Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The art lives on

I was walking down Elizabeth Street a number of weeks ago when I stumbled upon a poster advertisement. I couldn't help but squeak and squeal (because that is what I do) and when people began to stare I scurried off. I went back about a week later to take a photo.

I drew that clown back in 2006 when I was doing work experience for a graphic designer. It was sketched in Photoshop then the colour version done in Illustrator. It was originally for a business card.

Seeing it on a wall in a very public place and still being used, makes me very excited and glad to be an artist :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon. The review.

So. How to Train Your Dragon. Just got out of the movies roughly an hour ago. It was awesome. So very awesome. Okay just saying awesome is probably not the right way to describe it. So lets look into why I think it's awesome.

Visually everything is stunning. From the detail of the backgrounds to the characters. Hell, five minutes in and I was amazed by the visual effects of the fire alone. What I enjoyed the most though were when Hiccup and Toothless flew through the clouds. Now I like clouds in general, especially when they're hit with all the different light. In my opinion this was pulled off spectacularly.

The characters themselves, both dragon and human, were appealing. I particularly liked the interactions between Hiccup and his father Stoick. Like father, like son. I was actually worried for a little while about Jay Baruchel, the voice of Hiccup. Having only really seen the trailer, something about them made him (Hiccup that is) seem whiny. It may have just been the lines they chose for the trailer, but I am very glad to say that he pulled off the role wonderfully.
The dragons themselves pulled off the right kind of scary and were still appealing. They felt like dragons. Fearsome and awe-inspiring.

John Powell pulled off yet another beautiful score. It accompanies the film very well, embracing the feel and theme of the two very different worlds of the Vikings and the dragons. I especially enjoyed the surplus of strings instruments within the score. It is very worth while sitting through the credits if only to listen to the score (though of course as animators we would also be appreciating all those names and stuff... yeaaah)

The only negative thing I have to say in regards to the evening, not particularly towards the film, is that seeing it in 3D was unnecessary. It would have been just as spectacular had it been without.

Overall, there's my impression of the film.

I'm glad to say that Dreamworks have highly impressed me with the quality of the story and not just the amazing art form. I have to admit I've got very mixed feelings towards Dreamworks Animation as a whole, mostly because none of their films have left a lasting impression on me story wise. The quality of the art they produce has always been fantastic however, mostly for me, when the story is lacking no matter how pretty it may look it's just not that appealing.

I am very glad to say that How to Train Your Dragon has left me with the most wonderful feeling.

If you go to see it expecting to see the book, prepare to be disappointed. This isn’t Harry Potter. While it's indeed based around the book, it's entirely different at the same time.

Chris Sanders, thank you and you're amazing team for giving us a superb movie.

I look forward to seeing it again with the class next week and all the discussion that will indeed follow.

Check out the How to Train Your Dragon Blog, if you haven’t already. It's got some amazing behind the scenes footage.
Thank Tim for finding it :)

Kid and Coach

Animation to sound
by me and Icy


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Life as an animator

Here's a few quick comics for your enjoyment.
Tried to post these last night but it seems there is a height limit to uploading an image here to blogspot :/

How I spent my weekend by *scheree on deviantART
Based on my weekend
you go mad after staring at the screen for too long

Remember to save often by *scheree on deviantART
A true story that happened yesterday.
CHILDREN! Never save and lose power at the same time. it corrupts your files.
That's why in games they tell you not to turn of your power while saving

Monday, March 22, 2010


Character sheet for my bean shaped character.

His name is Buggalug :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Brain Splode Juice

Why did I only find out now that Chris Sanders is directing How to Train Your Dragon!?!?!

Clearly I live under a very comfortable rock

I shall leave it to your imagination as to how much squealing and sqeaking is happening right now


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sketch art

I've been negligent art wise so have some doodles I complied at the end of last month

Can also be found over at deviantArt

Top left, the three images in dark lead pencil were part of an inclass exercise.
Top right, the two images in light pencil were done while listening to a guest speaker.
All the other images (apart from Erina) were done in blue pacer lead during a session with a substitute teacher.

My favorites are the running fairie and the warrior boy

While I'm at it, have a comic.
When computer fails, paint prevails. Yaaarr
Was quite sick last weekend and when I get quite sick I tend to dream of my stuffed animals. This time round it was of their world domination conquests.

A very touching tribute

A very touching tribute to Joe Ranft prepared
by Princess and the Frog Director, John Musker.
R.I.P. Joe Ranft (1960-2005)

Found via Pixar Planet

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Pixel animation in a music video :O

While this is a live action person music video there are some cool pixel animations through out which I thought was worth sharing

That and all us PokeGeeks can get a good laugh

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Girl and The Dark

This got a daily deviation over at deviantArt. Worth watching :)

Thursday, March 04, 2010

When cute things attack!!!!

Class project WOOOOOOOOOO!
By me and Salvo