Friday, October 17, 2014

5th Element Reboot Project

This week we finished our 5th Element Reboot Project!

We started with pages of sketches and ideations.  I painted a 5th Element guitar store.  Here are a few of my concept drawings:

We gathered reference, and mostly focused on a Moebius-styled scene:

And put it all together!:

I made a gif of my progress!:

I plan to fix this up more later, so I can include it in my portfolio!

Playlist: Jenny Lewis, Feist, Broken Bells, Doug Paisley, Weezer (new album! CourtesyTim!), Elizabeth & the Catapult, The Weather Station, Little Joy, Santana, Keane, Michael Johns

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In Maya 'Pinion...Modeling is Challenging and Also Fun

I'm taking Intermediate Modeling this semester, and I put it off for quite a while as I was having quite the struggle in Beginning Modeling and I didn't like going to work at school so much.  However, Intermediate Modeling is my favorite class right now!  And it's very fun to work at school and have classmates to help me as soon as I have a technical difficulty!

We started with modeling our own heads:
We worked with Maya and ZBrush. 

This week we finished modeling a character head!  I chose to model Belle (I like that she reads a lot, and the Disney style has been really interesting to me recently):
I'm like the Bellerophon of Maya, instead of Greek beasts!  (ZBrush I'm still figuring out.)

I'm learning so much!  

Playlist: Jenny Lewis, Feist, Broken Bells, Doug Paisley, Weezer (new album! Courtesy Tim!), Elizabeth & the Catapult, The Weather Station, Little Joy, Santana, Keane, Michael Johns

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jules Jammal Scholarship and Art Auction

The Jules Jammal Superhero Art Auction opened bidding yesterday!  Jules Jammal was a San José State University animation professor, and he passed away in February this year.  I took his Beginning 3D Animation class in 2013 and not once did he complain of his battle with pulmonary hypertension, but instead taught his class.  That in itself is quite humbling.  In fact, most of his students, including myself, had absolutely no idea Jammal was fighting the pulmonary hypertension in his superhero fashion.  It was like he had his own secret identity and "nemesis," in a way.  Jules was also an SJSU Animation/Illustration graduate and was even a Shrunkenheadman President as a student, too, and he did quite a lot for the club.

The Jules Jammal Superhero Art Auction is not only a beautiful tribute to Jules' superhero qualities, but also a great legacy of Jules through funding The Jules Jammal Scholarship, which recognizes SJSU Animation/Illustration students who illustrate Jules' superhero qualities.

Here's the link to the auction site, but some pieces can only be bid on at the live auction, which is September 6 (6pm-10pm) in the SJSU (new!) Student Union Ballroom.  Also at this live auction is a chance to get your Jules Jammal Superhero Art Gallery Art Book signed by the artists, each of whom are SJSU A/I alumni!

Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner!

The title refers to a family joke.  So, if you don't know it then we're probably not related. Anywho, I recently helped my friend, Lucas, founder of Bay Area Hero, by doing some photo editing!  It was a surprisingly fun commission to work on!

Post by Bay Area Hero.

Playlist: Doug Paisley, The Weather Report, Dr. Jim Berg sermons

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Job, Well Done

This is my final animation for ANI 115!  Enjoy!

Description: A local career ladder-climber (pun intended) pursues his constant antagonist: fire.  A man who, like Gatsby, searches for the green light, is a character viewers can almost effortlessly to relate to.  This heart-wrenching story of physical barriers, the dangers of loose change, and career demands and incompetence, will hopefully keep you engrossed for its full 1:17 duration.

Animated in Adobe Flash, scored with Garageband.  Please do not post without permission. Thanks!