Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!




FINALLY, somethng new on my bloody blog. These were paintings of my trip to Japan, which I made for xmas presents. Two short, luckily the people there for are in Australia and won't get a chance to see them for a few months anyway.

Anyhoo, hopefully there will suffice for December T__T

Friday, November 12, 2010

Gaijin-Kitsune

I can't BELEIVE how long it took me to make somthing to put up here: My Little Pony's FINALLY done: FREE from fushia hell. Still, i managed to accomplish some nice poses on it, so i'll have to keep in touch with the studio to find out when i can post some stuff.

I seem to have failed to find a good idea for a short film inspired by my trip to Japan, but here's a feature idea i figured I should at least try a sketch some main characters for. Based on all the stuff I like about contemporary japan: shapeshifting animal spirits, Akihabera shops/nightlife, and of course, the girls...


Monday, October 18, 2010

ID number


Another beat board. brushing aside my complete lack of skill with line/perspective and color, does ANYONE, get the connection?

Monday, October 04, 2010

"Spank Bank"




Ok ok, newest short film idea: about the politics of educated men working with women in modern workforce. And about how natural attractions shouldn't be something to be ashamed of, but aknowledged as strictly impulse that shouldn't interfere with the other gender being able to share an office with you.

I decided to set it in the "future", so that I could do strange duck-dodgers ish spacesuit to avoid having to create CG drapery: and people communicate with "thought bubbles" that shoot from spouts on the top of there suits. The male coworker desperate orders a device that will censor naughty thoughts about coworkers (a device known as a Spank Bank) to avoid him look misogynistic.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"I'm a Gnu"



Yet ANOTHER idea for a short film (lots I still have on paper needing to be graphited over).

The idea was to animated to an old Swann and Flanders song "The Gnu song"... Decided to make the characters SUPER simple for rigging's sake: the Gnu's design what based a bit on shaun the sheep from Aardman.






This was the mascot of a friends aspiring rock band, that she wanted me to draw up for a t-shirt print (she's mailing me one). She always did stop motion horror flicks with an ancient teddy with a sneer that she carries everywhere, so I suggested using him as the name for her band.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Cosplay day


Went on my first Cosplay outing a few weeks ago, and finally sketched out a joint costume affair some of my friends dressed up as. Their reaction to this might be mixed.... When it comes to platonic friends, you get in trouble if you're either not flattering enough, or much too flattering...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Problems"




The newest (and probably most practical) CG cartoon idea. If you don't get it, I don't blame you :).... I'm still trying to sort out the basic plot: just how all the characters react differently to it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cat Cafe

I know, I know; the Bubble Hub's been slowing down posts. Any way, here's ANOTHER idea for a short film next year, also based on my trip to Japan.

For those who don't know what a Japanese Cat Cafe is (which doesn't involve much in the way of food, save tea or coffee of a beer) is a lounge dedicated to taking care of cats, so that denizens who can't own pets in their housing (very common in Tokyo) can spend some time with the cats at an hourly rate. The amusing thing about it, however, is that cats aren't professional creatures: their playful and affectionate when THEY wanna be.. not when YOU wanna be.


Is it narcissistic to have yourself in a cartoon?
I know, I know; the Bubble Hub's been slowing down posts. Any way, here's ANOTHER idea for a short film next year, also based on my trip to Japan.

For those who don't know what a Japanese Cat Cafe is (which doesn't ivolve much in the way of food, save tea or coffee of a beer) is a lounge dedicated to taking care of cats, so that Japanese urbanites who can't own pets in their housing (very common in Tokyo)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

New Maid design


Animated three of fourteen shots for the Bubble Hub test so far. On the buses though I've been trying to redesign my cafe maid: I still want the teeny-character thing, but felt the last design was a bit too close to previous work. I ended up with the sort of spy vs spy nose that I thought helped match the broadness and silliness of the business man but still managing to be all cute.

I need a few background maids, so hopeful lots of these face studies'll allow me to come up with distinctive designs while still being able to recycle the body of the original maid (to save modeling/rigging time).

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bubble Hub animatic and cousin's wedding gift

And here is the animatic for my "Bubble Hub" test, with voice and effects edited in.

Both girl's voices are still in working development: they were done by the very talented Beatrice Tsang. You wouldn't believe how long it took to get a girl who could provide an amusing voice... Any thoughts would be certainly appreciated....




Wedding present for a cousin.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Bubble Hub BG's

More BG's for the Bubble Hub Test. Just one elaborate fantasy BG left... and some #$^@!*@ voices (you'd be surprised how much harder it is to find a good girl voice actor), and I'll be ready to animate.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Japanese business man sketches

Just some roughs, trying to work out the one characters design, no doubt making choices ill-suited to CG. Still, I'm getting rather fond of him...
And here's BG's I'm trying to design for a test of the "Bubble Hub" I boarded. The one scene clashes with the bedroom. It's meant to be a fantasy scene, but I think even by that extend it'll probably need to be alterred...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mallet Maid designs


Again, lots of projects that will take longer to finish, or need voices recorded before worth posting, so this is what I got for this week.

Just wanted to see how these characters could look as rendered CG characters.... with only a small idea of how to model them, heh...








