Friday, December 24, 2010

More sketchbook project images

Here's some more for my project!

Theme: In 5 minutes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A productive Wednesday!

My sketchbook project finished first page~!

Check out my work here:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Another sketch for my moleskin!

Sketch for my journal 'In 5 minutes'

'Time is but the stream I go fishing in...'

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sketchcrawl Nov 30 2010

On Tuesday I organised a sketch crawl and a ton of people showed up for it. 
Here are some sketches and photos from the day!

I am also part of The Sketchbook Project. My theme is 'In 5 minutes' and here a couple of pages I am working on so far. 

Hopefully another sketch crawl will happen soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Screening night was Fantastic!!! Good bloopers, good animation =)

Here is my finished Narrative: ''Elude''

Now that screening night is over, I release it to the world.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Good Vibrations

A short animated film, I found quite lovely.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Completing the film

So I have finished animating all my narrative scenes. And now I am polishing/rendering. Here are some words to inspire you, from Lee Unkrich! (from Pixar)

The Crunch has definately hit

Well, our major projects are almost complete!

Here is an update on a scene I just finished animating.

A jump.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Walk Eap Finished!

Thought I should upload something!

Still going for gold!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What I learnt from Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan gave an amazing lecture on Wednesday night. Here are some of the notes/sketches I took from the talk.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What I'm working on.

Working on lip-synch in my narrative. Here is a guide I found for reference.
It's pretty helpful.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Narrative Title Revealed!

Now with a Title!

The video is very compressed (down to 16mb!! o.O) so the sound quality isn't fantastic.

(Still going for Gold!)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Music Video COMPLETE!

I am on fire today! Look at me blogging about my assessment =)

Sc 11 Complete!!!

Another completed scene?!

Scene 8 Complete?!

OMG! The first scene I have completed for my narrative?!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Music Video - Just the way you are

I think every girl is in love with this song at the moment~
The video is kind of the generic music clip, except I love the animation they've done with the tape.  I found it quite interesting =)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Narrative Scene 11

Another scene I need to do facial animation on....

I got some rad music from my music student the other day as well =)
It's very exciting!!!

Narrative Scene 8

I plan on doing the facial animation for this scene next week.

Scene 8 (Done all day yesterday)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Animation week of hell

Yup. That's what my ''holidays'' are being called.

Here is where I am after 4 days into the week and a half I have to work non-stop on my projects. (Week and a half of hell didn't sound as catchy...)

Here we go:

Linetest for the guards running on the bridge (Thanks so much for the help Frank!):

Music Video Update:

It will be interesting to see how much more I've done in a week.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Narrative vs Music Video

Here is my progress reel for September for Frank:

And my latest work on my progress on my music video for Jane's class:


Question: Is it wrong that I love my music video more than my narrative? Cos I feel like my narrative will never be complete and doesn't make any sense and looks terrible visually. Then I look to my music video and go ahhhh can i just work on this instead?

Anyway, that's where I'm at.

Have a lovely Monday night!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Music Vid Progress 1.6

When songs collide

In Frank's class the other day we were set the challenge to mix together 2 songs. Here are some awesome mixes that I love by DJ Earworm, DJ Ryson and Norwegian Recycling.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yellow Balancing Man.

Ohh yeah, look at him balance =)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Music Vid Progress 1.4

My narrative and I are not on speaking terms today so I worked on my music video instead. Here is what I'm up to!

Notice anything slightly different? Yes there is a new background! Jane suggested getting one of my encaustic paintings and scanning it in to use for texture. And there you go. I quite like the textures I have =)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Walk Comparison

Stick Figure Vs Character

And this is where I am up to with my walk EAP for the day.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Headless Studio Reel 2010

I've discovered something amazing!

Walk Cycles Of Today

Traditional walk cycle, following a combination of the Richard Williams/Jason Ryan/Preston Blair Techniques for animating a walk cycle.

Now trying to animate the guard, giving it character, more realistic. I personally like this first attempt.
I tried to push the squash and put the more weight into the squash as well. Because my animation style for my narrative is more realistic I don't really like how much the head is moving.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Waltz Scene Update

Eap #1 
Scene 1
Here's what I have done so far. Currently working on the girl in the blue dress. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shirt Designs

Shirt Designs:
1. Classy

2. Ignite your imagination

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

1st Eap Complete!

My first EAP is done!
This is scene 1. The EAP is the girl in the purple dress + her partner dancing.
Sorry you can't see the girl and guy very clearly but you can see they are all coloured!!!
Notice the swish on the dress as she steps forward? Beautiful, I know.

Music Video WIP

Music Video update.
It wasn't uploaded onto youtube with audio. But you can see how much I have now animated =)
Yay for textures!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Progress Reel August 2010

Literal Harry Potter Trailer

This is the most amazing trailer. Ever. 
And how am I linking this to my animation course? Well my backup plan for my narrative is to make into a film trailer, so this video is basically how amazing trailer are made. 
Yeah, my animation assessment and Harry Potter is totally linked.

