Friday, December 31, 2010

Myst Story Art

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Anna shows Atrus a D'ni book for the first time"]Anna shows Atrus a D'ni book for the first time[/caption]

In the Myst script that I'm writing, Anna first exposes Atrus to the D'ni when he shows her an unusual rock that he's found. She hesitates, then decides to show him a big D'ni volume on geology. This book ignites his interest in the D'ni, and goes with him to D'ni when he finally travels there many years later ...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="prep work for above painting"]prep work for above painting[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="prep work for above painting"]prep work for above painting[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Anna"]Anna [/caption]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sketches from a Bathhouse in San Francisco

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Sketches from a bathhouse in San Francisco"]Sketches from a bathhouse in San Francisco[/caption]

In Japantown, San Francisco, there is a communal bathhouse called "Kabuki." I desperately wanted to go, since I hadn't been to one since leaving Japan. The hot bath, the cold bath, the sauna, the steam room ... afterwards, you feel like a million dollars!

After an hour's happy bathing, I had curry rice for lunch and did these sketches.

Drawings of Ladies

Drawings of Ladies
... and one dude.

Sketches from San Francisco

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Sketches from San Francisco"]Sketches from San Francisco[/caption]

I went to San Francisco for a few days, accompanying my boyfriend for the AGU conference. We stayed at the "Queen Anne" hotel in Japantown. The Queen Anne used to be a school for girls. It was very adorably decorated with Christmas gear. I drew some of the fancy pieces of furniture.

We also went to the Academy of Sciences museum, ergo the wild dog, toad, ibex and the stingray.

Myst Book of Atrus Sketches

Myst Book of Atrus Sketches

Little sketches based on Myst The Book of Atrus (by Rand and Robyn Miller, with David Wingrove).

First row: Young Atrus and Anna
Second row: Atrus leaves the Cleft
Bottom: "Action" Atrus! Catherine. Atrus and Catherine together.

My favorite book in the whole world! I'm creating a screenplay version as a side project. Hopefully some day I'll get to produce it!

Star Wars Sketches

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Star Wars Sketches"]Star Wars Sketches[/caption]

I recently watched the original star wars trilogy again. These sketches were done while watching.

Sketches from TV and Movies

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Sketches from TV and Movies"]Sketches from TV and Movies[/caption]

Sketches from watching TV. The line-up from the last few weeks included:

-Arrested Development. (I'm in love with Jason Bateman!!!!)
-The Sting
-Sense and Sensibility
-The Princess Bride ("Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.")
-The Office (UK Version)
-Planet of the Apes

Oh, and the bottom is just kind of tacked on ... those are sketches from books. They are related in the sense that they were done with the tv on.

Oh, and the zebra that looks like a mouse ... I just threw that in because I liked him. ^__^

Monday, November 15, 2010

Essential Reading List for Animation

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption=" "]Essential Reading List for Animation[/caption]

My dream has always been to tell stories through animation. As an artist and animator, I've been mostly self-taught. The following are a list of books that I've found particularly helpful to me over the years. Hopefully they will be helpful to you too!

Highly Recommended:

by Robert McKee.
Link: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting
Of all the literature on story writing, this is the absolute best. Of all the books I recommend, this one I recommend the most. It tells you what goes into writing a great story. And it can't be read just once. I've read it at least three times and each time I feel I have a deeper understanding of story. a MUST-READ!

Drawing the Head and Figure
by Jack Hamm
Link: Drawing the Head and Figure (Perigee)
This is a great book for learning human anatomy better. The drawings are fantastic. I went through cover to cover and copied all (well most) of the examples from the book. This book focus on the overall shapes and outline of the human figure, more than the specific muscles.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stripes - Animatic for Scene 1

The animatic for the first scene is done! Check it out and let me know what you think! To learn more about the Stripes project, head over to the Stripes site.

