Thursday, December 9, 2010


Margarita Higgenbottom
I enjoyed what seemed like an extreme obsession for detail for an artist who was himself obsessed with people watching african american women. She pointed out a few examples that showed that for the time that the paintings were he was ahead of his time as far as racial equality. However he took it to another level with the woman's large buttocks on the beach. I felt it was a bit fantastical and a fetished look at african american women as an treasure.

Polly applebaum
I'll state how i feel in one sentence. She was a great conceptualist with amateur technical skills. Good concept can only take you too far until it just seems as though you are good at finding the concepts that allow for less effort. It's is kind of a pet peeve of mine to see what i call the "amateur aesthetic" but i generally don't speak out about it for there are people that like it. Just not me.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

check 11/30

all footage is edited and composited into after effects and levels adjusted. i've added the dragon fly to it's scene and am currently in the process of adding particle elements shedding from andrew's body in his running shots. It is not fully complete and yes i am behind schedule. I don't exactly have a choice to set back and reexamine anything so i'm just going to keep working till the end. It will be done on time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Recap 11/23

still a little short of the mark as the woods clearing scene isn't fully complete although it's close. I just need to add the other wolves fading into the shot and it's complete. second i have my footage shot of all the live action sequences i just have not digitized them. Other than that i'm on target. I have the woods running scene completely finished and I added a close up of the run. My calendar still isn't changing as i don't have much to catch up on and i'm really only held back from getting a camera to digitize footage with and that will be completed today.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

update thurs. 11/18

ok so the final scene is nearly done as i had intended yet i missed my mark for the woods running scene. I had intended on having it completed with my run cycle included but i'm having trouble compositing my wolf run cycle. It won't export correctly from toon boom to use as a composite so i tried exporting as a .mov yet it has a white background. I'm going to keep working on it. other than that the scene is redrawn high quality and animated correctly ready for the run cycle with a still plant in it's place.

i hope to also add a close up of the dog running with the new woods showing as a background. i experimented with the texture of my open woods scene to try and see if it worked as well on the run scene. This will take a bit longer to sort some things out but i don't believe i must change my calendar as of yet. i will still be filming this weekend and beginning to composite the footage by tuesday and have the woods run done and final scene 95% complete.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


ok so i've been working all weekend on my assets and feel like i have nothing to show for it cause it's taking forever to do a canine run cycle and repaint a high quality render of a landscape. i guess i can just set up a schedule to attempt to adhere to.

thursday 11/18
will have the final scene nearly complete and the wolf run cycle done
woods run scene will be completed.

Friday 11/19
Shoot scenes of running on gayoso ave. and alleyway shots.

tuesday 11/23
andrew running scenes will be composited into after effects and worked on.
Final scene should be fully completed.

Sun. 11/28
return from Mississippi from break.
Back to work that night

Tuesday 11/30
will be connecting my other shots of animation and video together with animation.
effects added to running scenes
the totem scene will be put together
woods run and final scene will be touched up fully.

Thursday 12/2
nearly completed with clean-up and touch up of the effects to transition from andrew running to a slow motion wolf run cycle
This transition should be done.

Tuesday 12/7
animation roughly completed allowing for touchups everything pulled together leaving room for dvd build and finalizing all projects.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Concept render

Ok so i drew up all the assets for two shots of my animation. I figure i'll go for a desaturated look to emphasize light as in most film noir movies. If there is color it will be one color and because of the black and white, will contrast more. I think the smoke works pretty well for now with just the brush tool and turbulent displace. I have another render of particle fog but for this stylized scene i feel soft brushes will work better. I must take the wolf into toon boom or flash and loop a cycle of him for this scene as well. the hand drawn look will be nice with this and will provide a nice style to be flexible with as well.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Throwin up the shots for the animation i posted on previously

and also here's the outline structure stuff.