Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Giant-Hunter's Daughter

This semester, I've got a really stunning class on character and storytelling with Kevin Kurytnik instructing us - an awesome dude who does tons of amazing animation stuff. Some of our first assignments so far:

Design Three Characters
Character Sketches - The Giant-Hunter

...and then further refine them and help define their characters and the story you want to tell with a sentence for each character. Very fun so far...

"Proud Papa"

Plus, a little rotoscope test...

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Busy Week

Well, this semester feels like it's gonna be really busy. Already, I'm doing so much work!

Here's some life drawings...

AND BEST OF ALL: A really fun animation chronicling British Politics from 1970-79! I love the cut-paper stop-motion!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


One of my first projects this semester involves developing portraits portraying a protagonist and an antagonist from SOME story, element of history, etc. For the protagonist character, I decided to illustrate the somewhat tragic figure of a Basmachi fighter - the muslim rebels, backed by the western powers, that fought to keep Central Asia free from Soviet 'liberation' between 1917 and 1931.
(The soviet conquest of central Asia is especially interesting from a cinematic perspective as it birthed the 'eastern' genre some thirty years later - a russian variation on the western, using many of the same tropes as the western, only with Soviet soldiers and muslim rebels replacing the cowboys, bandits, mexicans, indians, etc,)

Here are a few studies for said portrait.

basmachi fighter, yurt and steppe
Basmachi Study 2
Basmachi Study 3

Next week - the final.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The last year begins.

Well, after a crazy busy summer of work and play (the fruits of the former which will be in print sometime next year, I believe), school is BACK ON. To celebrate, here are a couple pages of a short-lived experiment that I was working on back in April.

Check 'em out.