Sunday, April 20, 2014

Art Story: Chuck Williams and Aaron Blaise

Former Disney and Digital Domain directors, Chuck Williams and Aaron Blaise are working on an original animated feature, "Art Story".

Thanks to a recommendation from my friend Angelo Libutti, I got the chance to work for Chuck and Aaron on The Legend of Tembo at Digital Domain (DD). Angelo was in the story department at DD, helping craft Tembo. I would visit his desk every day for inspiration. The movie was looking great and everyone was really excited about the project. 

Sadly, the studio shut down in 2012 and Tembo was shelved. In spite of Digital Domain and the VFX industry's troubles, the experience at DD on Tembo was one of the best professional experiences of my life.

Chuck and Aaron's "Art Story" is an animated film about a kid and his grandfather on an adventure through the world of classical paintings. It's a great idea for an animated film. It's been getting a lot of press and support on Kickstarter. It raised over $350,000, exceeding their goal. 

The Legend of Tembo on Splinebomb

The Legend of Tembo on CGMeetup

Some animation tests I did while at Digital Domain.

I animated two walk cycles here. The one where he's following the butterfly and another where I copied a Milt Kahl march from Jungle Book.

I animated Tembo at the end of this test where he grabs the branch, swings, and gets stuck out on a limb.

From Shanghai With Love: Dr. 2

Two friends, James Chiang and Peter Tieryas, have created a graphic novel series, "Dr. 2".

James is an animation mentor of mine whom I've worked with in video games and feature animation. I used to attend his drawing lectures when we were co-workers at Blue Sky Studios.

Peter is a Senior Character Technical Director at Sony Pictures Animation. He's also the author of "Watering Heaven". His upcoming book, "Bald New World" was listed on Buzzfeed's 15 Highly Anticipated Books From (Mostly) Small Presses and Publisher's Weekly: Best Summer Books 2014.

Dr. 2 is a crime scene investigator from dystopian 2045. He's a kind of noir acupuncturist, who's using his skills to solve the murder of a biotech engineer.

From my Amazon review: "If Frank Miller ever hooked up with William Gibson, Dr. 2 could be their brainchild."

Issue #1 hints at a storyline that spans at least 100 years, starting in WWII era Shanghai, 1945. This story's debut is bizarre, disturbing, and beautiful.

James and Peter's experience making triple-A video games and feature film animation sets them apart from other comic writers and artists. I'm bursting with pride to be able to share this work with people, and also envious of these guys' talent. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Costa Rica: A Tribute

Here's a video our audiovisual department (i.e. Me) cut together to document the Costa Rica trip.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shouts Out

Here are some of the artists I met in San José, and some of the art they gave me. I provided links to their work when available, so check them out. Thanks for the great drawings!

Jimena Castillo Chaves

Cali Eduarte 

Fabian Izaguirre

Ivan Ramirez

Jorge Solano


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Drink & Draw, Wok & Noodles

On July 21st, we went to Wok & Noodles in San Jose for a drink & draw. I embarrassed myself with a couple drawings but walked away with another pirate's treasure chest of great drawings from everybody else.

We went to Wok & Noodles twice that week and loved it. They make great Chinese food.

Carlos Salazar
Jenny Solano
John Timms
Carlos Cali Eduarte
More photos here.

Boomshop of Comics

Boomshop of Comics is Costa Rica's first comic shop.

Owners Troy and Gioconda were the ones who originally invited me to visit Costa Rica. They were great hosts. They put us up in their home, showed us the city, and took us to stay in their cabin in the mountains outside San Jose.

Everyone related to the shop--the artists, staff, and customers--were all really  welcoming.

On the day I visited the shop, I had a lot of interesting conversations about art, animation, VFX movies and computer science. Everybody spent the day drawing, and I walked away with an impressive collection of art. A lot of it is framed up at home now.  

Thank you, everyone. This was one of the most fun experiences ever.

Yoss, Julian, and Tota
Fabian Izaguirre
 Jorge Solano
Sebastian Castro
Edgar Aguilar

John Timms
Carlos Salazar

More pics here.