Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Convention Updates

Some of you may already know that I'm heading up to Ottawa tomorrow for the International Animation Festival. Fellow Pratt students and I attended last year, and we obviously had a spectacular experience last year, since we're setting aside the time and money to go once again. Hope to run into some fabulous animators and such up there. Not to mention running into the parties that happen to be going on....

I also have a scheduled trip to head back to Orlando first week of October. I've just recently applied to become a member of the NCN, because their annual convention will be held that week for their organization. I originally wanted to go backto Orlando in the first place to take advantage of the resources around home for voice recording, but hey...when there's a caricature convention conveniently going on at the same time down there, who wouldn't pass that up!? Heheheh.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sharing some Classics

I was oogling over some old Disney cartoons with Dan recently on good ol' YouTube, and just wanted to share one of my favorites. Disney had such a spark back then making shorts like these. Their studios really had balls. And yeah, not like today at all.

This is one of those awesome examples for most creative use of animated cycles. Haha. I die laughing at the end every time. Lol whale.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The New Beast

Bwahaha, the Monster has arrived. Well it actually came Friday, but I'm just now getting around to showing it off. This was my back-to-school present for the year, and probably my early Christmas present...for a good couple Christmases to follow. Hahaha. Nice new slick PC notebook, with a gig of ram and 80 gigs of diskspace. More than enough for senior year's work. Next to it is the good old Millenium Falcon (so dubbed by me in numerous jokes about the old thing). My friends joked that they wanted to hold a fundraiser for me to get me a new computer when I brought that thing into class one day. Another friend wanted me to take a bat to it. It nearly died last year. I'll admit, it pulled off some amazing feats of usage, and I'm still pretty suprised I was able to do so much digital work on it for two years. See that white paint can behind the screen? Yeah....holding it up.

So yeah, I'm friggin flying on the new one. Pure bliss. =D

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Yay Pratt!

So now school's begun, the last trek before the big leap into the wide world of work. Well, not like we don't work our butts off here at school. Some strange feeling I get tells me that real work will be full of a lot less BS work than there is here...

I started the year off quite shakey. Lost my wallet first day of class (and now, funny thing, I seem to have lost it in my room), and then my wildlife hero Steve Irwin passes away. I loved that man very much. It was one of my life goals to meet him.

That aside though, my senior class animators and I are really digging into our thesis films, and for some of us...reality is hitting hard. I'm having a bit of trouble wondering where I am going to get voices for a little boy character. Then again, some of my friends here do frighteningly good little boy voices...

More production updates later, but for now, here's Gary. Gary looses his teddy. Gary's in my film ^-^.

Also, I finally got an email back from the artist's alley staff for the NYC comic con, with an application and everything. Let's hope that goes well.

Wizard World Chicago, 2006

So in an attempt to look like I update here more than I really do, I'll make a few posts individually covering what I've been doing for the past month. Heh.

Attending the Wizard World comic convention this year was a blast, and I had a lot of fun being introduced into the convention scene (as well as being introduced to two of the fine young Sketch Tavern members). It was a great experience, selling prints and sketchbooks for the first time (and I was suprised how well the books sold). I helped work the booth for The Sketch Tavern, and work with two of their artists, Dan Schoening and Tim Kelley, as well as Tim's friend Ian Seniff. All three were great guys, and we all felt like old friends after only a couple days. Much comic antic-ing and Denny's eatery-ing followed suit, of course.

I even got to churn up some commission sketches, my favorite ones being for a very friendly member of The Disney Club, who was commissioning several artists at the convention to draw their own versions of Disney characters that he would pick for them. I found it quite neat that he prefered all this original art collecting rather than his peers, who all just drone into the mass-reproduced cel art in their homes. My favorite one I drew was a Tinkerbell.

So since Chicago was such a great convention experience, I'm attempting to get a booth at the second annual NYC Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in February. Apparently it was a super hot venue last year in its debut, so I'm definitally crossing my fingers that I get a table!