Friday, May 27, 2011

100 Years of Vincent Price

Today is the 100th birthday of Vincent Price! So I decided to draw 100 Vincents! On Sticky notes! (they're supposed to in chronological order but I had to cut them up to make them blog friendly. Check out the full set here!)

This piece showcases many of his greatest (and not so great) roles, performances, and appearances. It was a little tough trying to find 100 roles of his, so I had to really dig deep, but I still couldn't get exactly 100, so I had to resort to a few doubles and also a series of his different costumes from his personal horror favorite "Theater of Blood". I know a lot of these aren't really the best drawings but I feel that the whole piece together is what will look good.

The first Price movie I ever saw was "The Great Mouse Detective" (said to have been his favorite role) but of course being a little kid I didn't care who did the voice. I was in middle school when I saw "The Raven" on AMC when they used to play classic horror movies on Friday nights. My dad told me about him and I eventually recognized his voice and linked it to Ratigan. I was very amazed that such an actor who was mostly known for his horror roles would step out of that and do light and funny roles too…and succeed at it! Thats my favorite thing about Vincent, always mixing horror and comedy.

For the past week in his home town of Missouri, they've been having a festival in his honor called Vincentennial. I really wanted to go but there was no way, but it feels good to atleast do artwork in his honor.

Thank you for bringing us such great fright, laughs and all around joy from your films and warm, charismatic personality. Happy Birthday, Vincent. You're a great inspiration to me and it would have been a life long dream for me to meet you. But I hope that if there is an afterlife that I can meet you there. Goodbye so soon and rest in peace.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Got us a Toitle!

My piece...or should I say SLICE for the Autumn Society's SHELL SHOCK pie...uh show! Its a tribute gallery to everything TMNT!

Rocksteady and Bebop were always my favorites, I thought it was a cool pairing, a rhino and a warthog as bumbling 80's thugs. Here they are seen with a brand new baby turtle. There faces say "No" but their hearts say otherwise....

For some reason I always really like the non popular or underrated characters more than the main ones. I don't know why. Anyway, if anyone's in the Philadelphia area, check out this cool gallery!

Time: Friday, June 3 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
45 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
US of A

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Hard Days Week

PHEW! What a week...So much has happened.

First Tara flew in to come to the Dusty's screening, the show that features all the senior thesis films on a theater size screen! What a thrill, seeing my stuff and all my friends stuff on a huge screen was exhilarating!

(Can you see the people's little heads down there?)

After that was the Awards Ceremony for the senior thesis's. I ended up sitting with these two hunks of glass...

I won Best Traditional Character Design and tied with my pal Mike for Best Traditional Animation. It was definitely shocking and nerve wracking, since I had to make a speech and forgot to thank some people but it was an honor all together. I feel like the awards should go to my friends and class mates who worked just as hard, and most of them even harder than I did. Thanks for getting me through the year, guys! Also Congrats to Mirella for Best Production Design and Zack W. for Best Stop Motion and Best Stop Motion Character Design! You guys rock!

Lastly was GRADUATION. I am officially done with school FOREVER. I still don't think it hit me yet since I still feel like I'm going back in 3 months. It's gonna be weird...

I'm extremely thankful to have attended SVA. Being there was really the best experience I have ever had and will stick with me for the rest of my life. Some people say you don't need college, but I think I needed it. I learned so much, met so many cool friends, tried different things, got interested in things I never would have, found new influences and spent a lot of time in the best damn city in the world, New York! It really made me love school and I'm really going to miss the whole college feel.

So what's next for me? I have a freelance job, an internship, my film has been submitted to some far so good, lets see how it goes!

See you on the other side!

(Sorry if this post seems rushed, I have to go to bed so I can wake up and do important stuff!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Its Alive...ITS ALIVE!!!

Its been about 8 1/2 monthes...and my final year thesis film, Blenderstein!, is finally complete! I'm also done with school...forever...!!! I graduate in like...a week! Scary! Anyway...
at a whopping 6 minutes and 19 seconds, my film is done! But I can't show you just yet!

This above is a DVD cover I made for submitting to festivals. A most notorious festival rule is that if the film can be seen somewhere online it is automatically rejected from the festival. I mean who wants to go to a screening to see a film you could see online for free?

Well anyway, here's some screen caps to tide you over!

I had the time of my life working on this and as my first completed film I can easily say I'm very very proud of it. I want to thank Tara Billinger, Vivienne Medrano, Dana Terrace, Courtney Vonada and Luz Batista for helping me do coloring! I couldn't have finished without you guys!

That's all for now! I'm going to post some backgrounds, sketches and other Blenderstein! goodies soon!