Archive for October, 2008

I have been Reading blogs and stuff from famous Animators like John K of Ren and Stimpy fame, Carlos Baena from Pixar, etc, and it’s funny how diverse they can be John K is a 2D animator and he is hardcore into 2D and thinks current cartoons are lacking.

Carlos, and many other CG animators, are very anal. They get their jollies watching people and studying their motions and stuff, it’s crazy. But I understand why. These people are trying to animate people, animals etc. into belivable motions. And in the case of animating humans, they are really trying to convey emotions. If it were just a normal actor, they could do some of the little subtle eye motions naturally. But with CG they need to study it and understand when and why the eyes do things. Including stuff like blinking. Many long blog entries have been posted about the purpose of blinks.

Anyway, on Carlos’ blog he had this link about predicting liars. While it’s probably not 100% accurate, it is fairly accurate, and I’ve noticed I do some of these things myself.

Have a Gander

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I am finding myself having a inner struggle. It is a balancing act. I have to try and balance the part of me that wants to be an Artist with the side of me that wants to be an Animator. I find that when I am progressing in one field, I am neglecting the other and regressing greatly. Lately I have found myself getting more and more into being an Artist, but my Animator dreams have been going down the toilet. However, now I’m renewed with vigor towards animation but I don’t want to stop my Art, you know? Also, take for example some secondary education…I could go for my MFA at UCSB, or I could enroll at Animation Mentor, but I don’t have the funds to do both…it’s really troublesome you know? I really love doing both, and I would hate to see one go away for the other. If I had to choose one…I would choose Animation for several reasons:

1. Animation itself is Acting and Acting is an artform
2. Animation is a good job with good pay and a high level of job satisfaction
3. With Animation I could still practice art to a degree, but the opposite is no necessarily true

So I think for now, I will aim towards progressing with my Animation, but not necessarily neglecting my art. I will keep my ideas flowing and I will keep them in my book to be able to come back to at a later date. Basically, I’m taking a stand against neglecting Animation. If this means my Art will suffer, then that is what will happen, sadly. But I will try to keep them both going, just that Animation gets priority.

Rambling again. Anyway, I love both things and here I go to try and keep at both without neglecting either. Expect some more animation related posts though. I’ve been reading some great things on other blogs and it is very interesting because it’s kind of a science as well as an Art.

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It has been a little while since I’ve posted on here(like a week, big deal). So I thought I would give a little update. I have not painted the Kelly piece for a while, but last time I did I had worked on the teeth a bit and I think I’m getting closer to finish them. I also have been pressing on with my woodcut, and it’s coming along. There is still a good deal left to do though. Maybe I will complete it this month. That’d be great.

I also built my frame for my Odin Piece with a lot of help from my Brother. It is a mighty fine frame I must say. Maybe a tad overkill but It is good.

It’s a pretty big Frame. It’s about 6 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall. Once I complete the kelly painting I will stretch the canvas onto it. I am holding off now because I really dont have the space to work on it. It is on my floor and at the moment I can still work around it. So all the more reason to finish the kelly painting, no?

This a little table I built. It is not of great quality but…Oh well. It is good enough(it stands as you can see haha).I might add a little compartment Lower to store my supplies, but I didn’t feel like it yet. Now I must find something to do with the stool that was my old makeshift table. Space in my room has diminshed greatly. I will need to find a workaround. My frame won’t fit on the easel with that table there. I guess I could maybe take off the top piece of the easel and make it higher. Yeah, that’d work I suppose.

I have been reading more Norse Mythology and it just makes me think of new ideas and stuff. I can’t help but want to make my art make people laugh. So usually the things I think of are funny things. But we will see how they work. I like the idea of taking classical myths of the old and bringing them into a more contemporary setting. Anyway, i need to develop some of these ideas further but it’s getting late now.

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It has been a slow and boring week. I worked only once this week due to a minor surgery keeping me at home for most of the week. I haven’t been terribly productive really. I mean, I got a lot of Tutorial Capturing done(capturing is when I record what I am doing on the screen). It’s a pretty complex tutorial and it will be tough to do but I hope to finish all of the capturing tomorrow and then record the audio the following week, probably at work.

I worked on the teeth for Kelly…there are good parts and bad parts. It will require patience and dedication. You just gotta keep going and keep going in and fixing stuff. I also have managed to work on my woodcut a little bit. Nothing too significant. Tomorrow I aim to build my frame for my Odin Painting. as well as work on the Woodcut some more.

