I just got a new Cintiq! I use one at work, but it's the older model. I'm still getting used to this thing. It's an incredible piece of hardware. I thought I'd get some practice with Sketchbook Pro again, and ended up drawing good old Superman. Line and color in SBP, with final touches in Photoshop. I still haven't seen the new movie. This was just out of my head. That's all.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I'm excited to share that as of last month I am hereby a Story Trainee at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
This is most sincerely a dream come true. I can still hardly believe it.
It's been just amazing so far. The other trainees are incredibly talented and inspiring and every day is just as exciting as the last.
So begins a BIG new chapter in my life.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
This is old, but I picked it up again recently and added some finishing touches.
This is the witch from my Hansel and Gretel project I did for Lisa Keene's visual development class at Cal Arts. She is disguised as a wealthy widow in an extravagant mansion made of gold, rather than a house of candy. I set the story in the 1930's during the dustbowl. Hansel and Gretel are poor farm kids that dream of the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle they've seen in films and advertising. I imagine the witch descending the staircase to be captivating- a perfect embodiment of the glitz and glamour the children dream of. I tried to make the entryway glisten with gold yet feel hot like the inside of an oven. Foreshadowing.
The witch is represented by the color green, representing money and agriculture- two things the children don't have. With all of the crops dying, there is very little green to be seen.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is one of my favorite musicals.
I love the characters in this show. Child characters rarely feel like real kid personalities. I think this show does a great job at making believable characters with real kid problems and concerns. The characters aren't perfect and pretty. They are awkward, tight wound, extremely unsure, or overly confident. They try to fit a role, but don't always look it, which makes them wonderfully contrasting and interesting people. I tried playing with some of the kids: Marcy Park, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, and William Barfee,
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
It's officially summer for me! I spent the day digging through old files. This is one of my early explorations composing in Garage Band, using Magic 8 Bit plugin.
Just something inspired by the games I grew up with. I'll animate something to go with this some day.
The Producers Show is an anual screening of select films from the Character Animation program. Many industry professionals are invited and it's quite a big reception. This years show was at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Traditionally, the senior class is entrusted with creating the intro for the show. I've looked forward to helping out with this since I was a freshman.
These are some suggestions I did for the intro this year.
A lot of the fourth and third year students contributed time and animation to get this done in just a few days. Great job everybody! Big thanks for Trevor Jones for doing all of the final compositing and making it all come together. I got to design the characters and Trevor turned them into puppets in After Effects. I also animated the story pitch shot!
Here's the final intro in all of its glory.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
DINER (Rough Cut) from Michael Herrera on Vimeo.
My fourth year film at Cal Arts.
This version is missing a few shots, has no sound track, and has a temp music track.
Final version to be uploaded in the coming weeks.
Thanks to all of my friends, family, and instructors.
The music used is "Blue Hawaii" from the "All-Star Hawaiian Band".
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I sat down to doodle in photoshop, just to relax, and unwind with no particular goal. This is what happened...
As time goes on, aesthetics change, culture changes, and thus Disneyland grows and changes. Disneyland acts as a sort of cultural weathervane. Though the skeleton of the park remains the same, the ideas on the surface evolve and take new shapes as the audience grows and evolves. The idea of Fantasyland is simple, but the look was certainly different in the 60's. The publics perceptions and expectations grow, and today, Fantasyland looks completely different. I still love the fresh and contemporary simplicity of the 50's and 60's Disneyland.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Saturday, May 05, 2012
I've had traditional sculpting classes for a few years now. I love to sculpt, and it's always very relaxing for me. This semester, I've been taking a Z-Brush course. I've never had a good experience with animating in CG, or modeling, but Z-Brush is so much fun. It's so beautifully designed and you can pretty much work as fast as you can think.
Any who, here's a thing:
Any who, here's a thing: