For any of my Seattle Friends. The short film that I worked on over the summer will be featured during Bumbershoots 1 Reel Film festival this year. If you have the time you should stop by and take a look.
The Dam Keeper will be screening as part of Films4Families1 screening. 12:00pm Saturday 8/30 https://www.thedamkeeper.com/
I am helping out with a San Jose State Nintendo Charity event. I was given the character Louie from Pikmin to do a painting of. I will update this blog when I know more about the actual date of the event.
This past week we enjoyed our wrap party for The Dam Keeper! It is finally over and I am so proud to have been apart of it! It turned out pretty amazing. I have not been apart of it for the final post production and the addition of Skywalker Sound editing and final paint touch ups from the directors has really brought it all together.
We had the wrap party for this little indie film in a little indie theater called the New Parkway in Oakland. Its location could not have been more fitting. The rooms have an extremely hipster vibe, they serve sangria and you sit in different styles of living room set ups. I was amazed of how many people had showed up and how many people it takes to actually produce something like this. So many talented people were willing to donate their time and efforts but I think in the end was something we were all very proud of.
At the end of the night Dice and Robert gave out these great silk screen posters that were designed by Chris Sasaki. The poster now lives above my desk at home. it will be great inspiration for all of my future projects.
Sadly I cant show any images from The Dam Keeper yet. Hopefully I will be able to once it is out in the public setting. So, in the meantime, here is a quick painting that I did for my grandmother for Christmas. As a child I was never allowed sugar cereal ( true neglect) and she was the only one that would sneak me some. Fond memories of a wonderful person.
I have been spending the past few months in a new city and I finally bought a new Wacom tablet. I had worn my old Intuos 3 to death. Here is a quick paint of a few of the gorgeous buildings that exist on my walk to work.
Hey everybody. I have just survived a short but rigorous time at Industrial Light and Magic. I threw myself into the 3D world (even though I had never really done it before) and survived. I met some amazing and talented people. The people there are so smart. It makes me feel very small. However, the opportunity for growth is immense. I am happy to announce that I.L.M has asked me to stay on as an artist and I am so excited to get started on some new projects.
My weekends have been spent frantically helping Dice and Robert finish up The Dam Keeper. This weekend should be my actual last weekend but I feel like I have said that a few times already. Here is a quick painting of one of the corners of The Dam Keeper studios.
It took us a while to think about what kind of still life could be more challenging then last weeks white on white challenge. Our very creative solution was Black on Black. The challenge on the White on White still life is not allowing the subtle colors in the scene muddy the illusion of the white objects, the challenge on the Black on Black sill life making it so you can see the objects at all.
I started today with a tough challenge made much worse by the fact that I could not sleep the night before...
This morning The Dam Keeper Crew and I woke up ( or in my case... stayed up..) bright and early to do some speed paints before we started work. Today's challenge was to paint white objects on on a white surface. This is not an easy task and would have been much harder without the warm light and color influences from the Animation Collaborative's interior. The hardest challenge we came up with as a group was trying to compensate for a lack of value changes. Our instincts are to try and make the objects pop out from against each other. However, when we instinctively tried to do that our paintings came out as mud.
I have a feeling I could have picked this up easier if my eyes were not burning from exhaustion...
This morning we found some time to do another series of real quick (10-15 min) still life paintings. Today we focused on glass and reflections. I ran into a lot of trouble with this painting because the reflection that was being created by the light birch table was getting so bright that it absorbed the strength of the highlights on the glass. That was especially difficult with the clear glass because the reflections were one of the only way to describe the bottles form. I ended up having to rearrange the composition so the reflections and highlights on the glass bottle could read against a dark surface.
Every night there is a twenty minute period where I am uploading images to The Dam Keeper server. In those twenty minutes I usually find myself staring blankly at the wall. Since my day never seems long enough, I have decided to not waste my precious minutes. I looked to the left of my computer and saw a nice example of materials. I saw hard plastic, glass, wrinkled plastic wrap, matte paint, porcelain and wood. so, I used the load bar as a timer and tried to get a quick painting to capture those materials finished before my files were uploaded.
Today we went into work early to have some time to do some really fast still life paintings at the Animation Collaborative. We did a bunch of 15 and 10 minute poses. Here is an example of one of my 15 minute paintings. While this was a lot of fun, it was also pretty exhausting. We left for work at 4:00 AM, Painted, worked on production work until 7 and then went to a lecture from Dice and Robert and the animation collaborative until about 9:30. By the time I actually gotten home it had been an almost 17 hour day of animation / painting study. A day well spent.