Saturday, September 29, 2007

Back from the Dead

From the land of extinction...a pair I don't trust.

And from my old art archives, a character with just as much hair. This was some quick concept art for one of Fawn's turtle characters.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Anniversary Animation...Thanks, Fawn!

Four years ago, Fawn and I were getting to know one another over Korean food in Columbus, Ohio. She had the beef bulkoki and I ordered the hot braised chicken. We casually chatted while slowly picking at our plates with our chopsticks. At the end of the meal, our waitress brought us the customary after-dinner orange slices. We paid the bill and walked outside...and then stumbled onto the nearest bullet train to 2007, zipping past the rest of art school and three cities of animation jobs. Where did the time go?!

Yesterday morning, on our 4-year anniversary, Fawn handed me a CD with the words, "To Ryan" on the blank, white surface. As I booted my computer, my mind skipped through options of what could be burned on it. Was it music? A collection of pictures? A pirated movie, perhaps? As I loaded the single file on the disk I was greeted with this animation:

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So cute! Thank you!

What's the deal with the fish, you ask? To illustrate my point that Fawn has an easier time making new acquaintances, I once described her appearance as "a cute, little, helpless fish, floating in the water." When people come across a cute, little, helpless fish, they will most likely say, "Awwww...look at that cute, little, helpless fish! Let's give it some food or take it home or something!" It's a deceptively powerful image to embody. Her routine worked on me, I guess.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Out of Jimmy's Head

This Friday at 7pm on Cartoon Network will be the series premiere of "Out of Jimmy's Head." I animated the following promo in only two nights...TIGHT deadline for a 22 second spot! Because the turnaround was so quick, I didn't have time to break the Flash models as much as we are doing on the actual show. Our production, even though it is symbol-based, is reaching a more fully animated look than most digitally puppeted shows. We're accomplishing this higher level of quality by breaking the character models and customizing poses as much as time permits. For example, spending a little extra time varying the structure of the facial features throughout key poses will give the animation a much more organic and dimensional feel.

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You can watch a few minutes of the first episode, "Talent Show," at: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/jimmyshead/index.html

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

stuffed with scarecrows

A few weeks ago, after watching some crows scavenge for food on a street in the Toluca Lake area, I started doing some hardcore research of the animals. I was fascinated by their niche in the world, flourishing because of our human neighborhoods, yet still outcast from our lives. I started to write a story about a crow and while drawing some concept art, I penned a scarecrow. This straw-filled figure had the same intriguing essence of the crow - being on the fringe of human society, always present, yet never able to become fully integrated - and my story quickly shifted focus from the crow to the scarecrow.