Thursday, May 28, 2009

To quote the Pope from "Family Guy"...

"Heeeeeee's a-cookin' a-somethin' up!"

Also, my summer reading materials came in from Amazon, so I'll be reading and master-copying until something better comes along.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Updates & Old Friends

Okay so I found out that Photoshop Elements does NOT have a pen tool. That sucks. But either way, Elements is a great program. I even revamped some designs from my freshman year of art school to experiment on... I guess we'll see if I can pull it off in Anime Studio.

And that's another thing! Anime Studio's controls seem to be a world and three moons apart from Flash. This is strange, considering the animation it produces is essentially Flash anyway. It'll take way longer than expected to find and "decode" all those Flash-esque controls so it can work for me.

As for the drawings, those familiar with "Roundhead and Pointy" may notice I messed with the floating eyebrows and chest letters. The thick outlines were for the vectorization attempt. If you look at them from afar, it doesn't look as much like a horrible idea...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

There's always something to do in the summer!!

I put together a basic plan for the summer, as I do for all my intersessions. I'll mainly be chippin' away at it during any spare time where my pals don't come callin' with another "get-rich-quick" scheme. Goodness knows I'm up for an entertaining 22 minutes of comic hi-jinx!

Step 1: Continue Netflixing and studying the recommended films from "The Visual Story"

Step 2: Aquire a copy of "Cartoon Animation", and do some master copies so I can channel the likes of Mark Christiansen and John K. in my own junk.

Step 3: Aquire a copy of "Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know", and read that bad boy up.

Step 4: Experiment with Anime Studio Pro, and see if I can do any substantial filmmaking with the software

Step 5: Experiment with this photoshop technique

Step 6: Drink beer and play Mario Kart DS all day

Step 7: Disregard steps 1 through 5

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Joe Henderson Legacy Big Band

Well, a lot of us played an instrument in high school (trombone). Funny enough, I never stopped (too much fun). I met these guys during my short career at Contra Costa College, and have since recorded a demo CD and played with them at Yoshi's, SF. These guys are WIZARDS, and they've allowed me to humbly come in once a week to stumble through some of their songs. ANYWAYS, If yer in the area...