Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CG Buildings in Maya 3D

Here's some quick poly modeling in Maya, I was thinking of the old Ghostbusters' fire station in New York.

I think I'm also beginning to control Mental Ray, at least enough to get the results I want.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

CTN Expo 2015

My first photos from the 2015 CTN Expo:

I met the stars from Disney's next animated feature, "Zootopia"...
(copyright Disney)

Helped set up our table for Woodbury University...

Saw another ghost from he past...

And witnessed more signs of the craziness yet too come!

I'll try to update this with more useful information asap.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Cup Controversy

Sorry, I have to throw more fuel on the HCC (Holiday Cup Controversy). Maybe this will get more folks into Starbucks this Holiday Season.

Bashed together with clip art. Looking forward to a quiet winter Solstice.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Party!

Leave it to Herman Bear, he's found the perfect date for the costume ball!

And she can dance too! Happy Halloween everybody. Still a lot of mistakes, but half a bag of candy is better than none at all. Got it done fairly quickly this time. This is my idea for an animated Halloween special.

(Rough ink colored in Photoshop, got some photos of LA and Canada bashed in there too.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Romance

Lady Cobra flirts with Herman Bear at a Halloween ball. Some of my neurotic weirdness as fall keeps rolling towards winter. I will try to color this in Photoshop...

Pencil sketch inked with Bimoji pens. Herman does have unusual taste in females, they've been dating on and off since around 2009 or so.

Happy Halloween gang!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The evil within

Another rough sketch: the Ibex reveals Herman Bear's dark side. In this case, she uses her magic to bring his shadow to life. The Ibex claims that HB's shadow represents every murderous thought, an destructive impulse he ever had...

Started clean up in Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator has always been my Kryptonite. This drawing still has a long way to go, but I'm finally getting some cool brush strokes.
My hats off to Jose and Sue at the Animation Guild computer lab for helping me start to overcome one of my biggest software roadblocks. Clay Butler's tutorial on YouTube is also invaluable.

The Screaming Skull!

Just some rough sketches; 
Herman Bear goes on little evening stroll with his new companion, the Ibex.

But instead of getting some Trick or Treats...

They find a different Halloween item!

(Another version, want to have the skull facing them a bit more as they approach.)

(Another version, still need to get my ink line back.)

Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Walt Disney - American Experience on PBS

Well, I have to post this:

(copyright PBS)

(UPDATE) Man, where to start? What Walt did with film making, technology, copyright, marketing and celebrityship (if that can be a word) laid the foundation for the world presently we have. I would compare him to Thomas Edison, or even Steve Jobs. I think the key thing here is power. Walt had a vision, and an incredible sense of direction. By a combination of charisma, determination, and what  I believe were just plain lucky breaks, Walt saw ways to go beyond what even Windsor McCay was doing. And he wasn't afraid to push the envelope.

But success has its price. There are many stories of artists who created great works, but quite a few were impossible to live with. Walt was going to get what he wanted, and that was that.

The established studios that were successful at the time seemed to keep Disney on the run. Mintz studios? Gone. Fleischer? People still remember Popeye and Betty Boop, but those characters belong to King Features. Warner Bros. has Bugs Bunny, but with no "Walt" or Chuck Jones at Time/Warner to support him, he's fallen by the wayside.

Micky Mouse is known around the world, and is here to stay.

I will try to have another update asap.

I wouldn't be here, many people wouldn't be here, for better or for worse, if it weren't for Walt Disney.