Okay, I'm jumping the gun a little. But I'm also going out of town on Friday, so there.
Good ol' Figment from the Epcot attraction, Journey into the Imagination! I did this for my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary, and Figment is my grandma's favorite Disney character.
A friend of mine let me borrow her Cardcaptor Sakura manga series, and I couldn't resist drawing Sakura. Boy, I watched that show and read that manga so much as a kid... I forgot how endearing and cute it is!
Holy cow, it was wonderful to pull out some traditional media.
Earlier this year, I took Advanced Storyboarding at BYU, and our class was fortunate enough to meet Steve Hickner from DreamWorks. As part of a portfolio demo, he gave us a story prompt and we had to board it, and we also got class credit for it. Unfortunately, this happened during my bout of tendinitis, but I worked things out with my professor and did only a portion of what the project required without completely hurting myself. I'm so grateful that all of my professors were so understanding; I basically couldn't use my hand to its full capacity for two and a half months!
The prompt from Steve Hickner was a chick who's eaten too much bird seed somehow has to run away from a predator. Again, I didn't board the whole thing, but this is the chase/climax.
A couple months ago, the BYU Animation program had the awesome opportunity to be featured in an article in the New York Times! Students were even asked to participate in a photo shoot that would appear alongside the article. Best part? The New York Times wanted the students participating in the photo shoot to draw caricatures of themselves!
It was pretty unbelievable and fantastic, all of us being asked to do that. The photo shoot was a blast and we had an awesome time doing it! The article turned out great. I'm excited that our work gets to be seen on a national level like this. It raises awareness of our program and (hopefully) puts us on the map for animation studios, and shows that our program treats productions more like films than student projects.
The article can be found here. You can also see our fun photos and caricatures!
This past semester, along dealing with tendinitis, I was also working on a new student film in the visual development department. It was a great experience, really seeing film-making in action and working with a terrific team. This project has easily been one of the best student projects I've ever worked on. Everyone's super dedicated and passionate, not to mention talented!
Prop design is a lot of fun. It's a neat challenge to put a particular personality into an inanimate object.