Tuesday, July 31, 2007


15 day until Ringling and I'm antsy as hell. I would say it's more stress than excitement. I've packed all of my art supplies but am quite unsure what else I'd need. I'm assigned a single in the transfer student dorm (The Cove) and coincidentally am already friends with my neighbor. My online student account also has my preliminary class schedule along with a bunch of other info I haven't had time to read. I think some may find it interesting that my tuition is about $3900 per month (Holy Shit!). Thank goodness I skipped the first year!

Anyway, here's my class schedule:

AH 191/Lecture/08
Development of Western Art & Ideas 08/20/2007 - 12/08/2007
Day/Time: Wednesday / 08:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor(s): Dr. Robert Lovejoy

CG 208/Studio/01
Traditional Animation I 3.00 08/20/2007 - 12/08/2007
Day/Time: Mon/Thurs / 12:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Instructor(s): Ms. Tammy Daniel

CG 220/Studio/05
Computer Animation I 3.00 08/20/2007 - 12/08/2007
Day/Time: Mon/Thurs / 08:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor(s): TBA TBA

CG 227/Studio/06
Concept Development I 3.00 08/20/2007 - 12/08/2007
Day/Time: Tues/Thurs / 03:30 PM - 06:15 PM
Instructor(s): Mr. Dominic Avant

I met Tammy Daniel (trad animation) during my visit. She seemed very enthusiastic and welcoming. Before teaching she was with Disney for 9 years or so. Don't know anything about the other instructors but my classes all seem pretty exciting. I'm kind of nervous for jumping right into animation but it's nothing a bit hard work can't solve.

I haven't thought too much about Ringling. As of yet I'm just not looking forward to leave Reelworks and people in MN.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sketches from Glacier & Beyond

Here are a few doodles I made on my trip. They were done while my parents took photographs so they had to be done pretty quickly. These ones range from less than a minute to probably 10 or 15 minutes. We were on the go all the time; we ended up driving up to Banff in Canada and a few surrounding parks. I wish I had more time to draw. There were many artists in Glacier painting away with watercolor and acrylic. Seems like a lot of fun.

Utterly Defeated

This digitally painted heart is for my current project with the moms & the babes. The heart turned out okay but designing the color model is giving me such a hard time. The final product is suppose to be a collage of photographs and 2d animation but I can't seem to come up with any design ideas. I feel tired and defeated today.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mommys and Babies

Character designs for Reelworks:

Sunday, July 01, 2007

My Traveling Kit:

Tomorrow I'm leaving for a road trip to Glacier National Park and I'm taking a few things with me:
  • 3.5x5.5 sketchbook (leaving the Mokeskine behind, too big!)
  • Pencil, red pencil, fill-tip pen, ball-point pen, brush pens, eraser, sharpener
  • Sumi ink, bamboo pen,
  • Watercolor set, brushes
I was trying to keep things simple and light but even the minimum turned out to be not-so-simple after all. Well at least everything is light and fits into my pack. It's always been a struggle to sketch and travel at the same time for me. There's always so much to see and do on such a short schedule!

Anyway! No road trip is complete without some background music: