Monday, November 19, 2012
Douglas is the antagonist for my 2nd storyboard assignment in Karl Gnass' Storyboard class at the Animation Guild. Douglas is a crooked cop who tries to extort frog legs from a Japanese street vendor. The story is an adaptation of Aesop's fable, "The Wolf and the Crane" hence why Douglas looks like a wolf.
I drew a beat board to get to know Doug a bit better. For whatever reason as I drew the pose I heard Doug shout, "You're coming with me Professor!" So I drew a bitty Prof, even though he's not in the story.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The 3rd and final day of CTN went out with a bang. The creative energy radiating from the mega artists there could overflow anyone's empty inspiration bucket. Three great insights I absorbed were:
1. Family is the artist's source of energy.
2. Know your inner child.
3. 80% of success is just showing up. 20% is insane courage. (This is a combination of a a Woody Allen quote, and my buddy Michael Gebben).
Here's a bit about how I grasped these insights:
We all take things given to us for granted, family being one of the top on my list. Glenn Keane modeled Ariel based on his beloved wife, Ryan Woodward created "Thought of You" to impress his lovely wife, Greg Baldwin prefers to work at Insomniac Studios rather than at home so he can be around his team there which he considers family. Doug TenNapel believes that his children are his most significant creations. These men all admit to owing their art to their families.
Bobby Chiu asked himself why he creates creepy (yet appealing) creatures. He reflected on his childhood when he had a prominent under bite, which made him feel like a creature himself. Greg Baldwin and his partner Dave Guertin both wanted to keep their childhood nostalgia for monsters, aliens, and robots alive so they created Creature Box. Glenn Keane is constantly in awe of the world around him because he observes life through a child's eyes which are eager to learn and explore.
I have a horrible social condition called shyness. It renders me practically immobile in crowd settings. I acknowledged my shyness and really tried not to let it impede any opportunities at CTN. So when they announced the Conference had ended over the loud speakers, I did not run off to my car like my antsy ego told me to do. Instead I made one final 'courageous' trip around the 'scary crowds' to see who I could meet. And wouldn't you know it, I met John Kricfalusi who drew me a caricature!
Me 'n Ryan Woodward
John K. Caricature of moi.
I had the opportunity to meet a bunch of my role models at the CTN animation expo in Burbank, CA. These human beings set the set the standard for awesome. The rest of us spend our lives working toward achieving a fraction of their awesome.
Me 'n Genndy Tartakovsky the creator of Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack.
Glen Keane, the animator of Ariel, the Beast, and Tarzan.
Doug TenNapel the creator of Earthworm Jim and "Gear", my favorite comic book.
Me 'n Glenn Vilppu, the greatest figure drawing teacher ever.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I traveled to Big Bear Lake last weekend with my friend Ashley. It's a two hour drive from LA. The first thing we noticed when we got out of the car was the silence. We could not hear the rumbling traffic in the distance. Next we both took a deep breath and the air didn't taste like second hand smoke.
We hiked Castle Rock Trail. It's a magical forest with giant boulders and sprawling trees. It made for a great location for an improvised episode of my Bloggy Blog! Watch it here