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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Caricatures - My Extended Family!

It was a very happy Christmas and because I had very little funds this year - my extended family (That I've known for over 2 decades) got their caricatures as a gift! It seems to have been well received - everybody agrees that they are spot on! That's what's nice about doing caricatures of people you know so well - I could have drawn them with my eyes closed!

From left to right - my friends Bianca, Ray, "Big Sister" Zarrin, actual Big Sister Iwa, "Little Brother" (not so little these days) Rhys, "Big Brother" Renick, shrimpy little ME, my bestest buddy Malaika, and crazy Jimmy at the end.

Love them all! It was so good seeing everybody again! xox

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Short Film - The Grape

Here is an old film I animated and cleaned up completely on paper for Concordia University in 2010. It was finally shot on the Oxberry Camera on 16mm film. Quite an endeavour. I worked on it so long that I no longer thought it was funny... thankfully when it was played in the theater the audience actually DID laugh! More than I expected.

This was the first film that I worked on with a composer, Raz Koren, to custom create the soundtrack. The experience was a lot of fun, and I really feel the music fits perfectly!

This film is my father's favorite, because of his dark humor. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Short film - Such Is Life

And here is a short film project we had to do for our Digital Tools class. I wanted to reuse my animation of the fat horse running, and so came up with this little animation.

I had fun doing the old horse run cycle! Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pinups - Jungle Cruise Jen

I'm getting more orders for Pinup Caricatures right before Christmas as well. I would like to use this post to show off one of my favorite pinups, and to take a bow to the BEST client I ever had! Jen was truly a pleasure to work with. She is a Skipper on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, and wanted her pinup to be in "uniform".

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Animation - Ball and Tail/Ears exercise

More Animation! I had a lot of fun with this one. This is a classic Sheridan Animation exercise, but updated. Students used to animate one ball with a tail bounce in and out in perspective. This year we got longer to work on this exercise, but it had to be 2 balls, with tail or ears, that bounce in then interact in the center area, ending with them chasing each other off screen.

My little story was supposed to be flirtatious. I hope that came through. It took me quite some time, 25 seconds goes by fast, but it's a lot of paper! I already know what I would fix... my held cels last too long, and I could have exagerated some moments more, but oh well. I'm still pretty happy with it!

How much paper is 25 seconds of animation with 2 characters? THIS MUCH! ^_^

Painting - Still Life 2

And final project for Painting this semester! Still life #2. Again, a study of Glass, Metal and Fabric. The lemons I added just for the fun of it.

Cute Caricatures!

Christmas is coming, and I'm so happy to be getting more comissions for caricatures! Here's one style that is selling pretty well. It all started at the office, I made caricatures of most of my comrades at work - and the thing caught on!

I think my two favorites are 3rd from the left, my poor poor Producer Antoine, and 2nd from the right, "Jazz" John, a good friend and front-end programmer/Jazz drummer.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Character Design - Miyazaki inspired character

Our last assignment of Character Design from this semester. We had to chose and artist or animator that inspires us and do a 5 minute presentation in front of the class about his life/art style. Then finaly design a character in their style.

I chose Hayao Miyazaki. Obviously I didn't even come close. I love his character development sketches, especially of small children. So for my project, I decided to do a charcter based on my older sister, Iwa. I asked my mom to send me a bunch of pictures of her as a kid for inspiration.

Here is the result.

And just for fun, here are my favorite pictures of kid-Iwa! ^_^

This one served as the inspiration for my storyboard project:

Love this one. Could be little Kiki!

And last but not least, my all-time favorite picture. This one describes quintessentially our childhood relationship. Iwa did something evil, and made me cry, but is looking like a little angel of innocence!
Too good!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Seal Animation - Clean up

This cleanup exercise was for my Digital Tools class. I have to say I had a lot more fun pencil testing it than doing the cleanup, but the result isn't too bad.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bone Studies - in the theme of Film Noir

This project is probably the most time consuming project that I had to do at Sheridan. Very informative... but oh so time consuming.

We were given bones to draw and had to create our own anatomy book, explaining "What's a Skull?". I now have a permanent grudge against all human beings for having so many vertebrae.

Nonetheless, here are some pages which I feel turned out ok.

The most fun I had was dressing up to take some references. I didn't know how to draw a theodora hat from memory.

Still Life Painting - Glass and Macarons

I have managed to make the baking of macarons into a fine art (which is enjoyed by many of my friends). And now I get to put my macarons into a piece of art!

This exercise was meant as a study of glass, fabric and metal. This projects requires two studies. Here is number one. The sequal will come to being this coming weekend! Once again, guache on watercolor paper.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Seal Animation - S and C curve expercise

And finally a post from my favorite class, and the reason I decided to go back to school - Animation!

This is the Marine Animal exercise at Sheridan, to help us understand the principal of the S and C curve. I had a lot of fun with this one!

Royal Winter Fair - Live animal studies

Turns out, I'm no ace at human anatomy. But all those years of drawing horses were not all for naught! I still am aware of animal anatomy enough to draw them decently from life.

My FIRST good mark in Anatomy class. Drawings from the Royal winter fair. Watercolor on paper.

And more painting - this time Textures!

This was our before last painting assignment. And the one I had most fun with. We had to create 4 distinct textures and copy them from a photograph.

Can you guess which is which? I would hope so... but in case: Frost, Fox Furr, Moss, and Birch Bark!

And now for some PAINTING!

Yup going back to my roots using Guache this time. It is quite different than oil paint, but I'm learning to enjoy it!

This exercise focused on getting clouds right, in different styles. I did a bunch of tests for realistic and cartoony ones before doing my final big sunset/storm clouds one.

Character Design - Expressions - Pirate

Again for Character Design at Sheridan, my Expressions sheet. He's a pirate - who has many evil plans, which rarely come to fruition.

Character Design - Snooty Socialite

Here was my pose test homework for Character Design at Sheridan. She is a Victorian era socialite, who has not much to do in life but but gossip and drink tea. I would like to animate her - so I think she was a win.

And more pinups!

More pinups! First my Friend Gaby, as a sexy Nurse (her profession). My friend Noori with her doggy Gatsby and finally a selfportrait from when I had pink hair!

These are getting popular! I'm making some on comission through my etsy page:

Pinup - Little Witch

Pinup caricature of a Kiki cosplay! :)

My Pinup Caricatures - Malaika, Natasha and Iwa

Some of my favorite pinup caricatures! Done in Flash and Photoshop.