Sunday, December 19, 2010

"It's Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible"

Yay, updates! They exist! And yes, I'm still drawing! I absolutely love the Fairytale Garden at the Magic Kingdom, which is where Rapunzel and Flynn do their meet and greets. This is just my rendition of it.
Here's my photo of the actual garden:

Done with Staetler, Copic, and Prisma markers and pens.
As a side, I do like photography, mainly settings and places that I can use as references later for drawings and inspiration. I especially like pictures without crowds so I can get a good look at the details of the environment. Yesterday was perfect for such photos because of the cold, pouring rain. Seriously. This photos are real. A Saturday of Disney and NO GUESTS. Seriously. The first is the exit to Expedition Everest at DAK and the last is Blizzard Beach. There were maybe ten people at Blizzard Beach, not counting all those poor life guard Cast Members with nobody to watch. Perfect photo trip day. But too cold to swim.
Also, here's a Photoshop piece. My first attempt at cel shading. Couple characters of mine reenacting what will be in the second part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
And now it's time to be sentimental. As my internship ends next week, I took one more day to visiting the Parks and saying goodbye for now. Walt Disney World has always held a close place to my heart as a family vacation site for the past 15 years of my life. I have always wanted to work for the Walt Disney Company, and this opportunity has been a dream come true. It has also been a foot in the door to fulfilling my ultimate dream of working on the movies that has enriched and inspired me and my family for my whole life. Yes, I will definitely miss WDW, but I'm also excited to begin the Animation Program at BYU. There are so many exciting opportunities right over the horizon and, by golly, I'll run to them, not walk! So, to put it in Walt's words, "Keep moving forward."
"We believe in our idea: a family park where parents and children can have fun - together." - Walt Disney

Harry Potter belongs to J.K. Rowling
Disney World and "Tangled" belong to Disney
I own those two characters at the bottom.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Movie Reviews: Harry Potter & Tangled

What, you think an uber-nerd like me would miss out on the midnight premiere of Disney's 50th animated film, let alone "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1?" Absolutely not. Needless to say, I had been anticipating both movies for a few years now, and I was not disappointed!

First off: Harry Potter. Absolutely mind-blowing. I couldn't believe how accurate the whole movie was, right down to the dialogue. Of course, they had to flub some things and leave parts out, but they could all be easily added/explained in the second half, and it wasn't like they missed anything terribly important. But, wow... the whole movie was so intense! I had a deathgrip on my wand (yes, I have one) the whole time! Final critique: GO SEE IT.

Tangled: Holy cow, the animation was PHENOMENAL. It's a perfect blending of traditional and CGI. It has all the magic and look of traditionally animated films, but also has the wonderful details that CGI can capture. And the lantern sequence in 3-D? I've never felt so immersed in an animated film! The characters wree wonderful and endearing, and I loved how Pascal and Maximus didn't need to talk to be hysterical. The music has taken a while to grow on me, but it still has the feel of a good, classic Disney film. I am, however, deeply disappointed in Disney for discontinuing princesses and fairytales because those make the best stories out of all their movies. Maybe "Tangled" will make them think twice... Final critique: Flynn Rider is a gorgeous hunk and - er, I mean, GO SEE IT.
Now... onto the artwork!

Harry... being angsty. As usual. With rain, because rain makes everything angsty. Ballpoint pen.
I went to Magic Kingdom on my day off to do some gesture work. So, I plopped myself in front of Rapunzel and Flynn's meet-n-greet and just drew and drew and drew and... well, you get the idea. Ink.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Musicals and Markers

This image popped into my mind while listening to this.

If the picture's not that obvious, it's Quasimodo from Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, with a bit of James C. Christensen flair. I was thinking more of the original version when drawing this, not the Disney version, though I still adore that movie. I really wasn't thinking too much when drawing it, but in the end the gargoyle and Quasimodo came out looking very similar to each other, but I'll let you figure out why! One thing I will say about it though is that in the lower left-hand corner, the Latin word for "Fate" is carved into the stone. Supposedly, Victor Hugo was inspired to write Notre Dame de Paris when he saw the same word inscribed on a stone in the cathedral.

Done with a combination of pencil and Faber-Castel, Prisma, and Copic markers on parchment paper. The paper didn't take the ink as well as it had done before with previous drawings, but it all worked out in the end, I think.

Reference for the gargoyle came from here.

Quasimodo belongs to Victor Hugo, Notre Dame belongs to Paris.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another post?!

That was quick...
Here are some sketches I've been working on here in Disney World. I've been trying to do more background art and I figured that the great atmospheres here are the perfect place to practice.
The Friar's Nook, Fantasyland. Ballpoint Pen.Gryffindor Tower, Hogwarts. Yes, I went to Universal Studios just for Harry Potter. Ballpoint Pen. Not quite done yet.

Inspired by the Japan pavilion at EPCOT. Ballpoint pen.
Just a creepy tower for a story of mine. Ballpoint pen.
Gestures from the parks and Church. Ballpoint pen.

Christmas is Coming!

Walt Disney World has already decked the halls, which means... Christmas merchandise is everywhere. I found a cute mug with a bunch of Disney characters all dressed up in Christmas outfits and I thought, "Hey... someone should do that for Rapunzel and Flynn!"
So I did.
Golly, they are so cute, yet hard to draw... but I think I'm getting the hang of it!
Pencil Sketch.
So, I couldn't help but wonder as I was drawing Flynn... what is manly Christmas attire?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hokai, time to post some art stuff!! As I do not have a scanner right now, everything must be look HORRIBLE because it's all taken with my cute little camera. I'm working on fixing stuff up via photoshop right now, so don't worry! You'll see the pictures in all their glory soon!

Anywho, I'm REALLY trying to force myself to do more digital art. I adore anything and everything 2-D, but 3-D is a real struggle for me right now... so bear with me. Please. And I can't help the fact that it's hard to lug a laptop and tablet and a bajillion cables wherever I go. A sketchbook and pen/pencil are usually a lot lighter and can fit in a purse a whole lot easier. Plus, you don't have to turn anything on to start drawing or have to worry about charging anything...

I digress. Here's the art.

A little Alphonse Mucha-inspired... Blue col-erase pencil.

I've been in a huge Hayao Miyazaki kick lately... Here's Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke in ballpoint pen.
I'm currently working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL right now, and this is just one of many Disney-inspired sketches! I was over at Hollywood Studios one day and watched the Jedi Training Academy show. Super awesomely cute. Jedi pretty much rock. I was trying to draw the female Jedi Knight who's in the show. Ballpoint pen.

Just a character of mine, being thoughtful... Corel and Photoshop.
Still kinda a work in progress... I was totally thinking about Disneyland when painting this. It still needs a little work, though. Photoshop.


... to Imaginative Ink! Here, I shall be posting artwork from the life and times of a BYU animation major/Walt Disney World Cast Member. Enjoy your stay!