Mar 12, 2014

I ♡ Turtles

Went down to Puerto Rico for a long weekend and got my scuba certification, which I've been wanting to do for years. We saw two turtles! I love sea turtles. They're so sweet and chill. All I wanted to do was hug it, but I was told you're not allowed to do that. So I did the next best thing and drew a quick sketch of it.

Mar 11, 2014

Stripped, The Documentary About Comics

Here's a trailer for the upcoming documentary Stripped, about the comics industry, its decline along with newspapers', and its changing face with webcomics and the internet. It brings together some amazing artists, including Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes and notoriously tricky person to get to do anything publicly (he wasn't even interviewed for the recently released documentary about Calvin & Hobbes). I'm excited to see what it has to say about comic strips' current state and future.


Mar 6, 2014

Making of Frozen Teaser

This looks like it'll make the DVD worth it, just to see a musicalized version of how the film was made!

Mar 5, 2014

Life After Pi

Life After Pi is an excellent and really sad documentary about the bankruptcy of Rhythm & Hues studios a few years ago. It was one of the (if not the) best VFX houses in the world, having created the tiger, Richard Parker, for the film Life of Pi. The VFX industry (particularly in California) is in a horrible state, due to multiple factors, including foreign subsidies, studios changing films without paying more money for the costs of the changes, and higher-costing expectations from audiences. Just to add insult to injury, check out the way the VFX people were treated at the Oscars by both the get-off-the-stage music and by director Ang Lee, who managed to thank his lawyer and the crew at the filming soundstage, but not the hundreds of artists that created over half of his film (including Richard Parker, one of the main characters, the ocean, the sky, and all the other animals that are seen in the film).

The film is certainly worth the thirty minutes of your time to watch.

And here's a little bit on the making of the tiger.

Mar 4, 2014

Timing and Spacing In Winter Sports

For animators, timing and spacing are two of the most difficult things to get right.  The difference in just a frame, especially in fast-moving actions, can alter the entire perception of a movement. Some really insightful reference was put up by the New York Times, showing athletes performing different feats frame-by-frame. You can see how their body positions, weight, and even faces change during their jumps and spins and twirls. Very helpful.

Some Redesigning

I was recently doing some updating to my portfolio, including to a few of my earlier character concepts, of an old cowboy who gets a zebra for the cheap and tries to regain his glory days. The earlier pieces are now somewhat embarrassing for me to look at, but I'm pretty happy with the updates!

Mar 3, 2014

The Day My Pants Left Me

So, my pants and I are splitting up after many months together.

It all started fine, just a few months ago. The weather was getting cool, and I decided to start a new pants relationship. After trying a few on for size, I found them. I thought this was the pair. I thought it was going to be for life. They fit great, and they always seemed up for something fun.


But the months went on, and the weather got more than cool. It got cold. It snowed and snowed. And my pants...well, they just couldn't take it. They changed. They became listless and sad, but there was nothing I could do. It was cold, and I needed to wear pants outside.

Then came Friday. It was another cold one in Chicago, where winter never seems to end. But that didn't stop me and my pants from heading out to the gym to work up a sweat. Usually, my pants hang around with the coats and other pants. It's not always what they want, but it helps them get out and see people. I thought I had great luck: Whose Line Is It Anyway? was on the TV, so I was entranced.

But at some point while I was laughing uproariously, my pants took their opportunity to escape from me.

I was left, betrayed in 5-degree weather with only my gym shorts. At least they know how to handle the cold.

I've thought through all the options, and the Caribbean is the most reasonable guess where they went.

I'm keeping custody of my wallet, though.