Friday, October 08, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sculpting progress over 2 weeks

As i have not posted in a few weeks ive done these comparison pictures. A is before B.. B being what I did this week at sculpting. Ive come to the stage where its time to refine and tweak. Also there are more tooth picks keeping it all together.. ive even added one through the feet. Main diference between these two is on the B versions ive extended the lower leg a bit to make them some what longer and ive started to define the feet. Other tweaks are the hair and arms and also adjusted the tilt on the head slightly.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Adding arms to sculpture

Working on the arms. Both arms contain a toothpick inside that help to give a solid base for the arms. Both tooth picks are broken to allow for bending.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sculpting classes with Ron Pekar

Recently i joined the sculpting classes here at Dreamworks which are being taught by Ron Pekar. Its great to have some one who knows their stuff and appreciates art as much as Ron does and i'm finding i'm really enjoying these classes and the proces of creating something out of a ball of clay.. these pics are from the 3rd week in, classes are once a week. Hopefully this will mount into something nice enough to turn into actual bronze

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cats and Dogs 2 my shots are from 0:58 onward

Heres one of the sequences from Cats and Dogs 2 I worked on while at Tippett Studios in Berkeley CA. I have such fond memories of that place, the people and the work we did on the film especially since it was my first full on feature. I have a small sequence of shots here from about 0:58 seconds onwards where the big cat says 'have fun' to the end of this sequence...

I have a few more shots in the film which are later on and I personally feel its still my best work to date.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baboon - pencil on paper and some photoshop

Another sketch for the Draw a holics blog

pencil on paper, then i had bad lighting with my camera when i took the picture to upload it so started toying with it in photoshop...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Indian ink and brush

bought some indian ink and brushes a few weeks ago and started playing with it. Have not been drawing as much as i would want to due to work but im still drawing every week which is waaayy better then last year.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Ok i'm posting these hands not because they are so good but so i can look back at the end of the year and see if i've improved. This is the first batch i did since posting saying i would draw hands to get started. Today was the first day i did not draw in 2 weeks... i have some kind of weird pinched nerve or someting that makes my leg feel like it is suffering from pins and needles with out the tikling... see how that ends but i thought some rest should help


I joined Draw a holics, our goal is to draw some kind of animal every week. This week... zebra...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cats and Dogs 2: The revenge of Kitty Galore

Checked my inbox and got the AWNTV email with the Cats and Dogs trailer in the spotlight. How cool, first feature film work for me! No shots in the trailer but hope they will make it on the big screen to be released this summer.

Working at Tippett Studios was great in so many ways, I look forward to watching the movie and knowing all the story's behind the shots.

Check out the link for the trailer!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Getting in shape... creatively

Its a new year, new round new chances...

Like most people I try to set a few goals for each year. Last years... read more books watch less TV.. which I did and have refound the joy of reading a book and letting my own imagination take control instead of someone else's when you watch TV or a movie.

This years... get in shape creatively!

It's very easy to come home and kick back and do nothing after a long day at work. I mean I work in a creative industry right, why the need to get in shape for it? Well when I'm at work I work for my employer and the director and the animation supervisors and the production coordinators etc etc.

I am expected to deliver a certain amount of creativity on any given day, which is great I enjoy doing that. However Ive found that the more I am going through production the less I am actually involved in expanding my own creativity, the stuff that makes me as an artist so to say since working creative on demand is just that... as a animator I execute some one else's idea and add my own vision to that. Sometimes successfully sometimes not but if it were a equation or a percentage i would say a animators shot is handed to him with about 60% already decided for him or her by what is needed for the movie, specific scene etc. It comes down to how you execute that idea really.

So with that said I find I feel the urge to do more for myself and re-connect with the basics that got me going in the first place... drawing characters, cartoons and telling a little story once in a while. However my over extensive use of the computer the last 4 years or so that I have entered the 3D animation realm, have left my skills well beyond rusty. I can barely draw stick figures when I do my planning for animation seems.

So this past weekend I bought some pencils and pencil lead fillers and have started sketching again beginning with the basics, hands. Hard as ever but really important for an animator. Hands tell an incredible amount about some ones mood or attitude. Fidgety hands, strong hands, a fist or open palm, relaxed hands and tense hands, it goes on and on.

By starting with this I hope to open up my creative channels even more and regain my old drawing skills. This creativity will inevitably run through to my production work which I hope will make me a better animator, and thus deliver a better product for my boss...

see, every one wins :-)