Monday, May 5, 2008

Knights of the Future

I've been trying to post this video for a long time, but Youtube and Blogger's Video things have been rejecting it. Here it is at last, for the purposes of my portfolio. I wrote a narrative responding to the prompt, "Knights of the Future," which had to feature "Menacing Black Knights," Galahad, Arthur, Ellen the Excellent, and Merlin and also had to hint at a larger story (thus playing the role of the sort of trailer that studios might present to a publisher for endorsement). This is probably the most meaningful project I've done, because I learned so much about shot selection, distilling complex actions into a series of moments, and just images in sequence while doing it. Without further ado though, here is the animatic:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fun Illustration: ROBOT CHEF

A fun illustration I made last year featuring a ROBOT CHEF. How cool would that be?

Print Design post

Hey again,
I'm putting up some sample spreads from a book that I just completed earlier this week. My objective was to visually differentiate, editorialize, and define two opposing voices on a controversial issue. I chose to research the Iraqi War, because it was a subject I had been sadly uninformed about. Without further ado, here are the sample spreads.

If you have any interest in seeing the complete book, just message me, and I can provide a pdf of it.

Editorial Illustration

Hey again Scribblings,
I'm putting up some editorial pieces that I made in response to an article provided by my professor John Hendrix in February. The article analyzed fire safety concerns for nuclear power plants, unearthing hypocrisy, corruption, and illogically complicated procedures that all made current safety standards for these sites inadequate. I was required to make 2 spot illustrations and 2 full pages ones. I had a lot of fun making these. Like the fable illustrations I posted earlier, this project consisted of a lot of concept development, before I arrived at these particular solutions.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Illustration Projects

Hey Scribblings ,

I'm posting some illustration pieces that I made this year. I am in a program that is very focused on conceptual development behind , and the projects reflect that, I think. This particular series asked me to distill the dense content of a fable, "The Eagle and the Snake," into a three panel triptych. I completed this in January, and the experience was a good one in thinking about shot selection and the most essential components of a story.

The fable goes something like this: An eagle and a snake are engaged in a great battle. A farmer who witnesses the scene saves the eagle from the snake when the latter gains the upper hand. In retaliation, the snake poisons the man's water bottle. Right before the man is about to drink from the bottle, the eagle swoops down and knocks the drink out of his hand, thus saving his life. "One good deed deserves another."

And here are my solutions to the problem.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Video pieces online

I'm terribly sorry about the delay in getting my portfolio online, in case anyone's been around my blog. 

Here are some of the motion related projects that I created this year:

For Motion Graphics, this assignment demanded that I animate type in a way that reinforces the content of a sentence/phrase and also engages the viewer visually.  I chose the phrase "Time, it will not stop... no matter how hard you hold on... it will escape you." In designing this piece I wanted to focus on a sense of speed and escape.

This next project was my first foray in Flash. I was to create a compelling story using basic motion and shape tweening and only simple, geometric shapes. Here, a pair of inquisitive circles are not rewarded for their curiosity when they investigate a square hole.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Porfolio forthcoming

I will be uploading my portfolio of work, featuring motion and animation projects, as well as illustration and design work shortly.

UPDATE: Please visit my portfolio at here at my Flickr account.