Thursday, August 28, 2008

Screen Grabs For Composition Part 2

-->Bambi 1942 One of my favorites....which I'll talk about later. Tyrus Wong you're the man! Color use here is phenomenal. At start, color is employed softly, as muted hues. Very low chroma, lots of middle to middle-high values. It's soft and gentle in this case. There are colors present but they are subtle.
Bambi is given a tour of the forest by Thumper. Both stand out due to high contrast in color: Bambi is orange and stands out due to ge rich greens of the forest, Thumper is cooler grey and stands out due to the warm orange wood behind him.
In the meadow and Bambi's first meeting of the Prince of the Forest. Color gets toned down again to a comfortable level reminiscent of the film's beginnings. Strong greens show spring's richness
Winter, food is scarce so greens are pulled out and blues are pushed to say cold. But a calmness is still prevalent.
Spring: color is brought back again like the beginning. Not saturated, but gentle.
Mother! Mother! Bambi loses his mom to the hunter(s). Dark values, lots of low chroma blues, muted opposing colors in the shadows.
Bambi fights for Faline. Now the colors are intense, almost over saturated. Graphic black and lack of detail heightens the violent drama and obscures the characters so much we are left wondering who will come out the victor.
Bambi is reunited with Faline, as the victor (spoiler) the colors lean toward gold.
But the feeling is short lived as the forest catches fire through man's carelessness. Colors are presented almost separately, no blending, a near posterization. Now the forest is a  dangerous place where nothing can blend of live. By the way, Bambi gets shot in this sequence, nobody seems to remember it but a gun shot rings out, Bambi is seen laying in a pool of water and the Prince of the Forest says, "Get up Bambi, Get up!"
Go back and research this magnificent film. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Screen Grabs For Composition Part 1

This is a wonderful movie and beautifully crafted. Below are some screen shots which I hope to be able to elaborate on for my class very soon. Stay tuned.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Sence of Accomplishment

Hello, as I get ready for another semester, I am taking the time review some of my past projects. The Memory Bots Project is basically done but I'm waiting for comments on the cover. Here are some final samples that seem to have a nice sense of expression or at least, sort of ended up the way I wanted them to. I don't know if I'd draw them this way again, but I like the Black #935 Prismacolor on animation paper. Takes a long, long time though.
Kinda fun to draw this brain. Yay anatomy! (Can you find the Hippocampus?)The last two pages before the glossary are these comic pages. This was fun and different.
What do you think?

Friday, August 15, 2008


Hi, Cogswell sent me down to LA as part of group for siggraph again this year and I had a blast! This time the Dark Lord had the opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite students- and get clobbered by Po.
The Cogswell booth - clockwise: Chelsey, Heath, Jillian, Rachael, Amy, Steve, Ryan, Fabian in the red plaid and some guys who I...uh...don't know.Chelsey and Heath take time to sign the new Cogswell Sketchbook (I'll post a link soon)
Lots of great feedback for this little book and by far the coolest give away item from any of the college booths.
Joe G. smiles...
...but not enough for Amy.
The great Fabian M. at out hotel.Some sketchbook students at Fatburger, baby! We got to see some downtown sights.Nothing like a dense layer of smog to give the city that fresh feeling.
LA's court may recognize it because it's in EVERY movie about LAI know this is sideways but doesn't it look like a metal blimp and tie post?

Some favorite booths included Laika, Blue Sky and, of course, Walt Disney Animation. This year Disney had animators on the floor talking to a continuously enormous group of folks so I couldn't too close, but woah. Thanks Disney for bringing back traditional animation. I admit, I really do love it and I'm, hoping Princess and the Frog meets or beats expectations.
Blue Sky's totally awesome dino from the latest Ice Age movie. I asked but they wouldn't give it to me...drat. Some cool swag - yeah Dave, I got you a pack of Bolt cards from the Disney booth.
The sun sets on our time in LA LA land.
On the plane flight back the students and I drew in eachother's sketchbooks. Quick drawings and each to a different theme in 20 minutes or less. Below are two of mine.
Below are the students...'Cute & Scarey' from Steve'Sea Creature' from Ryan

'Law Man' from Heath And er...monsters that like crapes from Cassia - oh that's cr- nm.
I would like to thank Cogswell for sending me and the students for making time to make this event loads of fun. Good luck to all of you who applied, went to the job fair, or got interviews.
Congrats to Amy for winning a drawing heat over at the AI booth too.
If you have some pix you'd like to share or want to see some more pix email me.
I hope we can do it again next year.