features of Sweeney Todd. Man, I completely forgot how awesome this movie was!The last time I watched it was...this past Halloween?
I still haven't thought of a costume yet. :/
Not that I haven't been thinking long and hard about it!
This is what I do when my roommate is in class. Ha ha ha! I always like to do make up tests for elaborate costumes...that and face painting is just too much fun to pass up when you're bored. I don't think I'm going to be either of these characters for All-Hallows-Eve, but it was a lot of fun just to see how the make up would turn out.
Have any suggestions for the next trial? I'm thinking maybe Jack-O-Lantern head. O m O;
Sometime between painting myself like a skeleton and watching Johnny Depp shank Alan Rickman...I managed to get this out for my 2D Production class. We have to animate a three shot sequence with a character picking up a fruit. Random? Maybe a little bit... Either way, I'm still having a ton of fun coming up with different ideas and characters.
Pulled my first all-nighter of the quarter! Apparently, half of my senior class did as well, but I missed out on it. Boo. Nonetheless, I somehow managed to finish all of the key frames for the film! They are still very rough, but it's a good start for now. You can check it out at the usual place if you're interested!
All of the backgrounds were done by the incredible Matt Doering, by the by! I feel incredibly blessed to have such a talented friend on my team. He's a super hero for sure, so make sure to take a gander at his work!
Can't think of much else to say right now, other than the fact that Jen and I are in desperate need of sleep.
So sweet dreams space fans! I'll be joining you in a few hours.
In the meantime, here are some pieces I've been working on for my 2D Production class.
Our first assignment was to do a photo-realistic rendering of some sort of background that we would later animate a bouncing ball in later. Since I've got nothing, but clocks on the brain right now, I figured I could get away with this.
I was sorely mistaken.
So take two. This is my "realistic" rendering of one of the backgrounds in my senior film.
CAN YOU GUESS WHICH ONE? O m O
Aaaand. Here's the "abstract" render! This was so much fun to do...even if it does look like an underwater sea adventure. Hopefully, the final film will look somewhat like this. Lots of textures and patterns and bright colors everywhere. Hold the sea water, please.
First five minutes of the Princess and the Frog! Man, all of these clips really have me pumped for the final production. I literally have been needing to tear my eyes away from the screen so that I can focus on my own film!
Please excuse me while I geek out for the next day and a half. XD
DECEMBER 11, 2009
I BETTER SEE ALL OF YOUR BUTTS IN THE THEATER.
Edit: Yanked off the net already?! Try checking out the link beneath the video...there's tons of other really cool videos and trailers.
Here's the new and improved animatic for the film! It took forever to upload the entire thing on youtube. Sorry for the poor quality...I kept getting errors whenever I uploaded anything with a higher resolution.
Some very belated character designs! Men are so difficult for me to draw sometimes...I always feel the need to stuff them in skinny jeans and ridiculously frilly jackets. I blame this entirely on my high school theater company. Now I expect all men to dress like Victorian aristocrats while wearing entirely too much guyliner.
What can I say? It brings out their eyes! Ha ha ha!
Nothing like a little Gobelins inspiration to get you through the day.
I can't believe the first week of school is already over! It's time to put all doubts aside and start tackling this giant monster known as "Senior Film". A cintique pen will be my sacred sword and my sketch book will be my shield of awesomeness. I'm gathering together all of my Rock Star elixers and am totally prepared for the epic battle that is soon to come.
This isn't your typical Final Fantasy, ladies and gentlemen. This is an Animator's duel.
By the by...this was drawn in the half hour before my 8am class. I'm really really tired and giggly right now. Nobody will understand the love I have for Emperor Waffles. Unless they were from my high school Japanese class. I miss you Shorty and Super Pankeiki!
Lanette...Amelee...it's all the same at 1am in the morning.
Don't ask me where the lollipops and gigantic bows came from. I just want to go to the circus. Ha ha ha! Lanette is a lot of fun to draw. Possibly too much...I really need to get started on the boys now. Even if they're not as much fun. *coughcough*
Project "Shoot My Brains Out" is in full swing. Finished slapping together a very sketchy animatic a few weeks ago, and now it's onto revamping all of my original character designs. I'm pretty happy with Amelee's new, simplified look. Next post, I'll make sure to put up her complete model sheet. Huzzah!
In the meantime...My Latest Obsession:
Words cannot describe how much I love Pushing Daisies! It's romantic and whimsical, with just a hint of morbidity...it's the world that I need to live in! I just finished the first season yesterday and have been fighting between working and watching this wonderful show ever since. If only I could be one of those people who can work and watch television at the same time. Unless it's a movie I've seen a million times already...the tv always ends up winning.
Researching different flowers for my senior project. What better place to look than in my own neighborhood? I never realized it was so huge! My puppy was especially happy because we were taking a different route everyday...but that was because I kept getting lost and couldn't remember the proper way home. Ha ha.
