Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Back Hurts





One of my notes to the students here at VANarts { pinned up on the student board } - reminding them to be thoughtful with how they are sitting at their desks for all those hours.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

James Baxter's Visit to Vancouver

My friends James and Kendra Baxter and family came by for a short visit. It was great showing them some of the sites around Vancouver B.C. Canada. The following day, they stopped in at the college where we teach Character Animation and where I am the head of the Story-Visual Language Course - VANarts 


James and Kendra were so generous with their time as after they spent the morning giving a Q and A with the animation students, after lunch they returned and James sat with the students to talk, draw sketches and sign some images for the students. As Kendra mentioned, he wants to make sure every student who wants to see him, is able to. James is so talented but his generosity towards the students  makes us all respect him even more. 
Below are some photos of his visit.

To see the colleges BLOG post regarding his visit click here > VANarts BLOG POST


Myself and James at the beginning of his Q and A with our students

Great shot { from our photography course at VANarts } of  James during the Q and A

Our VANarts Animation students pose with James in our schools lobby



James with our 3D senior Animation class { and yes, there's a lot more girls in animation these days than when i was in college :-) }


James signed an image from Adventure Times 'James Baxter the Horse' episode.

One of James's sketches for the students


Another little sketch and signing

Spirit sketch for another student

And another sketch. 

The 3D students put this photo together with all the sketches James had drawn for them.

He was again so thoughtful to spend so much time with our students. So thankful they were able to visit the students :-)


One of the students shot some video of James sketching for some students
video




click to go to James's site where he posts his work > click HERE

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Part 2 - Don Bluth - Storyboards - The Land Before Time - Tyrannosaurus Attack


Don Bluth and artists Larry Leker and Dan Kuenster worked together as the storyboard artist crew during the features 'Land Before Time' and 'an American Tail'. All 3 of them did beautiful work. This is Part 2 of the T-Rex attack seq.



































Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Memory Lane 14 - At my desk during ' Mulan '.

Photo of me at my desk in Burbank California around 1997-98 during the Disney feature 'Mulan'. Most of the character animation was being done in Florida but they cast around 12 animators in LA to join the crew. It was also the first time i worked with my supervisor Mark Henn. I would later work with him again on the feature 'Home on the Range'. I loved working on this production.


       

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Part 1 - Don Bluth - Storyboards - The Land Before Time - Tyrannosaurus Attack

Here are the first panels of Sequence 004 for Don Bluth's 'The Land Before Time' - The Tyrannosaurus Attack. 


Here are some of Don Bluth's work - beautifully drawn and staged, not just being a guide for Layout but for character poses as well. 

Don Bluth and artists Larry Leker and Dan Kuenster worked together as the storyboard artist crew during the features 'Land Before Time' and 'an American Tail'. All 3 of them did beautiful work.

This is the First Revision as during production, Steven Spielberg had requested that the sequence be played down a bit. As it was, the moment was coming off too intense and the thought that it might be a bit much for the younger viewers who will be watching.  

When we were shown the first screening of this rough sequence during one Tuesday ' Weeklies' showing, it was great. The editors had added a sound of a beating heart as the sequence became more and more intense. I think most people could understand why the decision to calm it down made sense. 

In the STORY-VISUAL LANGUAGE class I teach in Vancouver at the media college - VANarts - I break down the panels in sequence explaining how the artist is telling the story with his choices of composition using screen direction, angles of the horizon, camera pans and zooms. Also taking note of how many panels are needed to fully explain any character action or performance.

I love breaking work down and seeing the decisions the artist made to visually tell the story in a clear and entertaining way. 

I will post the second part of this sequence in a bit.


As a side note, you can see on various panels where an animators name was written on the panel. This was the note explaining who Don was casting the individual scene to as it went into animation production.