Sunday, April 20, 2008

This Weekend

Well, I realize I haven't posted in a while, so I'm going to share my weekend with everyone. Saturday my boyfriend Lou and I both went to Karl Gnass's story seminar at the Animation Guild. It began at 10 am and ended at 4 pm, was $65 for the day. From taking Karl's storyboarding class Wednesday nights, and going to this seminar on Saturday, I can tell you that this guy has a lot to offer his students. Besides having a wealth of knowledge on the subject of story and storyboarding (he was a writer and storyboard artist for many years), he has the unique ability to express himself with clarity so that the points of story he makes in lectures can be easily understood, and applied to one's own writing or storytelling. Karl went through a thick stack of story notes he's collected over time, particularly focusing on a few various story/plot/character structures. He then went through a few choice films, Finding Nemo, Red River, Princess Bride, Kramer vs. Kramer, Long Kiss Goodnight, and one of my favorites, La Dolce Vita, explaining the devices/patterns being utilized in each film.

That was great, and later, I went to my first Passover seder at my great uncle's house. It was nice, it really feels that as all generations in my family get older (my generation, my mom's, grandma's), we learn to get along better as a unit. Later I went with my brother and my boyfriend to a friend's party by the Marina for just a bit.

Today (thus far) has also been a very inspiring day for me. I was lucky enough to have lunch with the amazing Lorna Cook, who has achieved so much in her life as an animator, writer, and artist, and who was nice enough to meet with me. She had a lot of good things to say, but the most valuable, I think, was to "Never give up" and have the patience and openness to let life take you to places unexpected.

I've been grappling with figuring out where I should be directing my concentration (artwork/portfolio wise) since I want to tell stories, but also paint/draw characters. I didn't know for sure if I should be considering working in visual development or being a story artist as my (dream) career goal. Talking to Lorna about it, I'm fairly certain that I need to concentrate on being a story artist, which includes storyboarding, and also character design.

More on the horizon,


Monday, April 14, 2008

Beauty and the Beast Fan

This is me in '91 or so, a hardcore Beauty and the Beast fan, at a children's book store event where I got to meet the voice of Belle and Chip! I'm wearing two Beauty and the Beast watches on my arm!

Three-toed Sloths

Another one of these animals strips I did a while back.

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Animal Strips

So, my last semester at Berkeley I started making these animal comic strips, basically for my own pleasure, and I wanted to share one for those who haven't seen any. Realizing these strips collected could make a nice little comic book, I am going to try to have about 10-15 more done so I can print a small run of these books for APE in November. When I scanned these originally, I was using the crappiest scanner of all time, so I really need to re-scan them. I also want to hand-letter the final versions, instead of what I have here. Now that you're updated, here's a classic!

You can click on the image to see it larger so you can perhaps read it, and then get the joke!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tomboy Art in Progress

So, besides other stuff I've been working on that has been frustrating to me, here's a piece in progress that I'm painting in my new Art Rage program. It's Tomboy development art, sort of based on the little walk cycle Tomboy I posted. It'll take a while to finish. Why? Because Art Rage mimics the process of painting almost too well.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Superback Blog

Check out my boyfriend Lou's new art blog all about his awesome comic character called Superback. He's not a quarterback, he's not a runningback, he's a SUPERBACK! The blog is at: You could also just click on SUPERBACK under Linkies to the right of my blog.

He hopes to have a Superback comic for APE in November, as do I with my character, Tomboy. For anyone who didn't know this, I self-published a small run of a short Tomboy comic last summer (only 10 pages). This will be the second for me in the series. Slow going, I know, but I'm trying to accomplish a million things right now.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Art Rage!

I just bought Art Rage, a painterly art software that was only $25! It's the closest I've seen a computer program come to real life painting, drawing, etc. So far I recommend it. I made this little guy today in Art Rage, then added grain in photoshop.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tomboy Walk Preview

This is an unfinished walk cycle I'm working on for a really Flash oriented version of my comic character, Tomboy. I need to complete the cycle, and also add bounce to her head, and perhaps secondary movement on her hair. I am just starting to learn Flash, but I had a lot of fun designing this character for the medium.