Friday, April 30, 2010

10,000 Hours of Practice

Yesterday, I was reading Malcolm Gladwell's book: Outliers: The Story of Success. He hypothesizes that in order to really master something, like a sport or instrument, you need at least 10,000 hours of practice (about 10 years of practicing many hours a day).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Storyboard Study – Troy – Part 1

After getting a lot of feedback at Disney a few weeks ago, I'm ready to jump back into making storyboards. I wanted to get another look at staging and cinematography in live action, and I started with Troy. Here are four pages of storyboards I did while watching Troy (with a finger on the pause button). If you know the movie, this is the scene where Paris and Hector are being toasted by the king of Sparta, Paris all the while ogling Helen. (If you don't know the movie, then this will all look like chicken scratch).

Pen Sketches from Eadweard Muybridge Photos

I have two out of the three big books of Muybridge's prints. I did these sketches from those books. They're great! If you don't know about his amazing photographs, you can learn about them here.

sketches from muybridge photos

sketches from muybridge photos

Pen Sketches – Arrested Development and Stewart & Colbert

I LOVE Arrested Development. I consider it the funniest thing ever created. Next to In the Loop.

Here are some Precise V5 pen sketches/gestures done while watching AD on Hulu:

arrested development sketches

Jason Bateman is so adorable! <3 <3

I am also a big fan of The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Here's some quick sketches done while watching:

daily show and colbert report sketches

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Inspire Days! – Notes from my trip to Disney

On April 8th and 9th 2010, I went to Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California for the third annual Inspire Days. I was invited by the director of the Talent Development Program who I met at the Ottawa Film Festival last October.

During those two days, I heard talks by Disney animators, story artists, visual development artists and many others. I showed my story and character design portfolios to many people and took notes on their suggestions. Needless to say, it was very exciting. I'm posting below notes I took on the general creative process of making a film and comments about my portfolio. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 1, 2010



At the farmer's market last weekend, I saw this sheepskin and was instantly smitten. I wanted it very badly. Time was limited and before I knew it, I had bought it.