Monday, December 26, 2011



Finishing up on the editing of the children's book, and trying to catch some rest this break, but here are some of my distracted scribbles, colored from my sketchbook. Just playing around with brushes in PS. And my little self-portrait for the year. Much less involved than the last two years, but I like it quite a bit I think. I like the first best though I think. Gatsby turtle really looks forlorn, in spite of his awesome pad.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A lot of corgis




Well, the first of my homemade gifts I actually made at the start of thanksgiving break! A mug for my roommate (also an Olivia). I got it done through dA (you TOO can own one if you want.). It's sort of a tradition that everyone I know has some animal associated with them, and since she gave me free range to pick hers (which never happens) I picked corgis, which is a bit specific. But they're happy, and short legged, which I thought was hilarious. Anyway. I'm rather fond of the design.
Holy cow, my post on corgi subreddit just made front page! :O How exciting. Maybe someday soon I'll get an order of mugs not through dA, and actually make some profit off them. Makes me happy though! It's always the unnecessary projects that bring back the most good.
Haha, as requested, a desktop version & a version that tiles tiny corgis (for kicks.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Traveler


This semester I had two of those moments where you get an idea and everything starts to fall into place in your mind, and all of a sudden you have this realization. It's sort like you just know you're going to do this. This is going to happen. Time, work, obligations, none of that is relevant. The first for me was that chalkboard animation below. The second was this one. The story is mildly uninspired, and I still don't know what to do about sound, but this style, and these settings have been in my head since the topic of traveling came up. Because of all my other finals, it took me 2 days (literally, every single hour in 48 hours.) I'm pretty happy though. This technique is actually very close to one I like to use for illustration. With some work and tinkering I could even imagine using it for thesis. It was a great little project. Even though it did almost kill me. At least it's done.
Have a great winter break everyone! :D

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lighthouse Animatic

Aaah the fruit of my labors in pre-production, at last. It was great being able to work on a single project for a full semester, though it was still very broken up. It's disturbing how much work needs to be done before you can even start making things move. I wish I had put more thought into the story, but I'm still rather fond of parts of it. It moves a bit fast, but without dialog it tends to drag a bit, even for an animatic. The sound took me about 6 hours today, to hunt for in the archive and piece together with my own sounds. But it's done now!
One big animation left to go!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nature of Transience


Finally, to conclude last week's projects, this was my creative final for History of Buddhism. The video quality is quite bad at the moment, but there are a lot of edits I need to make once I can catch my breath. It was a bit of a rush job after the drawing part. It was done entirely in chalk (which I must say, actually went a lot better than charcoal.)
The quote is from Shunryu Suzuki, a zen budhist, and author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (great book.) There are a lot of other refferences from mainly Thich Naht Hanh in here as well though, and mostly from the The Heart of Understanding, which was actually my favorite reading. The one I chose was just the best summary of what I was working around.

If there was one sentiment I took from the readings, that I wish I could convey to those I care about, it would be this.

Fist City

Had my last junior animation seminar class today! EVER. Huzzah. Our last project was to pitch a solution to a given problem. I won't go into too much detail, but many Loretta Lynn songs, vocaloids, and opposite centaurs later, here is our collaborative animatic for a little websiode.

color study
river research
charcoal study

It wasn't a particularly serious project, but I'm sort of proud of our group anyway, for actually putting something together, with everyone involved more or less. (All 7 of us. Despite how stressful it became.) It was fun to brainstorm collaboratively. I was responsible for all the river backgrounds above, and in the animatic.
(Fist City ~ Loretta Lynn)