Thursday, October 22, 2009

Zoo Sketches

So before we ran off to see the Mr. Eggleston we decided to kill some time at the zoo. We spent about 3-4 hours there sketching. The Lions were feeding and the Tigers were hiding. Even so I think we got a lot of good sketches done. It was baby season over there but I found myself taking pictures rather then sketching the babies because they were constantly on the move.
I only got one good drawing of the Lions in though I did a lot of sketching. I wanted to get some of her feeding but she was constantly moving back and forth and I found myself messing up a lot. The Gorillas made very good models as they seemed to like to sit and pose, then move and sit and pose. It was fun. The bears were also very good models for the most part. I love their round squishy looking bodies. I hope to go back to the zoo before it gets too cold and the animals dont want to come out.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Special Guest!

So I'm still GEEKING OUT about the special guest we had at my school today. It was suppose to be a very small group but info leeked at it ended up being like 200 students and staff there. Anyways Ralph Eggleston was there! If you dont know who that is, google it, educate yourself. To some he might not seem like more but to a film or animator he's one of the top dogs, in my opinion and others I'm sure.
This guy is funny and he had some great advice. I took notes I really did. Didnt really care what I looked liek to people writing it all down but he gave a lot of good tips. He also showed us a lot of amazing stuff. We got to see beautiful design art for Wall-e, Finding Nemo, and UP! Also he should us storyboard, story reels, animation tests everything. He didnt tend to sugar coat it which I liked as well, he was honest about working crazy hours and sometimes insane things. There was a certain rush to it all it seemed though so in a way so exciting!
I felt really bad because as he was leaving I asked for a picture with him. I know he really wanted to get out the door and i didnt want to seem rude, but Once in a lifetime chance GO!

He's a really nice guy... GAH XD best day ever!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CTN Animation EXPO

I'm jumping for joy! I heard about this great expo in Burbank (the city where all the big name animation studios are) that focusing on just animation. I think this is the first one... or at least its fairly new. My school had things posted all over about it and I grabbed a flyer to show my parents. Also the Dreamworks industry meeting I went to was also trying to promote it. This looked to be a greta oppertunity and while my bank account says I could afford it I really need the money for Canada.

So I went to my parents and explained what an awesome opportunity it is. My dad agreed to pay for some of it. As far as I know I'm only paying for the plane ticket which we got for $69. This is going to be such a huge blast. I'll be surrounded by the big leagues! This could end up being a big break some where in there. Or at leats the chance to meet someone and start networking, you know get some names and contacts~

I have lots of planning to do for this expo, its not like the Anime ones I go to for fun, there business in this one too.
I need to redo my business cards. after all I got a new email address and want to give it a new look. I also want to revamp my portfolio. The only thing not so great is as an animator I'd love to show off my work but there no time or place to show demo reels.

Still who knows what might happen!