Well, I had my doubts, and it wasn't without its flaws (More rhetorical dialogue then I'm use to at Pixar), Toy Story 3 more then lived up to the trilogy. Easily their most intense climax in any other their films.

I wanted to sketch the strongest character in the film, without giving anything away: I'm sure most people figured out his role, but possibly not to the extent that they took him.




Oh, and Teddy Newtons cartoon "Day and Night", in my opinion, probably did more to push the medium and entertainment value of hand drawn animation in six minutes then Disney did with it in ninety...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Japanese Monkeys




You'd think I'd be getting more accomplished, what with my new cintiq. Too many failed attempts.

But anyway, another photo from japan, based on the cute monkeys I saw up in Nagano. Does the joke work?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Maid with a Mallet


Yet another possibility for a short film. This one's less one's certainly a lot fuzzier then the elephant one, and probably even more trickier to translate in CG.... not to mention potentially unsettling if not handled tactfully. Regrettably, all these reasons seem to make it more intriguing to me.

Plus, I wanted to try doing something based on my experiences in Japan:

This was probably the most notworthy custom at one of those frightening cutesy maid cafes; very pretty girls mind you and the outfits certainly did them credit, but the whole scenario was far too "pink and frilly" for me to certainly consider the situation "sexy". Of course I've never found leather and leashes did anything for me, so I suppose Neither extremes work on me.

ANYWAY, all I can think of to expand on this scene of broad slapstick is possibly some sort of imaginative 2D animation of the "pain stars" taking a life of their own and interacting with the CG characters somhow.....

Now, in the real maid cafe I went to, the waitresses performed this assault with a harmless squeaky-toy mallet (not THAT much smaller then this), but given the appearance of the standard clientele, I'm sure they would've wished they had a more authentic one from time to time...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How To Move An Elephant


And idea for a short cartoon. I'm planning to apply for a highly untested fourth year at Cap, where you come in with a (very) short film storyboard, and basically use all the classes and resources of the program to make it in. Trick is finding a short cartoon idea short enough and simple enough that one can do impressive animation within the deadline for a demo reel, yet still stands as a finished "story" so it stands out and also has festival potential.

Inspired from an old picture book from my childhood, I thought of the idea of a roman soldier just trying to get an elephant up a hill. I picture just a very simple looney-toon's esque gag sequence. Which would be good, but after seeing some of the amazing and highly inventive shorts coming from Calart students, I feel it might be a bit too familiar.

AHHHHH, to attend Calarts. Perhaps someday I MIGHT be confident enough to take out a major loan and possible find a way to transfer in ONE YEAR of it.... sigh...

Monday, May 10, 2010


Finally got SOMTHING up about my trip to Japan. Here's the title..... I'm sure I come up with somthing to put behind it before I go to Japan a second time.

I've also been working on an animatic for a Bubble Hub test, which I shall post once I get a female voice actor for the scratch test...

Monday, April 05, 2010



DONE!! Or as done as it's gonna be for this round: I'm off to catch a flight to Japan tommorow morning, and my Disney application's being handed off to Fedex right before.

By everyone!! Be back from Japan in May!!!

Will

Monday, March 29, 2010

random Bubble Hub poses

redid these two poses for the covers of my pitch. Handing it in tommorow.








Extra character sketches for my Bubble Hub pitch. It's due this week and this is also the last week to get my animation and portolio done. So if my third animation bit isn't on here by Next monday: somthing terrible probalby happened to me....



One week till I'm off ot japan. YIKES!





It was at the eleventh hour that I realize I'd forgotten to add two characters to my pitch: Koko's fastidious sock puppts Jimmy and Frankie (named after the two greatest puppeteers of all time, Henson and Oz). They were inspired by two mitten/puppets I bought in a small hand-knitting stand. The arms their currently in belong to the lovely Juri Eun: I felt I needed them on girl arms: My pale hairy ones would've brought up questions about Koko...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bad Girl and Destroy Him v.2



Last weeks been working on my third piece, HOPEFULLY will get it done well before April. Japanese warlord berating his assasins for an unwanted assasination: "John Cleese" line for "Fierce Creatures".












FINALLY. Started piece #3 a while ago, but gotta focus to get done by APRIL. AHHHH. Still, any critiques on these too would be very welcome.

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Yoletown Girls


Current animations running late: hopefully get it done by next weekend...
Managed to snail in the last of the main character lineup for Bubble Hub. If the Lip Gloss Gang represents the rough lower class girls terrorizing the twins, then the Yoletown girls represent the enviable Upper class girls, always being naseatingly altruistic and happy.
Privelaged, flaky, impossibly perfect students and perky enough to raise the hairs on your back; But with Yuki depsises about them most of all, is that their NICE. Yep, it'd be so much more bearable to be around them if they were, in fact, shallow, mean and vindictive like the sterotype often conveys, but sadly their quite nice in their own right.
The Y girls represent how deep, down there's a part of use who alway hate people better off then we are. Yuki, having no restraint at all, finds every chance to hate and villifiy them. Of course, this doesn't stop her from trying to befriend them if it improves her social standing...

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

subtle animation designs

Designs for the next animtion; the flash roughed-out stage took all bloody week! Wanted to do somthing more subtle then the last one...