Friday, July 30, 2010

WIP Music Video Animatic

Here is my work in progress. It is actually in widescreen but for some reason youtube made it weird...
Anyway, in the music video I am experimenting with masking and textures. The textures are mine and so far I really like how it's turning out.
Critiques are appreciated~!

King of Thorn

I read this manga series a while ago. And it has now been made into a movie that will be shown here in Australia in September at the Reel Anime Festival! Exciting~! Chek it out.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Music Vid Linetest 1

The song I am doing is Boats and Birds by Gregory and the Hawke.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An Unproductive Tuesday.

Dear Frank,
I am sorry I didn't end up doing an extra half hour of animation this afternoon when I got home. I ended up watching the Gobelins dvd I got from the library instead. And then listened to this all arvo.

I also found these teasers.

I hope this makes up for it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Azerus Rising

Startled Dartled

Want to know how I'll remember to put eye darts in my narrative? Startled Dartled. Thankyou Jess.

Here's my first attempt at eye darts.

 In my narrative all I need is for her to be looking to her right while someone is talking to her, then she blinks and avoids eye contact with the other person in the scene by looking down to her left.

Anyway, here we go~!

Eye dart ref

Before I start animating eye darts here is some reference I found.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Need video reference?

Try, Ani Ref!

It is a collection of reference for animators!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Experimental Music Clip

In Jane's class today we tried making some experimental animation using the filmstrip technique with Photoshop and Premiere. It was heaps of fun to do, and quite quick to animate as well. 
Here are the results!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kasee's Vanilla Blink

Based on the Richard Williams blink, but the close is held for two frames and there are five frames before and after the blink as opposed to his three. I quite like it. But I haven't really experimented with the bottom eyelid yet.

The ending pixelates a bit on youtube, sorry!

Blinky Blinky

Dreamy blink =)

Monday, July 5, 2010


Here we go again~!
Here's my WIP for my 2nd EAP.

WIP for Narrative.

So here is something I have been working on for my narrative. Work in Progress!!!
Might upload some more WIPs later this week. 
Also got some info from Frank's blog in relation to exporting from flash as a png sequence then putting it together in VirtualDub. So I tried that out. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Toy Story 3 Review

Yesterday I saw Toy Story 3 and I have to tell you, it was A-MAE-ZING!
 Wow. Pixar. Just keeps getting better and better. Their animation software just keeps getting better and better! Ahh how I would love to work for them...
Back to the movie (may contain spoilers...) 
Moments I loved

* At the beginning when Andy's original toys were discussing what happened to the other toys, how they got sold to yard sales etc. And the moment when they said Bo was gone, Heartbreaking!

* Buzz and Jessie's dance. Fantastic! When Jessie went around Buzz and through his arms, it was so fluid and fantastic!

* When the toys got sent to the dump and they knew there was no way out. They all just held hands and prepared for the end. A beautiful moment! That almost had me in tears.

* I also loved that Pixar didn't give away alot of the story in the trailers. I had no idea about who Lotso was, and that he would be the villain of the story. So I really loved finding that out. 

*When Andy handed his toys over to Bonnie. He was so reluctant and you could really relate to his emotions. But Bonnie was a fantastic little girl to receive his toys. 

*Ken and how they kept making fun of him being a 'girls toy'. Barbie and Ken were fantastic. And who knew Barbie was so smart?

*Also, slipping in Totoro. Genius!

The Day and Night short before the film was also great! I love the idea of 3D animation within a 2D animation. The sound effects and scenarios they chose to convey emotions was amazing. Totally loved it!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tangled Trailer!

First official trailer is out for the next Disney movie, Tangled! I am so excited for this!
I love the way the hair is animated in this.

Friday, June 11, 2010

After Effects Assessment

Assessment for Terry =)
Tutorials where I learnt to do text and lightning I got from Video Co Pilot

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Here is the first add for Disney's new movie Tangled! Although it's not a trailer it's the first publicly released add for them. Exciting!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Interested in internships?

So I've been thinking about what I want to do next year and realised I have practically no idea.

I could go on to study at Uni, take some more art classes, learn the theory behind animation, apply for jobs in the industry or get an internship. So many options! But I can't seem to decide on just one.

I seem to keep finding myself looking for internships on the internet, so I thought I'd share some of what I found.

*One internship I am super interested in is Disney
They offer paid internships at their California Office and they cover all areas of animation, from story boarding to rendering.

* Another very interesting internship program is at Pixar
They also offer paid internships and the new Pixar Canada studio is looking for animators.

* Dreamworks also offer internships, but it doesn't say that much about international applications.

* More locally, Krome Studios doesn't offer internships, but on their website it says they hire around 20 juniors a year.

So. Those are the ones I have found so far. Exciting!
I also found this at Screen Australia. They help people get into the industry by supplying funding for internships overseas and locally. Up to $50 000 a year. So you can become an intern and get funding for it! I don't know all the details but you can read through the application online. 

