Saturday, December 26, 2009

X-mas gift


My youngest brother's present; the dog that this puppy currently is is a bloody mammoth!!

Merry xmas and all that.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sean and Song


First design pass at the Bubble Hubs most faithful patrons; primarily due to being Yuki and Koko's ubearable admirers.
Both are equally repellant: Sean do to an extreme lack of confidence, and Song do to an extreme surpluss of it...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Yuki Koko poses

I really gotta get going on my christmas paintings, AHHHH, all responsiblitly goes out the window when a ambitious project kicks in...















Monday, November 23, 2009

Koko and Yuki


Names confirmed. My japanese-Austrian friend informed me that her parents gave her and her sister japanese names that are easy to pronounce in a non-japanese country.
Seemed to make sense; Blue hair's Koko and Pink hair's Yuki.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Just got Up; studied some acting sketches from one of my favorite bits of animation in the movie; when the bird's saying goodbye to the three characters, conveying her attitude towards the three of them: deep affection, condescending fondess, and resoloute mistrust.



Some other sketches for the two "Bubble Hub" twins. I don't know whether it expresses strong misogynism or a lack of it, but it was inspired by, in my opinion, girls excessive apprehension over their waistlines; or in the case of "blue-hair" (name in progress), an unusual lack of it...
Roald Dahl was such a huge part of my childhood, looking back and remebering all the old kids books. Per usual, the name meant absoloutely nothing to me. I love how tackfully gory half of them were, hee hee. Roald had a knack for tapping into childrens love of violence and dismemberment without ever crossing the lines of good taste or intelligence.
Funnily enough "The Giraffe and the Pelly and me" was the one I remeber the most fondly, despite the fact that it was probably his most innocuous...
Curious to see the Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is one of his I missed as a child and finally read in the light of the the approaching movie.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Bubble Hub


Seems all the ideas I get turn out to be really girly. Ah well.
I thought of a simple idea of a tv show about two completely incongrous twins forced to work in their dad's bubble tea shop (being a very popular beverage here in Vancouver), while inbetween college classes for the summer.
Most of the great comic cartoons, I find, tend to be very simplistic and relatable in their setting, allowing you two spend most of your efforts playing with juxtaposing character personalities and doing really exaggerated gags and comic devices.
Anyone who can tell whom blue-hair is based on: amazingly they only part of this drawing that IS an exaggeration is that she hate bubble tea....

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Bull vs. Boar






Unlike the spanish "Bullfight", the japanese one is comparably more humane: you just put to bulls in the arena, and in traditional bull form, they bang heads together until one of them is pushed out or chased out of the arena.







Just one more bit of fanart to get rid of the last bits of obssession revived by my halloween costume.... hopefully that'll satisfy it so I can get on with orginal stuff...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are




Hat's off to Spike Jones. Got me pretty choked up.










Villain I've been working on very briefly. Yakuza boss, so he's gotta be fat enough to suggest he eats a bit better then normal...

Monday, October 19, 2009

animation design


Quick design for my animation.
Originally for the 11 seconds club, but what with you job at work, it's unlikely I'll get it done in time. Might as well work on it all the way through, as it can go in my demo reel if I finish it...

Monday, October 05, 2009

sketchbook peoples











It occurred to me that rather then push these all out in one late night, I could space the sketchbook scribbles out over the dry spots when I don't get anything else done.... Ah well

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tom Moore!!

Wow, that took long enough. Almost missed Septmeber entirely


Finally saw Brenden and the Secret of Kells: Words fail me. Though if they didn't, they'd be good words, I assure you.

Met the very talented Tom Moore, and I managed to avoid stooping to fanboy insufferability for the most part, with the exception of a photo with him (I really gotta adjust the brightness on my stupid cam)

Hadn't done anything with the Geisha story. Anyone get it?

Lots of my spare times been on my short cartoon animatic. Figured if I'm gonna do it, I should do it right and sort out proper size comp, and eventually rotations of all the characters.




Must go to bed... hope I can get stuff up faster in then this next month...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Boar attack








visual gag I wanted to sort out design-wise. It's funier if you picture each member of the chase running through the scene with a slight pass between their appearance...

This never happened in the book, but I always thought there would be somthing very satisfying about Fenrir, being a character of pure brute force and a terrifying bully, being physically overpowerred rather then magically...


Pigwidgeons first delivery...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Modern Women B.C.

As predicted, not enough time was alloted for the 11 seconds club (that didn't last long), my studio has announced we'd be getting more pay and more time for our scenes; an act of generosity so unprecedented in Vancouver animation I feel practically indecent. Hurray! Maybe I'll take a shot at next months.
At any rate, here's a peice I did when working out some characters for another short. Might actually work on an animatic some of these in my spare time...

More HP sketches (oy vay). Still haven't gotten it out my system.
Dudley's redemption (a pleasant arc, actually)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

11 seconds club: must be out of my mind

Well, against all better judgment (given how difficult it's been to get anything personel done while working at Big Bad Boo), I'm gonna see if I can't enter somthing into "11 seconds club" Seems as good a means of practicing animation as any. Roughed it out quickly (and albeit crudely) and I'm hoping to get somthing done in 3D (after many abandoned attempts). Here goes nothing, at any rate...