You can also see it on YoutTube: link

or DeviantArt: link

Stripes - scene 1 sketches

Here are some sketches I did while working on the animatic for scene 1 of the Stripes story. This is a very biased sample. I did many times this many drawings, and most of them were pretty bad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Sketch work for Scene 1 animatic"]sketch work for Scene 1 animatic[/caption]

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Figure Drawing from Life and Photos

The following are a mix of drawings from life and from photos. Before going to the figure drawing session, I warmed up by doing 1 minute sketches from the "Artistic Nude" section of Deviantart. I used a timer even! I think it was helpful for staying loose during the figure drawing class.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Figure Drawings"]figure drawings[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Figure Drawings"]figure drawings[/caption]

Monday, October 25, 2010

Stripes - Animatic - Opening Credits

Below is an animatic for the opening credits for the Stripes film. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Enjoy!

You can also see it on Youtube here: link
Or on DeviantArt here: link

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Haiku and Animation

I think I've learned a lot about storytelling from haikus. They are essentially very tiny stories into themselves.

I think that a good story should be a series of moments. A moment being defined as a coupling of action/perception that then produces an emotional response.

We experience the world through our five senses. We see, hear, taste, touch, smell. Followed by these experiences, is usually a feeling. We feel happy, sad, angry, disgusted, scared, surprised, and the infinite variations therein.

A good haiku captures a single moment. In three lines, it sets up a scene, sometimes a very elaborate one, and triggers a feeling in the reader. The brevity of it makes its all the more powerful. Each important moment of a film should have the same punch.

Of course, a film can't be just a series of moments. That's real life. The moments of a good story should all be connected in a meaningful way that creates one big emotional response at the end.

Anyways, so I wanted to share some of my favorite English haikus with you, so you know what the heck I'm talking about.

These are excerpts from The Haiku Anthology. It's a FANTASTIC book. These are only a very very small sampling of the amazing haikus that are in this book.

(When you read them, try to be aware of the feeling that the poem brings up ... )

I stop to listen;
the cricket
has done the same
---Arizona Zipper

first snow ...
the children's hangers
clatter in the closet
---Michael Dylan Welch

Friday, October 22, 2010

Myst - Book of Atrus - Visual Development

SOMEDAY, I'd like to make, Myst the Book of Atrus, into film. That's one of my many goals. ^__^

I've been feeling very optimistic about things in general the past few weeks. I decided to work on some drawings of the Myst characters for fun:
Atrus and Gehn
Myst story sketches

Monday, October 18, 2010

Battlestar Galactica Storyboards

Here's some quick storyboard sketches I did while watching Battlestar Galactica. I used a uni-ball "micro" pen and side of a pencil for shading.

Battlestar Galactica storyboards

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Figure Drawings from life and from DA's 'Artistic Nude' section

Here are some select drawings from the last few weeks of figure drawing sessions:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Figure Drawings from Life"]figure drawings from life[/caption]

Here's some drawings from DeviantArt's 'Artistic Nude' section.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="612" caption="Figure Drawings from Deviantart's Photography > Artistic Nude section"]Figure Drawings from Deviantart's Photography > Artistic Nude section[/caption]

Monday, October 4, 2010

Character design work from Stripes

Here are some more concept drawings from the Stripes animated short I'm making. I was working on the designs for the main characters. Instead of having one solid, unchanging design, Japanese character designs often straddle between realism and caricature even within the same film. I really like this approach and want to do something similar with Stripes.

Toward the bottom are drawings of kids based on pictures a friend of mine took in Kenya.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="612" caption="Concept art for Stripes"]kids[/caption]

Friday, September 10, 2010

Life Drawings

An assemblage of drawings from different figure drawing sessions.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Figure Drawings"]Figure Drawings[/caption]

Pen Sketches

Various pen sketches. Inspiration sources include a farm in Virginia, the National Art Gallery and Lord of the Rings.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stripes story art

Some pen and copic marker sketches I did while working on the script for Stripes:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="tortoise"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="413" caption="a man bringing sticks to sell for charcoal"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="496" caption="zebra!"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="464" caption="yay!"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="a stripes problem"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="fighting"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="lamb and oryx "]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="boys meet zebra"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="new friends"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="uh-oh"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="ostrich"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="no no no"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="lion!"]story art[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="rolling"]story art[/caption]

Monday, June 28, 2010

Midsummer Twilight

Painting practice done at the National Gallery of Art. Done in Painter. approx. 2 hours.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Painting Practice

Painting practice using National Geographic issues as inspiration. Isn't Nat Geo awesome?