Thursday, 28 November 2013

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Heros and Villains Process

Character Design
'Knights of Early Modern Europe'


'Ear De-Waxer Mister Klean'


Term 1 Production Update

Action Analysis
to Music!
'All You Need Is Love'
I wanted to Animate to a piece of music for my Action Analysis piece, bringing some of the development I did during a summer painting/cinematography class to the table. After weeks of working and reworking the story to fit the parameters of the assignment I chose to go with this.
A Hippy peacefully protests the destruction of a local theatre, an important landmark to the community and prime real-estate for development.
I'm having a great time exploring demolition vehicles and I feel like i'm playing with yellow trucks and bulldozers like an 8 year old again.

Some exploration:

First version of Character Design:

Opening Pan:

 Group Film Project
'Birds of A Feather'

the following image is written and organized by myself features are from Cale Morin and Cav Yip

The rest's all me :D

Jaques the greedy business owner:

Stephan our humble protagonist:

Thanks for checking my stuff out! It really means a lot.

Stay tuned

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Playing With Ink

Tim McCormack is coaching us to life-draw for animation, I'm having a lot of fun experimenting but at the same time understand the importance and role that draftsmanship plays in a solid drawing.

I've fallen in love with Henrich Kley's Ink drawing, his political illustrations are so vibrant but informed, his scribbles are clear and masterful and his content is diverse, riske, and hilarious.

We're going to the Winter Fair this week and I'm excited to bring out some ink and coloured pencil, with a $1.50 construction paper sketch pad and a printer paper full clipboards!
Media's so fun, it's a great change from the last two years I neglected it falling into the col-erase and guouche caverns, let the rivers of colour run rainbows!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Summer Doodles

Summer portfolio's almost finished, just have to do some more car drawings and colour some caricatures.

                                            here are some doodles in the meantime

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Monday, 1 July 2013

Summer Thesis beginings

    I love Music! I've just started plucking around on my dusty guitar again and jamming with friends. I've finally started going to shows again and thought I'd make a goal to go to and draw at as many music festivals as I can this summer. I've already had the fortune of seeing bloc party, Zues, Hayden, Feist and Broken Social Scene play You forgot it In the people start to finish at Arts and Crafts 10 year anniversary.
     Saw some amazing Guelph talent "the Medicine Hat" rock the stage at their Old Bones album release show at Hamilton's Art Crawl.
     I'll have to catch NXNE next year! I really want to see ReignWolf!

     Saw my friend Marnie play her bassoon with her orchestra to John Williams music (Jaws, Starwars, Indiana Jones=da bomb).

And in a couple weeks I'll be at the epitome of environmentalism, music, art, celebration...HILLSIDE.

My summer thesis is based on the viewers experience at a music festival. What follows are the scraps from a neglected online painting course and the beginnings of my thesis, drawing something I'm finally passionate about and love to experience research and talk about.

 Feist's keys + Nabbi rocking the 

 Irish rugby fan & K-os 

 Medicine Hat and Torontonians
Medicine hat's so draw-able!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Semester 2 Animations

Human Synch 
"American Beauty clip"

Beak Synch 3/4 done
"MadMen Clip"

Muzzle Synch in-progress 
"How I Met Your Mother clip"

Semester 1 Animations

This Semester's Animations...pre production process drawings to come

Friday, 10 May 2013

The Great Stage Coach Assignment (and cumulative thoughts on this year)

          Our amazing Layout professor/mentor/guru/motivator/dad Piotr Bielicki created this pre production assignment to teach us in 4 months how to prepare a solid pitch package for a film.
          We learned how to use value, how to draw interiors (of vehicles) and exteriors, town streets, outback, extreme long shot landscapes, receding detail, and discovered and used riffs (like drawing collections of rocks how to draw where the ground and rockface meet, vegetation, cracks in dry earth and tracks on trails).
          We learned how to draw stagecoaches setting us up to be able to handle any four wheeled vehicles, and how to draw arguably the most difficult mammal the horse (six of them, in-action leading the stagecoach connected by stirrups and cross bars, through the arizona dessert separated into layers).
          We studied famous classical, contemporary and golden age artists; painters, illustrators and production designers. We were exposed to a wide collection of western movies and after mid-term a variety of genres (big production musicals, science fiction, war: airforce, epics, anime, amongst numerous others).
          During Piotr's lectures, I was thoroughly inspired, exhaling the stress from the other narrow streams I bobbed along in the rest of the program, while he flew us over the world through time and space and around Saturn's rings.
          I've had that feeling of euphoria and inspiration numerous times before, but, preceding last summer's journey on the bike and leaving my need for medication with my ADHD, I've lacked the inner calm to focus those emotions into something productive, consistently and without a whiplash of anxiety.
Piotr helped me find my passion for art but he lead us with an air of sophistication, intellect, style, diligence, duty, and in a casual way.
          I jumped on the structure and proportion wagon, with perspective on the horizon. I still found it difficult to marry structure with gesture, Michael Hampton with Matthew Mattisse, Picasso with McCarthy, passion with product. I didn't start to clean up until second semester when Peter Emslie wrote something in the comments section to the effort of "Marking your work is frustrating, I know that you can draw, you have a flare for gesture but you have no structure to speak of". His final assignment I spent a good 4 days straight, doing the clean-up strategy that Piotr Belicki showed us, page after page, photocopy after photocopy until the gesture, the clarity and structure stuck through. I didn't compile it well with the background so the final product wasn't the prettiest but those 5 pages of cleaned up keys were the 5 drawings I was most proud of the entire year, proving to myself that I could clean up my crappy scribbles

          I got a mustachio-glasses-schnoz-disguise as a prize for the most improved this year, it sits above my desk to remind me.
           I didn't sleep much this year. Actually I made a list of ailments that me I've picked up over the year, grinding teeth, close to falling in the carpal tunnel, an aggravated a messed-up shoulder, a neglected messed-up toe, a hack and sniff for the last month, and a ripped, out-of-date, incorrectly sized and dwindling wardrobe. That's a price I was willing to pay for a collection of work that can really help strengthen my confidence and keep me going to make more more more.
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          I'm applying for a Summer Company and forming my portfolio, at least a freelancing one a precursor to the animation portfolio for next spring. I'm taking waaayyyy too many summer workshops, and sleeping and cooking healthy amounts again, fairly regularly  I'm even looking after my list of ailments and chipping away at the things that are holding me down from running races this September.

          If you're a hopeful animation student or going into second year, I hope you make the commitment like I did to your practise. This was one of the most satisfying years I've had, building myself up on my own after my three year slump after grade 12.  I have a lot of catching up to do with my peers before I'll be confident to apply along side them for positions within the industry, I'm so thankful for my bro and brodettes, and the professors that have stuck out their neck, a hand and their wisdom for me so that we can have as amazing careers in this interesting and changing age of the animation industry. In the 21st century!
YYEeaeeeee Hhhawwww time to paint!

aka the most interesting man in the world

The Great Stage Coach Assignment

Ruff boards


ruff Character line up

ruff three-shot

Establishing City Shot

Panning Shot

Production Sketch 1: Character and Coach

Production Sketch 2: Into the Outback

Don't we all say this "this is just a draft, I mean I'll do a way better one sometime...sometime when I have some time..."