Dec 17, 2011

Digital Storyboarding - Pink Story

The lack of posts from my Digital Storyboarding class was due to the fact that our last two DreamWorks instructors (Louie del Carmen and Rad Sechrist) combined efforts and had us work on one story for the last 10 weeks of class.  Louie started us off with thumbnails and a rough pass, while Rad finished things up until a final pass was ready to pitch.  Lots of great notes, information, and insight shared from these guys, some of which I will try to post during the coming weeks.

At any rate, here's the final boards that I pitched to Rad.  My story follows a grandfather who doesn't want his grandson to wear pink but needs to realize that clothes don't make the man.
Pink - Final Storyboards
And here are the rough storyboards that I had pitched to Louie:
Pink - Rough Storyboards
I also had to do a little character design, so here are some of the various digital character sketches I created for the project.  Lots of influence from Colin Jack on these.

Dec 14, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 12, 13, 14, & 15

I fell behind in posting these each week, so here are the final four weeks of my Clothed Figure 3 class:

As always, I feel the need to stand on a mountaintop and point out that the instructor was Timothy Gula, whom I cannot speak highly enough about.  I have truly learned so, so much from Mr. Gula and feel I was quite privileged to be in his class.  The old saying is that those who can't, teach, but every once in a while you find the rare specimen who can actually do both and do them well.  And with that, I present the final additions to my Gullery™, the "cherry on top" of which is an original Gula-style doodle ("Gudle"?) given to me to always inspire:
© 2011 Timothy Gula.
© 2011 Timothy Gula.
© 2011 Timothy Gula.

Advanced Perspective - Final

The last five weeks of my Advanced Perspective class were spent working on our final project, which was basically visual development of a story of our choosing.  The final presentation need to include: 3 characters, 1 environment design, 90 thumbnails, and 5 compositions.  This was great news for me, as I hadn't been able to work on my thesis project at all this busy semester.  Jumping back in where I left off, I continued working on Fuzzy Fury Rescue Friends!  I'm pretty pleased with the progress I've finally made on this story over the past several weeks.  The characters are much farther along and just about where I want/need them to be, the world is now fleshed out, and (perhaps most importantly) the sequence I'm boarding is finally starting to come together and seem like it's going to work!!  Here are the final presentation boards as I presented them last night to my class:

As I've often mentioned, the class was instructed by Brandon Luyen and was quite enjoyable.  Be sure to check out his blog, as he was photographing everyone's final work and posted it for all to enjoy.  There's some real talent in that class.

Nov 19, 2011

'Tis the Season

One of the great joys of my life is being able to share my talents with others, and this is especially true during the holiday season.  Check out this "gem" from 2006:
Working in retail during the holiday provides a lot of interesting challenges, but it's also a great place to share my abilities with others in the form of gifts.  Here are some Create Your Own Vinylmation figures that I painted for the Disney Store management team last year:

I also painted a couple of things for some special Cast Members.  There was a special Giants Donald Duck for Jimmy:
 And a Tinkerbell for someone whose name I don't recall...
All of the Cast Members also got to design their own Secret Santa stockings.  Mine featured Casey Jr.:
Impressive, I know.  So this year, I had to figure out a way to top myself.  I realized quickly that the only thing better than one character is five characters!  Then, I just had to figure out a clever layout. I was about to declare such a notion impossible when BAM!  What if I drew five characters on some fake animation paper?
KA-CHOW!  All I had to do now was figure out the five most important characters in the Disney catalog.  I had to have Casey Jr., naturally.  Flynn Rider and Finn McMissile were obvious additions that had to be included.  My love of the West and Tom Hanks meant Woody needed a spot.  And my extreme admiration for Glen Keane and love of Tarzan filled the last spot. [and yes, I know Glen did not animate Young Tarzan.  Get over yourself, animation buff!]  So, I sketched down my thoughts in my sketchbook, using some reference, of course.
 Then, I drew them for real on some vellum.
A little Prismacolor marker on the back for Woody and Finn.  For Flynn and Young Tarzan, I actually colored them digitally and printed it out on a transparency to give a "painted cel" feel.

Then, I glued it all down onto my stocking, added my name and some decor with Nupastels, and voila:

Nov 11, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 10 & 11

Raise your hand if you saw this coming: an additional two weeks of figure drawing from Timothy Gula's Clothed Figure 3 class!  It's been several weeks now since Mr. Gula sat down and drew on my pad, which means that he sees me "getting it"...but also means that I can't add anything to my Gullery™. :^\

Nov 7, 2011

Jack and the Netherlands

So, here's something pretty different:

Not long ago, I was contacted by Delana Arnold, a resident of the Netherlands who stumbled upon my Jack and the Beanstalk artwork.  She was working on a project of her own for school where she had to animate the story using After Effects and 3D layers and asked if she could use my drawings for her project.  Naturally, I was flattered and 1000% allowed it.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to help her out with any new drawings, so she had to seek out other sources for some characters and story moments that I didn't get to.  Regardless, the end result is nothing short of amazingly awesome!  Sit back, relax, and thoroughly enjoy...

Pretty darn neato, huh?!?  Be sure to post some YouTube comments about how your breath was taken away!

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Video created by:
Delana Arnold
DeeSign Multimedia

Nov 1, 2011

Advanced Perspective - Week 8

In honor of Halloween, this week's theme was Horror.  The weekly perspective theory was "looking straight down", which is basically just a fancy way of saying that your vertical vanishing point is within the confines of your picture plane.  Hmm, or maybe the latter is the fancy way.  In any case, here are the results:

Oct 27, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 8 & 9

Two more weeks of Clothed Figure 3 with Mr. Timothy Gula.  I am definitely starting to get it!  Which is awesome.  Unfortunately, that also means he's no longer drawing samples for me, so no new amazing works of art to add to my Gula Gallery ("Gulery"?).

Oct 25, 2011

Advanced Perspective - Week 7

This week, the theme was Egypt.  So my three illustrations this week create a small story about two old, misinformed American tourists and their native tour guide/reluctant accomplice.

Oct 19, 2011

Advanced Perspective - Week 6

This week was a make-up/catch-up week for my class, since many people have been falling behind and complaining about not having enough time.  Guess they've all been too busy playing whatever video game just came out.  Undergrads...

At any rate, I redid one of my Geisha-themed illustrations that I didn't think turned out right and changed up two other illustrations a bit, giving them a smidgen more of love.  They look better, but I still don't really care much about anything that I've created in this class.  Two more themed weeks and we get to work on our own stories for the rest of the semester. Which means I'll finally have some time for my Thesis!  Yes!

Oct 14, 2011

Clothed Figure 3 - Weeks 3-7

Five weeks worth of figure drawing.  Can you see the progress?  It's subtle, but I think it's there.

And, of course, here's five weeks of Mr. Timothy Gula adding to my private collection of his work.
© 2011 Timothy Gula.

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