Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gazelle run cycle

To be frank and honest, the run cycle for animals (depending on the speed) isn't as hard as to an animal walk, a human walk or a human run, since most of the legs don't switch every other time.

Although in this run cycle, I did screw up with some of the spacing, timing, and I should have made the head arc forward than just an up and down

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mermaid and Dolphin... with a ukelele

There's something a lot of people should know about me.
I'm a very cheesy guy.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Some dialogue tests I did

Throughout this whole semester, I got the opportunity to learn a lot more about character animation in terms of control, performance, and acting. I would like to become a traditional and digital 2D animator (Although I do enjoy 3D animation as well), so therefore I am continuing to allow myself to learn everything I can - it being Visual Development and Design, Story, or simply animation. In fact, I don't know whether I want to do Story or Animation.

So here's something for Sue Kroyer's animation class:
"Sirs stand you all out" (Guys, go out)
"I pray you give me leave" (Please leave me be)

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

The line is from Kenneth Branagh's 1995 Hamlet, one of my favorite shakespearean interpretations to films ever, so this is kind of a little tribute to it. One of main criticisms I got earlier my Film Workshop mentor, Chris Sonnenburg, was that he moved to much like a human and if I were to use a cat like creature - celebrate the fact that it's a cat. In this one, I made his paw sheathe out in this one, but in the earlier versions he just snaps his paw below his waist which was too human of a gesture.  One of the teachers at Cal Arts, Matt Williames, told me to focus more on the gesture since it doesn't read to clearly, having more body movement, and having more interaction with the dagger he is holding.  Make him utilize the dagger as he says "I pray you give me leave" to make it more threatening. It's weird because like in the movie, he faces a character in front of him, then another one beside him. Not many people read that, so I should thumbnail another little bastard behind him if I am to put this in my demo reel.

And here's another thing I did. It's based on an old test but Chris said it was too crazy, so I wanted to learn more about control in animation. Animation is not just making things move in flowy or crazy ways, but its learning to be economical with the energy maintained in the characters.

Here's a test I did based off John Travolta (my new take on the Grease character) but I'll definitely need to finish more of his dialogue some day...

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

In an earlier version way before this, he just said words and moved around like crazy, and I would get the comment "Too much." I needed to tone it down. Understand the character. What is he communicating to Sandy, and to the audience? How does he do it? How much energy or thought is he putting into it? Chris told me to think of specific words that the character says, or the feelings and portray it with careful beats. Losing Control was the hardest because I tried to imitate the real footage where he takes his jacket off to convey that, but I tried to re do that and maybe make himself comb himself as if he's trying to maintain his 'greaser cool'.

Funny thing about this little test is... I'll never hear the end of it from my classmates.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some Layouts

Here are some things I did for my layout class lead by Dan Hansen. Again, I lack the patience to have a completely finished painting - which I attempted with the orange robot one... Whenever I start polishing or tying this down, it just kills the energy at times...No excuses though, I'll still have to figure my way around it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

48 Hour film - The Good, The Bad, The Prickly

A film me and my friend Michael Piazza turned in for the 48 hour film... You can tell which parts I animated if you know my style.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fire Starter

Based off a buddy named Gabe

Friday, October 21, 2011

A few caricatures of my classmates

Yeah... Caricatures of some of my classmates. I ran out of charcoal and large bond paper the other week, so I reverted back to computer A4 paper, a sharpie, and a Colerase pencil.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Galaxy Trio?

Here are some sketches for Andy Suriano's Galaxy Trio assignment.
For those who don't know the Galaxy Trio, its a 1967 Hanna Barbera cartoon about these three super-human powered heroes: Vapor Man, Gravity Girl and Meteor Man. For a show that has realistic proportions, drawing style and a 60s fashion sense, it was definitely a major challenge to try and bring these designs to my style, with my chosen proportions and... today's trend? Bah.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Uhu uhu uhu

I animated my friend Stephen Levinson for my Head turn and react assignment for Sue Kroyer's class.
Usually I just animate key poses and twos, I never really thought about frames of fours - so I'm actually trying it out more traditionally.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Here are some character designs from Andy Suriano's class. We had to design a milk carton, a pear, and a banana. The pear and the bananas were easy to think of, but the milk cartons - sons a bitches.

The milk carton guy is hard because he's just angular and straight shapes. As you can see in these milk carton drawings - I was really just trying to get shapes and gestures down - no construction.

Early sketches of the characters
The Banana guy is based off those rap artists in the early 90s with their tall cuts.

Oh yeah, me and my pal Gabe were trying to figure out how to simplify or caricature the animator Glen Keane. I think his was the most successful (if he bothers to upload it online). Here are mine done in Sharpies.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Here is a design based off me.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Concepts for a film idea. I was wondering whether I wanted a boy or girl protagonist for the next project.
I had a design in mind, a girl with a pony tail wearing a sweater or a full on jacket. She is supposed to be some sort of cashier for an art shop, that's what I had in mind.

And if you are wondering, yes, Frankie Foster from Imaginary Friends is an influence to these designs. 

Well, I still have yet to explore. But whatever.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Some abstract valley

Here's another speed paint inspired by a photograph with a similar composition... I guess I have this sort of abstract approach to doing these type of things, since i try and focus most of my energy on depth, lighting and emotion rather than technical polishing (which I really need start working on.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cold n Lush

Getting back into that whole speedpaint phase again... Used references from online photos, but also had my own take on the subject. I realized I need to stop using green and blue all the time.

Friday, July 1, 2011

11 Second Club entry

Hi guys! Here's my entry for the June 2011 Eleven Second Club!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Crayola dragon

Concept art for a possible second year film...
I think I'm developing a style where I really depend on the background tone and color.

Film Poster

Here is the film poster to "Serenade to Miette", composition wise totally inspired by film posters of the 1930s to 1940s, since that's where the film is set around. It was first a thumbnail I never got to finish until now. Lately I have been heavily inspired by the composition and color choices of Kevin Dart, so I'm minimizing my color palette to find two to three main colors that really compliment each other.

And here's an abomination I found in my external drive... A very early design of the main character Milo.


Monday, June 20, 2011

TD and TP

A little something about these two.
Based on my friends, Thahn Dang and Taylor Price

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bukah Pintu

I think the Uncharted series is simply one of the best ever. 

I love stylizing characters that are meant to look realistic, and giving them some edge. I tried to play with the shapes and poses so that it matches the personality of the original game characters.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Possible Style for next film sketches

I don't have a solid idea yet, but here are some drawings for what I have, or had in mind! I want to go for a style: not exactly the flash lineless style, but shapes and lines supported by textured gradients I don't know if it makes sense.

And heres something I recently colored!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Life Drawing May 20 2011 + 2nd year film doodles

Life drawing...

To me, technical life drawing is overrated. Then again, expressive and artistic life drawing is also overrated. Although I think this, I do it.

Because either way, it's fun stuff.

And here's some thoughts process on a 2nd year film? My ideas will always change, but sometimes, I like to be loose and come up with stories and ideas.

I think I will have a female lead for my next one. Not sure yet.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

My portfolio

Here is my general animation portfolio... Since I had no idea what I wanted to go for.
At the moment, I'm more towards Visual Development and Animation

but story is something I've been slowly taking an interest in.