Sunday, May 29, 2016

Teaching Down Under!

I've just returned from a marvelous 2 week trip to Melbourne, Australia to teach story-boarding to a select group of industry locals. They were a dedicated, hard working bunch eager to learn and absorbed my lessons and assignments with aplomb.The enterprise was arranged by veteran animation director and producers Peter Viska and Colin South with support from Film Victoria.

We had a whole day of gesture drawing exercises which was exhausting for all!

(Photos from Jacquie Nguyen's Instagram)

One evening I did a 'live story-boarding' demo for an invited group of Melbourne animation pros. I was given a page of script fro ma 'Fatal Attraction' type scenario and talked through my process as I drew.

. . . and, of course, mean caricatures ended the affair!

The team made this terrific thank you card for me

Monday, February 01, 2016

A Monster In Paris animatics

I found some old animatics of my boards from 'A Monster In Paris' (2011). There are enough clips online to compare them to the final film. It's pretty lose to what I conceived but it's interesting to see where the film departs. Back when I did these I was working on paper with pencil and ink, scanning elements to composite them and heightening tone in Photoshop.

Here is sequence 3350 - the big musical number with Vanessa Paradis and Matthieu Chedid's song 'La Seine'.

I remeber Bibo had staged a workshop with dancers who worked out a routine for the animators to reference. Rightly the film focuses on the characters' motions and dropped the stage elements with cut-out 'flats' I proposed (background elements by Sasek!). Once they step off the stage and enter the fantasy realm then the decor becomes flat- smart decision.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Big Island

Painting trip to Hawaii's Big Island. . .

Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of another year

This is the end of another year- here are the highlights of 2015 from my Instagram feed . . .

Saturday, December 12, 2015

SantaCon is on!

It's that merry time of year where young Americans dress up and fill the streets with drunken Santas from morn 'till night. Here are some of the revelers I observed in San Francisco a couple years back. Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Joshua Tree

1. 'Hall of Horrors' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

2. 'Dawn at Twenty Nine Palms' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

3. 'Desert Moon' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

4.   'Simian Rock' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

5. 'Hidden Valley' 8"x8" gouache on water colour paper

6.  'Sentinel' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

7. 'Intersection Climbers' 9"x5" gouache on water colour paper

. . . and here's a short film I cut of our trip

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Inktober 2015

That's it! 31 days of 'Inktober 2015'. Until next year . . .

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sweet Emotion

This is a very early rough pitch I did late 2010 trying to figure out the 'interface' between the Emotions and Riley. I placed the E's stationed at a central console, an emotional 'well' where they could control physiological responses and view memory balls. Even at this early point Joy, Anger (Ira) and Fear (Freddie) were pretty well defined as a yellow wisp, a red block and a skinny nerve. The green character was Hope and the purple one Pride (Preston). Sadness (Hap) was like a big, blue mattress and was still male at this point.

I cued off a scenario where Riley has been sent to her room after sulking at the dinner table. (I think maybe Ronnie had even done a pass on the 'dinner table' sequence by that point.) The E's are all doing their job making Joy feel left out.

This view was tricky: I figured Riley is looking in a mirror hence the E's can see her through her POV.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Los Angeles Plein Air Festival 2015

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an 'Honorable Mention' in the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival 2015 two weeks ago. It was a really hot day but we all muddled through. Here are the three pieces I submitted.

  'The Must'

'The  Pan American Building'

'Indian Alley' 112 Winston

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Last Days of Summer

More architecture sketching while exploring Los Angeles . . .

 '8 Bit' beach house at Marina Del Rey

Culver City High School

Culver City Theatre

 L.A. School of Performing Arts, Downtown

Sacred Heart Chapel, LMU campus

 Downtown Los Angeles

 Arts District

Little Tokyo

Dennis Hopper's old pad (designed by Frank Gehry)

 Vista theater, Silverlake

 Wolf's Lair compound, Hollywood Hills

 Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Park (Frank Lloyd Wright)

 Manhattan Beach

 'Snow White cottages', Los Feliz

Ballona Creek Bike Path, Culver City