Monday, April 30, 2007

An Unreasonable Man

Represent, Connecticut.

Sunday, April 29, 2007


12 frames/sec. * 120 sec./film = 1440 drawings.
1440 drawings / 36 days until June 6th = 40 drawings per day until June 6th.
40 drawings per day / 12 hours per day = 3.33 drawings per hour or 18 minutes per drawing.
In conclusion, I must produce an animated drawing every 18 minutes during my workday until the due date of my film. This is in ignorance of the fact that I must generate sound for this film.
Uhhhhhhhh oh!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Kind of a Godfather Thing.

I need to start finishing some stuff, huh?

Bouncy Guy

I like ten point verdana. Probably my favorite font.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

"Candy" From Mexico

My friend Raul brought me some of these back from Mexico. It's a plastic cup, the size of a quarter, filled with sugary gel/paste. Hilarious! I like when products that are actually sold by a secret cause (alcohol, cigarettes, candy, casinos) are truthfully distilled by the laziness of the creator.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thank You, Jury Duty

Why is the garage, the most modern addition to the home (and now the most integral), almost always placed as an appendage? What of the classical symmetry, the temple-house motif? Considering these themes, this is a quick sketch I made while serving my civic duty.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Friday, April 20, 2007

It's falling.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pretty sure Paul will love this.

Watch all the "Look Around You" segments on YouTube. Start with this one.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Too many techniques.

I had fun with the individual features, but they don't match each other. And there is no coherent line system.

The butler.

Working on this 15-drawing sequence in TVPaint. Maybe something that will get colored and put on the web site? There are proportional problems and stuff.

Watch Pinocchio!

I watched Pinocchio in my Disney Feature class today--it was probably the first time I had seen it in at least 15 years. I highly recommend it!
Rent it, and look out for:
- The insane backgrounds of the exterior of Pinocchio's house. When he's on his front patio before going to school, it looks completely dimensional and convincing. A magical moment.
- The connotations of the Pleasure Island device: lose your self-control, become a depraved tool of society.
- Jiminy Cricket's stellar voice acting
- Figaro's perfectly hybridized cat/cartoon animation. Moves just like a real cat, only humanized.
- Stromboli's hilarious caricaturing of the Italian immigrant--his faces and gestures are perfect, except they seem a bit too late (against the dialogue) and too squishy for my taste.

We also watched the three best segments from Fantasia (Nutcracker Suite, Dance of the Hours, Night on Bald Mountain). Definitely worth watching. I could put the individual segments up on my web server, which I still haven't gotten around to populating with a web page...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My Blog-ject

Single family, detached houses, in suburban enclaves. I see this realm as the most potent for creating a body of work with a design (re)interpretation.

I walk along city streets, and realize more and more that one isolated incident has a limited impact...the sum of the parts of the city fabric contains and controls everything within it. Designers will always fail in grandiose urban planning simply from the resulting state of shock to the surrounding body. Beyond the city, there's more room to breathe, more indifference to change, and socio-economic structures to prey upon for a greater design payoff.

I'm posting these sketches I had done for Shang's prefab house some time ago. Just as a start point. They're raw, and not necessarily how I'm thinking now, but at least they'll push the cactus down.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Drawing Dump!

Trans studio stuff...doing three more this version of shoe drawing...Thanks MMS!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

30 Floors Up

Yesterday, my office toured the "J Condo", the first project that I worked on in my office. I thought you all might enjoy this assemblage of photos taken from one of the rooftop terraces, looking back at lower Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Check out these blogs.

Never disappointing!

On Art and Craft.

"In the best periods of art there was no professional art criticism, but art was linked up with the crafts. Painters started as goldsmiths, sign-painters, or craftsmen of some sort or another. Painting and sculpture took their rightful place as the flowers of the crafts--flowers whose roots and branches were in all the works of man--and good craftsmanship was the basis of all painting. Not that craftsmanship is art, but good craftsmanship is a healthier soil for art to grow in than fine theories about aesthetics. Nowadays art is like a flower cut off from its roots and branches, a curiosity, a stranger to the ordinary economy of life, something precious to be collected and shut up carefully in museums, an exotic to tickle the tired palates of jaded critics and dilettanti.

"When our ordinary commodities were made by independent craftsmen who carried their tools on their backs and took a pride in the work they did, and everywhere the spirit of the craftsman was alive in the land, the artist was not such a curious phenomenon, but developed naturally out of an environment into which he fitted perfectly. But since the introduction of machine tools, far too expensive to be owned by a simple craftsman, and too complicated to be managed by him, the whole control of production has passed to a different set of individuals, commercial men, whose chief interest is not in the quality of the work done, but in the amount of profit made. We are beginning to realise all this, and to see that something will have to be done to connect the things we manufacture with the art ability there is in the nation that should be directing these new machine tools as it formerly directed the hand tools.

"Modern life is so much engrossed by intellectual pursuits that the inner emotional life to which art appeals is starved, and the appeal is in vain. The only relaxation we allow ourselves is sport. And although this offers some outlet for the craftsman spirit which the commercial spirit of the time has so much supplanted, it is a poor substitute for the aesthetic experience we need. And in an intellectual age such as this, when interest in knowledge is so much greater than interest in feeling, the "point of view" of a painting is the thing that excites most notice, and the quality of expression as feeling is ignored, if not flouted. The whole weight of this intellectual interest is being concentrated on pictures painted in extreme manners; as they offer much more for the intellect to bite on to, than pictures whose distinction is solely in the quality of the emotional expression."

-Harold Speed - 1924

I will press onward.

I know, I know, I don't have a job or a two-hour commute.

C'mon duders.

Here's a sketchbook page from last week.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Same thing, only moodier.

Did some color/levels adjusting and then some blending to clean it up a bit.
Anybody home??

Strange composition.

I did this four layer thingy in TVPaint. I used a blending brush profusely on the dude's head. The background stuff is kind of an afterthought--just wanted to post a complete image and not just a doodle. Thanks for starting this blog, Paul! Niva was inspired to start one to share music, photos, and doodles with her sisters.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Bezier Tool.

This is how I made the curves in the last image. (screenshot taken from TVPaint)


I tried to make some interesting shapes--some freehand, some with the bezier tool.


I made this in three minutes so that I could be the first poster. ArtRage.