Thursday, November 15, 2012

CGMA Character Design

This semester I took an extra character design class from CGMA.  It's with the amazing Nate Wragg who I have been a fan of for a very long time, so it is exciting to be learning from him.  This  is some of the work we have done so far and I can't wait to do more!


For my Drawing for Film class I am currently working on the story Matilda.  This story was one of my favorite books as a child.  I absolutely loved Roald Dahl books, and read them over and over so it is so much fun to work on this now.
I'll still be working on these for the rest of the semester so we'll see what more comes of it! 

The Empty House

For my drawing for film class I worked on a ghost story called The Empty House.  
Designing the ghost was so much fun!

Quick Test Paint
Ghost Girl

Aunt Juila

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Exist!

Hey all!  Sorry I haven't posted anything in a long time!  I'm swamped with classes and so far haven't really had anything nice and finished looking to post.  But here's a little dose of what I've been working on so far.  Hopefully I'll have some more soon!

Oh!  And have a happy Halloween!  And Although I currently live in San Fran, I am originally a St Louis girl, so I have to add GO CARDS!  I hope they win game seven tonight and move on to win another series!  WOO!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hansel and Gretal

So this semester has been crazy hectic!  As a result I didn't have a lot to post here during the semester, but I finally have something to show for my efforts now that it's over.  So this is stuff from my absolute favorite class so far, Visual Elements of Story, taught by Nicolas Villarreal.  For the class we are given a few stories that we can pick from.  We have to pick one to work with throughout the semester.  If we want we can change the story up some, but it still has to be the original story at its core.  I picked Hansel and Gretal, placed it back in the 1920's and focused it around the circus (two things I am in love with).   

This is Gretal.  After Fighting with her mom she decides she is going to run away to the circus.  She is stubborn, bratty, and bullies her brother to come with her.  Although she presents herself as confident and arrogant she is secretly afraid and needs him by her side to feel brave.

This is Hansel.  He is terrified of the world and does whatever his overpowering sister tells him to do.  All though the prospect of running away scares him to death he wants to prove to his big sister that he can be brave.  So he goes along with her, shaking in his boots the whole way.  He builds a "hobo stick" out of a homemade fishing pole and his mothers scarf so he can be an "official runaway".  

This is Biscuit.  He is in the dog show in the circus, but due to his short comings is the reject of the show.  Hansel and Gretal find him hiding underneath the bleachers in the circus.  Hansel wants to keep him, while Gretal thinks he is too stupid and will just be a nuisance.  Hansel offers him a Biscuit (hence why he is named Biscuit) and decides to bring him along with them.   In the end to repay the favor he saves them from the witch.

This is Violette or "the Violette Witch".  She, like many witches, wants to live forever and be permanently youthful and beautiful.  In order to do so she takes the youth of young children.  So she sets a large scale trap and hypnotizes a circus into being her personal children magnet.  When parents bring their children in or runaways show up to the show, she lures them away to her gypsy tent with her hypnotizing looks.  There she gives them poison laced candy and then proceeds to steal their youth. 

When amongst a crowd Violette looks beautiful and alluring. But when "feasting" on the youth of children her true side will come out.

This is the scene where Hansel and Gretal are first approaching the circus tent.

This is the scene where Hansel and Gretal find Biscuit under the bleachers.

For the final presentation we needed to make boards with everything we did during the semester.  I split mine into Gretal, the other characters, and the compositions.  If I had more money for printing I would have split the composition board so that it was one composition per page.  It feels too tight as it is.  Oh well!  Things to know for next time.

I loved this class so much!  I wish I could take it again.  It was so much fun to go through the process of designing everything on a story from beginning to end.  I think I'll keep doing things like this outside of class for my own practice.  

Friday, March 16, 2012

Catching Fire

Sorry I've been neglecting this blog! This semester has been insane! But hopefully I'll have some stuff to post soon. This is a quickie doodle I did as a warm up drawing a little while ago and I just have to nerd out a little bit here. Ready? I am SUPER FREAKING EXCITED for the Hunger Games movie to come out! I picked up the books over Thanksgiving break as something to read on my flights home, and I fell absolutely in love! I read the books in a few days, and when I heard there was a movie coming out I couldn't wait!
This is how I pictured Katniss in my head; a very tough looking face that when needed could come off very glamourous. The actress who is playing her is lacking the glamourous side for me from what I've seen, but hopefully she'll make up for it with some awesome acting skills. I can't wait to see how she does and see how (hopefully) amazing this movie is!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Frightful Beauty

Geeze! Im starting to slack on these! Doing storyboards for my thesis has really taken over my time, but I'll try to squeeze more time in for these in the future! I tried to make this one have a paper cut out feel. I'm definitely not 100% happy with it. It lost a lot of the feel that I intended along the way. But time is a fickle lady and I had to just move on! So on to the next!!

Original Sketch
Progress Video

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Quicky Sketch

A little quick sketch to take a break from my winter project and my thesis. Im a little obsessed with Beyonce's Move Your Body song/video. Her look was just so playful and the sound was just so fun I had to sketch it! And congrats to Beyonce on her new baby girl!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

One Classy Lady

Two posts in two days?? Could I actually be getting faster!? Anyways here is a beautiful classy 50's lady. Did I mention I have kind of an obsession with vintage stuff? So you'll probably be seeing a lot of it! Hopefully you enjoy it too! I also hope you're enjoying my music. I love sharing it this way!!

Original Sketch

Progress Video

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Brand New Year

Happy New Year! It's already a few days into the new year but it's only the 4th, so as long as we're still in single digits it still counts right!? For my first painting of the year I actually got my inspiration from a photo of my beautiful model cousin from a wedding dress shoot. I absolutely LOVED this dress, her pose and the general feeling of the photo so I wanted to try and capture it. I'm not 100% happy with it and I'm still trying to find a flat style that works for me but it's progress! I also switched from using imovie for my videos to premiere since imovie made 40GB sized files for 8 minute videos and took hours to edit with. Premiere is cool but it's going to take some getting used to, so please excuse any issues with the videos. Lots of learning to do this year!

My Cousin Virginia Martin

Oliver Tolentino Bridal Lookbook
Photographer: Mark Sacro
Designer: Oliver Tolentino
Makeup: Rokael Lizama
Hair: Yuri Sinata

Original Sketch

Progress Video