Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

It was Meng's birthday last Wednesday

We went to Napa Valley yesterday, and I can't get over how beautiful the bay area is. I could stare at the mountains forever.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Destino and Lorenzo

About two years ago Disney Feature Animation went to Ringling to give a presentation. I don't think they were hiring at the time, and that may be the reason why not that many people went to see them. I was helping out with the AV equipment in the Lecture Hall.

The presentation went on as usual: they described where the company was at, showed some pictures of the studio in Burbank and briefly talked about the future and the CG movies they had in production (the Mickey Christmas Special and Meet the Robinsons). Then, out of nowhere, they announced that they were going to show two previously unreleased shorts that have rarely been seen outside animation festivals: Destino and Lorenzo. They were both absolutely fantastic.

You can read about Destino (a collaboration between Disney and Salvador Dali) here and Lorenzo, here.

That was the first and last time I saw them. I've been wanting to get a copy of both shorts so badly, but I don't even know if Disney plans to release them.

I found this clip of Destino on youtube:

Friday, October 13, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

This book is amazing

I just got this today.

The cover is fancy:
But it's the inside that matters. The drawings are big and were printed in very good quality. I highly, highly recommend The Art of Open Season.

Also, and while you have your wallet out, go buy the newly-released Little Mermaid on DVD. It comes with The Little Matchgirl, an awesome animated short that was supposed to be a part of the now defunct Fantasia 2006. So good.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I don't know where I want to go with this one

I do know that I love saturated colors. I can't help it!

On Friday I saw Open Season. Story aside, I really liked the character designs and overall look of the movie. Having heard excellent things about the Art of Open Season, I decided to order it yesterday. To my pleasant surprise, the character models in the movie looked almost identical to the concept art. Very good!


As I was driving back from work one day I looked at the range of mountains that surrounds the peninsula completely. The eastern range was hit by the bright orange light of the setting sun, and the western side was deep blue as it sank in shadows. Marveled by this exceedingly beautiful gradation of colors, I thought of God who made them all, and admired Him.


Roughed in values.

Wanted to be done with this one

This is as far as I'm going with it.