Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wreck it Ralph team

Morning everyone!  Here's a quick interview I had the opportunity to do with AnimSchool! 
Check them out if you haven't done so already!  The instructors are my good friends and some of the best in the biz.

On another note, I'm trying to do caricatures of the whole Wreck-It Ralph animation crew before this film wraps!  Here are the first ones:
Eric Goldberg


Our director, Rich in dailies!

Kelly M
Malcon P

Lisa A
Andrew P
Melissa Genoshe
The amazing Tony Smeed

Dani Peixe

Jen Hager

Wreck-It Ralph's sup, Renato !

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CTN Expo

Yes ! I'll be joining the animation crowd and attending the Creative Talent Expo this weekend! Disney will be doing portfolio & reel reviews at their booth , and I'll be helping out with that on saturday, reviewing from 10AM - 12PM. I'm going to try and make the Animation Mentor party Friday & the Sketchtravel book party Saturday. Other than that I'll be wandering around the aisles spending way too much coin on art books man! Looking forward to seeing everyone !

*edit* Hey I just remembered it's my birthday today! Happy birthday me !

Sunday, November 6, 2011

LA Journal

Hey I forgot to post this here but, like I did back in NY, I started an LA journal here :

Follow along if you're so inclined, should be fun!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Congratulations to the Richards's !

Congratulations to my good friends, Mike and Kwan, who are getting married in Hawaii this Monday!
I feel like I should explain this picture , or maybe it's best I don't :)

In other news, my first day at Disney is this Monday! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More Blue Sky folks

Thank so much for all of the well-wishes!
I've been spending some rest time w/ friends & family up here in Seattle before I head down to LA in Nov.  In the meantime & in between time, I had the chance to do a few more drawings of some good friends back at Blue Sky!

Here are some of the roughs

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Walt Disney Animation Studios

When I was at the Art Institute of Seattle ten years ago, I quite honestly had no clue as to what I wanted to for a living.  Probably like a lot of us, I just knew I wanted to "do something in art."  

Right then,  I started to come across the work that Disney was doing at the time, and in a flash became inspired to begin to pursue animation.  Quite obsessively actually.   I felt like a total slacker in high school, but animation just ignited something in me and all of a sudden I wanted to... wait for it... work hard!  What?! I now had this pie-in-the-sky dream of being a Disney Animator.  

Since then, I've had the good fortune to do a lot of things in this industry,  and I'm forever grateful for every experience I've been blessed with, good and bad.  I've had some amazing experiences w/ amazing people that I wouldn't change for anything.  What helped me pull through the bad was remembering what changed my life in the first place, and why I even wanted to do this.  So, as you can imagine, I feel extremely lucky to say that I've accepted a position as a Character Animator for the Walt Disney Animation Studios, working on their next feature film, Wreck-It Ralph!

It's still pretty surreal to say it.  And I know it's not cool to be this geeky when you're a already a professional, but man,  I GREW UP ON THIS STUFF!

Wish me luck because I'll need it!  Blue Sky Family!  You've all been awesome and the pleasure was all mine.  Thanks for your support everyone!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RIO Animation Reel & Design Portfolio

Sorry for the lack of updates !  I recently moved out of my apt in White Plains and packed up my comp/cintiq etc, and am currently animating away on Ice Age 4.  Speaking of which, Rio finally came out on DVD so I could finally share some of the work I did on this film!  I worked on this film from about Nov 2009 to about Dec (ish) 2010.  So the reel includes an early animation test, production shots, as well as a bit of marketing work.  It was an awesome first film to have worked on and I'm forever grateful for the experience.  Amazingly (intimidatingly) talented team & a Supe who's  the best in the business.

Also I had updated my design portfolio.  Check it out!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pete & Rachel

2 artists I hold in very high regard, animator Pete Paquette and vis-dev artist Rachel Tiep-Daniels ,had their last days at Blue Sky last friday.  Here are drawings I did of them to let them know how awesome I think they are.
7/27 update,  I'm just gonna keep adding to this while we're here.  Good luck Bobby Huth!

Brian Menz.  Good luck, I guess.

Paul Diaz.  Just, just go...
You cut me deep Vadim

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tell Her This

Hey everyone, thanks for all of the kind comments!  
In the spirit of all these NY posts, here is a one sheet  I did this weekend for an upcoming short film called "Tell Her This".  It's being directed by my friends/co-workers Greg Rizzi & Jerod Chirico.  Thanks for the opportunity guys!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cantina Royal, Brooklyn

Loved her look, and she oozed confidence.  Very cool.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Friends from work

Just some fun drawings done for co-workers either as going-away gifts (sadface) or b-day gifts.  Or just to make fun of them.
Pascal F.
Keith P.
Nathan E.
Sheldon & Chantelle
Joe Lee.

And so we're fair, here's a flattering one of me done by the awesomely talented and equally cruel, Garrett Shikuma

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Other blogsites

Hey everyone!  So in the spirit of staying productive outside of my day job, I'm trying to get better at storyboarding, so I started a storyboard blog here:

Also, and  it's been up for a bit, but I also have a Character Design blog, which is in desperate need of updating, here:

Just like this blog, both are a constant works-in-progress.  Check 'em out and watch me stumble around in the dark!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

On the E-Train


I love big hair.

BIG thanks to everyone who follows this blog. I really appreciate it.  Leave a link to yours so I can see your work too!  I still marvel at how easy it is to find out about new artists now.

And if you haven't yet, do yourself a favor check out my good buddy , Joe's blog.  That guy is so awesome.  We are making a book of all of this stuff this year!