Thursday, March 27, 2008

thought i'ld temp you all with a bit of a teaser with images from my film. these are the first two images colored in. i'll post some animation up soon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Today I went to the beach to plein air paint with my watercolor class. I spent the time painting/hanging out with Bethany and Sencia. I found that candle wax worked really well to keep the white of the waves. Of course I figured the sun wouldn't bother me that much. I was wrong. I really noticed it when after painting we decided to jump into the ocean in our normal everyday garb and the water really hurt wherever I was burned. It was a lot of fun painting at the beach, and I think I'm going to try and do it more often, with sunscrean.

A few weeks ago in class we copied a winslow homer painting off of the projector. The projectors color was quite off from the original so I decided that I would use it for a starting point (color wise) and make everything a bit brighter than what I was seeing. Everything else is the same though. I really enjoy the wet into wet technique in watercolor. You can get some really interesting effects with it.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pan's Labyrinth

I just finished watching the audio commentary on Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and recommend it to anyone who is interested in visual storytelling. It also gives you a great insight into his mind. Throughout the commentary he discusses the juxtaposition of different elements of the film: fantasy vs reality, fascist vs rebels, good vs reality, childhood vs adult. The color scheme was planned out so perfectly in the way they started out differently with the real world in blues, the girl is in greens, and the fantasy world or the world of the mind is warm colors and as the stories intertwine so do the color schemes. Guillermo del Toro uses a beautiful shape language with the characters. Only with Ofelia do we see circular elements while with the captain everything is very hard angles. If you haven't watched this film before watch for different sequences where they mimic each other almost exactly. He spent so much time discussing the little details of the film that make it work so beautifully. You also get to hear how he created many of the effects and the reason behind doing so.

favorite shot of the film

cows are evil-guillermo del toro

Saturday, March 8, 2008

film progress

thought i should show something more from my short film "A Windy Day" so here are a few of the paintings for the backgrounds. they haven't been cropped yet so the edges are still a little everywhere. i painted all of these before i took watercolor. lots of experimenting to get them done.

Friday, March 7, 2008

old paintings

these were done for my figure painting class. all are on sketchbook paper with oils. not sure the lengths, but the longest was more than likely only 20min. this is where i started to understand how color works.