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found this drawing that I never uploaded.resident evil 2 is a horror game that was introduced to me back in 1999, when my cousins came for a sleep over and brought it in. Its actually the first resident evil game I’ve ever played, and it introduced me into the survival horror genre.

found this drawing that I never uploaded.
resident evil 2 is a horror game that was introduced to me back in 1999, when my cousins came for a sleep over and brought it in. Its actually the first resident evil game I’ve ever played, and it introduced me into the survival horror genre.

Jul 8

An email regarding about story development

This is actually a copy and paste with some modifications on an I email I replied towards Kino Bel, who was asking about story development. First thing’s first, I am no expert on story telling or coming up with stories, but I wanted to lend out my thoughts about it.

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Jul 4

rough sketches for a comic/show idea… some I could finally put up! aside from building a universe, ive been doing more “character” sketches rather than designs to get the tone of the project. more to come!

Jul 3

How long have you've been drawing from the beginning? I felt as thought that I started drawing late compared to other artists who've been drawing ever since, and I could only draw with graphite and photoshop paint.

Anonymous

Hmmmm, it would be corny if I said as long as I can remember, because honestly I’ve been drawing continously since. It’s kind of hard to answer a question like that because when I did draw a lot, my focus and interests were different throughout. I started experimenting with Flash when I was in middle school (maybe a bit earlier) since Newgrounds was a big thing for me. During this time, I was thinking of getting into the live action film industry. I joined a lot of after school film shooting clubs, and I auditioned for a bunch of plays. Don’t ask me how the auditions went.

I started to consider studying illustration during early high school, because I was very interested in concept art. I really loved speed painting, and I really dug how cinematic concept art was. I was still making flash cartoons since, so animation was a very big part of me. At some point I started being introduced into animation more and since I did have that flash background, I became more interested with that medium than concept art alone.

Some people start very early, some people start late. I know people personally who wanted to go into animation since they were eight, and have studied since.

So I guess it really depends on where your focus on drawing starts. I’m sure everyone has been drawing since they were very small, even when its years apart. I’d say I wanted to study drawing since late middle school to early high school, and I actually really studied it during my year at Sheridan.

I moved to my new apartment, which is ridicilously close to the zoo. I did some drawings one casual day, I haven’t done animal life drawing in aaaaaaages.

Super big congratulations on making it to Dreamworks!

Anonymous

Thank you!  We’ll see how long I last there though hahahaha!

random dump

just drew my teacher fran krause
and the two main characters from an old PlayStation game called resident evil.

and some animation I’m working on the side. I have to say its tough getting back into flash after a long time with TVPaint!

during the end credits of tiny nomad, i was planning to have all my previous film characters wave at the screen, with a little header saying “goodbye calarts!”  I started on it a while back, but never actually got around to finishing it.1st year - Serenade to Miette: https://vimeo.com/231066772nd year - Crayon Dragon: https://vimeo.com/231066773rd year - Wolfsong: https://vimeo.com/652556344th year - Tiny Nomad: https://vimeo.com/93537717I have to admit, I got a bit emotional drawing some of these characters again - its a huge nostalgia trip. I remember drawing my 1st year characters and suddenly I remembered one day I was so confused why I drew a set of legs, and it took me a very long time to remember what they were for. I’ll miss the scent of red bulls, whiskey and some vendor machine food, great great stuff. I’ll even miss having meaningless arguments with friends and classmates during film crunch time.And when finishing a film comes, its the greatest thing ever. When we turn in our student films, there’s literally no work to do. It’s like you win your life back, and it makes you appreciate the benefits of life more. Some of us suffer from post film trauma, in which our daily habits are screwed, having the urge to “work” on “something”, and maybe having panic attacks now and then. Some actually finish way beyond the deadline, so they were enjoying life while some of us who haven’t finished were still working our asses off.I’ll definitely miss my days at Calarts, and I think my calarts experiences have been the best. Its a school, so of course it has its problems. Its funny how some people see calarts as the best animation school, or the disney esque school, or the whatever cream of the crop school. Some people loved their experience, some people hated it, and some people dropped out. From what its worth, its the student that shapes his/her experiences at a school. One student can work side by side with another classmate on their film, another could goof off, another could work alone, and yes there are students who blame the school for not “teaching” them enough, or students complaining other students for ruining their calarts experience.However, I am now officially a graduate of calarts, and the next chapter of my life begins with my first day at Dreamworks. Thanks for giving me a chance to be a part of an excellent community.

during the end credits of tiny nomad, i was planning to have all my previous film characters wave at the screen, with a little header saying “goodbye calarts!”  I started on it a while back, but never actually got around to finishing it.