Also, Brisbane City Council offers grants for artists to involve the community with arts, professional development and your own projects. Like the Creative Sparks Grant.

So yes, there is a lot out there to do. Just not sure what I want yet....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Horton Hears a Who

So, yesterday I was watching 'Horton Hears a Who', again, and I really do love this movie and the animation so here are a few things from the movie!

My favourite character, by far, is Katie. Adorable!

Progression reel! Acting, Blocking, Refining and Final Animation.
I love seeing how the acting by a human got turned into an elephant! And the Mayor look like such a fun character to animate. So many fun poses!

I also went and checked out Blue Sky studios website for internships, which they do, and found what they think the Do's and Don'ts of showreels are.

  • Consider your audience, put in quality work
  • Send demo reels in VHS/NTSC format or DVD (region-free)
    • Pop your tabs. Rewind your tape.
  • Put best work first on reel.
  • Keep it short (about 3 minutes).
  • Include a reel break down.
  • Label your tape or DVD clearly.
  • If submitting a reel, include drawings only if it will help your application.
  • Show acting (if applying for character animator).
    • Wire frames with solid motion are better than full textured renderings.
  • Simple and well done is better than complex and mediocre.
  • Only display your capabilities.
  • Focus your reel in one area.
  • Show someone in the industry your reel first (get honest feedback).
  • Show turn tables of models both completely shaded and wire framed (if applying for Modeler).
  • Clearly indicate your role on group projects.
  • Send inappropriate or plagiarized material.
  • Repeat animation.
  • Send large cumbersome packages.
  • Show work you don’t want to be asked to do.
  • Show work that shouldn’t be reviewed yet.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stop Motion Genius

Travelling around Youtube tonight and I stumbled across BBoy Joker. A very cool interactive game on youtube.

I also found a making of video which is super cool, with some really cool tricks for stop animation, like the light on the Joker from the train. The trick with the mirror was so awesome. I love his animation too, so clean and really nice and entertaining.

He's also made Iron Baby, which is a rad little trailer made for a movie that will never happen....

Good message + Good animation

A short film/add with a good message and good animation.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pixar Short

I was looking for inspiration for my music video and my narrative and I restumbled across this. This short came out ages ago from Pixar's Youtube account, but I thought I'd post it anyway, for those who haven't seen it. It's really simple, with an awesome story based on the movie Up. Hilarious!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Finished 1st Eap

My finished EAP for Frank =)
It's the girl half of a waltz turn.
I really like how it turned out.

Lighting Exercise!

Pictures from my lighting exercise in Maya. This is from my first EAP. Waltzing =)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Music Video Inspiration

So I am starting to think about what I can do for my music video assessment next term and I think I have decided on my song. (One by Gregory and the Hawk). But I would love to do it in a really simple and lovely style. And a while ago I found this music video, animated by Alessandra Sorrentino (who has worked on 'The Secret of Kells' and 'Skunk Fu' as well as many other moveis and tv shows. I love this music video for the simplicity of the story and animation. It's absolutely adorable!

'And I love' - Wayne Brennan

Friday, May 21, 2010

Matte Painting Ballroom

Here is my playblast for the Matte Painting assessment. I was originally going to do a cube, but that failed slightly with the perspective images I had already done. So here we go!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reverse Garbage Update.

Update for our Reverse Garbage stop motion animation!
The final product will be finished in two weeks so here is an image from it.

It's all coming together =)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sharing is Caring

I have alot to share today =)

Kuky se vraci
An interesting upcoming movie that combines live action and puppetry. It looks super interesting. The story is about a teddy bear, called Kooky,  that is thrown away by his six-year-old owner. The bear comes to life in the rubbish dump and makes his way to a mysterious forest, where he meets the forest's guardian.

I did some looking around and found some of the storyboard art for the movie on Facebook. 
The pictures are simple. But you can tell what's happening in each of them.

This short film is brilliant! Technically animation...? It does make drawings move.

The Pixar Online Library has some interesting notes on animation. The articulating appeal one is interesting. It explains how Pixar went about creating the rat characters in Ratatouille.
Pixar Online Library

I love looking at the work of these two fantasy artists.
Steve Argyle
Dan Dos Santos

That should keep you bus for a while, enjoy!

Simpsons Parodies

The Simpsons have always done heaps of parodies of movies and music videos and more, Rachel showed me their Tik Tok parody, and I loved it! So here are my favourite parodies The Simpsons have done.
Ok Go 'Here it Goes Again'

Kesha 'Tik Tok'

Mad Men.
They've disabled embedding so you'll have to go here. It's well worth taking the trip to youtube. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Today my community group was inspired to do some colouring.  So here is my coloured picture! I did not draw the lineart, I only coloured in the image =)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Toy Story 3

I'm starting to get super excited for Toy Story 3! Coming out in June. 
Here are some new posters for the movie I've found.

The Art of Toy Story 3 will also be coming out soon. Here are some pictures that may/may not be the cover for the book. 

If you're interested in the concept art of Toy Story 3, you should definately check out this site.