Some neighbors caught me taking pictures of these flowers while they were out for a nice family stroll. Though they didn't say anything and were very smiley about it, I grabbed my camera and booked it out of there like a thief with some cheap silverware.
These flowers weren't really for research...I was just proud that I stuck around to take a picture of this bee in the first place.
These blossoms looked like purple confetti! I just want to roll around in it and make flower angels. <3 style="margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 300px; height: 400px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2vdLv6OPj_Q/Snkvh2lOIEI/AAAAAAAAAQY/mFz9WTwJ3Cc/s400/flowers+233.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5366372689622474818" border="0"> Early concept sketches for the film. It looks nothing like this now, but the watercolors were fun to do. Gear-clouds didn't really work out how I'd like though.
Sketchy reworks of the adult couple. I want them to look long and creepy...like spiders.
I had a random idea about an enchanted black crown and the boy prince/princess that would wear it. It was a nice break from school, and if I had the time I would definitely develop it more. One day....XD Another crazy idea about witch doctors...or witch nurses. Perhaps I'll explain it in full some other time. Heh.
One page of many many scratchy thumbnails. Thankfully, I can now say that I've moved on to some very scratchy storyboards.
There's been some progress I guess. O m O;;
My friend showed me this the other day. I never thought I could love Tim Curry more until this. XD
A tattoo design for a friend! I just wanted to get the final approval in before I started the inking and shading process. XD
This is the book I was allowed to borrow for reference. All of the illustrations are absolutely amazing! At first this book was a little intimidating; there was just so much to learn about all of the different dragons! However, the more I read through, the happier I was that every little detail about the creatures were already laid out right in front of me. I've never played Dungeons and Dragons before, but...I would snatch up my very own Silver Dragon in a heartbeat.
Here are some sketches I drew directly from the Draconomicon book along with some silly notes for the tattoo design.
I don't really remember where the "Happy Horn" came from...ha ha!
My senior project is going slow. Mostly because I couldn't get out of my own way for the longest time. Thankfully though, I think I'm in a better more productive place now.
The overall "Tick Tock" story has changed a lot. I've been doing a lot of thumbnailing lately, trying to rework my storyboards and strengthen the overall flow. I'll post a finished animatic once I work out some final kinks.
In the meantime, I've just been reworking some character designs. I still love my tall and skinny man, but I really threw him together last minute. Now, I just want to take the time to explore his character and truly figure out just what kind of clockwork man I want him to be.
I don't know if anyone even remembers this movie, but Babes in Toyland has been one of my favorite films since I was a little girl. I still have the VHS! Lately, it's served as my inspiration station for my film. It's just too cute! Definetly one of those movies that you have to appreciate as a kid in order to still like it as an adult...Unless you're really into ridiculously cheesy classics.
I recently got some cool mango and lime hair perfume from my mother. It smells sooo good! I love it to pieces because now I can walk around smelling like some kind of fruity Caribbean goddess. Ha ha ha! I wonder what other scents are out there? If I could get my hair to smell like chocolate or honey or something that would be pretty sweet!
I watched the Secret Lives of Bees the other day. It was such a great film, but a little sad at some parts. I hate watching tear jerkers with other people because I have to hold in all the crying until the next time I'm alone. Bawling in front of my friends is not an option. Ever. My pride is at stake here!
This is mostly because I was already caught once crying during the Lion King.
Wow, I can't believe it's been over a week since I've posted! Sorry about that...guess the summer laziness is getting the best of me. But no more!
I come bearing gifts of sketches and...what not. Ha.
These are just a bunch of doodles I did during my sophmore year at SCAD. Man, it seems like so long ago. I think my art style has changed so much over the course of one year... it's ridiculous!
Still not so sure where the barfing rainbows came from...
Other than that, nothing too much has been going on this summer.
Except that I found my old Game Boooooooy!!! It was buried somewhere deep in the back of my closet. This was the very first Game Boy I had ever owned! I remember getting it for Christmas and being soooo excited because my parents both swore that they would never buy me one. (Y'know, the whole "video games rotting kids' brains" thing...)
Anyway, not only did I find my Game Boy still in perfect condition, but I also found all of my old games!!
Let the epic adventures begin! This time around, I'm going all out!! Me and my Chikorita are going to be so hardcore, it'll be ridiculous. No more wandering around for hours in dark caves trying to fight off every stupid Zubat and Rattata. No more tip toeing in fear around every lame trainer hiding in the tall grasses with 6 level 4 Caterpies. No more running to the Pokemon Center for heals every five minutes. No more trash talking from lame rivals with ridiculous hair cuts!
You want a battle?
I'll knock you out in five minutes flat and still have time to send my winnings home to MOM.
Alright. So after countless of hours of work and many sleepless nights put into finishing my animatic/storyboards for my senior film...I want to change it. As of right now, I don't think that I want to run with a completely different story. If possible, I would like to just spend the extra time and effort in revamping my art direction, timing, and plot points so that I can make this film as strong as possible.
