New year, Korra & an Animation job

Before the new year started, I came back from the CTN expo.
The 3-day event was extremely good with lots of talented artists from all around the world, workshops, panels and artwork to go around…
It was my first time at CTN and my whole schedule that I prepared for myself when I’m there was completely crushedץ The reason for that being that I just graduated back then and despite my plans for the 3 days of events, when I came there I found that lots of studios such as Blue Sky, Disney, Sony, Pixar could review my animation reel and all I had to do is stand in line, so I figured it’d be a mistake not to do that. After 3 days of standing in lines, my feet were killing me, I spent lots of money on workshops which I ended up not attending but I was satisfied that I put my mark out there and met lots of people in person.

My graduation ceremony was at the same place where the expo was just a day before that.
It was really crazy meeting so many people in real life after being able to see and hear them only through my computer screen for 18 months…
Kind of like meeting their physical real world versions.
I met my mentors who had to take my dumb jokes during class for 3 months each, but as expected they were all wonderful people and all meetings with them were very warm and welcome, it’s like they taught us – animation is a team sport!
I also met many mentors and industry professionals that I haven’t had the pleasure to study under but they still were a big pleasure to meet.
Guest speaker this year at the ceremony was the one and only Mr. Glen Keane which was super insane to all of us (I’m sure 😀 ), he said many kind things about pushing yourself forward and keep learning. One thing he said is to learn from the old masters!
Right afterwards there was a party where everyone got to really meet each other, classmates, mentors, and all around awesome people accompanied by drinks and screening of everyone’s showreels on the big screen… no, two big screens!

I brought back lots of books and toys signed by artists to enjoy in any time and inspire me in my own work,
for which I had to buy an extra briefcase. Had to transport my newly acquired loot somehow!

Been working on this project in my free time for a while now. It still doesn’t see the light in the end of the tunnel but I’ve been learning some new ideas
from other places and fields so now I’m able to progress faster and more efficient with it. 🙂
It’s always handy to learn ideas for rigging from animation, animation from modeling and drawing and so on. Her modeling is still a proxy and I gotta work on her hands and shaping system for the whole body and at the end she should be pretty flexible in all her aspects.
The idea here is to create detailed enough geometry to mimic all the tiny muscles and a rig flexible enough to make cartoony shapes like squashes stretches and exaggerated ideas.

Korra WIP

Recently I got my first animation job at a gaming company called Interceptor Entertainment where I’m taking a position of a cinematic animator now in a AAA game called Bombshell. Shameless promotion: check us out on facebook! 😎

So that is all for now, I got my goals set for the year 2015, the year of the hoverboards!! 🙂
This year, I will be taking life drawing classes to push my observation ability and understanding of the gesture, form and it’s functionality,
as well as working on 3 separate short film projects with old friends, new ones and my own short film which long ago proved to take forever!

One of the projects is The Ottoman, the short film by directors Mike Stamm and Dimos Vrysellas,
I was lucky to get onto this project and after we raised the money we needed on Kickstarter, the whole thing went into overdrive!

Got my reading list set up for this year so there’s a lot new to learn…

Hope to upload new stuff soon but for now, c ya! 😀