A good friend of mine has a rare kidney disease. He helps to raise money every year for the Cincinnati Kidney Walk. This year I got to design his team banner and T-shirt. If you're going to be in the Cincinnati Ohio area June 2nd, sign-up for the walk or donate and support a good cause. More info about the walk here.
I had some free time in between jobs recently so I decided to finally build the animation desk I've been planning to build. It's based roughly on a desk I used at Duncan studio. I added some extra slots for more tilt options, and offset the disc a bit to allow space on the right for xsheets or character reference. Most discs have the top and bottom pegbars. I opted for just the one, since most people really only use one or the other. This allowed slightly more room so I could cut in a slightly bigger piece of plexiglass. The hardest part was cutting the dovetail joint for the ruler to slide into. The angle on the ruler is flatter than any dovetail drill bit on the market. So thanks to a handy family member who grinded the bit down enough to cut the perfect slot. I'm very happy with it and look forward to animating on it.
I just finished up animating on one of the coolest projects I've had the pleasure to work on. 'Hotel Transylvania' has some fantastic animation and should look great in theaters. Here is a doodle while waiting for notes from Genndy. Things should be slowing down a bit for me so I'll try to post a little more regularly on here.
The blog has gone quiet, but the quest is still going strong. I've been busy moving to Vancouver, starting a new job at Sony Imageworks and blaa blaa. I made this in Illustrator over the weekend, based on my favorite coconut monkey carving that I got from an old neighbor that passed away.
Some of you that know me may know that I have a rare condition called 'Documentia'. My documentia was acting up over this holiday weekend and so I drew this.
Before you go feeling sorry for me or feel the urge to start a fund-raising foundation, you should understand that this condition isn't a bad thing....it's actually not even a real condition, I just like watching documentaries, and while I was watching, I was doodling, it's a side effect of my Documentia medication.
This drawing was inspired by the "Radiant Child" documentary. Any good documentaries you would recommend?
I had a few minutes at the studio yesterday to draw some people outside the window. The guy at the top left kept ringing the door bell at this building and nobody answered, he'd get frustrated, then he'd ring it again with a smile on his face, he'd wait 30 seconds, get angry face, then do it again.
I found some old color sketches on my Nintendo DS memory card. The first one is from our the kitchen in our old apartment. I think it was somewhat overcast that day, but everything had a bluish tint. The second was from the amtrak train somewhere between LA and San Francisco. Hills with endless Chaparral. I'm no painter, but I like the simplicity of these.
Slow Friday night at the Gormans'. I ended up watching this Dateline NBC episode about.........yes.........you guessed it......a mysterious death that wasn't quite what it seemed. I was on the edge of my seat the whole hour. "They seemed like the Ideal American Family.......until one day"
Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I can't use the excuse that I've been super busy with work. More like, moderately busy with work and visiting family and friends. I'm excited to be starting a couple new projects soon. One project will be a 'traditionally animated' short film for Duncan Studio. A pencil, giant stacks of paper, and some very talented animators and artists...... I can't wait. Here is a random drawing I did on my recent flight to Indiana. I have no idea why I drew these 3, but there's got to be a story there.
Well, it was good to be back, drawing in a classroom setting. The charcoal drawings were quick 30 second poses, and the pencils were 5-10 min poses. If you want to draw better and there is a figure drawing class open in your area, I highly recommend going. I knew I should be going pretty regularly, but I always found some excuse not to. By the way, this is a just a portion of the drawings, there are plenty of crappy ones, too.
I forget the exact quote, but Glen Keane or Art Babbit, someone said,
"Every animator has at least a hundred bad drawings in them. Once you get them out, you can start making the good ones."
*Perhaps someone can help me out with the exact quote?