Monday, July 31, 2006

The delightful feeling of burning leg muscles

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise -riding a surrey is good fun and great exercise. Meng, Jim and I rented one near the Japanese tea gardens and it was a blast. I mean, we were almost ran over by cars, people were either staring at us or laughing and we almost had a heart attack after pedalling for forty five minutes; especially on the way back, uphill. But it was great fun. I would never do it again, but it was fun.

Also, last Wednesday Matt and I went to Cornerstone Church in San Francisco where some ILM and Pixar people, who attend that church, shared about what was it like to work on Pirates and Cars, respectively. We got to see some footage of Davy Jones and the Kraken's tentacle rig. It was amazing.

I hope you're familiar with Rune Bennicke. If you're not, click here right now!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Drawings, etc.

Meng sent me these really cool links:

Animations from the characters in Street Fighter 3!

Concept Art from several fighting games!

I have about 30 blogs that I need to sort out and eventually add to my links section. I was going to do it tonight but it got kind of late. I'll try again tomorrow. For now, check out The Art of Glen Keane

I also started exploring some character designs. I used to draw very smooth and curve lines, but as of last semester I've trying the sharper, base-shaped approach. Let's see where this goes!

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Froghat Studios

Chris Appelhans' paintings are simply beautiful. Do check his website out:

Froghat Studios

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Lately I've been noticing how long it's been taking me to animate something relatively simple, and it's because I don't have a clear idea of what I want the character to do. I find myself always trying new things: new poses, new acting choices, new timing...when I should really be making progress and layering on top of what I already have. And while I admit that I very much enjoy this exploratory process, it's definitely not the most efficient way to work. In fact, except for some happy accidents here and there, it always proves to be a waste of time.

This also happens when I'm refining animation. I look at my shot and decide that the upper torso needs to move up faster. That's it: that's the only change I need to make. But then I start looking at my curves and wonder "maybe the hip should also be coming more this way" and "the arm should probably move slower here" and "what if the head tilts right there". Eventually, I fix the upper torso, but for one problem solved I created four more.

I like to think of animation (an art in general) as a very intuitive and spontaneous process: you keep trying new things until it just "feels right". But there are times in which I definitely need to be more intentional in my planning, more disciplined in the corrections I make and more precise in how I envision a shot.

The good thing is that I'm learning!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Banana Bread

Originally uploaded by gcareaga.
An idea for an animated short has been brewing in my mind for the past week. It involves tango music and a ravishing woman. This weekend I'm going to start narrowing down the story and start exploring some character designs. This short may be finished in a year, or ten, but that's not a concern right now. First, I need to decide if the story is worth telling.

Yesterday I received a letter from Goodwill informing me that Betsy the Faithful, pictured above, has been sold for $140. I'm going to miss you Betsy.

Next week at work they are having a baking contest, and I already have three bananas ripening reserved especially for this exciting event.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Uploaded Sugar Rush to Veoh

Hope this works and makes it easier to watch it.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Ringling's website now has senior shorts from this year in the Portfolio section. Check them out here:

Note: the lastest shorts are from "Our Special Day" to "A Clean Sweep"

Lo bueno se hace esperar

Originally uploaded by gcareaga.
Almost two months here in California! Already two weeks working at PDI! And forty five minutes thinking about what to write here!

So far it's been an incredibly rewarding experience. Being surrounded by super talented artists humbles/encourages/intimidates/inspires me. It's so great being around people who not only know so much but who are also very willing to answer the thousand questions I have each day. I look forward to the challenging days to come!

I would say I love California if it wasn't too cold. Right now it's 59 degrees, and it's summer. "You'll get used to it," a lady told me at the furniture store the other day, and I left the store laughing. During winter, I'll carry chopped wood with me. And a lighter. I could set up a fire in no time wherever I go. Otherwise I like it very much. I like the mountains, the tall buildings and trees. I like San Francisco very much.

The long weekend is upon us! And with it, the company of good friends from the south. Good times ahead.