Monday, December 13, 2010

Drawing for Ronald McDonald House

This past Saturday, I felt extremely privileged to be a part of a great day for a great cause. For the past number of years, McDonalds and Warner Bros. studios put on a holiday party for the Los Angeles families of the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House is a “Home Away From Home” for families of children undergoing treatment for serious childhood illnesses at nearby hospitals. They provide a caring environment where families receive support services through a wide array of programs designed to assist them during their difficult time.

The party was held at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, CA where there was all you can eat hamburgers, turkey dogs, cake, cookies and cotton candy, lots of rides and great activities.

As part of the event, animation legend Art Leonardi organizes a station where 20 to 30 cartoonists take requests from the kids to draw their favourite cartoon characters for them. I got a lot of Bugs Bunny requests, some Batman drawings for the boys and surprisingly a bunch of Superman drawings for the girls. There were some Ariel and Tinkerbell drawings I did as well, the girls weren't all about the super heroes.

My good friend Jason Martinsen (above on the left) was there drawing as well, Art Leonardi (center) cranked out some fantastic Pink Panthers, and that's me on the right.

Easily, the biggest thrill of the day was seeing the smiles on all the kids faces, I had so much fun spending time with them and really hope I get another chance to do something like this again.

While I was there, I also got a chance to visit the most amazing christmas location I could ever think of. On the studio lot, they have the Griswold house from Christmas Vacation. I knew it was the house from the strange smell coming from the storm drain.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Random Heads

From this past weekend, mostly from waiting at the Oakland airport, which has become my favorite place to draw people.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Actively Pursuing the Objective

I take acting classes at the Berkeley Reperatory Theater, which are great by the way. I just thought I'd share something that I thought was really interesting from the last class.

Someone asked my instructor, Ryan O'Donell, how they should go about performing a laugh that was in the script. There was no written stage direction, just 'ha ha ha', leaving it wide open to interpretation. The person talked about how they had tried laugh after laugh to see which one felt most appropriate, but never really finding something that felt right for the scene.

Ryan's response was that he was too focused on results. That instead of focusing on the type of laugh, he should pursue the objective of the character, and the laugh will figure itself out when he's playing out the scene.

My take on what Ryan said, was that he was telling him that he was just going through the motions, and that just knowing the objective isn't enough. That an active pursuit of a character's objective will bring results born out of emotion, and not out of analysis.

Everything I learn about acting for the stage, I'm always trying to translate into acting for animation. I thought what Ryan said was a great mindset to have when shooting reference for the pantomime in an animated scene. What can I do to be more in the scene, and in the mindset of the character? Am I just going through the motions? Am I ACTIVELY pursuing my character's objectives? Am I rushing to the results or did they happen naturally? Are my results coming from analysis ? Or did they come out of emotion?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stephen Silver Character Design Assignment: Jekyll and Hyde

As part of Stephen Silver's class, we have to come up with our own take on the story of Jekyll and Hyde. My story involves a happy playful otter that gets turned into an evil little beaver.

Which was really just an excuse to be able to type 'beaver' into Google images. No, seriously Honey, I'm researching for my drawing class!

This is a phase where I'm trying to zero in on proportions, shape and overall look of my characters. I did a stack of drawings during this phase, but these were the ones I pulled out that took me in the direction I felt I wanted to go.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stephen Silver Character Design Assignment: Using The Basic Shapes

Part of this week's assignment for Stephen Silver's Character Design Class, we had to create a realistic image from a photograph he gave us. I did a digital gouache version of it above.

Once we did the realistic version, we then had to put the image away and use elements from it that we remembered to create characters using a circle, a triangle and a square. This was a great exercise, I found there were times when I would draw a feature of the face and it just didn't feel like it belonged within the main shape of the head, and I'd redraw the feature to something that felt like it belonged with the total shape. I'll definitely keep doing this type of exercise as a practice.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Another Memory Sketch

This guy got so excited when he saw a car that looked like it was from the '40s park on the side of the road. The car was in pristine condition. He quickly got his camera out and started taking a bunch of snaps. The smile he had on his face looked like the type you get when you think back on great memories.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Memory Sketch

Saw this fellow walking out of the Berkeley farmer's market. He might have bought a cantaloupe or two too many.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Memory Sketch Gold

I was looking for people to do a memory sketch of this morning during my drive into work. Nothing at all until I stopped at the light and I saw this guy...pure memory sketch gold! Don't let the outfit fool you, it was about 75 degrees out and I had the top down.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Practicing Face Shapes

Recently there was a post about making faces out of shapes by Octavio Rodriguez on the Art Center Blog . It's a great exercise. I've been doing it as part of my morning warm-up/practice time.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Life Drawing - April 18th

From the past couple of weeks....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010