After seeing half-blood prince (which was my favorite of the books), I couldn't resist going through the books again; this time in audiobook form so I can work at the same time. These audiobooks were narrated by Stephen Fry, who my friend believes dumbledore is based on.

Again, my Dumbledore and Voldemort, despite my attempts to the contrary, pretty much look like everyone elses :P Allright, my first bit of silly HP fanart in over a year; now hopefully it's outta my system and I can get back to my own stuff...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Lotsa dishes


Another short cartoon idea being worked on. No decent title yet. Very Laurel and Hardy esque, hence I want to push a monochromatic look. My goal is to rough out enough animatics and present them to some people, in the hopes of getting something together.
Works been nuts, hence such a small post in such a long time. Grrrr. Still, I decided i might be rushing through stuff in order to make weekly posts.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The showdown


Ughh, a seventy hour week at work, I'm gonna have to get faster with toonboom.

Designs for yet another short cartoon idea; Doubtless my most inane one yet. At least this time it'll be semi-intentional...




One of my friends asked me to do a cartoon version of her. So I threw in my other Asian Ontarian friend in it, along with her herculean boyfriend (also a good friend). My theory (and I suspect there's to) is if your tiny, adorable, and asian you can say absoloutley anything and it's still cute. Clearly the same rules apply for being buff and Russian, provided you have a wooly enough beard and an endearing lisp...

All meant with love, guys...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Back from the farm

Just got back from, in my Grandfathers words, "God's country". Once again a long list of side projects I planned to finish in loo of being able to work on animation were, predictably, unfinished... Hrmph.



Yep, that's a pretty generic witch, idn' it?





One of our favorite dinner activities at home was watching the hummingbirds outside the window. They fight like cossaks over the feeder if your luck.

An interesting occurance at the vancouver airport. unjust discrimation or inability to grasp the concept behind a metal detector; you decide.




This somthing I had big plans to finish for some prints, but decided they look to close to all the other girls I've drawn so I'm gonna try to rethink the designs...


If there's anyone to blame for my lack of productivity at the family farm, it's this little bugger....





Tuesday, June 16, 2009

HELP



Two other characters to go along with the cute little knight on his cute little horse.

As I quoted before. Lara Croft or Tifa had nothing on me in my geeky video game days, but Princess Toadstool occupied far more of my prepubescant mind then I'd ever be willing to admit. Oh wait, oops...

Bus people's







Monday, June 08, 2009

When Pigs Fly

Another extrememly vague idea, but one i wanted narrated by a barbershop quartet of flying pigs. I had almost finished this one version of them last Sunday (the smaller one below), as you can see I got sick the designs before I finished refining it, and decided to try some flatter, more UPA designs, as my attempts to improve my animation draftsmanship had prevented me from trying anything like that in a while.




After coming out of UP for the second time (had to see it twice before I could make a solid opinion), I came across a lumpy border collie while waiting for the bus that I swear was the spitting image of Dug.
After seeing the movie with and without the digital 3D effect, I'd have to say it was the most tasteful use of the gimic I've seen; They used it selectively and tended to make this push into the screen rather then come out towards you, which i find much less jarring. Still, I'd probably just as soon forgo the 3D and save the extra three or four bucks.
One other difference between the two ways to see the movie is Trailers. If you wanna see the Princess and the Frog Trailer on the big screen, see UP without the digital 3D...


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Four, no wait Three days at this point



I'm a dead man at work tommorow; why do I do this to myself.

Comes out Friday!! I wanted to do some fanart before I see it, because despite all the great reviews it's been getting, one of my good friends who got an early screening gave it a semi-scathing one, sounds like one of their more creative concepts. Still, we've disagreed before... albeit usually with me in the wrong :)

There; another peice of cheap fanart; now that it's out of my system I can get back to original stuff hopefully

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Hero"

















Gah, it takes to long to get any drawing practice in when you trying to learn 3D animation. I'll try to get somthing twice a week.

Here's a "hero" I've been working on for this idea. I wanted a Link/Mario/Mickey Mouse type hero; I think it's funner when the good guy's diminuitive. Hopefully I'll have some actual 3D on here by June, knock on wood.
And yes, I did change the colors from last night; I'm having a heck of a time with them. Any suggestions would welcome



Sunday, May 03, 2009

Computer had a virus!!

I can explain, see, between relearning computer animation, getting stuff done for the internship applications, and then getting a virus taken off may computer, I haven't had a chance to update!

And no, I didn't get the producers animation done yet, arrgghh! But I did get a few peices sketched in the absence of my computer...





Old character from an old project, wanted to see if my draftmanship has improved since. My character design skills are certainly pretty rusty after setting it aside for animation...
Not to mention a novel I've been trying to finish for months now; uggh! Very clever P.G. Woodhouse series; life with Jeeves. Essentially it's about a butler who constantly get his idiot old-money master out of petty problems... Not to mention his equally lay-about rich friends and relations.