Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Figure Study

A figure study from a live model. This pose is pretty appropriate for the time that we live in. The slightly shabby clothing, the posture of almost sadness; it reminds me of a scene out of the Great Depression. It is like the man is down and out on his luck, maybe he hasn't had a hearty meal in days, waiting in line for something...food stamps...a job...hope? It wasn't all that long ago that a lot of people were feeling very similar to that. Perhaps this model, in real life, knows that scenario all too well.

conte on paper

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Screen Capture

A screen capture from my senior animation project. The horse and the knight are animatable in a paper cut-out style. The background was heavily inspired by Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" background artist Eyvind Earle. The two trees in the foreground were added later in Adobe After Affects to create that famous Disney multi-plane camera look. I would love to have made an actual multi-plane camera but... gosh darn those things are tricky and involved, and I am just not construction handy.

gouache, paper cut-outs, stop-motion, 2007

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monster Dad

Because even monsters need a day off. I imagine this scenario with this monster walking through the house, all grumpy, with three little monster kids running around with toys littering the floor as dad is just about to step on some sharp, painful toy. Or... perhaps a toy truck of some sort, causing him to slide across the room, into the wall, and breaking his precious "World's Greatest Dad" mug. Oh the slap-stick comedy potential.

2006, watercolor

The Hunters

More character designs also for Senior animation project. The horses are completely jointed for animation and attached by thread. 2007, gouache, paper cut-out.

Medieval King and Queen

Character designs created for Senior animation project. The king and queen are really only secondary characters at best but I still wanted to create the sense of a Medieval painting. The fact that they are not very important characters allowed me to emphasize the Medieval look by keeping them relatively flat and stiff.

2007, gouache, paper cut-out.