Music is such an intriguing thing. How music can affect us, inspire us, depress us, enrage us…it’s insane. I have a lot of musical inspirations. Usually, I find myself listening to a particular band/album and then there’s a song I happen to enjoy substantially. I look at the title and I’m already inspired to make a painting. I tend to go a step further and thing “What if I make an painting for each song on the album?” I usually can think of an idea for each song. Albums thus far to have inspired me to pay tribute include Slayer’s Reign in Blood, Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet, and lately Black Flag’s The First Four Years. If I could only choose one song from each Album then I would choose Raining Blood for Slayer….Then Andrew W.K. is a tough one….I guess I Get Wet or She is Beautiful, and for Black Flag it would definately be Nervous Breakdown. Such a ferocious opening…Nervous Breakdown will definately get a painting. I’ve already pictured it(probably easy to guess). But I shouldn’t get too far ahead of myself. I already have a 6′ piece on my plate. Which reminds me I need to find some ravens and take some pictures of them for that piece.


PS-Happy Birthday Dad. The Big 60.

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I on a whim decided to stop going to places such as Facebook and Myspace. I tend to peruse those websites when I am bored. So, by cutting myself off from those places I have to find some other way to occupy my time. So far, it has been pretty good. I’ve gone out and hung out with my friends, planned for paintings, worked on my woodcut etc. So far so good…but it’s only been 3 days haha. Tomorrow will be a serious test but I think I have planned well for it.

So let’s start with the Odin Painting. With that sketch in mind, I went ahead and shot some reference pics of my Brother. When I took the pictures it was a littler later that I would have liked (Damn Days are getting shorts). So I may re-do them. But It has let me think of how I’d like to do it. I can’t decide how I want the layout to be. Have a look at the picture below.

Now the picture itself is stitched together from 2 different pics at different exposures(the Sky is particularly different). So it could still use some work in Photoshop but Im not concerned about that. The actual picture is when He on the right side. I flipped the image horizontally, and I think I might like it a bit better. Not sold but that’s the way I am leaning. I still have to do a little work on the spear and get some Raven reference.

Tonight, I went down to Lowe’s and bought some wood for the frame. This will be the first canvas I ever stretch myself, so it will be interesting. Basically, I bought 2-1″x3″x6′ and 2-1″x3″x8′. The 2-8′ pieces will be cut in half(well just under half since they are not going to be exactly 4′. Anyway, I bought 2 because I will cut the other one in the same dimensions and use it in the middle for support. Then I bought some quarter round molding to put all around it so the canvas does not touch the wood and leave a mark in the picture itself. The 6′ pieces will not be cut(although one might be sanded down just a bit since it’s a touch longer). I said no thanks to trying to cut it at a 45 degree angle. instead I will butt the end of the 4′(or so) piece and use wood glue and some steel angled pieces on the corners. It is pretty intense. I will try to assemble it this weekend but we shall see. I really ought to finish up the Kelly painting so it wont use the easel.

Speaking of the Kelly painting, I managed to sketch in some teeth that I think provide a good enough reference for me. they need a bit of shading but at least I have divided it up properly I think. Once the teet or done, I may darken up some of the shadows on the body, then touch up some of the black background near the top and call it a day. It will be nice to have finished it and I think Kelly will be excited to see it.

I also worked some more on my woodcut, and surprise surprise, I have just about broken ANOTHER fucking Hangi To(Woodcut knife). I think that puts me at like…3 for this one piece. That sucks. It’s pricey. I need a sharpening stone because my bull-nose chisel and my u-gauge are getting a tad dull as well. It sucks because they are about…20 bucks a piece plus shipping.

Anywho, so I’ve been keeping busy. I have a painting of my friend Josh and his Wife Brittaney to finish as well. Josh ships out to Iraq on Sunday. I have mixed feelings about it, but I know it’s something he wants to do(as long as I’ve know him he has wanted to be an Army Ranger, but he seems to have settled for the Reserves). His friend Matt Witherspoon(who we call Spoon) is throwing a going away dinner tomorrow. So that should be nice. I sure hope he stays safe.The weird thing is as Josh is going to Iraq, my buddy Jan(Yon) is coming back. It will be nice to see him.

Anyway this has been kind of lengthy so I will call it a night.


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