About Me

I study animation and tell stories through my art, whether by writing, illustration, painting, or animating. I live in the country with horses and 2 German Shepherds named Raven and Sula. When I'm not drawing and animating at work, I do farm stuff at home!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Animation Final

53 hours of work for this condensed scene of Jay Walker and Mary Onnet from me book.  Enjoy.

 Still a work in progress....he needs more scars and they both need shadows.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Animation: Work in Progress

Here's my most recent version of an animation I've been working on in class for about 10 hours so far.  These are basically the rough keys and extremes.  It is a short scene from my book, with some script-editting to allow for the time constraint of being under 30 seconds. 

About the Scene:  I'm not going to give it all away because frankly I don't want to re-write my book here, so you'll just have to read if you want to know more!  (I'm so clever like that!)  BUT, basically, it is my main character Jay Walker talking to his therapist Mary Onnet in New Heights Asylum for the criminally insane.  Why is he there?  Not going to tell you!  But he's only as insane as he thinks he is....now the woman is a representation of hypocritical psychiatrists...you know, they preach tolerance and understanding, yet don't exactly believe in what they say.  Well, Mary here is WORSE because she doesn't care about her patient's mental well-being...she likes to toy with them...to make them her little puppets...and if they resist, she doesn't mind harsh punishments and wouldn't give a second thought to ordering a lobotomy.  Anyway, I shan't bore you with this any longer.

I've wanted to do this scene for awhile, and may change the music later on.  You've Lost Karma is who I''ve asked for a little soundtrack from, but the music you hear is simply me playing two notes on the piano...just for the time being.  The voice of Jay is Gabriel Vazguez, and Mary Onnet's voice is me!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I will always love 2D

3D animation is becoming more and more the norm nowadays...but for me, 2D will always be the top dog.  There is not a single 3D movie or game that tops any of my 2D favorites...there's a missing element in 3D...something to do with hand-drawn animation I think.  Nothing can beat it.  NOTHING! 

Here's what I think:  2D animation and live-action film are on the same level because they have the presence of human nature within them...whether it is the impeccable acting of an actor or the drawing of an artist:  There's emotion that seems less forced and less awkward than 3D for me.  Up, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Toy Story can't compete with An American Tail, The Iron Giant, The Lion King, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Secret of Nimh, or even the likes of Ren and Stimpy...you know why?!  I never catch myself thinking about those 3D movies, or aspiring to make a lovely, technical render of a 3D character...NO!  I always, no matter what am more drawn (oh how witty) to 2D.

Yeah, all the music and sound can make me weep and laugh and shudder, but I don't need a picture for that...which is why I will always drool in a die hard way over 2D.

Anyway, I am working on a 25-second animation of my slightly insane charcter Jay Walker, which I will post when I'm through...will take more than 48 hours of work.