1st year - Serenade to Miette: https://vimeo.com/23106677
2nd year - Crayon Dragon: https://vimeo.com/23106677
3rd year - Wolfsong: https://vimeo.com/65255634
4th year - Tiny Nomad: https://vimeo.com/93537717

I have to admit, I got a bit emotional drawing some of these characters again - its a huge nostalgia trip. I remember drawing my 1st year characters and suddenly I remembered one day I was so confused why I drew a set of legs, and it took me a very long time to remember what they were for. I’ll miss the scent of red bulls, whiskey and some vendor machine food, great great stuff. I’ll even miss having meaningless arguments with friends and classmates during film crunch time.

And when finishing a film comes, its the greatest thing ever. When we turn in our student films, there’s literally no work to do. It’s like you win your life back, and it makes you appreciate the benefits of life more. Some of us suffer from post film trauma, in which our daily habits are screwed, having the urge to “work” on “something”, and maybe having panic attacks now and then. Some actually finish way beyond the deadline, so they were enjoying life while some of us who haven’t finished were still working our asses off.

I’ll definitely miss my days at Calarts, and I think my calarts experiences have been the best. Its a school, so of course it has its problems. 

Its funny how some people see calarts as the best animation school, or the disney esque school, or the whatever cream of the crop school. Some people loved their experience, some people hated it, and some people dropped out. From what its worth, its the student that shapes his/her experiences at a school. One student can work side by side with another classmate on their film, another could goof off, another could work alone, and yes there are students who blame the school for not “teaching” them enough, or students complaining other students for ruining their calarts experience.

However, I am now officially a graduate of calarts, and the next chapter of my life begins with my first day at Dreamworks. Thanks for giving me a chance to be a part of an excellent community.

felt like animating an alien inside of a space cockpit. Based off one of my storyboards! look for it here:

http://stringbing.tumblr.com/storyportfolio

Jun 5

sketches while i was watching The graduate starring dustin hoffman and anne bancroft.

Jun 4

i love full metal alchemist. here are some crap doodles based off it!

Jun 4

Hello. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me how old you were we you first went to CalArts. Because of how difficult the admissions at the school are , I hear most people don't get accepted right out of high school and end up taking some kind of post-secondary art cources before moving on to CalArts. I've also heard that most people in the animation department are usually in their mid 20s. Was this anything similar to your situation?

Anonymous

Hi there.

I was 19 when I started at Calarts, since I was at Sheridan college the previous year. However, Calarts was not my first choice after high school because I was aiming to live in Canada around that time - so that’s what made me go into Sheridan.

Yes, there’s always a bunch of folks who get in right after high school, or not. Honestly, I think its best that most people do go into other post secondary schools to get credits out of the way when they into Cal arts.

I got in after my first try, and I know people who got in after their second, third, or even fourth try. Yeah, there are a lot of people in their mid to late 20s in our department. Some of them are over 30, some of them have children and are running families, etc.

Its like that everywhere though, I remember being at Sheridan, I had 30-40 year old classmates.

A process of the “Built” Kahl the buff animator character I did for the Producer Show opening for Calarts 2014 from rough to final composite. The whole thing was managed by Charley Hodgkins, while some sequences were directed by Jacob Streilein, John Kim, Portlynn Tagavi, and Kirsten Sjursen-Lien I was in charge of directing an action sequence taking place in a warehouse. I also animated a character who is supposed to be a spoof of Milt Kahl and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I tried implementing Milt Kahl’s cheesy head shake acting choices. The character is supposed to look like an alpha channeled paper animation with charts hovering all over him.


The last image was something I keyed, but it was inbetweened by my talented friend, Cameron Hicks, who salvaged my sh*tty keys. http://cameron-r-hicks.tumblr.com/

fleshing out an idea that takes place in an alternate 1990.

I'm planning on pursing an art major in college, but I'm honesty scared that my art skills aren't sufficient enough and are mediocre. Is there any advice you could offer?

Anonymous

Hi anonymous.

This question is probably way beyond me, but all I can tell you is that you’re never going to know whether your art is sufficient, mediocre, etc. As we evolve, our standards grow too. There are amazing artists who whip out amazing work, and then go “ah this drawing sucks! I’m a failure.”

The thing is, being scared because you feel that you’re skills aren’t sufficient enough is a sign of resistance. Its like coming up with a story for a short - you just need to start writing the story than be worried whether it’ll be the next Mona Lisa. I’m a believer of progression, so there are always baby steps.

What I’m trying to say is, you just have to jump into the deep end. You can’t keep worrying whether you are good enough for a certain job, school or assignment. You can’t be afraid of rejection. You just have to do your best, and see where it takes you. If you really REALLY feel you aren’t ready, then find alternatives that will help you get closer to your goal, such as going to classes, and other personal studies. If you get accepted in a program, awesome. If you didn’t, that’s fine. I have a huge share of rejections I’ve gotten, one example being Sheridan college which I got rejected twice from their animation program.

It’s better to be rejected than to regret for not trying.

Speaking of skills, try not to think of it as “sufficient, good, or mediocre” but more like “Am I growing by doing this?”

just go for it yo.

-Toniko