In order to do this, I would really appreciate it if all you readers would critique my animatic! Tell me what you like and dislike, what feels really awkward to you, and what should be thrown out completely. The more honest your opinions are, the more I can work on improving my film!
If anything, I would like most of the focus to be on the ending. I pretty much threw it together during finals week, but looking back on it now...I'm not too happy with it. What do you think would make a better ending? OR do you like it the way it is? Am I just overthinking this too much??
You guys are so great! I can't wait to hear what you all have to say!
Nothing says "summer" like giant octopus hats!! I know, I know, there are only seven limbs...I'd like to think that one of them is just conveniently hidden somewhere, OR that it got cut off in the fashioning of the hat. Oh yeah.
This picture was so much fun to paint! I think I'm really starting to get a hang of this whole digital painting thing. Though the character was completely random, I really want to draw more of her!
My latest Facebook obsession! This game is so cute it's ridiculous! I love the whole idea of opening and customizing your own restaurant, staff, and menu. As you can see, my building still needs a looooot of work. Once I save up enough money, I want to turn it into the most adorable sweetery EVER!!
Sooo, here's the interior of my little dreamery. I just opened shop a few days ago and I've already got WAY too many customers than I can house! I really can't wait to level up so that I can hire another waiter...and finally get some decent floor tiling in there. Ha ha!
That's it for now. I'm finally back home from SCAD and am completely ready to lounge about and eat potato chips for the rest of the summer.
Just finished my pitch book early today. I only need to wait up for a few more hours before I can camp out in front of Kinko's and get it all printed out. Hopefully, there won't be a super long wait at 7:30 am. I'm counting on my fellow students' to pass out until at least 9:30. Heh Heh.
Also managed to finish my World Mythology final. We had to take one of the myths we learned about and create something that related to our major. I decided to create a tenth muse named Anima, the goddess of all movements and animation. (If you can't tell already.) Apparently, "Anima" is the Latin root for "animation", meaning "soul" or "spirit". The Greek equivalent of that is "Psyche", but she already has her own story going on with Cupid/Eros. I don't want to get in the middle of that. ha ha.
Anyway, not too much else to say at the moment. I haven't slept for two days and am going to be pulling my third all nighter soon.
Sorry, for the lack of posts lately! I'm knee deep in finals right now, so all my concentration has been going towards my concept class.
BUT! I don't write to you empty handed! Here's a look at what I've been working on for the past couple of weeks!This is my cast of characters for my senior film! Though it looks like I'll be animating an entire family... I'm really not. Thank God. My film (which has yet to be named) is actually about a couple and their journey through life. They meet as children, get separated as adults, and then find each other again when they are old.
This is an art direction piece I created in Photoshop. I had a lot of fun playing with textures and all of the different brushes. The backgrounds are all going to be cut-outs that will be animated in after effects, while the actual people will be traditionally animated. I can't wait to experiment more with the look of this film over the summer!
Another art direction piece.
Some expression studies of our unnamed leading lady. I've been asking a lot of people what her name should be, and the general consensus is "Amelia" or "Amelee" or "Fernarginarnarrrrr...". I like the last one best. XD
What do you think her name should be? I've already decided that her boyfriend's name is "Dorian" (Doryan, Doriian, Doreeeean??), so something to compliment that.
In the meantime, I'll be working on finishing up my storyboards and animatic for finals. Looks like it might be another all nighter tonight!
Yeahhh...not too sure what I was thinking when I created this. If you can't tell already, it's a Congratulatory card for all of our Model Fiesta winners! The event was a huge success, by the way! There were so many people, that we could hardly seat everyone in the student center.
Unfortunately, I still haven't replaced my old camera, so I have no pictures to show you all. I'm planning on bothering the other officers soon enough though, so hopefully, I'll be able to show you some of the amazing outfits that the other models were wearing!
I just got back from Kinko's today with my brand new business cards! Man, I never knew this whole process could be such a hassle! I had to throw together this card in a rush because I'm going on a field trip tomorrow, but of course, it took a liiitle while longer because I'm so bloody anal about everything. Anyway, I run down to Kinko's print a few of these babies out, and what do I see?
Not sure if you all know this, but that is totally not my e-mail or website URL. Not to mention, the color was super dark. (Apparently, the printers there print a lot darker than need be, and you can't adjust it on site.) Soo, I had to run back home, fix the typo, fix the coloring (an educated guess at best), and sprint back to Kinko's before they closed.
This time around, I added the back design on. It didn't line up completely with the front design, and the color was still a little dark, but it'll do for now. Does anyone know how to make sure the color on your monitor matches the printer quality on paper?
OH YEAH! Did you know Kinko's gives discounts to SCAD students!? I just found out today! Apparently, they aren't allowed to tell you because the higher ups frown on that kind of stuff. Anyway, I totally made sure to get my discount today. **is proud of herself**
Oh well. That's it for now...Going on a field trip tomorrow! Super excited! Will talk about it later.