Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Branding Materials - DVD and postcard

I'm trying to finish my branding materials this week. Here were my class-approved designs for my DVD cover, DVD insert, and postcard. Note that I, uh, didn't keep the otter in love with piñata theme. This otter, however, IS scared of the ocean. (And note that, yes: I, too, am scared of the ocean, which makes this whole ocean theme that I'm using even more ludicrous.)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Welcome to the World, Baby Nephew

In the past few weeks, I've had a huge "distraction" in my life that prevented me from focusing on my projects. Well, maybe it'd be more accurate to say a teeny, tiny distraction. But now that baby Michael has arrived safely into the world (albeit 3 months early) and seems to be doing fine, it's time to get back to work.

I am pretty excited to have a little buddy to draw animals and robots with in the future.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Okay, admittedly this may be because I've had too many margaritas tonight, but a river otter in love with a piñata seems like an amazing idea for my branding materials right now. I'm pretty sure I will feel differently in the harsh light of morning.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Break - Coloring Stuff

That's right, it's Spring Break this week, and it's Girls Gone Wild as I, uh, tediously continue to bang out drawings for my DP, and now work on coloring in my PSA. Now that 3 + 1/2 years of art school has passed, and as I approach graduation, I can look back on my body of work and think... why the hell haven't I done any work in color?! Pretty much every single thing I have done is in black and white! The simple answer, of course, is: time. I just always run out of time at the end of my projects/semesters, and never have the time to color stuff in. Shit, even my DP is starting to look that way. Unfortunately, that makes a pretty bland little reel for me to have for potential employers. This week, I'm just trying to establish a color palette for my PSA (as seen above), and I'm struggling a bit due to my inexperience in working with color.

As a side note... when I look over my PSA again, I want to laugh at how "small" the project now seems, compared to my DP. Even though it has +500 frames in it.

I'm very excited that I received my Perry Bible Fellowship comic book today.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

An Irritable Uterus: An Inappropriate Animation Idea

There was a health emergency in the family over the weekend. My sister-in-law, Jeannie, was hospitalized here in Boston because she is having non-stop contractions. Problem is, that kid ain't due to arrive into the world until June. She's now being monitored around-the-clock by the medical staff, and confined to bedrest, all in the hopes that the baby will continue to marinade in her womb. Apparently, the problem is that she has an "irritable uterus." When I heard the doctor tell us this in her room, all I can of was how that would be an awesome animation to do.


So ridiculously behind on my DP right now.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Business Cards - Part 2 - WTF

Well, here is my second business card design. We had to make it completely different from our first design, so I thought to myself, "What's the opposite of marine animals?" The answer, of course, is toast. I also wanted to use a completely different color palette from what I would normally employ; I looked to the designs of Mary Blair for inspiration. She used ridiculously loud and bright colors, but made them go together incredibly well. For those of you who know me and my usual work- do I seem like someone who would come up with the idea to use both bright red and bright magenta? On the same freaking layout?! Anyway, this design was stamped as an Epic Fail by my class. Jimmy commented that the toast "...is so out there- even for you." I'm sort of disappointed- I wanted to design at least a half dozen other toast characters. (Sweeney Todd toast! Marching Band toast! Am I the only one who's finding these funny?)