I've been taking an online painting course at Schoolism. Here are five pieces for the first week's assignment of painting under a diffused lighting situation (white light, soft shadows). It's been helpful in getting me to tackle difficult lighting situations and just getting out there and practicing more. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the animation industry, as most of the courses on Schoolism are geared towards technical skills. There's also a really cool option of taking a version of the class where you can get video feedback and crits from the professors themselves, but those are much more expensive and spots fill up really quickly.
Friday, August 7, 2015
One of my all-time favorite stories! Journey to the West delighted me as a kid and I still rewatch some of the stories today. My favorite character is Sun Wukong (Monkey) because of his crafty wit and strength...although he was a huge prankster who liked solving problems with his fists. Rewatching the story as an adult I love the character dynamics even more. Monkey and Pigsy are always bickering and trying to one up and trick each other. Level-headed Friar Sand is always caught in the middle. I love the dramatic scenes of Monkey calling out for his monk Shifu. The poor Dragon Prince spends 99% of his on-screen time as a horse.
Another piece for 72 Meeting Street! It got me feeling nostalgic for my trip to Italy about 4 (! whoa) years ago. Some of the essential icons of the trip were the beautiful cypress trees, the fountains, the lovely architecture, the beautiful lighting (and hot sun) and the long walks to and from class. I also incorporated my love of little mark making patterns at the time in the trees.